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DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2020

Mark 14:36 (NIV) (read verses 32-36)  Focus words of Jesus:  “Yet not what I will,  but what you will.”  At some point in life each one of us will experience a  “Gethsemane moment.”  The Passion Bible describes Jesus in that garden:  “An intense feeling of great horror plunged his soul into deep sorrow and agony…(he told His disciples:  “It feels as though I’m dying.”)  And then he prayed and asked God,  “don’t allow me to drink this cup of suffering! …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2020

Exodus 3:8 (NIV)  So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians…  God revealed His purpose to Moses.  He was intent on intervening for his people in response to their distress:  “I have come to rescue them.”  That is the theme of the entire Bible,  which points to Jesus Christ our deliverer.  He invites us into a relationship that progressively leads us out of darkness and into light,  away from bondage and into freedom.  It…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2020

Exodus 3:7 (NIV)  The LORD said,  “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.  I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers,  and I am concerned about their suffering.”   God revealed Himself to Moses as a compassionate God who is cognizant of the plight of his people whose affliction He sees,  whose cry He hears,  and whose sorrows He knows.  When God looks across our world today,  He sees the tears of the…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2020

Exodus 2:15 (NIV)  When Pharaoh heard of this,  he tried to kill Moses,  but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,  where he sat down by a well.  God had to take Moses into the desert of Midian to save him from the wrath of Pharaoh.  It was there that Moses had an opportunity to think and find himself as  “he sat down by a well.”  In the desert God would  “drain Moses of all self-sufficiency and…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2020

Acts 7:24b (NLT)  He saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite.  So Moses came to the man’s defense and avenged him,  killing the Egyptian…   What he saw aroused Moses to action;  but it was  “an impetuous action of self-effort that was void of reliance upon God.  All the knowledge and wisdom he had acquired in Egypt’s institutes of learning was not adequate to equip him for the work of God.”  To his surprise,  his attempt to avenge his Hebrew brothers…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY OCTOBER 19, 2020

Acts 7:23 – (KJV)  And when he  (Moses)  was full forty years old,  it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.   (MSG)  When he was forty years old,  he wondered how everything was going with his Hebrew kin and went out to look things over. What Moses saw aroused him to action.  There comes a time in life when we must take an intentional walk outside our comfort zones and take a long,  hard…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2020

Mark 9:7 (NIV)  “…this is my Son, whom I love…”  Every son needs to hear these words from his father.  When we know we are loved,  it creates capacity within us to endure the difficult stuff of life.  Jesus endured the cross in the echo of those words.  On March 1,  the song  “The Blessing”  was introduced to the world—a  prophetic word for God’s people to hold onto during the pandemic,  a song about our Father’s care.  It became a…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY OCTOBER 16, 2020

Romans 8:14 (Passion Translation)  The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit.  You are the CEO of your own spiritual growth path.  Nobody else will be concerned about your inner growth—people measure performance.  Take responsibility to develop your infrastructure (the inner person) as you partner with the Holy Spirit.  YOU make the choices:  how you spend your time,  what you invest into,  what you entertain in your mind.  If you do…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, 2020

Romans 8:5 (Passion Translation) …those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities.   When you have a healthy soul,  spiritual gifts are engaged and you are pouring out from the Spirit of God within you.  You have discernment and ever expanding ways of connecting with God that enable you to serve out of the overflow of that relationship.  When you have a healthy soul you do the work of self-leadership that is…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2020

John 10:10 (NIV)  …I (Jesus) have come that they may have life,  and have it to the full.  The symptoms of a healthy soul include:  a sense of God’s abiding presence in this moment;  peace and joy (fruit of the Spirit) confidence and faith balanced with humility;  a sense of safety;  a sense of purpose;  energy;  attentiveness to others.   But the symptoms of a sick soul include:  loss of a sense of real-time connection with God;  anger,  anxiety,  stress; …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2020

Romans 8:1 (Passion Translation)  So now the case is closed.  There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus,  the Anointed One.  Guilt and condemnation are life-draining toxicities that the enemy leverages against us in an effort to derail us from our God-given calling.  When we crossed the line of faith in Jesus,  we were immediately  “rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13). …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY OCTOBER 12, 2020

Romans 8:6  (NLT)  So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death.  But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  The Bible makes it clear that life and peace comes from living in sync with the Holy Spirit—such a contrast to today’s anxiety and stress!  We need replenishment strategies to help us access the life and peace that is available to us as Christ followers.  Start with your schedule.  Are you beginning the day…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 10, 2020

Mark 10:38b (NIV)  Jesus said,  “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the  baptism I am baptized with?”  John the Beloved heard the heartbeat of God (John 13:23).  He walked the heights and depths and was persecuted severely for his faith.  So often we want the depths of God’s power revealed in us,  but are we willing to pay the price (Matt. 20:20-28)?  Can you drink this cup?  It is a haunting question.  You can go…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY OCTOBER 9, 2020

Mark 9:9 (NIV)  As they were coming down the mountain,  Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. Consider how many others Jesus asked NOT to tell what they had seen:  the parents of the girl raised from the dead (Luke 8:53-56);  the man healed of leprosy (Luke 5:12-15);  and Peter,  James,  and John coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration (Mark 9:9).  Miracles are only…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2020

Luke 9:28b (NIV)  (Jesus)  took Peter,  John,  and James with Him and went up onto a mountain to pray.  Occasionally,  Jesus would take these three and give them a private tutoring session.  Evidently,  there was some kind of capacity within them,  a responsiveness that Jesus perceived.  Of course,  they did not understand all the things they saw and heard—Christ’s transformation experience left them speechless.  Maybe the bigger truth was that they were smart enough to NOT tell anyone at that…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7, 2020

Luke 10:1 (NLT)  The Lord now chose 72 other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places He planned to visit.   The disciples and apostles were appointed to go and preach.  They were followers who gave up something to follow Jesus (Mark 1:18:  “left their nets to follow Him”).  (See Luke 14:25-27;  Luke 9:57-62.)  When Jesus starting teaching about  “taking up a cross,”  the drop-outs began (John 6:60, 66).  Following Jesus as a disciple…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY OCTOBER 6, 2020

John 10:27 (NIV)  My sheep listen to my voice;  I know them,  and they follow me.  The next ring of people who circulated around Jesus were the believers.  They listened to what Jesus said and followed.  Christ’s words began to make an impact on their lives as they listened and obeyed.  They leaned in closer to Christ and His teachings and were not as intent on the miracles as they were on His words.  They noticed that He spoke with…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2020

John 6:2 (NIV)  A huge crowd kept following  (Jesus)  wherever He went,  because they saw His miraculous signs as He healed the sick.  Different groups of people circulated around Jesus.  The outermost group was the crowd who was drawn by the spectacular,  captivated by the miracles.  Jesus loved all the people who came to see Him;  and the miracles certainly were attention getters that caused people to draw near.  But then what?  Jesus wanted people to be captivated with Him…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 2020

Psalm 23:1 (KJV)  The Lord is my shepherd.  The name Yahweh Rohi means  “the Lord Our Shepherd”  and it portrays God as the spiritual shepherd of His people.  Sheep know their shepherd’s voice and rely on it for direction.  Shepherds protect their sheep from danger.  Yahweh Rohi leads us,  protects us,  delivers us from evil,  and meets our spiritual needs.  Psalm 23 beautifully describes how God is a shepherd in our lives.  He has your best interests in mind,  so…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 2020

Matthew 6:9 (NIV)  This,  then,  is how you should pray:  “Our Father in heaven,  hallowed be your name…”  “The Fatherhood of God has taken on new meaning since Calvary,  but its roots are well-grounded in the Old Testament revelation.  Deut. 32:6;  Isaiah 63:16;  Jeremiah 3:19,  and Malachi 1:6 reveal God as Ab (the New Testament equivalent is Pater),  the Father of the nation of Israel.  In this role,  He tenderly cares for His people’s needs,  disciplines them,  and provides for…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 1, 2020

Genesis 17:1(NIV)  When Abram was 99 years old,  the Lord appeared to him and said,  “I am God Almighty (El Shaddai);  walk before me and be blameless.  “El Shaddai”  indicates strength and refers to God’s power or omnipotence.  God can do anything that is consistent with His will and nature.  The name  “El Shaddai”  is first linked with God’s promise to multiply the seed of Abraham in seemingly impossible circumstances.  Job references El Shaddai 31 times—more than any other book…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

John 14:6 (NLT)  Jesus told him,  “I am the way,  the truth,  and the life…” “For thousands of years people have been asking,  ‘What is truth?’   While some philosophers claim that it is impossible to know absolute truth,  others have spent their lives trying to discover what truth is.  Pontius Pilate asked Jesus,  ‘What is truth?’  (John 18:38).”  Earlier,  Jesus had defined the term in the simplest possible way:  “I am …the truth…”  The truth of God is the…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

II Peter 1:4 (KJV)  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature,  having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  Every day,  the serpent wraps itself around some kind of tree in our pathway and tempts us by trying to captivate our attention and sell us on some form of evil indulgence.  Everyday heaven watches in as we make a fresh choice to follow…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

Psalm 89:14  (NIV)  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne…  God is righteous and just.  The scriptures use the words righteous and righteousness over 500 times and the terms just and justice another 100 times—mostly referring to God.  This underscores the truth that we don’t have to be afraid that God will act in an unfair way.  When He gets involved in a person’s life,  He is fair and righteous.  Furthermore,  God upholds those who live uprightly and…

We’re Hiring – Kids Ministry Administrator

Kids Ministry Administrator Responsibilities This is a general description and was written pre-COVID. As you can imagine, it is not comprehensive and especially right now, things are changing often and flexibility is desperately needed. Sunday Mornings Manage and plan for training Communicate with teams during the week (weekly emails) Leadership development within teams; meet with volunteers Prepare materials as needed for teachers Troubleshoot issues with behavior, leaders, technology, etc. Teach on a limited rotation as needed/desired Direct supervision/leadership for Preschool…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2020

John 15: 12 (Passion Translation)  So this is my command:  Love each other deeply,  as much as I have loved you.  Christ’s last words to his disciples are worth studying in depth.  Though they did not understand all that He said,  He planted in their memory words that the Holy Spirit would bring back to their thoughts in the coming days.  Love is the most powerful expression of our faith.  As we  “continually let His love nourish our hearts” (15:9)…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

Mark 12: 41 (Passion Translation) Then He  (Jesus)  sat down near the offering box,  watching all the people dropping in their coins.  Jesus noticed what others missed:  ”She sacrificed out of her poverty and gave to God all that she had to live on,  which was everything she had.”  “Although in the Bible wealth is shown as an aspect of God’s blessing and approval,  the New Testament brings the added emphasis of the possession and use of wealth or money…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Exodus 16:4 (NLT)  Then the Lord said to Moses,  “Look,  I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you.  Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day.  I will test them in this…  “God provides for the needs of His people.  Just as He provides for the birds without putting it into their mouths,  God makes provision for His people without promoting idleness.  He provided sufficiency without surplus…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

Mark 13:31 (NIV)  Heaven and earth will pass away,  but my words will never pass away.   God’s word is faithful,  steadfast and true.  Jesus said,  “The earth and sky will wear out and fade away before one word I speak loses its power or fails to accomplish its purpose” (Passion Translation).  God’s word never loses its power,  but it seeks entry into believing hearts.  Psalm 138:8 – The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me (KJV);  The Lord will…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Mark 13:3-4 (NLT)  Later,  Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple.  Peter,  James,  John,  and Andrew came to Him privately and asked Him,  “Tell us,  when will all this happen?”  Jesus described some of the end-time signs but then specifically told them,  “but don’t panic” (NLT) “keep your head and don’t panic” (The Message) “do not be alarmed” (NIV).  During this pandemic don’t live in fear—live alert.  Hear Christ’s words for us today:  “This…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Mark 13:2 (Passion Translation)  As Jesus was leaving the temple courts,  one of his disciples came to Him and said,  “Teacher,  look at these magnificent buildings!  And what tremendous stones were used to build all this!”  Jesus turned to them and said,  “Take a good look at all these enormous buildings,  for I’m telling you there will not be one stone left upon another.  It will all be leveled!”  Jesus’  prophecy was fulfilled by the Roman prince Titus in AD…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

Genesis 1:26 (NLT)  Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”  Mankind was given the spiritual likeness of personality with intellect (Psa. 139:1-4;  sensibility (Heb. 3:10) and will (Col. 4:12).  We were given moral likeness  “in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph 4:24).  And we were given physical likeness (i.e. man’s physical form is made after the spiritual form of God [Num. 12:8;  Ex. 33:18-23; Rev. 5:1-7;  Matt. 18:10] (Beutler,  2).  Jesus redeems us.  The Holy…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Genesis 2:8 (NIV)  Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east,  in Eden… all kinds of trees… In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.   Everyday Adam and Eve had to make a moral choice—to pass by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in order to obey God’s directive and not eat from it.  In this way they expressed free…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Genesis 15:6 (NIV)  Abram believed the Lord,  and He credited it to him as righteousness.  Genesis teaches us many lessons.  Abraham is our example of faith (Gal. 3:7);  and Joseph’s life is a remarkable lesson for all who suffer unfairly  “and is a challenge to faithfulness in this age of undisciplined permissiveness” (Hayford,  4).  God is always leading us in growth opportunities,  to engage our faith in new ways as the Holy Spirit guides and directs us.  Look over your…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Genesis 1:2 (KIV)  …the Spirit of God moved (was hovering NIV) upon the face of the waters.  New creation comes as the Holy Spirit hovers (Luke 1:35).  The Holy Spirit also worked in Joseph,  which was evident to Pharaoh:  “Can we find such a one as this,  a man in whom is the Spirit of God? (Gen. 41:38).  It was God’s Spirit that drew those animals into Noah’s ark.  At every impossible situation that threatened to frustrate the fulfillment of…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

John 5:46 (NIV)  If you believed Moses,  you would believe me,  for he wrote about me.  Moses,  who wrote Genesis during the forty wilderness years,  wrote about Jesus in Gen. 3:15:  He will crush your head and you will strike his heel.  “This statement is the inaugural declaration that God will triumph over Satan.  Seen prophetically,  God declares that one would come from a woman to fulfill this sentence of death on the devil” (Hayford,  page 5).  The  “seed”  of…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Genesis 1:1 (NIV)  In the beginning,  God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis means  “beginning,”  and there are so many beginnings in this book:  the revelation of God,  the material universe,  the human race,  the human family and human sin,  the revelation of a redemption plan,  the beginning of world nations and languages,  and the Hebrew race.  Jesus confirmed the authenticity and inspiration of Genesis (Matt. 19:4-6;  24:37-39).  Genesis is written in historical style, (not poetic,  not mythical) because…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

Mark 1:35 (NLT)  Before daybreak the next morning,  Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.  Jesus needed His Father’s direction—clarity of mission,  next steps,  power for the day,  Abba’s love.  None of us can live up to all the expectations put on us.  In Abba’s presence we find release from those weights.  The Holy Spirit spreads God’s love around in our hearts and melts fear.  Don’t miss your one-on-ones with Him. 

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

I Cor. 14:12 (NIV)  …Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts,  try to excel in gifts that build up the church.  Don’t hold on too tightly to your spiritual gifts—your identity is not based on what you do.  It is based on who you are in Christ Jesus.  And sometimes God takes us way outside our comfort zones because something needs to be done and there is nobody else to do it.  Are you willing to step up and…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

I Peter 5:5b (NIV)  All of you,  clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,  because,  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humility is a superpower these days.  It takes humility to confess that you have sinned.  It takes humility to admit that you were wrong.  Humility enables us to grab the life jacket so we can get pulled to safety.  Grace is available to us from the hand of God but pride creates a barrier.  The…