Posts from April 2021

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY APRIL 16, 2021

Psalm 141:3 (The Message)   Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips.  Communication is the lifeblood of a good relationship.  Conversations that connect make you feel understood; and relationships will rise and fall on how well you feel understood and how well you understand your friends.  We all will get lonely when our perceptions and feelings are not valued and treasured.  To listen well is to figure out what is on…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY APRIL 15, 2021

Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)   Search me, O God, and know my heart;  test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  How easily do you take offense?  “The offended ones feel the need to offend back those who they think have offended them, creating defensiveness on the part of the presumed offenders, which often becomes a new offense—ad infinitum.  There seems to be no way out…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY APRIL 13, 2021

Psalm 9:9-10 (NLT)   The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.  The Lord never forsakes us.  He will  “not ignore the cry of the afflicted” (vs. 12).  This truth can be a stepping stone out of our pit of despair.  When life morphs, when familiar and comfortable routines change and leave us anxious…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY APRIL 10, 2021

II Peter 1:4 (NIV)   Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  Resurrection power is not a one-time deal that happened those many years ago. It reaches 2000 years down through history to you and me to offer us a connection to God that not only brings us personal spiritual transformation but also…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY APRIL 9, 2021

Ephesians 2:6 (NIV)   And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms in Christ Jesus… Our salvation story is just the beginning.  Resurrection power enables us to overcome our personal limitations and go on to do amazing things with God.  We can experience spiritual growth, connect to a divine calling, and become a change agent in this world.  We get to reflect the vision of the final Kingdom that the Old Testament…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021

Romans 8:11 (NIV)   And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you…  We live in a world filled with death and disease.  In spite of having the best medical knowledge in the history of mankind, only Jesus has power over death.  One day Christ will return and reset the world…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY APRIL 7, 2021

Hebrews 9: 27 (The Message)   Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences (after that comes judgment – NLT).  The Resurrection validates Christ’s Message.  It means that all of Jesus’  “You-have-heard-but-I-tell you”  sermons were, indeed, true (Matt. 5).  Without it we have no redeemer, just another prophet.  Without it we have no definitive truth, just another philosophy, just another point of view.  The Resurrection unmasks false beliefs.  It warns you NOT to risk your eternity on them.  It proves…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2021

I Corinthians 15:13-22 (NIV focus verse 20)  But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead…  The Resurrection validates Christ’s identity.  It was God’s giant exclamation point to the whole world that Jesus was, indeed, the Son of God.  Jesus does have power to take away sins.  Every aspect of our faith in Jesus is rooted, connected, catalyzed, and proved through the events we remember during Easter.  The Resurrection proves that there is life after death and that Jesus was,…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY APRIL 5, 2021

Acts 3:15 (NLT)   You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead.  And we are witnesses of this fact! The Resurrection was the game-changer.  It was not a tag-on.  No, it gave meaning to the crucifixion.  It brought resolution to it.  It turned grief into celebration.  It was the  “rest of the story.”  Without the resurrection the story of Jesus ends in tragic death; but salvation does not end at the cross, the place of…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY APRIL 3, 2021

John 19:38-42  (NIV) We call it SILENT SATURDAY, a space in which we wait and hope.  Of course, we know that Sunday is coming; but the disciples didn’t know that.  All they knew was that Jesus was dead, and so were their hopes and dreams.  But faith is what you cling to when understanding is dead.  We don’t believe after we understand—no, we believe in order to understand.  SILENT SATURDAY is the time to engage faith, not disengage it.  It…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY APRIL 2, 2021

April 2  – Mark 15:21-47 – focus verse 34 (NIV) Have you ever spoken these words: God, my God, why have you abandoned me?  Maybe you didn’t say them out loud but you spoke them in your heart and mind.  At times, we go through periods of deep and profound need, but God doesn’t seem to be showing up for us.  There is only silence.  Yet, the truth is that God’s goodness is most manifest in those moments.  We can’t…