Church Blog (Page 3)

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DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2019

Matthew 4:23 (NIV)  Jesus went throughout Galilee,  teaching in their synagogues,  preaching the good news of the kingdom,  and healing every disease and sickness among the people.  Christ’s miracles drew multitudes.  People listened to Him as long as they saw miracles.  But later in His ministry,  as He drew near to the cross,  He performed fewer miracles and preached more about discipleship.  Once,  after his message on the high cost of discipleship,  many followers walked away  (John 6).  He turned…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2019

Isaiah 66:1-2 (NIV)  This is what the Lord says:  “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool…This is the one I esteem:  he who is humble and contrite in spirit,  and trembles at my word.”   The heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool;  yet,  God chooses to live in the hearts of humble believers who faithfully obey His Word.  Think of it!  His greatest delight is you!  In a world filled with doubt,  sarcasm…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,  and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth;  it will not return to me empty,  but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  What a wonderful metaphor for the…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)  As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  We tend toward obsession with ego needs that drive our decision-making processes.  We must become wise by listening first for the Spirit’s voice.  We must learn to dial past the static that permeates our world system and seek first the Kingdom of Heaven.  God cares about our daily decisions and knows that each one has…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2019

Isaiah 55:3 (NIV)  Give ear and come to me;  hear me,  that your soul may live… This passage speaks of spiritual poverty and thirst (vs. 1).  We live such hectic lives that all too often we overlook our deep inner hunger for God.  We forget how much we need Him.  We invest so much of our time and energy in things that do not have eternal value.  God invites us to come empty handed to His table of provision.  There…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)  They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;  they shall mount up with wings as eagles;  they shall run,  and not be weary;  and they shall walk,  and not faint.   “Weary and faint persons can face the difficulties of life when they live in God,  for they are renewed in their strength by the Creator’s limitless strength”  (Hayford Bible Handbook).  Patient waiting,  done in God’s presence,  produces quiet confidence.  He will trigger peace and…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2019

Proverbs 11:25 (NLT) The generous will prosper;  those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.  Are you known for your generosity?  You don’t have to own a big bank account in order to be a generous person.  The smallest acts of kindness often provide the most comfort:  a cup of cold water given to a thirsty laborer,  a meal offered to a grieving family,  a warm embrace for a lonely friend.  We can be God’s most usable vessels when listening…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2019

Psalm 134: 1-2 (NIV)  Praise the Lord,  all you servants of the Lord,  you who serve at night in the house of the Lord.  Lift your hands toward the sanctuary and praise the Lord.  Lifting up hands is an action that indicates surrender;  and in this text,  it also represents worship and adoration.  It is our best response in dark times.  Worship is the antidote to fear;  it enables us to focus on faith and watch for the Lord’s provision…

DEVOTIONS -THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2019

Psalm 119:130 (MSG)  Break open your words,  let the light shine out,  let ordinary people see the meaning.  We have spiritual capacity to discover God as we lean in,  open the Bible,  open our hearts,  and invite the Holy Spirit to unpack the timeless truths recorded there.  God’s breath lives on those pages.  You’ll find yourself identifying with one of the characters in at least one of the many narratives as you identify with their failures and God’s faithfulness.  Wisdom…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Psalm 103:14 (NIV) …He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.   Sometimes we come face to face with our deep-rooted inadequacies.  Our humanity overwhelms us.  During those times these words become life to us because we find relief in knowing that God is on our side,  ready to intervene for us.  The grace of God—we must ponder it.  We are finite but God is infinite:  the wind blows over it and it is gone,  and…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Psalm 103:3 (NIV)  Praise the Lord…who forgives all your sins…  It’s good to pause often and consider the vast love of God (as high as the heavens are above the earth- vs. 11).  His love does not change and is unaffected by our failures.  When we behave poorly or make bad choices,  we will suffer the consequences of those actions and God (and others) will be hurt and disappointed;  but God’s love for us will remain strong.  It does not…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2019

Psalm 103:2 (NIV)  Praise the Lord,  O my soul,  and forget not all His benefits…  (MSG)  …don’t forget a single blessing! When life gets tough,  it is especially important to remember all the Lord’s blessings rather than the trials.  It takes intentionality to choose gratitude instead of grumbling.  It takes determination to count your blessings and keep walking one resolute step after another while going through physical  (or emotional or spiritual)  therapy.  Don’t sit down and curl up into a…