Church Blog (Page 23)

Church Blog (Page 23)

DEVOTIONS – THURS. APRIL 4, 2019

John 13:34-35 (NLT) So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. Jesus introduced a whole new spiritual paradigm. The Old Covenant (Old Testament) was embedded in rules and regulations that enabled a relationship with God. The New Covenant (New Testament) would be implanted in hearts of flesh. Obedience to God…

DEVOTIONS – Weds. april 3, 2019

John 13:31 (NLT) As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory… “The presence of Judas among the Twelve was a hindrance to further revelation on the part of Jesus. As long as Judas was in the group Jesus could not speak to them as a spiritual unity.  You are clean, but not all (v. 10) showed the disunity which Jesus recognized.” Once Judas left the…

DEVOTION – TUES. April 2, 2019

John 13:18b (The Message) “The one who ate bread at my table turned on his heel against me.” The ancient prophesy of Psalm 41:9 would come to pass through Judas. “The progress of evil within Judas is traceable in the successive allusions to him (John 6:70-71 – [Judas] was even then getting ready to betray Him). John called him a “thief” (12:4-6). The devil is said to have put into his heart the idea of betraying Jesus (13:2); and in…

DEVOTION – MON. April 1, 2019

John 13:21 (The Message) After (Jesus) said these things, Jesus became visibly upset (troubled in spirit, KJV), and then He told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.” The expression “troubled in spirit” described the pain which Judas’ defection would cause Jesus. On two other occasions Jesus used similar words that expressed His deep concern: at the grave of Lazarus (11:33) where He was “deeply troubled” over how death had invaded and impacted mankind, and when the…

DEVOTION – SAT. MARCH 30, 2019

John 13:8b (NIV) “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Love cleanses. Peter protested. Jesus’ response disclosed a spiritual significance that Peter did not yet understand. Later he would understand. Through the cross Jesus would provide a cleansing from sin for all those who accepted it. God saved us…through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7). Yet a constant cleansing is also necessary “to remove the incidental defilement resulting from the casual…

DEVOTION – FRI. MARCH 29, 2019

John 13:4a  (NIV) So (Jesus) got up from the supper table… Jesus had an active love. “Twice it is stated that the supper was interrupted (v. 2 and v. 4). The disciples, as they filed into the room, had looked for someone to wash their feet, but no servant was present. Rather than humiliate themselves, they were reclining with unwashed feet. Jesus, after waiting in vain for one of them to take the place of a servant, finally assumed the…

DEVOTION – THURS. MARCH 28, 2019

John 13:8 (NLT) “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” According to the custom of that day, a household servant washed the feet of guests who had come through the dust and filth of the street. “Since the last supper was held in a private home, and probably as a secret meeting, it is understandable why no servant was present to fulfill this task. Furthermore, the disciples’ minds were preoccupied with dreams of elevation to office in…

DEVOTION – WED. MARCH 27, 2019

John 13:3-4a (The Message) Jesus knew that the Father had put Him in complete charge of everything, that He came from God and was on His way back to God. So He got up…. Christ’s love was tendered in the full consciousness of His own exalted powers. “He deliberately subjected Himself to the needs of His disciples, and sacrificed Himself for them by submitting to an authority which was beneath Him. He told Pilate, you would have no power over…

DEVOTION – TUES. MARCH 26, 2019

John 13:4-5 (NLT) So (Jesus) got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet… The devil had already put into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus. Think of it: Jesus offered His service in spite of His full knowledge of Judas’ coming betrayal and the coming denial by Peter. “Notwithstanding treachery and cowardice on the part of men and…

DEVOTION – MON. MARCH 25, 2019

John 13:1 (NIV) It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.   The emphasis of John’s account of the Last Supper is on Jesus’ personal love for His disciples. “The significance is not that He loved them to the last of His life, but…

Devotion – Sat. March 23, 2019

Luke 15:10 (NIV) (Jesus told them) there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. All heaven cheers when we turn toward God and begin the journey of following Jesus. Suddenly, wholeness becomes possible. Spiritual healing can begin. A path to transformation opens to us because we have placed our faith in a supernatural God who supplies us with supernatural ability and that makes all things possible. Chains to the past are broken.…

Devotion – Fri. March 22, 2019

I Chronicles 15:1b  (NIV) (David) prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. The Ark of the Covenant was a holy piece of furniture in Israel’s tabernacle. It represented the visible presence of God and was to be treated with honor and respect (though not worshiped). An enemy country had raided Israel and carried it off as a trophy of war; now David had recaptured it and brought it home. He would make sure…