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9/20/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 26:27-29, where we read about a discussion between King Agrippa and Paul. “‘King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do!’ Agrippa said to Paul, ‘In this short time do you think you will make me a Christian?’ ‘Whether a short time or a long time,’ Paul answered, ‘my prayer to God is that you and all the rest of you who are listening to me today might become what I am – except of course, for these chains!’”
 
While there are many logical arguments for becoming a Christian, there is no logical argument that will make a person become a Christian. That does not mean that we should not talk to others about the importance of becoming a Christian. You cannot, in the end, convince someone to be a Christian. For it is, after all, God alone, through the work of the Holy Spirit who gives the faith to become a Christian. Sometimes we have to let go of our own strength, our own cleverness and our own desire for instant success in bringing others to faith. Where we end, God begins, and he can and will act on those he chooses.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things seen and unseen guide me through your Word so that all who watch me and listen to me as I live my will become believing children of God, In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

 

Today’s devotion is based on James 3:7-10, “We humans can tame and have tamed all other creatures – wild animals and birds, reptiles and fish. But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison. We use it to give thanks to our Lord and Father and also to curse other people, who are created in the likeness of God. Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth. My friends, this should not happen!”
For animal show fans it is fascinating to watch trained animals that used to be wild do amazing tricks that they would not generally do in the wild. As we are told in James, we can tame wild animals but have never been successful in taming our talk. God created our mouths together with the members of our body to used for his glory.
Our mouth can speak of great things and also speak evil which is meant to harm people. Christians speaking evil of others is especially true during political times like we are going through now. All of us use our mouth to give praise and thanks to God and at other times to speak evil of other people. Who will rescue me from the evil use of my mouth? There is only one way, knowing through God’s Word Jesus our Savior, for in truly knowing of him we are given the power to always speak in ways that give glory to God.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things, I praise you, for you will give me the victory through faith in Jesus Christ. I pray that God will use my tongue to speak of Jesus and his love for me and all people instead of using my mouth to speak evil and destruction. Amen.
 
9/17/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 6:19-21 where we read of Paul’s testimony before King Agrippa. “And so, King Agrippa, I did not disobey the vision I had from heaven. First in Damascus and Jerusalem and then in the whole country of Israel and among the Gentiles, I preached that they must repent of their sins and turn to God and do the things that would show they had repented. It was for this reason that these Jews seized me while I was in the Temple and they tried to kill me.”
 
You will probably never stand before our country’s leaders and explain how Jesus fulfills the promises of the Old Testament, but you do have the opportunity to witness to all those around you. Simply by living a life of repentance, that is, a life where you constantly tum away from doing wrong, you witness boldly about Jesus. When you are asked why you live the life that you live you will be able to give your personal testimony, just like Paul. For while it is your story, the focus will not be on you but on Christ and how he has fulfilled his promises for you.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things thank you for all you have done. Help me through your Word to walk in your ways so that by the way I live, I may point others to you. In and through Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

 
9/14/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 24:24,35, “After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he talked about faith in Christ Jesus. But as Paul went on discussing goodness, self-control, and the coming Day of Judgment, Felix was afraid and said, ‘You may leave now. I will call you again when I get the chance.’
Paul was a very successful missionary. He had no fear of sharing the good news of Jesus. Even he couldn’t convince Felix to believe. As soon as Felix heard about the consequences of having faith in Jesus, he refused to hear the good news Paul was telling him.
It’s still much the same today. You can talk to people, help them, provide for them, pray for them and even beg them to believe in Jesus, but sometimes their hearts become hard. They, like Felix, don’t like the consequences of believing in Jesus. They would rather keep control of their own life than entrust themselves to someone else. Perhaps they don’t want to believe because they can’t see any profit in it. They may not want to change the way they live; they don’t want to live for God.
If there are people like this around you, keep on praying for them, talking with them and helping them when you are given the opportunity to do so, then leave them in God’s hands.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, thank you for the words of God that you caused to be written down, so that I, through the work of the Holy Spirit, could come to faith. Help me to lovingly share that good news of Jesus with those that will listen to your words. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Lord God, I thank you for giving me faith so that I believe in you. Please continue to bring others to faith in you. Amen.
 
 
9/13/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 24:14-16 where we hear Paul proclaim to his accusers, “I do admit this to you: I worship the God of our ancestors by following that Way which they say is false. But I also believe in everything written in the Law of Moses and the books of the prophets. I have the same hope in God that they themselves have, namely, that all people, both the good and the bad, will rise from death. And so I do my best always to have a clear conscience before God and people.”
Paul is telling his accusers that he is not a ringleader of some newfangled religion which they accused him of being. He is just a follower, a follower of the Way which was promised in the Old Testament and was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. You could say that the Way he followed was the way of Jesus Christ. Since Jesus rose to life again after being dead, this is the way we all will follow. We will all be resurrected on the last day to stand before God. This is why Paul urges his hearers to consider the way they are going. Everyone will be resurrected and judged guilty or not guilty. Those not guilty will be with God for eternity. Those found guilty will be banned from God’s presence for all eternity.
By standing with Jesus and having faith in his words of forgiveness and life, you will be declared innocent. Through faith in Jesus, and with a clear conscience through forgiveness, you can live like Paul according to that Way.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, Gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things seen and unseen, you’re your Holy Spirit into my presence so that I will know your ways, and thus walk in the Way, the truth, the Life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

 
9/10/18
Today’s devotion is based on Psalm 146:5-8:
Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them
and who depend on the LORD their God,
the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea,
and all that is in them.
He always keeps his promises;
he judges in favor of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free
and gives sight to the blind.
Unfortunately, we live in a gloomy world. We are bombarded daily with the worst of human nature on TV, in the papers and on the radio. It can make a person depressed. For those that know the love of God, they see his hand is still in control. God gives them a better outlook on life, as he lifts them up and watches over them.
Knowing God’s love surrounds them it is easier to face the problems of the world, for they know that God who made all things and sustains all things is ultimately in control of all things.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord, sometimes my life is hard. Sometimes I wonder where you are in the messiness of life. Help me to remember all you have done for me so that I will keep my mind on you instead of the things of the world. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

 
 
9/07/18
Today’s devotion is based on Philippians 2:10,11, “In honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
That’s the way it will be on Judgment Day because as we are told in Acts 4:12 “in all the world, there is no one else whom God has given who can save us” All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus. Even the devil knows this, and he trembles.
Rather than tremble, you can rejoice as a Christian because of what Jesus promises you. He invites you, as one of his dear children, to pray to the Father in his name, and he promises that God will answer you. Through the power of his name, you can overcome the attacks leveled against you by the devil, the sinful world around you, and those within you. Because of his name and through his name you share in the power of his great Easter victory. There is no-one greater, more powerful and more deserving than Jesus for he defeated all your enemies including death. He will one day present you to the Father as his precious child.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, as I live my life help me to remember that you have given me victory over all my spiritual enemies. In your name, I pray. Amen.

 
 
9/06/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 13:38,39, “We want you to know, fellow Israelites, that it is through Jesus that the message about forgiveness of sins is preached to you; and everyone who believes in him is set free from all the sins from which the Law of Moses could not set you free.”
I would ask you to read those verses one more time, especially ‘Through Jesus the message about forgiveness of sins is preached to you.’ There it is, the heart of the Christian faith for all people. Forgiveness of sins is given to you through the death and resurrection of Christ. No other religion offers this. No amount of obeying God’s laws will grant this. No human can equal that claim for it is only in, and through Jesus, a person is saved.
Pause a while and contemplate what it truly means to you. You are justified, which means you are free from sin and are righteous in God’s eyes. This happens not by your actions but through Jesus alone. All the pressure of having to live up to what you perceive as God’s standards are eased. You still should and want to follow God’s standards, but the necessity of following God’s standards for one’s salvation is not necessary.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Thank you Lord for your gift of grace given on my behalf. I can know that I am forgiven, Lord, because of your grace. How wonderful that is. Amen.

9/05/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 13: 45,46, “When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy;¬ they disputed what Paul was saying and insulted him. But Paul and Barnabas spoke out even more boldly: ‘It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. But since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we will leave you and go to the Gentiles.’”
Christianity was a new faith. It had its foundations in the Jewish religion. Jesus’ disciples claimed that Jesus was the Savior the Jews had waited for centuries. And the Jews were used to testing new ‘saviors.’ Jesus background was faultless. They could not find any fault in him. Yet they hardened their hearts to the good news of Jesus. So Paul and Barnabas took the good news to the Gentiles.
The message of Jesus today is the same, yet people, both Jews, and Gentiles continue to harden their hearts. We should not be discouraged by this, but like Paul, we should continue to share the Word of God with others.
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord, help me to be firm in the faith you have given me, even when those I am sharing the Good News of Jesus continue to reject him. Amen.
 
 
9/04/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 16:9,10, “That night Paul had a vision in which he saw a Macedonian standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us!’ As soon as Paul had this vision, we got ready to leave for Macedonia, because we decided that God had called us to preach the Good News to the people there.”
There is the popular song that goes, “I did it my way.” A reason for its popularity may well be that people like its positive message. We like to be in control, and we like to make decisions that affect our lives. It’s part of our nature. We find it already in our children as they try to do it their way, even though they have been told not to do their way.
St Paul was zealous in his love for the Lord; that’s why he was where he was – out on the road sharing the message of Jesus. He had opened his heart to the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit, and he was ready to do what God wanted him to do and go where God wanted him to go. What a faithful servant!
What’s it like with you? Is that the way you do it, or do you like to keep control and decide what you will do for Christ? If you want to be a true and faithful servant of your Lord, you will need to do it his way, not yours. The Holy Spirit will guide you.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, you are the only way, the truth, and the life. Help me to seek your will before I act, and give me a clear vision of what you want me to do. In Jesus Holy name, I pray. Amen.

 

9/03/18
Today’s devotion is based on James 1:19-21, “Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. Human anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose. So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.”
Everyone knows that there are times when it is best to listen and not speak. We can avoid broken relationships when we listen in love and then speak in love, as God directs. I may not always agree with what the other person has said. However, after listening, I may be able to give helpful Christian guidance on the basis of God’s word.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord, help me to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only. Amen.
 
 
Today's devotion  is based on Acts18:27,27  "Apollos then decided to go to Achaia, so the believers in Ephesus helped him by writing to the believers in Achaia urging them to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who through God’s grace had become believers. For with his strong arguments he defeated the Jews in public debates by proving from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah." 
 
Apollos had been gifted by God. He was an eloquent speaker who could tell others about Jesus as Savior in a powerful way. It’s wonderful how the believers in Ephesus acknowledged this gift in Apollos and how they encouraged him to use it. That’s how God wants his church to be – not believer competing with believer but everyone honoring and encouraging in others what God has given to his church to the glory of his name. God has also given you a special gift. Have you acknowledged it and are you using it to serve him? Think about it, and ask him every day how you can better serve him by serving others. 
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, help me to honor everything that you have given me for this life. Take all selfishness out of my heart and help me to use all my gifts for you as i serve others. Amen.
 
Jesus was losing his popularity with the crowds.  He was not making their earthly life better.  They were going to have to keep working .   We are told this in John 6:66-69.  "Because of this, many of Jesus’ followers turned back and would not go with him any more. So he asked the twelve disciples, ‘And you – would you also like to leave?’  Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. And now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God.’" 
 
People today still look for an earthly Jesus who give them all they need.  We,  who know the true Jesus , the one who through his death made peace between God and us, need to be prepared to share that news about God,  so that they can join us in heaven. 
 
 Please pray with me the prayer for today. Lord Jesus, you are the only one who can give eternal life. Use me so that others can come to know and accept that truth. Amen. 
Today's devotion is based on Acts 20:9,10.   "A young man named Eutychus was sitting in the window, and as Paul kept on talking, Eutychus got sleepier and sleepier, until he finally went sound asleep and fell from the third storey to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead. But Paul went down and threw himself on him and hugged him. ‘Don’t worry,’ he said, ‘he is still alive!’" 
 
It’s not surprising that a young man fell asleep during Paul’s long speech. It appears Paul was long winded so it would not be surprising that people might fall asleep.  What was unusual was that this man fell to his death after falling asleep.
 
Paul ran over and made a surprise announcement,  the dead young man was alive again. What could have been quite disastrous for the community and for Paul’s mission was turned into a great miracle of God’s grace. When all seems lost and final, life comes after death. 
 
The people had heard the message of Jesus and what he had done for them by dying and being raised to life. They had also witnessed a powerful miracle of a dead man among them being raised to life again. No wonder they went home greatly comforted. While we do not witness such things today,  God caused the event to be recorded for us so that we too would believe. 
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your continuing signs of life after death, which give me such comfort. Amen.Todays devotion is based on Acts 19:25,26. "So he called them all together with others whose work was like theirs and said to them, ‘Men, you know that our prosperity comes from this work. Now, you can see and hear for yourselves what this fellow Paul is doing. He says that handmade gods are not gods at all, and he has succeeded in convincing many people, both here in Ephesus and in nearly the whole province of Asia.’"
 
In Paul’s time, people purchased little statues and idols to obtain access to their chosen god. The more expensive the item, the more your god would be pleased with you and grant you your requests. You may think this superstitious nonsense, but have you considered how much we still do the same? Unless we have the right car, the right house, the right job, we are not seen as being successful or being blessed by our ‘consumer gods’.
 
But imagine someone announcing access to a gracious and loving God, free of charge. This would upset anyone who makes a living from our greed and our need for signs of success. You don’t need expensive statues to appeal to God, but faith in his promises. You don’t need to pay, but can freely come and sit among fellow believers to listen to how God freely blesses you. What more do you need?
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Dear heavenly Father, forgive me for putting my trust in the things of the world instead of you.  Grant me a heart that believes your promises. In and for the sake of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.
 
 
  
The devotion for today is based on a Psalm. 
 
The LORD is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope.
Good people suffer many troubles,
but the LORD saves them from them all;
the LORD preserves them completely;
not one of their bones is broken. (verses 18-20)
 
The stories about Jesus in the gospels show him as a person who was always seeking out people.  He had a special heart for those who were poor, diseased, bereaved or suffering. He would bypass the successful, popular and well heeled in order to help or heal the needy.
 
In today’s reading we read David’s words in praise of a loving God who has great sympathy for the crushed and broken-hearted. We see here a continuing theme that runs through the ages. When you and I find ourselves in the company of someone hurting, the assurance of our caring can be a blessing to them in their suffering too.
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Dear God, thank you for your help and concern for all people who are suffering. Thank you for always being there for me too whenever the bad times come. Help me to be more aware of those in need that I would live my life in a more Christ like manner.  Amen.
  
8/24/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 10:34-36, “Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis. Those who worship him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.’”
 
Peter, speaking to a group of Gentile converts tells them that the Good News of Jesus is for all people. It is a message that is ultimately the answer to all the world’s problems. God wants to give all people a special sense of peace. No one is barred from this offer. It is special because it assures everyone who accepts it that they will receive reconciliation with God and an eternal future with him. It is what everyone needs, and it’s what God freely gives.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, thank you for your gift of salvation given to us for the sake of your Son Jesus, for in his sacrifice on our behalf we have peace with you. Amen.

 
 8/23/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 15:19,20, “’It is my opinion,’ James went on, ‘that we should not trouble the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead, we should write a letter telling them not to eat any food that is ritually unclean because it has been offered to idols; to keep themselves from sexual immorality, and not to eat any animal that has been strangled or any blood.’”
There has always been a blurring of the line between faith and actions when it comes to people’s perceptions of a church. Can someone be a ‘good’ Christian and wear torn and dirty clothes to church? Can a Christian teenager spend the night clubbing, dancing to music with immoral lyrics, and still be welcome in Christ’s house the next morning?
Of course, they can, for the Bible makes it clear that we are a forgiven people and are not judged by external appearances or dietary habits. Just as Paul and Barnabas had to advise the people of Antioch, those who are secure in their faith must not judge new Christians by the standards they are used to. On the other hand, new Christians should show respect for the ways of the church they have decided to join. Harmony between Christians comes down to a matter of mutual respect and a recognition that despite our differences we are one in Christ.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Thank you for not judging me by my outward appearance. Help me not to judge others by my human standards but to see all people as your people. Amen.

 
8/22/18
Today’s devotion is based on John 6:41-44, “The people started grumbling about him, because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ So they said, ‘This man is Jesus son of Joseph, isn’t he? We know his father and mother. How, then, does he now say he came down from heaven?’ Jesus answered, ‘Stop grumbling among yourselves. People cannot come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and I will raise them to life on the last day.’”
Throughout time people have grumbled about God. The Israelites had a good old grumble only a month after God had rescued them from slavery. ‘Why did you bring us here to the desert where there’s no food?’ they grumbled. God’s response? He sent them bread from heaven. It saved their lives.
Many years later, the people listening to Jesus grumbled about him because he claimed to have come down from heaven when everyone knew he was the son of Joseph and Mary. Jesus’ response? He told them he was indeed the bread that came down from heaven. Bread that could save lives for eternity.
People still grumble about God today. ‘If there is a God,’ they say, ‘why doesn’t he stop wars and child abuse and other horrors?’ God’s response; I still offer to a sin-sick world the life-saving bread: Jesus. It’s an offer we need to pass on to others, for when people are drawn to Jesus and filled with the life he gives, will know that in and through Jesus there is an answer and peace.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things, thank you for sending your Son Jesus, the Bread of Life to this earth so that we can know of your love and forgiveness through him. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

 
 
8/21/18
Today’s devotion is based on Ephesians 15-19, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”
Plenty of people try to tell you how to live well. They will give you the secrets to good health or making money, or a happy marriage, or raising children, or whatever. How do you decide what advice to follow when the experts differ?
You might consider Paul’s inspired words in Ephesians, for when the focus of your life is not on yourself, but on God and other people, then you are living wisely. Look to Jesus and find in him the example and inspiration for such a life of praising God and serving others.
Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things I give you thanks and praise for your Word has given me true wisdom; knowledge of Jesus. Amen.
 
 
8/19/18
Today’s Bible reading Acts 17:10-12, “As soon as night came, the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived, they went to the synagogue. The people there were more open-minded than the people in Thessalonica. They listened to the message with great eagerness, and every day they studied the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was really true. Many of them believed, and many Greek women of high social standing and many Greek men also believed.”
The people Paul taught, did what we all should do, search the scriptures to see if what the pastor taught on Sunday is what God’s word teaches. It is sad, but too many times the Word of God is used on Sunday mornings wrongly. Too often verses are taken out of context, or their meaning is changed to suit the pastor’s teaching.
 
You are blessed by God when you open God’s Word like the people of Berea. Listening to what God says and following him fills you with hope and peace. There is joy, heavenly joy, in following Jesus.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, give me a greater desire to hear you speaking. And as I read the Scriptures, open my ears to hear so that I may grow in my love for you. Thank you for becoming my Savior. Amen.
 
 
8/17/18
Today’s Bible reading in Acts 16:25-32 tells us about an event that happened one night while Paul and Silas were in jail. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
The jailer knows he is doomed. He has failed in his duty, and his shame and guilt are more than he can bear. So he decides to end it all. No hope. No future. Nothing left to live for. Many people have traveled down that road and ended up like this jailer, wanting to finish it off. They are afraid of what lies ahead, and there seems to be no way out.
But you know that there is a God who cares for you, who has the answers to all your needs. Often it’s through a Paul or Silas that he rescues. To the question ‘What must I do to be saved?’ there is only one sure answer: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” That’s how a jailer and his family found peace. Simple, yet profound life-changing words that give for those who believe, even in the worst of disasters peace and hope.
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things, you have taken care of what I need most, forgiveness for the sake of Jesus. Help me to remember when I come into the company of those in despair Paul’s words, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Amen.
 
 
8/16/18
Today’s devotion is based on 1 John 3:17, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
God’s Word tells us very clearly in this passage that if your mind is closed to your neighbor’s needs, your mind is also closed to God. For, when you close your mind to someone in need you are not only rejecting that person, but you are rejecting God’s command to love others as oneself.
 
I am sure that, that statement just upset some people. But, we must remember that all we have, physically and spiritually is a gift from God. A person’s response to such love is to pass that love on to others. Passing it on to others is not just talking about it or praying for those in need, it is doing something for those in need.
 
Our lack of loving others as God tells us we should show us our need for Jesus and his saving act. This does not mean that when we ignore the needs of others that we can help by relying on Jesus’ forgiveness, but that we strive to live as Jesus desires.
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things, I give you thanks and praise for all you have done for me. Help me through your Word to recognize my lack of love when I do not help those I can help, so that I repent of my sin and change my actions toward them for good. For the sake of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

8/14/18
Today’s devotion is based on 1 John 3:9, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning.”
John had also written, “If we say we have no sin, the truth is not in us.” Both of these verses at first glance appear not to make any sense, for we all know we are sinners. The Old Adam (sinful body) will not yield to God’s law. It is constantly at odds with the flesh and thus in constant need of forgiveness.
 
It is a different thing though to sin deliberately without admitting that the deed or thought is wrong. To deliberately sin without acknowledging it is a sin, is not to be a Christian. I say that because that type of sin has extinguished God’s Spirit in one’s life.
Thanks be to God, for it is only because of God’s love that we are children of God. By grace, we are saved for Christ’s sake and not through good deeds. Thus even though we are sinful, we can serve God with joy as we try to live our lives like Jesus, knowing that his redemptive act will free us from this life of sin when we meet the Lord.
 
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things remind me through your Word when I sin, that I have sinned and am in need of your forgiveness so that I will turn back to you in repentance. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
 
8/13/18
Today’s devotion is from Psalm 85:8,9: “I am listening to what the LORD God is saying; he promises peace to us, his own people if we do not go back to our foolish ways. Surely he is ready to save those who honor him, and his saving presence will remain in our land.”
It seems like the world is full of half-truths. What is true for one person is not always true for the next. While there are many examples of half-truths, Astrology is one of the worst. For in Astrology things are never quite false but are not quite true either.
When you listen to Jesus, as his words are recorded for us in the Bible you never end up with half-truths; you get what he promises. He will always give you the right answer, the answer that will satisfy. The psalm writer trusted in God and was speaking from experience when he said, “Surely he is ready to save those who honor him.”
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator, and sustainer of all things, open up my mind to the truths of the Bible so that I will be able to discern better the half-truths that I encounter every day. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

8/9/18
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 7:32-34, “‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Moses trembled with fear and dared not look. The Lord said to him, “Take your sandals off, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have seen the cruel suffering of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans, and I have come down to set them free. Come now; I will send you to Egypt!”
Moses found himself called by God to set right a great wrong, to liberate his people from slavery in Egypt. Even the people God had given him to lead rejected him. He trembled before God. He was overwhelmed by the challenge.
You can find yourself in a comparable position. Lots of things in life seem to be out of kilter, injustice seems to thrive, and people get on the wrong track. Even if you are personally trying to do something about it, you sometimes wonder whether God is really helping, or even if you are on the right side. You can have peace knowing that God is in charge, you know 1t is his strength that counts, and you know his love always triumphs, whatever he sends you to do.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Dear God even though I am weak and often am not clear as to what I should do, use me to do your will. Amen.

 

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