Church Blog (Page 10)

Church Blog (Page 10)

DEVOTIONS – THURS. MAY 23, 2019

1 Kings 19:11 Go out and stand before me on the mountain…  In many ways Elijah’s experience at Mount Horeb’s cave is a representation of a place of despair, desolation, and dejection. After his profound experience on Mt. Carmel, Elijah ran for his life, collapsed in Horeb’s cave, and pled with God to take his life. But God “coaxed him out of his cave of depression and onto the mountain top. After ferocious winds shattering earthquakes and scorching fires (all…

DEVOTIONS – WED. MAY 22, 2019

Joshua 1:8 (The Message) And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going then you’ll succeed. “The central element of the biblical view of meditation is obedience. This is a marked contrast to the various forms of meditation in many religions around the world. The biblical stress is always on ethical changer,…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. MAY 21, 2019

John 15:4 (The Message) Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. Healthy relationships are not built on a once-a-week conversation. They are built upon ongoing, transparent conversations that are woven through everyday experiences and lead to perspective and enlightenment. So it is with our faith. It must go beyond the Sunday morning worship hour and extend throughout every day of the week. God wants a long, personal, ongoing conversation with us. Does that…

DEVOTIONS – MON. MAY 20, 2019

John 16:13 (The Message) But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to Himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.  As we study the life of Jesus Christ by reading the gospels, the Holy Spirit can direct our thoughts and unpack applications for…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. MAY 18, 2019

Colossians 3:2 (NIV) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  How easily can you discern the source of your thoughts? How quickly do you act on your impulses? Have you learned the importance of delayed gratification? In our quick fix and easy-access culture we tend to overlook the importance of this discipline. The Holy Spirit makes use of delays to groom our hearts and He wants to teach us important truths in that can only be learned…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. MAY 17, 2019

Mark 10:28 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”  James and John wanted to sit at seats of honor on the right and left of Jesus when He came into His glory. They were captivated by the grandeur of ministry; but Jesus pointed out a timeless truth. They did not understand the sacrifices, the dying to self, and the personal cross…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. MAY 16, 2019

I Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  This describes the work of the ministry so well. Some folks need to be urged to move on in their faith and not be distracted or settled into life comforts that lead to relinquishment of service. Others need to be exhorted to identify their gifts and to step forward boldly without shrinking back to accomplish God’s purposes…

DEVOTIONS – WED. MAY 15, 2019

Isaiah 42:3 (NIV) He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. (The Message: He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt and He won’t disregard the small and insignificant, but He’ll steadily and firmly set things right. We serve a God who cares about people and wants to mend their broken hearts. When people become so bruised by difficult life experiences, it is often difficult for them to trust anymore. They won’t risk the…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. MAY 14, 2019

Numbers 21:4b (KJV) …and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. The long trek toward the Promised Land took the Children out of Egypt and through difficult terrain that made them weary. Some made it worse by exaggerating the difficulties and problems. When a person is battling disease or the loss of a love one or relational heartaches of any kind, what they don’t need is someone at their side who exaggerates the problems and…

DEVOTIONS – MON. MAY 13, 2019

Isaiah 50:4 The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will. (RSV – that I might know how to sustain with a word him that is weary). Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages” unpacks what it means to supply words of affirmation to people as one way of expressing love. The Bible refines the concept even…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. MAY 11, 2019

I Samuel 20:16 So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.  David and Jonathan were the best of friends; and their covenant commitment to care for one another’s families (whoever survived) signaled the deepest kind of friendship. Jonathan saw David as a hero worthy of respect, and David saw Jonathan as trustworthy and dedicated.…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. MAY 10, 2019

I Samuel 18:14 In everything (David) did he had great success because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. As David gained influence, Saul’s influence decreased. Saul became jealous, then fearful of David. Those emotions hardened to implacable enmity. Ultimately, David was forced to flee for his life. David faced a jolting change in status (chapters 21-30) from a respected military hero to a lone fugitive. Yet today the whole…