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DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020

Psalm 89:14 (NIV) – Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.  We can be sure that God will act fairly toward people,  because God is righteous and just.  He upholds those who live uprightly and helps them when they suffer oppression by judging the oppressors (Ps. 72:2-4;  94:14-23).  Jesus prayed to His  “Righteous Father” (John 17:25).  Daniel declared that  “the Lord our God is righteous in everything He does” (Daniel 9:14).  God always does the right thing.  “He…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 25, 2020

Isaiah 6:3 (NLT) – And  (the seraphim)  were calling to one another:  “Holy,  holy,  holy is the LORD Almighty;  the whole earth is full of his glory.”  Isaiah saw the glory of God.  Much later John saw a throne in heaven and heard the same sound:  “Holy,  holy,  holy is the Lord God almighty,  who was,  and is,  and is to come”  (Rev. 4:2,8).  Holiness is a central quality of God’s being.  I don’t think we can even begin to…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 23, 2020

Romans 11:33a (NIV)  Oh,  the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgments,  and His paths beyond tracing out!  We serve a rational God—creative and intelligent but also compassionate,  gracious,  slow to anger and abounding in love (Ps. 103:8).  He has an end in mind that is consistent with His character.  His motives toward us are always pure,  consistent with His nature and for our good.  Jesus is His  “express image”  (Heb. 1:30.) …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 22, 2020

Exodus 15:11 (NLT)  Who is like you among the gods,  O LORD—glorious in holiness,  awesome in splendor,  performing great wonders?    What have we learned so far this week regarding the existence of God?  God has revealed Himself in creation.  Scripture assumes the existence of God but does not seek to prove it.  People’s innate belief in God’s existence and humanity’s moral nature all testify to God’s existence.  Remarkably,  God cared enough to reveal Himself to us so that we…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020

Romans 2:14-15 (MSG)  When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct,  they confirm its truth by their obedience.  They show that God’s law is not something alien,  imposed on us from without,  but woven into the very fabric of our creation.  There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no,  right and wrong.  People are moral beings,  with a sense of right and wrong.  Conscience is inherent in every…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020

Romans 1:20 (NLT)  For ever since the world was created,  people have seen the earth and sky.  Through everything God made,  they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature… A universal belief in a supreme being is innate or intuitive in people everywhere.  However,  this belief is not so universal in what that god is like.  Christians believe in one loving God who is interested in a personal relationship with them.  Those who believe in other…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 19, 2020

Psalm 19:1 (NLT)  The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display His craftsmanship.  A remarkable interdependency exists between everything in the universe.  Vegetation depends on sun and soil and water.  Streams flow into rivers and oceans.  Animals depend upon nature’s multiple food sources.  People depend upon wood for fire.  Without sufficient rain,  crops die.  An intricate balance exists that gives us compelling evidence for God’s existence and is known as the cosmological argument.  The cosmos,  this orderly,  harmonious…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 18, 2020

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)  And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.  The Bible makes no attempt to prove God’s existence.  The writers assume He exists and expect people to believe it by faith.  Anyone who comes to Him  “must believe that He exists.”  But people will not put their faith in someone in whom they don’t believe.  Read…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 16, 2020

Psalm 16:11 –  …you will fill me with joy in your presence…  The lie is:  “I should not have to live with unfulfilled longings.”  Culture teaches this.  God’s Word does not teach this.  THE TRUTH is that we will always have some kind of unfulfilled longings on this side of Heaven.  God’s Word teaches us the importance of contentment.  The deepest longings of our heart cannot be filled by any person or thing.  People and circumstances will never make us…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 15, 2020

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) –  Today I have given you the choice between life and death,  between blessings and curses.  Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.  Oh,  that you would choose life,  so that you and your descendants might live.  God has given us the power of choice.  When we say,  “I can’t help the way I am,”  we are believing a lie that keeps us in lifelong bondage.  We must take personal responsibility…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MAY 14, 2020

I Peter 2:9 (NIV) –  But you are a chosen people,  a royal priesthood,  a holy nation,  a people belonging to God… Did you know that 42% of women surveyed by Nancy DeMoss indicated that they had believed the lie:  “I’m not worth anything”?  “Our view of ourselves and our sense of worth are often determined by the input and opinions of others.”  The words  “stupid”  or  “fat”  get locked into our brains,  and instead of countering the lies with…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2020

Psalm 45:1 (NIV) –  God is our refuge and strength,  an ever-present help in trouble.  THE TRUTH is that life is hard.  The lie is that  “God should fix my problems.”  God is not our cosmic genie.  He does not run to serve us when we ring the bell.  And the goal in life is NOT to be  “free from all problems—to get rid of everything that is difficult or unpleasant.  Our society is conditioned to think that we should…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 12, 2020

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) –  And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches,  which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  THE TRUTH is that God is enough.  But when it comes down to it,  often we don’t really believe that God is sufficient to deal with our problems.  We need Him plus shopping,  food,  friends,  vacations,  our job,  our family.  When the pandemic hits and we are displaced from…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 11, 2020

Romans 8:39 (NLT) –  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed,  nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  THE TRUTH is that God loves us.  A loveless marriage,  childhood abuse,  parental rejection- these contribute to feelings of loneliness and the lie that  “God doesn’t love me.”  Some of us produce and perform and serve in order to please God…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 9, 2020

Psalm 119:68 –  You are good,  and what you do is good;  teach me your decrees.  “When turbulence,  disappointment,  or pain comes into our lives;  when we lose people we love;  when things don’t go as we had hoped or planned,  Satan tempts us to wonder,  “Is God really good?  If He were,  how could He have let this happen?”  In this fallen world where wars,  genocide,  famine and natural disasters are a reality,  that Deceiver tries to cast God…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 8, 2020

John 8:32 (NIV) –  You will know the truth,  and the truth will set you free.  “Every lie must be encountered with corresponding Truth.  Where we have listened to,  dwelt on,  believed,  and acted on lies,  we must begin to listen to,  meditate on,  believe,  and act on the Truth.  That is how we will move from bondage to freedom,  by the power of the Spirit of God.  Jesus declared it:  The Truth  “will set you free.”  Get intentional with…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MAY 7, 2020

John 8:44b (NIV) – (the devil)  was a murderer from the beginning.  He has always hated the truth,  because there is no truth in him…he is a liar and the father of lies.  Yes,  Jesus was talking here about an evil force with a spirit personality,  not a corporeal being  (Eph 2:2;  Luke 24:39).  He is a created being and does NOT possess divine attributes.  He cannot read your mind.  He has intellect and emotion  (Rev. 12:12)  and power to…

The Only Way: A Poem

There is no need to hide what’s true,That isn’t what Christians are called to do! When someone asks, ‘You think I’m going to Hell?’Your response should be, ‘I am, as well. If not for Jesus, the way, truth, and life,All our eternities end in strife. He is the one and only way to the Father,So stop your searching, you needn’t bother. The way is clear, the way is free,As much for you as it is for me. All religions claim…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MAY 6, 2020

Genesis 2:16 (MSG) –  God commanded the Man,  “You can eat from any tree in the garden except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil.  Don’t eat from it.  The moment you eat from that tree,  you’re dead.”  THE TRUTH here is that God is a generous God.  Only one tree had a  “Keep Off”  sign posted. And that was for the best interest of Adam and Eve.  Their obedience would guarantee long-term blessings and happiness.  It also provided them an opportunity to exercise…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 5, 2020

Galatians 5:1 (MSG) –  Christ has set us free to live a free life.  So take your stand!  Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.  Nancy DeMoss’s book,  “Lies Women Believe,”  addresses specific areas of deception that we operate under—both men and women.  Identifying them,  naming them for what they are,  and reaching for the Good Shepherd’s hand to guide us out of deception and into freedom is what Nancy’s book so beautifully unpacks.  We don’t…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 4, 2020

John 10:10 (NIV) –  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;  I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.  From the moment we choose faith in Jesus Christ,  He begins leading us into increased measures of freedom.  Often,  we have immediate deliverance from debilitating habits;  but more often it is a gradual growth and discovery process that includes offloading fears and feelings of worthlessness,  and the compulsions that drive self-consumptive behaviors. …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 2, 2020

Psalm 59:10 – My God  (Elohim)  in His lovingkindness  (Chaseddi)  will meet me;  God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes. ELOHE CHASEDDI – God of Mercy TODAY’S PRAYER:  You are Elohe Chaseddi,  my God of mercy.  Oh,  how I thank you for your favor and mercy in times when I have needed your forgiveness for thoughtless choices that reaped heartache and shame.  You have been merciful to me when I turned to you in repentance from my sin; …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 1, 2020

Genesis 35:7 (NIV) – Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel  (which means  “God of Bethel”),  because God had appeared to him there….  EL BETHEL – The God of the House of God TODAY’S PRAYER:  El Bethel,  set up your home within me.  Live in the depths of my soul.  Make me a clean house,  a pure and blameless place in which you can live.  Show me how to honor you through everything I do—from the entertainment…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2020

Deuteronomy 3:24 (NIV) – O Lord  (Adonai)  God,  You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand;  for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?  ADONAI – Master Over All TODAY’S PRAYER:  Who can calm a storm with one word?  Who can create a mountain?  You are Adonai,  Master over all and deserving of my highest praise.  I confess that there is nothing above…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2020

Genesis 2:4 (NIV) – This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.  When the Lord  (Jehovah)  God made the earth and the heavens…  JEHOVAH – The Relational God TODAY’S PRAYER:  Jehovah,  you rule over all the earth;  yet you seek a relationship with me.  Just like you walked with Adam and Eve in the garden,  you want to walk with me each day.  Forgive me when I have been too busy to open my…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY APRIL 28, 2020

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) – In the beginning God  (Elohim)  created the heavens and the earth. ELOHIM – The Strong Creator God TODAY’S PRAYER:  Elohim,  forgive me when I forget your creative power,  evidenced in this big,  beautiful world and everything in it.  I want to pause and be awed by your masterpiece.  Help me not to miss it.  Help me to luxuriate in it every day.  I am wonderfully made—my life and health.  You are my strong creator God,  and…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY APRIL 27, 2020

Psalm 18:10 (NIV) – The name of the Lord is a strong tower;  the righteous run to it and are safe.  God reveals himself by various names that relate to His ability to meet the needs of His people.  This week we will pray,  using the various names of God.  Each name reveals an aspect of His character that relates to a need—back then in Bible days,  but also today,  because He is the same yesterday,  today,  and forever (Hebrews…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2020

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 24, 2020

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 23, 2020

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 22, 2020

Hebrews 9:27 (MSG) – 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 that…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY APRIL 21, 2020

I Corinthians 15:13-22, focus verse 20 (NIV) – 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…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY APRIL 20, 2020

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…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY APRIL 18, 2020

Isaiah 40:27-31 (NLT) How can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?  How can you say God ignores your rights?  Have you never heard?  Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God,  the Creator of all the earth.  He never grows weak or weary.  No one can measure the depths of His understanding.  He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  Even youths will become weak and tired.  But those who trust in…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY APRIL 16, 2020

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 of…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY APRIL 14, 2020

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 – MONDAY APRIL 13, 2020

Psalm 16:1 (NLT)   Keep me safe,  O God for I have come to you for refuge.  This psalm is often referred to as  “A Prayer of Messiah.”  As you read through it,  you will gain insight into the kinds of things Christ may have prayed as He walked the Via Delarosa—I will not be shaken;  You will not abandon me;  You are at my right hand (vs. 8).  As Christ hung on the cross,  He found strength by focusing…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY APRIL 11, 2020

John 19:38 (NLT) Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. We call it Silent Saturday,  when we sit and wait and hope.  Of course,  we know Sunday is coming;  but the disciples knew only that Jesus was dead,  and so were their hopes and dreams.  Remember:  faith is something…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2020

Mark 15:34 (The Message) At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Have you ever felt abandoned?  Sometimes when God doesn’t seem to be showing up,  we hear only silence.  Yet,  God’s goodness is most manifest–but we are blind to it.  Hold onto your faith,  because God will reveal Himself…
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