A Patient Life – August 29, 2019

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. . . . The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:10,11

A Patient Life


Daily Devotion – August 29, 2019

Devotion based on James 5:10,11

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It is said that patience is a virtue. But that does not mean it is easy to come by. It is hard to be patient. It becomes especially difficult when the challenges of life become more intense. So, how does a person live a patient life?

We can start by considering those who were patient in the past. The prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord are a good example. In spite of being persecuted for proclaiming God’s Word, they patiently waited for the Lord to carry out his will.

The prophets were able to be patient because they had confidence in God’s ability to act at the right time and in the right way. This trust is the very heart of patience.

It is also what we are expressing every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer and say, “Your will be done.” This request requires patience to wait for the Lord to bring about his good will. While we may desperately want God to follow our timetable, he has his own. He works according to his wisdom for which there is no comparison. He also works according to his power for which there is no equal. Both of these traits are combined with his undeserved love. That is why we can live a patient life. We have every confidence God has everything in control, and his plans take every nuance into account.

There is one additional source of patience, we can turn to. It is Jesus, our Savior. In undeserved love and patience, he did not deal with us as our sins deserved. He forgave us. He washed us clean and declared us not guilty—not only once, but daily and without limit. He also intercedes for us and assures us everything will work together for our blessing. Knowing this provides us with the ability to live a patient life.

Prayer:
Lord, forgive me for my impatience. Give me the strength of faith I need to say your will be done. Amen.

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A Heavenly Life – August 28, 2019

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:1,2

A Heavenly Life


Daily Devotion – August 28, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 3:1,2

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How a person walks reveals much about his or her life. A person whose head hangs down and shuffles along says he is carrying the weight of the world. In contrast, a person whose head is held high and walks with a spring in her step says her life is in order.

How a person walks also reveals what is happening in his or her spiritual life. A person struggling with guilt and sin will be noticeably burdened. A person who knows his Savior’s forgiveness will be noticeably joyful. While not scientific, it does help us understand what Paul means when he encourages us to keep our eyes fixed on heavenly things.

Paul is not giving us a recipe for earning our way to heaven, nor is he giving us a way to make God feel better about us. Rather, when we turn our thoughts and hearts to what God has done for us through his Son, there is a change.

We know from painful experience the devil and the world want to weigh us down. Although we desperately want to avoid their influence, we can’t. It remains with us and deceives us into looking for quick fixes and easy solutions. This is why Paul’s words are so precious and powerful. We want to set our hearts on things above, on God the Father and his Son. When we make their work our chief focus, we will see more than a quick fix. Gone will be the guilt and the burden of conscience. Gone will be the baggage that weighs down our hearts.

When we only look to this world for solutions, we will be disappointed. We will be like a leaf blown from place to place. In contrast, when we look to what God has secured through the work of his Son, we will be confident. We will live a heavenly life throughout our earthly stay.

Prayer:
O gracious Lord and Savior, remind me that I am a stranger in this world and my home is in heaven. Keep my eyes ever focused on this place of joy that is waiting for me. Amen.

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A Satisfied Life – August 27, 2019

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24,25

A Satisfied Life


Daily Devotion – August 27, 2019

Devotion based on Ecclesiastes 2:24,25

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Satisfaction. It seems harder and harder to achieve. What makes matters worse is that the definition continues to evolve. How often haven’t we been tempted to think, “If I only had a better phone, a newer car, a better job, then I would really be satisfied?” While it sounds achievable, it rarely happens. And, if it does, it doesn’t last long. The latest and greatest soon grabs our attention, and suddenly we are dissatisfied once again. Satisfaction is elusive.

But rather than being swept up in the never-ending pursuit of the things of this world, King Solomon encourages us in the book of Ecclesiastes to remember that everything we have is from God. And, because we know God loves us and wants what is best for us, we can be satisfied with whatever our lot in life might be.

So, while this life is not all there is, this life is a gift from God. And, he encourages us to enjoy the blessings he showers on us. Whether we are working in an office or a field, whether we are eating the finest of foods at a fancy restaurant or a hot dog in our backyard, whether we are drinking champagne or Kool-Aid, we can know that what we have is a gift from our gracious God—and we can be satisfied.

Prayer:
O loving heavenly Father, you fill my life with everything I need. Fill my heart with thanksgiving, joy, and contentment allowing me to live a truly satisfied life. Amen.

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A Meaningful Life – August 26, 2019

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
Ecclesiastes 1:2

A Meaningful Life


Daily Devotion – August 26, 2019

Devotion based on Ecclesiastes 1:2

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Life has a way of appearing meaningless. There is the routine, the mundane, and the monotonous. Worse, nothing seems to change and only the drudgery of sameness remains. So, life seems absolutely meaningless.

Is this true? Is life meaningless? From one perspective, it is. If this life is all there is, in the end, nothing we do will matter.

But what if this life is not all there is? What if there is a spiritual reality beyond this world? What if there is an eternal reality, we will one day experience? Then, our lives here truly do matter, truly are meaningful.

Nearing the end of his life, a man named Solomon came to this realization. He wrote about it in a book we call Ecclesiastes. After a life filled with wealth and fame, Solomon realized that the only thing that really matters, in the end, is a person’s relationship with the eternal God.

Although Solomon lived nearly three thousand years ago, the lesson he learned is an important reminder for us today. We are constantly assaulted by the world’s mantra of more, bigger, newer, and better. Once we have acquired it, then what? In the end, the things of this world won’t matter.

What matters is our relationship with Jesus. Through Jesus, we have the peace of forgiveness. Through Jesus, we have an unsurpassed joy. Through Jesus, we are set apart for a blessed life now and in heaven. Through Jesus, our lives change from meaningless to eternally meaningful.

Prayer:
Lord, open my eyes to see the emptiness of what the world offers, and seek only those things which you have prepared for me, and given me in love. Amen.

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Like A Charging Bear – August 25, 2019

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:5

Like A Charging Bear


Daily Devotion – August 25, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 3:5

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Greg Brush is a veteran fishing guide who lives in Alaska. Last summer he heard a twig snap behind him. He turned around just in time to see a massive brown bear charging straight at him.

“When I spotted him, he was within 15 yards,” Brush later said. “He was coming like a freight train.”

Brush had but one option. He raised his gun and started firing. The bear kept coming. Brush stumbled and fell on his back. Then his gun jammed. The last shot, however, had finally stopped the bear. It was just five feet away.

In your life, there is at least one temptation that regularly comes at you like a charging bear. Give yourself a few moments of candor and no doubt you’ll identify what it is. God’s Word tells us when that temptation comes, you and I have but one option. We need to raise the gun and pull the trigger. We need to put that temptation to death.

Too often, of course, you and I do the opposite. We think that we can befriend the temptation. We think we can domesticate it. We tell ourselves we can keep it under control. But the bear keeps charging. And in our heart of hearts, we know what that bear wants to do.

Confront the bear. Pull the trigger by coming to repentance and being washed in the blood of your Savior. Be renewed by his forgiveness. And be ready to confront another charging bear tomorrow.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, when temptation charges at me, empower me by your Spirit to put that temptation to death. For this, I look to you alone. Amen.

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A Prayer for Healing – August 24, 2019

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. . . . Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
Psalm 6:1-4,8,9

A Prayer for Healing


Daily Devotion – August 24, 2019

Devotion based on Psalm 6:1-4,8,9

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King David wrote this psalm probably at the time in his life when things were going badly. He was hurting physically and was greatly disturbed over the turmoil that was besetting him. He prayed fervently for the Lord to deliver him from the agony of pain and the anguish of his soul.

Can you relate to David’s condition today? Are you struggling with a physical ailment that drains your strength? When you woke up this morning, was your outlook for the day clouded by yesterday’s adversity? Are you slogging through the day silently sighing, “How long, O LORD, how long?”

In his great needs for his body and soul, David petitioned the Lord for help. He counted on the Lord’s unfailing love to look on him in mercy and lift him up from the pit of his problems. And his prayer was answered. David exclaimed, “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.”

Trusting in the love and power of the Lord, you too can take your cares to him. He promises to hear your prayer. And his answer will always be according to his unfailing love for you—a love he demonstrated by sending Jesus to rescue you from the pain of sin’s punishment and the agony of eternal death.

So, you can be sure that he hears your prayer. And, sooner or later, he will deliver you!

Prayer:
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long? O Lord, turn and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Amen.

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Ask Big – August 23, 2019

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16

Ask Big


Daily Devotion – August 23, 2019

Devotion based on James 5:16

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Among the many stories about Alexander the Great, there is one about a philosopher who served in Alexander’s court. The philosopher possessed outstanding ability but he had very little money. He turned to Alexander for help. He soon received word to draw whatever he needed from the imperial treasury. And so off to the imperial treasurer he went.

However, when the philosopher submitted his request, the treasurer hesitated. He hesitated because the size of the philosopher’s request was about $100,000. Such a large request, the treasurer felt, had to go directly to Alexander for his approval. When it did, Alexander the Great delivered a memorable reply. “Pay the money at once,” he said. And then he gave the reason why. “The philosopher has done me a singular honor. By the largeness of his request, he shows that he has understood both my wealth and generosity.”

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,” the Bible says. In other words, that person whom God has declared forgiven through faith in Christ—that person’s prayer to the Lord is powerful and effective. The power and effectiveness, however, do not come from the person doing the praying. Rather, the power and effectiveness come from the One who hears the prayer.

In Jesus, you and I stand forgiven of our every sin—including all the times we have dishonored our God with prayers that are milquetoast, perfunctory, timid. In Jesus, God covers us in the righteous life our Savior has lived on our behalf. And now, in this new and vibrant relationship we have with God, the Lord urges us to call on him in our day-to-day lives. He urges us to ask. He urges us to ask boldly. He urges us to ask big.

For when we do, we do him a singular honor. We demonstrate that we understand both his wealth and his generosity.

Prayer:
Lord God, you possess all things. Your generosity overflows. Move me to ask much from you. Amen.

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More – August 22, 2019

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.
Colossians 2:9

More


Daily Devotion – August 22, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 2:9

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In 1955, a boy by the name of Richie Sestili was helping his father. His father was a landscaper, and he and little Richie were in the yard of a Pittsburgh neighborhood. As they worked, Richie heard the screeching of tires. He looked up to see a car tear into the driveway next door. A man in a white lab coat jumped out and raced into the house. Immediately there was loud cheering and laughter. Then the man in the white lab coat raced back out of the house, jumped back into his car, and screeched his way out of his driveway and down the street. Richie concluded that the man must have gotten a big promotion at work.

That night, Richie was watching television. And there he was again—the man in the white lab coat. This time, however, Richie got to see who this man was. The man was Dr. Jonas Salk. The reason Dr. Salk had run into his house that day was that he had just received approval to announce to the world his discovery of a vaccine for polio. Dr. Salk’s polio vaccine was one of the greatest discoveries in medical history, sparing countless lives from paralysis and death. To Richie, Dr. Salk had simply been a happy man in a white lab coat. Now, however, Dr. Jonas Salk was much more.

Any casual look at Jesus will tell you that he is an impressive man. His compassion for the hurting, his words of wisdom, his courage to stand up against the self-righteous of his day—these things alone mark him as an extraordinary individual.

A closer look, however, reveals more. Jesus is no mere man. He is God himself. He proved this with his many miracles and the massive number of ancient prophecies he fulfilled.

He came here to live a perfect life on our behalf. He came to suffer and die for our every sin. He came to rise from death. All this he did so that now, through faith in him, you and I may have life—life to the full.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you that, although you are the almighty and eternal God, you were willing to become a man in order to save me. Amen.

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Giant Thing – August 21, 2019

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy.
Colossians 2:8

Giant Thing


Daily Devotion – August 21, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 2:8

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For many years, Cynthia Heimel was a columnist for The Village Voice. Her columns were tough-minded and snarky. She was also a playwright, an author, and a writer for TV. As such, Cynthia Heimel was in a superb position to observe individuals who dreamed of becoming famous. She was in a position to observe them both before and after they had achieved the status of “celebrity.”

One day she decided to write about what she had seen. “I pity celebrities,” she wrote. “No, I do. Celebrities were once perfectly pleasant human beings. But now their wrath is awful. You see, they wanted fame. They worked. They pushed. And the morning after they became famous, they all wanted to take an overdose. Because that giant thing they were striving for, that thing that was going to make everything ok…it actually happened. And the day after, they woke up, and they were still them. The disillusionment turned them howling and insufferable.”

It may be easy for us to smirk and roll our eyes at people who believe that being famous is the “giant thing” that will make everything ok. But what about us? What’s the “giant thing” in your life that you have presumed will do the same for you? Maybe it’s money. Maybe it’s pleasure. Maybe it’s status and success. Maybe it’s finding the perfect soulmate. Maybe it’s living for your children. Maybe it’s your Dream House. Maybe it’s retirement.

The Apostle Paul, in the Bible verse above, had a description for these “giant things.” He called them “hollow and deceptive.” In other words, if we expect the “giant thing” in our life to fulfill us, then we are setting ourselves up for disillusionment. Or even worse, the “giant thing” will actually deceive us into thinking that this is what life is.

But the “giant thing” is not the answer. Jesus is. Only Jesus can heal us by cleansing us of our every wrong. Only Jesus can fill that empty place in our lives with his Spirit. Only Jesus can give us “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, I have wasted much time on the hollow and deceptive things of this world. Wash me clean. Draw me closer to you. Amen.

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The Source – August 20, 2019

Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.
Colossians 2:6

The Source


Daily Devotion – August 20, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 2:6

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During the dark days of Nazi-occupied France in WWII, Hitler’s forces made it a matter of routine to round up families of Jewish descent and ship them off to concentration camps. One area where this did not happen, however, was in the small village of Le Chambon. At great risk to themselves, the residents there took it upon themselves to hide Jewish families, protecting them from deportation by the Nazis. Their courage saved hundreds of lives, perhaps many more.

After the war, a writer by the name of Philip Hallie traveled to Le Chambon. He had to see for himself what sort of brave souls were willing to endanger themselves for the sake of others. One-by-one he interviewed them. To his great surprise, there seemed to be nothing extraordinary about them.

There was, however, one factor that Hallie pursued. They all happened to attend the same village church. Every Sunday, in that tiny church, they heard what Christ had done for them. And every Sunday, in that tiny church, they learned about living their lives in him. As one elderly woman explained, “Pastor always taught us that there comes a time in every life when a person is asked to do something for Jesus.”

You see, their courage had not come out of the blue. Their deliberate bravery had not been some random impulse. Instead, through the good news of Jesus, the Holy Spirit had empowered them to possess the habit of gathering together as a congregational family. In those gatherings, they heard the message of what Christ had done at the cross to wash them clean. They learned that they were here on this earth to proclaim their Savior. They learned there are moments in every Christian’s life when you are asked to do something to the glory of Jesus.

The moments that come to you and me may not be as dramatic. But the moments will come. In fact, they come every day. As they do, remember what the source of our courage is. The source of our courage is in our regular gatherings with Jesus. The source of our courage is God’s forgiving love for us in Christ.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, move me to gather with your people. Give me the courage to live for you. Amen.

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The Cave – August 19, 2019

“. . . I am nothing but dust and ashes.”
Genesis 18:27

The Cave


Daily Devotion – August 19, 2019

Devotion based on Genesis 18:27

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A man by the name of Noam Arnon says that, in the early 1980s, he and a small team seized an opportunity to explore a cave in the Palestinian city of Hebron. When they did, they saw a stairway. They descended. At the bottom of the stairway was a corridor. At the end of the corridor, they found an opening where they descended even further. And it was here, Arnon says, that he found himself crawling through a two-chambered cave. In that cave, there was broken pottery. There were bone fragments and there was dust. As far as anyone knows, no one has entered the site since.

The cave that Noam Arnon describes is the traditional site for what the Bible calls, “The Cave of Machpelah.” The Cave of Machpelah was the burial place of Abraham and his family.

Picture yourself crawling through the cave. You move your flashlight back and forth. There’s nothing much to see; a few shards of broken pottery, a few fragments of bone, and dust.

Long before he died, Abraham himself understood what he was. “I am nothing but dust and ashes,” he said. Even though he was wealthy, Abraham knew that, in and of himself, he was nothing more than the tiny remnants that the Cave of Machpelah would one day contain.

That’s why the center of Abraham’s life was not Abraham. Rather, the center of Abraham’s life was the Lord. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Abraham trusted that the Lord would one day send someone who would wash him clean of his every sin; who would cover him in a blanket of holiness; who would take his soul home to heaven; and who would even, at the appointed time, raise up his bones from the Cave of Machpelah to live in glory forever.

God has made the same promise to us. Although our bodies will one day be nothing but dust and ashes, when Jesus returns, he will raise our bodies back to life to live in glory forever.

May this promise comfort you when life seems meaningless and when death seems final. May this promise inspire you to make the Lord the center of your life just as Abraham did.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, in those times when I crawl through the cave of my own frailties, fix my eyes on you. Amen.

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Planted In Christ – August 18, 2019

Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6

Planted In Christ


Daily Devotion – August 18, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 2:6

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If you’re a gardener in the Northern Tier of states in the United States, it is getting close to harvest time. The tomatoes are starting to turn as the proper number of days has passed since planting. The zucchini and squash are probably surpassing your ability to use them. As the days get a little cooler your flowers are in full bloom. A non-gardening neighbor stops by and says, “My, you have a beautiful garden!” But most non-gardening neighbors don’t have a clue what it takes to create such a garden.

A garden is a year-round process. Composting, mulching, hoeing, watering, fall cleanup, plowing or tilling, fertilizing lightly, compost spreading, fertilizing again, spring tilling, waiting until the soil warms for planting, summer care, and harvest make for much more work than meets the eye of a casual observer. The results can be seen, but the process is hidden.

Do we take for granted the spiritual gardening God has done in our souls? If we have had true confidence in Christ for some time, we may take that relationship for granted. The Apostle Paul reminds us to continue to live in Christ, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as we were taught.

Like garden plants that are rooted in the soil, we must ground ourselves in the Word of God. As plants draw from the soil vital nutrients and moisture, God’s Word gives all that we need for life with God now and forever. When we continue to learn more about God’s love in Jesus, especially from those whom God sends to teach us, we grow in our faith and knowledge of our salvation. God works in us the ability to live in thankfulness for all the blessings that we have in Jesus.

Prayer:
Lord, help me never forget your love for me, Christ. Help me to grow in him. Amen.

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A Wrong Relationship Made Right – August 17, 2019

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
Colossians 1:21-22

A Wrong Relationship Made Right


Daily Devotion – August 17, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 1:21-22

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How would you rate your relationship with God on a scale of 1 through 10? How would God rate it? Many people never bother to ask God what he has to say about his relationship with them. They think it is their prerogative to determine whether their relationship with God is good, bad, or ugly. Some think everything is okay between them and God. Others think God is out to get them and wants nothing good for them.

What does God have to say? First, he tells us that our evil behavior alienated us from him. God cannot and will not abide sin. We have sinned. Our evil behavior made us God’s enemies. We don’t want to hear this, but whether we want to hear it or not is irrelevant. God has declared it to be true.

But God doesn’t want to be our enemy. He loves us. So he sent his Son, Jesus, to suffer and die for our sins. All of our evil behavior was washed away by Jesus’ blood on the cross. Now God sees us as holy, sinless, perfect people. We are no longer God’s enemies. We have been reconciled to him.

Now, how would you rate your relationship with God on a scale of 1 through 10? Thank God that through Jesus, he has taken you from a 0 to a 10!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, I know that without your help I would be alienated from God because of my sins. I can never thank you enough for reconciling me to my Maker. Give me peace and joy this day knowing that I am no longer God’s enemy but his beloved and forgiven child. Amen.

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Just Sing – August 16, 2019

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Colossians 3:16

Just Sing


Daily Devotion – August 16, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 3:16

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When God speaks, it is appropriate to repeat those words and teach one another. God speaks to you in the words of the Bible, and those words are always useful for teaching. You can learn from every word of the Scriptures. Those words are also useful for admonishment, for rebuking and correcting. Every word of the Bible is true, so you can trust its standards and judgments. Its message about the saving work of Christ is the center of what God says, and when those words are impressed on your heart, you respond with gratitude.

Christians throughout the centuries have noticed that when the Holy Spirit fills their lives with the Word of God, many times they break out in song! Old Testament believers sang 150 different psalms. New Testament believers still sing those psalms, and they have added a rich number of hymns and songs to be sung when a Christian is feeling grateful to the Lord for all that he has done.

If you have ever had a Christian song running through your head, you know that you hardly have to be prompted to sing. It’s something that seems to come from deep within the soul, prompted by the Holy Spirit. Don’t fight it. Sing an old song, sing a new song, and keep singing to God, praising him and proclaiming what he has done for you. When God speaks, sometimes it’s the first response, and that shouldn’t bother you a bit. Just sing!

Prayer:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit give us lips to sing thy glory, tongues thy mercy to proclaim, throats to shout the hope that fills us, mouths to speak thy holy name. Amen.

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Laugh with Joy – August 15, 2019

Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Genesis 18:10-14

Laugh with Joy


Daily Devotion – August 15, 2019

Devotion based on Genesis 18:10-14

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Sometimes you just gotta laugh—the situation is so absurd that the only appropriate response is laughter. When Sarah, who was past childbearing age, heard the prediction that she would have a child within a year, she laughed. It was not really laughter with joy. It was more like the laughter of disbelief.

What Sarah didn’t take into account is that it was God talking. He was carrying out his plan of salvation, and when God tells you what he is doing for your salvation, a laugh of disbelief is an inappropriate response. Instead, when God speaks, you are encouraged to laugh with joy.

Even when you were still a sinner, Christ died for you. You just gotta laugh, because such mercy and grace are so unexpected. Don’t make it a laugh of disbelief. Laugh with joy.

Your sins are forgiven through faith in Christ. Even when you don’t feel forgiven, even when accusations are still there to try to make you feel guilty, God speaks the word of forgiveness, and you are genuinely and completely forgiven. You just gotta laugh with the joy that comes from a clean conscience.

No matter how bad it gets here on earth, God says that heaven is your home. No more sorrow or tears there—just rest and peace. Laugh with joy!

Prayer: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 79)
Oh, joy to know that you, my Friend, are Lord, beginning without end, the First and Last, eternal! And you at length—O glorious grace—will take me to that holy place, the home of joys supernal. Amen.

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Promises – August 14, 2019

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Colossians 1:21-23

Promises


Daily Devotion – August 14, 2019

Devotion based on Colossians 1:21-23

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The Bible is filled with gorgeous promises for us. Even though we have thought and done evil things that have made us enemies of God, Jesus took the punishment for them on the cross. He had lived a perfect life and did not deserve to die, but he suffered hell and died anyway so that we would get the credit for his holiness. Because of his work, we appear without blemish and are free from accusation in the eyes of God, whose eyes are the only ones that count when it comes to eternal salvation.

We receive all of those blessings through faith in Jesus Christ. God makes those promises and then gives us faith to trust them. Without faith, all of those blessings and promises go unused, and we go to hell. However, through faith, we receive all of the blessings of the gospel, which include forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

If a friend of yours makes many promises and then breaks them, you learn not to trust that friend. If someone else makes many promises and always keeps them, you learn to trust that person. God speaks to us in the words of the Bible and makes many promises. He has always kept them, and he always will. When God speaks, believe him, and you will never go wrong.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, forsake me not! I trust your Word. Amen.

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Drop Everything – August 13, 2019

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:38-42

Drop Everything


Daily Devotion – August 13, 2019

Devotion based on Luke 10:38-42

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Every culture has social rules that are to be observed when a visitor arrives. Some people greet visitors with a handshake, others with a hug. Some people offer a drink, while others prepare a whole meal.

Martha knew that when an important visitor like Jesus arrived, a bedroom had to be prepared and an appropriate meal had to be on the table at a decent hour. She wanted everything to be just right for her special guest.

What Martha didn’t realize was that Jesus, as the Son of God, was visiting to speak for her benefit. And when God speaks, the social rules change. Many cultural niceties can be observed, but the most important thing when God speaks is to drop everything and listen to what he says. Martha’s sister, Mary, was doing just that, and she was commended.

That’s because there’s nothing more important than the Word of God. When we get down to the most important things in life, that’s really all we need. Food keeps our bodies alive, but the Word of God nourishes our souls. Everyone needs water to live, but the Word of God is a spring of water welling up to eternal life. People need a place to rest, but the Word of God gives rest to everyone who is weary or burdened.

When God speaks, the most appropriate reaction is to drop everything and treasure what he says, because it all points to Jesus, our Savior.

Prayer:
One thing’s needful. Lord, this treasure teach me highly to regard. Amen.

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Listen – August 12, 2019

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:8b-10

Listen


Daily Devotion – August 12, 2019

Devotion based on 1 Samuel 3:8b-10

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The boy named Samuel was hearing a voice speaking to him during the night. He did not know what to do. The priest named Eli, who was his caretaker, told him what to do. Realizing that it was the Lord speaking, Eli told Samuel to answer, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Children need that kind of instruction. Today the Lord does not call out to them during the night. Instead, the Lord speaks to them in the Bible. Children need to know how to respond to the words of the Bible. Caretakers of children would do well to teach them to respond, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

We do not outgrow that advice. The Lord speaks to people of every age with the words of the Bible. He shows people their sin, calls them to repentance and promises to forgive them. He comforts them no matter what troubles they have in life, and he provides what they need to know to go to heaven. He uses the words of the Bible to bring people to faith in Jesus, and he uses the words of the Bible to keep them in that faith.

When the words of the Bible do not match our sensibilities or desires, we are tempted not to listen. But the advice of Samuel’s caretaker is still true each day of our lives. The best thing we can do to thank God for everything he has done is to listen to his Word. Let this be our response to every Bible passage: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Prayer:
Speak, O Savior. I am listening as a servant to his lord. Let me show respect and honor to your holy, precious Word. Amen.

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Christ is Your Glue – November 25, 2017

[God the Father] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:13-20

Christ is Your Glue


Daily Devotion – November 25, 2017

Devotion based on Colossians 1:13-20

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Your body is made up of 100 trillion microscopic things called “cells.” Cells are the basic unit of life, the foundation of every living thing. And the glue that literally holds those 100 trillion cells together is called laminin. Laminins are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of your body to the next cell. Without laminins, you would literally fall apart. The coolest thing about laminins is what they look like. The glue that holds you together, the foundation upon which your body is built, comes in the shape of a cross.

In speaking about Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul had this to say: “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Cross-shaped laminins literally hold your body together, and the eternal life that Jesus Christ purchased for you when he died on the cross in your place is the foundation of your faith, the glue that holds your entire life together. No longer do you need to worry about where you will spend eternity—Jesus has made things peaceful between you and God now and forever. Jesus has freed you from being a slave to sin and now empowers you to say “no” to its temptations. And when we fail to say “no” to sin, Jesus is ready with his forgiveness to lift us back up and empower us to live as his children.

There is no need to worry about your life now or ever because Jesus, both true God and true man, is not only your Savior, but also your King. He is in control of your life. He is going to hold you together in every way.

Prayer:
Christ my King, I know you will never let me down. You will hold my life together in every way. When I forget about that, forgive me. And then lead me through the precious promises of your Word to trust that with you holding me together I can handle anything now and forever. Amen.

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Happiest Day of My Life – August 18, 2017

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21

Happiest Day of My Life


Daily Devotion – August 18, 2017

Devotion based on Philippians 1:21

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A teacher asks her second-grade class to draw a picture of the happiest day of their lives. After they turn in their assignments, she straightens them into a pile and begins to scan through them. She pauses at one picture. The picture is of a funeral. She looks for the name at the top and calls the student up to her desk. When she asks him to explain, he tells her the happiest day of his life will be his funeral. The happiest day because he will go to heaven.

When the Christian Paul wrote “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” he was expressing the heart of being a Christian.

From the Bible, Christians understand and believe that they are full of sin. They see the selfishness inside themselves. They see how much they resent God commanding them to do things they don’t want to do. They realize how they really have nothing to offer God for him to look on them with favor.

They also understand and believe how much God loves them. Jesus lived a completely innocent and sin-free life. He then covered himself with all the garbage of our sin and guilt. Jesus took all the blame and all the shame we deserve. He stood still under the crushing justice of God’s anger over our sin. His sacrifice guaranteed no Christian will ever experience even an ounce of God’s justice.

Christians understand and believe that heaven is waiting for them. When they die, Jesus will welcome them into that place filled with joy and peace, where there is no sadness, and sorrows no longer exist. It’s no wonder Christians look forward to the day when they leave their pains, their aches, and their struggles behind to gain the perfect happiness of living with Jesus forever!

The same love from Jesus that fills Christians with hope also fills them with purpose. Jesus’ love leads believers to want to serve Jesus in any way and in every way they can. They live to give glory to Jesus.

I’m looking forward to my funeral. In the meantime, I thank Christ he’s given me another day to serve him.

What about you?

Prayer:
Jesus, thanks for giving me heaven. I can’t wait to be there with you! In the meantime, help me live for you, serving you with my whole life. Amen.

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If Only… – March 8, 2017

The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. … The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” … Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 2:7, 15–17, 3:1–7

If Only…


Daily Devotion – March 8, 2017

Devotion based on Genesis 2:7, 15–17, 3:1–7

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“If only… I had more money.”

“If only… I had a better relationship with my family.”

“If only… I could just find the right job.

It’s not only greed. It’s not only a desire for more. It’s a complete lack of faith in God to provide all that’s good. Adam and Eve fell into that trap.

“If only… we could have our eyes opened and be like God. If only we could know evil, as well as good. If only we could enjoy something more than what God has already given.”

What more could God have given them? What more could God give us? We have from him all that we need and so much more.

Yet we are not content with him. “If only …”

If only there was a way out of this trap we have fallen into. If only God would take pity on us and forgive us for wanting more than him. If only there was a Rescuer to set us free from our foolish sin and greed and mistrust of God. If only there was a way to escape the curse of death that we have brought on ourselves.

It’s more than “if only”–it’s a rock-solid, gospel-truth promise of God: the “offspring of the woman” (Genesis 3:15) has crushed the serpent’s head for us. His name is Jesus. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

We don’t need “if onlys”. We have a gracious, forgiving Savior who is our all in all.

Prayer:
Dear Father, forgive me for wanting more and failing to trust you for all. Thank you for forgiving me and saving me through Jesus, your Son. In him, I have all I could ever want. Amen.

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Angels Attend Me – March 6, 2017

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Matthew 4:11

Angels Attend Me


Daily Devotion – March 6, 2017

Devotion based on Matthew 4:11

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All too often I am tempted to think I’m on my own. No one is concerned. No one is paying attention. No one offers any help. The thought becomes especially strong as life becomes more complicated. I may wrestle with uncertainty in my job. I may be anxious over family matters. I may be overwhelmed with health issues. It seems when I really need someone, no one is there. I may even be tempted to think God has abandoned me as well.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. I can always rely on the Lord for his help, just as he sent angels to attend to Jesus’ needs.

Jesus had just completed forty days of grueling and incessant temptation. The devil tried to derail Jesus’ God-given ministry, but he was not successful. Jesus triumphed over every deceptive device his enemy employed, yet his faithfulness came at a cost. He was physically and emotionally drained. This is why the Father sent angels to attend him.

Today, I live with the same assurance. When I am physically and emotionally drained, when I feel abandoned, when I think I am on the verge of despair, I know where I can look for help. God will send his angels to attend me.

Angels attend me according to God’s gracious command. Angels attend me to strengthen and keep me safe. Because of what the Lord has done for me, and continues to do for me, I am never alone. By faith I know God’s angels will be there to attend me. Even more important, by faith I know God’s angels will work in perfect harmony with Jesus for my blessing.

My Savior wants me to be in heaven with him, and he gave up his life to give me this assurance. Through his blood-signed promise and his precious sacrifice on the cross I also know I will never be alone. Jesus will always be with me, and he will always strengthen, comfort, reassure, and forgive me. I also have every confidence he will send his angels to attend me.

Prayer:
O gracious Savior, I rejoice in your all precious promises. Keep me in your care. Strengthen me through your grace. Send your holy angels to attend me. Amen.

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A New Covenant – November 2, 2016

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Jeremiah 31:31-34

A New Covenant


Daily Devotion – November 2, 2016

Devotion based on Jeremiah 31:31-34

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You get a new job. Before you go to work, you have to sit down with your employer and come to an agreement on your wage, benefits and the tasks you are expected to complete. When all of those details are ironed out, you and your employer put those details down on paper and sign it, stating that each of you will honor your end of the deal. You promise to work a certain amount of hours completing a certain task or tasks. Your employer promises certain compensation to you for your work. It’s a contract, a legally binding agreement between two parties which outlines what each party does for the other.

While it is not an exact parallel, the word “covenant” in the Bible is much like a contract. In Jeremiah chapter 31, God says, “The time is coming… when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers…because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them.” God speaks about two covenants, the new one and the one which had been broken but not by God.

God had made a covenant with Israel. It is summarized in Exodus chapter 19, verses 5 & 6, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations, you will be my treasured possession… you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Simply put, God would make Israel his special people for a special purpose, and on the other side Israel was to obey God fully. Sadly, the Israelites were just like all of us: sinful. They forsook God and broke his covenant. We’re no different. Daily we choose sin over righteousness, lies over the truth, hurtful words over kindness, grudges over forgiveness, anger over patience, selfishness over selflessness. The list could go on.

If our status before God depended upon holding up an agreement with God, eternity would not look good for us. But here is where God’s “new” covenant comes in. This is a one-sided covenant, where God does something for us and that’s it. He says, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” This sin-forgetting forgiveness is accomplished by the sinless life of Jesus, his death on the cross, and his victorious resurrection from the dead. Through faith in Jesus, God does not hold our sins against us because he held them against his Son. Through faith in Jesus, the God of heaven and earth is our God and we are his.

The only covenant, the only contract that matters for you is one-sided: God declares you his forgiven son or daughter and he signed it with the blood of his Son, your Savior, Jesus.

Prayer:
(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 389):

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee; Let the water and the blood from thy riven side which flowed be of sin the double cure: cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy laws demands. Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone. Thou must save, and thou alone.

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