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Good Intentions – August 5, 2015

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[Moses] took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.” Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
Exodus 24:7-8

Good Intentions
Daily Devotion – August 5, 2015

Devotion based on Exodus 24:7-8
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We all have good intentions, but often our intentions are not enough.

Moses read the Book of the Covenant to God’s people. In this book were God’s commands such as: You shall have no other gods. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain. Remember the Sabbath Day. Honor your father and mother. Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not ruin reputations. Do not covet.

God’s people intended to keep every single command. If their intentions had been enough, though, Moses would not have needed any blood.

In the days of Moses, God used the blood of animals to teach his people that Someone had to die to pay for sins. Their intentions to live a good life were not good enough. God’s holiness requires that people don’t just intend but actually do what God commands—that every day we never harm anyone, never have a lustful thought, always be happy with God’s gifts, never speak ill of others, love God with our whole being and love others as ourselves.

Intentions alone won’t make us worthy before God. Only perfect actions, perfect words, perfect thoughts—all the time—make us worthy.

So the Lord had Moses sprinkle the blood of bulls on the people. He was teaching his people that they could be in God’s family only through the shedding of blood. Someone had to die.

Jesus is this Someone. Jesus shed his blood on the cross. He poured out his lifeblood to pay for all failed good intentions, both theirs and ours.

God does not accept us because we mean well. God accepts us because Jesus gave up his life for us. We are in God’s family because Jesus’ blood was “sprinkled on us” through faith.

Because we are “covered” in the blood of Jesus, God forgives our sins and promises to watch over us as his dear children. Through Jesus, he intends to take each one of us to heaven.

His good intentions are all we need!

Prayer: Lord, I am sorry for not carrying through on my good intentions. Forgive my sins and cover me with the blood of Jesus. Amen.

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Grownups – August 4, 2015

Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves.
Ephesians 4:14

Grownups
Daily Devotion – August 4, 2015

Devotion based on Ephesians 4:14
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Last September, The New York Times Magazine published an opinion piece entitled, “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.” The writer of the article was journalist and film critic Anthony Scott. While Scott reaches some conclusions with which we may or may not agree, he does make us stop and think about 21st century culture and its influence on us as Christians.

Think about your own experience. If someone says of you, “He’s just a big kid,” or “She’s still a child at heart,” very likely it’s a compliment—and for good reason. To retain a sense of childlike joy and delight in God’s grace is a beautiful way to glorify your Lord. To find pleasure in the simplest of things is a lovely fruit of faith, and that comes when your heart overflows with childlike gratitude for your Savior.

There’s a big difference, however, between “childlike” and “childish.” As children, each of us had sinful impulses—the impulse to be selfish, the impulse to be impatient, the impulse to pout when not getting our way, the impulse to be a quitter, the impulse to surrender to laziness or fear, the impulse to do what we want instead of doing what needs to be done.

Now think about your life as an adult. In your heart of hearts, you already know those areas where your sinful, childish impulses control your decisions and actions far too often. You also know that your lack of maturity is not endearing or cute. It’s ugly. It’s corrosive. It hurts others, sometimes deeply, and it dishonors God to whom we must give account.

Thank God for Jesus. When our Savior walked this earth, he did not have any sinful childish impulses. On our behalf he lived a sinless life that was seasoned and mature. And so disciplined was his mind and heart that he didn’t falter in doing what needed to be done to wash us clean of all our immature failures—even when that meant going to the cross.

Now, through faith in him, all is forgiven. All is well. There is no better time, therefore, to begin growing in those areas where we have been childish far too long. As someone once said, “You’re never too old to grow up.”

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord Jesus, for those areas of my life where I have so often given in to childish impulses. By your gospel, empower me to grow up. Season me by your Word. Amen.

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Trust Me – August 3, 2015

Mon, Aug 03, 2015

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
John 6:5-6

Trust Me
Daily Devotion – August 3, 2015

Devotion based on John 6:5-6
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Trust is a valuable part of life. Trust is placed in doctors at times of sickness. Trust is placed in friends upon whom you can depend in difficulties. Trust is even placed in cars, refrigerators, and all sorts of devices. What is unique about trust is that it has to earned. A doctor who consistently misdiagnoses his patient’s illnesses cannot be trusted. A friend who constantly disappoints is hard to trust. A device which works sporadically will never be trusted.

Jesus’ ministry was all about leading people to put their trust in him. This is why Jesus asked Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Jesus invited Philip to look past what he himself could do, and look to what Jesus was ready to do. Instead of putting his trust in Jesus, though, Philip was overwhelmed by the request. He forgot about the power of Jesus displayed in miracles the disciples had already seen the Lord do.

Jesus continues to ask the same question, “Do you trust me?” It is a question I need to answer. Do I trust Jesus to control the major events of my life? Do I trust him to work through the mundane details of my life? Do I trust him in sickness, in loss, and in tragedy? Do I trust him in death?

Jesus gives me every reason to trust him. It starts with his promises. Every promise he has ever given has been kept. I also look at the encouragement he provides. He is always present to guide, support, and comfort me. Most of all, I look at the undeserved love he showered upon me. His innocent life, his perfect sacrifice on the cross, and his obedience to his Father, these lead me to confess, “In you, O Lord, I put my trust.”

It is because of what Jesus has done and continues to do for me that I put my trust in him. I live with the same confidence the Psalmist had, “that those who put their trust in the Lord will never be put to shame.

Prayer: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 446):
I am trusting you, Lord Jesus, trusting only you,
Trusting you for full salvation, free and true.

I am trusting you to guide me; you alone shall lead,
Every day and hour supplying all my need.

I am trusting you, Lord Jesus; never let me fall.
I am trusting you forever and for all.

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The Kingdom of Heaven is our greatest Possession – August 2, 2015

Sun, Aug 02, 2015

“The Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
Matthew 13:45-46

The Kingdom of Heaven is our Greatest Possession
Daily Devotion – August 2, 2015

Devotion based on Matthew 13:45-46
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How do you determine the value of something? Well, you could have it appraised. For a fee, a jeweler will tell you what your wedding ring is worth, for example. Then there are those things that you can appraise without the help of any experts. Hold your child in your arms and as his breath gently brushes your neck you know immediately how valuable he is.

Jesus wants us to understand how valuable it is to be a member of his kingdom–to be his disciple. So, he told a story to help us understand. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Jesus is saying that being a member of his kingdom is such a treasure that it is worth giving up everything we have to keep it.

Unfortunately, too often we don’t treasure the kingdom of heaven. We treat it more like a cubic zirconium than a fine pearl. We do this when we forget its true value. And when we forget its true value, we are in danger of losing it altogether.

But this won’t happen when we remember that Jesus’ life and death keep us from the fires of hell, when we remember that Jesus’ resurrection is our way to eternal life. Remember what the kingdom of heaven is and what the kingdom of heaven gives and it will always be your most treasured possession.

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Prayer: Lord Jesus, being a member of your kingdom is my most treasured possession. Keep me from ever being convinced otherwise. Amen.

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Are you Loved? – August 1, 2015

Sat, Aug 01, 2015

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Romans 8:28-30

Are you Loved?
Daily Devotion – August 1, 2015

Devotion based on Romans 8:28-30
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Did your parents make you feel special and loved no matter what? Some parents do a good job of expressing their love. They may even point to specific things that make their child so special: “You’re so smart and creative.” “You’re fun and joyful.” “You’re kind and hard-working.” Other parents score an epic fail when it comes to expressing love and making their child feel special.

No matter what mom or dad thinks, there’s an opinion that’s even more important. What does God, our perfect, heavenly Father, say about you? Is it something like what your parents might list for you: patient, or fun-loving, or kind, or hardworking? Is it something in YOU or that YOU produce that makes you special to God? Consider this: Our perfect, holy God sees more than just our “nice” features. He sees our hateful, hurtful, sinful and rebellious actions, words, thoughts, and attitudes. For that reason, we are not worthy of God’s praise and affection. We deserve the opposite—his punishment.

Doesn’t that sad truth make the words of today’s Bible verses all the more amazing! When God wants to give us confidence and comfort, he tells us about the awesome and eternal things he’s done for you and me. When God wants you to know what makes you special, he directs your attention to what he’s done for you. The Holy Spirit worked through God’s Word and called you to faith. God knew you and chose you even before he created the world. God declares you not guilty. You are God’s child—justified and glorified. God has done all this for you. This makes you special. You’re treasured by God—just look at all he has done for you!

As if that were not enough good news piled on great news, God started these verses with another promise. God says he loves us so much that he even works all things for our eternal good. How God works good despite our sin and the tragedies of this sin-filled world can baffle us. Thankfully, God working good in all things for you and me does not depend on our ability to understand all the how’s and why’s. It depends on our gracious God’s infinite wisdom, his boundless love, his limitless power and his absolute faithfulness to his promises.

And so on this day you say with trust, “This is my God. He saved me. I will rejoice and be glad.”
Forget the daily grind. Forget the stress. Forget the shame. It’s a blessed day!

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Prayer: Lord God, with your perfect love you had mercy on me. Thank you for not giving me what I deserve, but instead forgiving my sins, calling me to faith and giving me heaven as my eternal home. Whether or not I see how, give me confident faith that you do as you promise—you work all things for my eternal good. Amen.

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Live Free – July 31, 2015

Fri, Jul 31, 2015

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:16

Live Free
Daily Devotion – July 31, 2015

Devotion based on 1 Peter 2:16
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Jesus has set us free from sin, free from death, free from the devil. God doesn’t count any of our sins against us. In him, all is forgiven, and we’re headed for heaven.

There is a temptation to take this freedom and run with it. We think, “It’s okay if I break God’s commandments, because I’m forgiven anyway.” We’re tempted to treat freedom in Christ like it’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, a license to indulge ourselves. But that’s not freedom. That’s slavery.

Sin is a harsh master. It promises us freedom, then chokes us with guilt. Sin makes us want to serve only ourselves, and to resent the people around us. For they seem to demand our time, our energy, our service, and we feel constrained to give it. There’s no freedom when sin rules our lives and drives us with guilt.

Jesus has saved us from this empty way of life. He has covered us in his righteousness. True freedom is the freedom to be the people God wants us to be. True freedom is serving others without a speck of guilt driving us. So, forgiven in Jesus, take a fresh look at the people around you—your family, your friends, the people you serve at work, at home, at school. God put them there, and the same God who has taken away your sin is calling you to serve them. Forgiven in Christ and headed for heaven, you can do just that.

Today’s Bible verse says, “Live as free people,” and then, “Live as God’s servants.” God isn’t talking out of both sides of his mouth. Jesus has freed you to be the person God wants you to be. You are free from guilt, free to serve God and others with a happy heart. Be who you are in Christ. Be the free person who willingly serves others with a glad heart, because Jesus has set you free.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to live like the forgiven sinner you have declared me to be through Jesus, your Son. Take away my guilt, and free me to serve others with a glad heart. Amen.

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Freedom to Obey – July 30, 2015

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Psalm 119:45

Freedom to Obey
Daily Devotion – July 30, 2015

Devotion based on Psalm 119:45
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She sat on the thin, uncomfortable mattress in the sterile looking room and dreamt about feeling the warm sun on her face and a cool breeze in her hair. It had been months since she had been outside or even been able to see outside because her jail cell did not have a window.

Yet as she walked around the exercise room that day there was a smile on her face. Even though her schedule was set by others, the only food she could eat was that which was placed before her, and the scenery was not great for her walk, she walked around in freedom.

A few weeks earlier, she had decided to attend a Bible class. Really it was just a way for her to get out of her cell for an hour, but while she was there she began to learn things she had never known before. She learned about the love that Jesus has for her, and that the real reason he came into the world was to take all of her sins on himself and die for her. She learned that since he did and then rose from the dead her sins have been forgiven.

It wasn’t long before a change took place in her heart. She used to think that God’s commands were burdensome; that God was just trying to control her life and spoil her fun. Now, she knew God as her Savior who loved her so much and wanted nothing more than to have her spend eternity with him in heaven. She had never been loved like that before, and now wanted to show her gratitude by living her life according to God’s commands.

She knew that it would be a long time before she would be released, but she had been set free from her sinful desires. They no longer controlled her life. She had been set free from her guilt. It no longer caused her to fear death and what would come after she died. She knew that her loving Savior had won eternal life for her by dying in her place and rising again. She walked around in freedom!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, my Savior, thank you for setting me free. Forgive me for the times when I have viewed your commands as a burden. Help me to focus on your love which caused you to die for me and to rejoice in the freedom from sin, guilt, and death that I now have. Motivate me by your saving love to seek your commands and walk about in freedom as I live according to them. In your name I ask it. Amen.

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Real Righteousness – July 29, 2015

Wed, Jul 29, 2015

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.”
Jeremiah 23:5-6

Real Righteousness
Daily Devotion – July 29, 2015

Devotion based on Jeremiah 23:5-6
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Do we even talk about righteousness anymore? The topic seems to bring up more questions than answers. Is there such a thing as true righteousness? If so, who gets to define what it looks like? Is righteousness even an admirable or a desirable trait? Is it necessary for this life or any possible life hereafter? If so, how and to what degree can it be attained? Although human beings have always asked questions like these, God has always been clear about this very important topic in his Word.

Righteousness is defined by God who is righteous himself (Nehemiah 9:8, Psalm 11:7 and many others). He is morally right in every way. His thoughts are pure and holy. His ways and words are flawless. He makes no mistakes and has no reason for regrets.

He expects the same from human beings. Righteousness is defined by God for us, summarized succinctly in the Ten Commandments. Perfect love for God, at all times and in every way, is the first part of it. That means unwavering trust in him, unfaltering respect for him, undying commitment to him, and an unblemished record of obedience to him. Perfect love for all human beings is the second part of it. That means selfless sacrifice, continual courtesy, constant kindness, persistent patience, and an endless “your-needs-are-more-important-than-mine” attitude toward every person in this world, friend and foe alike. If you find yourself saying that that kind of righteousness is never found in this world, then you find yourself agreeing with God’s assessment of his creatures (Romans 3:9-18).

God is serious about our being righteous. And yet we haven’t and, frankly, can’t produce it. So God does it for us. In a long ago promise recorded by the prophet Jeremiah the Lord speaks about a wise, just, righteous King who would save with the real righteousness he has and gives. The King, a descendant of the famous King David, is none other than Jesus Christ. He lived his life as the perfectly righteous man. All the things listed above (and then some) he did perfectly and always. But now look at the way he is identified: The LORD Our Righteousness! He came to be righteous in our place and to credit us with his own real righteousness. Because he is the Lord his righteousness is real for us. He came to take all those things that make us unrighteous and to take upon himself the punishment prescribed by a perfectly righteous God for human sinfulness. Because he is the Lord, his sacrifice counts for us. Look to him as the one who gives you everything you need. Through faith in him God sees us with the righteousness he expects. By faith in him we will want to serve our righteous Lord with righteous lives. Rejoice in real righteousness that comes from our real and righteous Savior.

Prayer: Lord God, we confess to you that we are not righteous, nor have we acted righteously on our own. But you sent your Son to bring us the righteousness we need. For that we thank you. Help us dedicate ourselves more and more to living righteously for you in thanks for all that you have done for us. Amen.

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Members of God’s Household – July 28, 2015

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22

Members of God’s Household
Daily Devotion – July 28, 2015

Devotion based on Ephesians 2:19-22
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It helps to be born into the right family. Even though the United States was founded on the idea that everyone is equal and should have equal opportunity to succeed, the reality is that it helps to be the child of wealthy, successful parents. You have a distinct advantage, for example, if you are the child of the president of the United States. You would eat the best food and attend the best schools and have your choice of career. It helps to be born into the right family.

Unfortunately, the Bible tells us that we were spiritually born into the wrong family. We were born with a sinful nature that was in constant rebellion against God. We did not trust him and, therefore, we wanted to do our own thing and go our own way.

Fortunately, instead of letting us go, God sent his Son to bring us back. He went to the cross and paid the price for our sins. His blood was the price of our adoption into God’s family. Now, we are members of God’s household. It is better, even, than being members of the president’s household. Our loving heavenly Father watches over us, protects us and provides for us. And, although some of us may not get into the best schools, all of God’s children will get into his heaven one day. We will spend our eternity with him—an eternity filled with peace and joy and love. It is wonderful to be a member of the right family—God’s family!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to rescue me! Being adopted into your family is the greatest gift I could ever be given. May everything I say and do this day make it clear that I am your child. Amen.

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Needed Rest – July 27, 2015

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 6:30-34

Needed Rest
Daily Devotion – July 27, 2015

Devotion based on Mark 6:30-34
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You need a vacation. You know you do. You wince when the phone rings, regardless of who it is. Trying to get everything done, you work right through meals. You wake up in the morning and feel like you haven’t even rested. Even if you are a people person, you know you need to retreat to a quiet, solitary place and get some rest.

Jesus sent his disciples out into the communities of Israel to call people to repentance and to tell them that the promised Savior had arrived. When they returned from that important work, they debriefed with Jesus. It was clear to him that they needed some rest.

Their attempt to seek a place for physical rest was thwarted by a large crowd of people. Rather than being frustrated, Jesus realized that those people needed rest as well. Their need for rest was spiritual, and Jesus met that need by teaching them many things.

When you have physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for rest, Jesus meets those needs by teaching you about himself. “Come to me,” he says, “and I will give you rest.” He calms your concerns about your work and your life by promising to be with you. He remedies your guilty feelings by promising to forgive you. He invites you to remember that everything is under his control, and that he loves you.

Jesus sees that you are like a sheep without a shepherd. As the Good Shepherd, he leads you beside still waters. He restores your soul.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the rest you supply me, here and for eternity. Amen.

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The Groan of the Christian – July 26, 2015

Sun, Jul 26, 2015

We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:23

The Groan of the Christian
Daily Devotion – July 26, 2015

Devotion based on Romans 8:23
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It’s the beginning of another workday. Your clock radio goes off. You hit the snooze button as many times as you dare. Finally you pull back the covers, swing your feet to the floor, and sit there for just a moment.

Then it comes. The groan. Perhaps it’s audible, or perhaps it stays inside you, but nevertheless the groan is there. It can come for a number of reasons. Perhaps there’s an unpleasant task waiting for you that day. Perhaps a string of hard days is starting to catch up to you. Or perhaps it comes from the unending grind of living with difficulties that are not going away.

Two things about that groan you have in the morning. The one you already know. You already know that people around the world groan that same groan sooner or later. That’s part of living in a fallen, broken creation. But here’s something you may not know. Even the groan you groan as a Christian is radically different from the groans that come from the rest of the world.

You and I also groan under the burdens of work, of stress, of money, of sadness and uncertainty – yes, that’s all true. However, in the groan of the Christian there is also the groan of anticipation, the groan of eagerly looking to that day when all the things that weigh us down will go away forever.

And they will go away! For the day will come when the Lord Jesus will command it. Just as his blood has washed away our every sin, so also he will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain.

So when your clock radio goes off, go ahead and groan. Just remember. Your groan as a Christian is also a quiet expression of confidence that, because of Jesus, unspeakable joy is on its way. And you can hardly wait.

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Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I groan under the burdens of life, remind me by your Spirit that, in Jesus, I also look forward to victories and joys beyond my imagination. Amen.

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God’s promise to Provide – July 25, 2015

Sat, Jul 25, 2015

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Matthew 13:24-30

God’s promise to Provide
Daily Devotion – July 25, 2015

Devotion based on Matthew 13:24-30
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Heaven on earth. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It has such a nice ring that people have attempted to create it many times over the centuries. Those well-intentioned but misguided Christians were convinced that if they separated themselves from the world and developed a Christian society with just the right rules and regulations, they could bring about…heaven on earth.

Christians today can be equally misguided. We can convince ourselves that our lives on this earth ought to be a utopian paradise, without any trouble or trials or pain or problems. And when things don’t turn out that way, we all too easily question our God. We question his wisdom or his power or his love.

The problem, as always, is not with God but with us—with our expectations. If we expect this sin-fallen world to be heaven, we will be disappointed. Today Jesus sets us straight. He tells us a parable that disavows us of any notion of heaven on earth.

The wheat in Jesus’ parable represents followers of Jesus. The weeds represent those who do not follow him. Both will exist until Jesus returns on Judgment Day. There will be no heaven on this earth. So the sin and corruption of our world should not surprise us. And we dare not wag a finger of blame at God.

What we will do is thank our gracious God who has sown the seed of faith in our hearts to know Jesus as our Savior from sin. Thank him that he has transformed us from weeds into wheat. Thank him that when Judgment Day arrives we won’t need to fear being thrown into the eternal fire which we deserve for our sins. Rather, we can look forward to being gathered into his barn where there will be no trouble or trials or pain or problems. We can look forward to the new heaven and new earth he has promised to provide for us.

A new heaven and a new earth—it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for preserving me in the midst of a sin-fallen world. Deliver me from evil by bringing me safely to the heavenly home you are even now preparing. Amen.

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Groaning – July 24, 2015

Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:20-23

Groaning
Daily Devotion – July 24, 2015

Devotion based on Romans 8:20-23
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The season of summer—with its longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures— provides many opportunities for us to enjoy the outdoors and behold the beauty of God’s wonderful creation. As we do, however, the apostle Paul wants us to see and hear the creation through the perspective of God’s Word.

When we do this, we hear the creation groaning. We recognize that the creation around us is straining under the burden of sin that mankind brought into the world. Hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods, droughts – all of them bear the sights and sounds of a creation laboring under the consequences of our sinfulness.

But not only does the creation groan, we do too. You and I also groan under the burdens of work, of stress, of finances, of sadness, uncertainty and loneliness—for sin has infected every aspect of our lives. However, in the groans of creation and the groans of Christians there is anticipation of eagerly looking forward to that day when all the things that hurt and harm will go away forever.

And they will go away! For the day will come when the Lord Jesus will command it. At just the right time that he has determined, the Lord will arrive to liberate his creation from the presence and effects of sin. Our Savior’s victory at the cross will make its impact finally even on the creation. And for us who groan inwardly awaiting to be free from living in this sinful world, when Jesus appears, he will take us to the glorious, perfect life that he has prepared for us in his new creation. Just as his blood has washed away our every sin, so also he will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain.

Then there will be no more groaning.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I groan under the burdens of life, remind me by your Spirit that, in Jesus, I can eagerly look forward to perfect joy of heaven. Amen.

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Freedom – July 23, 2015

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Isaiah 61:1

Freedom
Daily Devotion – July 23, 2015

Devotion based on Isaiah 61:1
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When we try to guess what God is thinking, we don’t usually get very far. We don’t know what he’s going to bring into our lives tomorrow, much less next year, or the year after that. But there is one area of life where we can begin to guess what God is thinking with a great deal of accuracy, and that is when we’ve messed up. Maybe friends were depending on us, and we let them down. Maybe we said something we regret, and we wish we could take it back. Maybe it was something bigger than all that, something that eats at us. It’s not as though God has given us something complicated to do—just love. But we get this wrong again and again, and we can sense that God isn’t happy.

The Bible confirms this. God wants us to keep his commandments. He hates sin because our sin imprisons us. Sin tears us away from him and his love. Sin locks us up in a dungeon of guilt and death. God says, “The one who sins is the one who will die” (Ezekiel 18:20). He’s talking about spiritual death, eternal separation from him.

But now God has anointed his Servant, his Son Jesus, to preach God’s mind, and to tell us something we would never have guessed on our own. Jesus preached freedom. Not political freedom. Not financial freedom. The freedom Jesus preached is a release from the darkness of sin and death forever. And he did more than preach. He rescued us. On his cross he put himself in our dark dungeon, and released us into the light. Jesus didn’t just talk about freedom; he set us free.

You are fully and eternally free from all punishment for your sin. Jesus signed your pardon papers with his blood, and sealed them with his resurrection from the dead. Have you ever found yourself caught in a web of guilt, buried under a burdened conscience, terrified by the darkness of death? The message of Jesus is as breathtakingly wonderful as it is simple: freedom.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, you have suffered and died for me. You have set me free from sin, guilt, and death. Bless me with your peace and joy today and always. Amen.

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The Fine Print – July 22, 2015

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

“The LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’”
Amos 7:15

The Fine Print
Daily Devotion – July 22, 2015

Devotion based on Amos 7:15
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“Make sure you read the fine print.” And sometimes when we read the “fine print,” we find out things we’re not too excited to learn, like the possible side-effects of that new medication, or what could happen to our interest rate if we fail to pay our credit card bill on time.

But sometimes there is “fine print” which is wonderful, and this Bible passage gives us one of those. Amos was sharing the Word of God in the northern kingdom. This was during the time when the nation of Israel was split in two. The northern kingdom (which retained the name “Israel”) was becoming more and more rebellious. Wicked kings like Ahab ruled and encouraged the people to worship false gods like Baal and Asherah. God faithfully sent prophets like Elijah and Elisha to call his people to repentance, but his call fell mostly on deaf ears.

Yet did you notice what God had told Amos? He told Amos to go, to prophesy to “my people Israel.” God could have told Amos to go and prophesy to the people Israel; he didn’t. Instead, He told Amos to go and prophesy to my people Israel. What a wonderful piece of “fine print!” With all the rebellion of the Israelites, with all their sins, God still claimed them as “my” people. That one little word–that “fine print”–is glorious!

God still is willing to claim you and me too. No, he’s not okay with our rebellion. No, he’s not okay with us sinning. He hates sinful words, actions and attitudes.

But Jesus came. Jesus paid for all sins, paid for them in full. And because of Jesus’ work, God claims you! He brought you to faith in Jesus as your Savior, and calls you “my child.”

That is wonderful “fine print”!

Prayer: O Savior, remind me that I am your child. Lead me to live in a way which makes it clear to others that I am yours. Amen.

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Chosen – July 21, 2015

Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:3-8

Chosen
Daily Devotion – July 21, 2015

Devotion based on Ephesians 1:3-8
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She drums her fingers nervously on the arm of the couch. Seated around the room are other young women, looking just as nervous as she feels. The sparsely furnished room looks like the dozens of others where she has waited and wondered. “Will they call my name?” is the question on every face in the room. This is not her first acting audition…but it might be her last. She cannot make ends meet for much longer. If her name is not called, she will have to head back to her hometown with her dreams of stardom left behind on the West Coast. “PLEASE,” she thinks, “Choose me!”

We have all been there. Perhaps not auditioning for an acting job, but we have all been in situations where we want to be chosen. It is thrilling when we are and devastating when we are not.

Every Christian can be certain that he or she has been chosen—not for a job or a team or a promotion—but to be a child in God’s family. Unlike people being chosen for jobs or teams or promotions, Christians were not chosen by God because they were better than others or more deserving than others. Quite the opposite. The Bible says that God chose us IN SPITE OF how undeserving we were. He chose us to show just how merciful and forgiving he is. Knowing that God has chosen to forgive us for Jesus’ sake, knowing that he has adopted us into his family, we can only marvel at how great God is.

Although it is exciting to be chosen for a team or a job position or the lead role in a movie, nothing can compare to being chosen as God’s child. It means we have the almighty God on our side. Nothing can separate us from him. When we leave this world, our Father will welcome us into his eternal home.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for choosing me to be your child. I know that I do not deserve to be a member of your family. But knowing this only makes me more thankful. Help me this day to live as your child and bring honor to your name. Amen.

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Life’s Main Focus – July 20, 2015

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

Calling the Twelve to him, Jesus sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
Mark 6:7-13

Life’s Main Focus
Daily Devotion – July 20, 2015

Devotion based on Mark 6:7-13
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Jesus knows what distracts you.

It is easy to get completely focused on making money. You end up looking at everything in view of how much money you might get out of it, or how much you might lose.

It is easy to be preoccupied with how you look and what you wear. You begin to judge other people on how much attention they pay to their own looks, and on whether their taste agrees with yours.

Since you generally eat more than once a day, it’s easy to become such a foodie that you don’t think about much else. Your diet becomes your main focus of the day.

When Jesus sent out his disciples, he knew that they could easily be distracted by money, or clothes, or food. Money and clothes and food are all gifts of God, but they are not meant to become the focus of our lives.

Instead, Jesus invites his disciples to make something else the focus of life: repentance and faith in him for the forgiveness of sins. That’s what he called the Twelve to speak about. When that is your main focus, you are better prepared to speak about Jesus to people and respond appropriately to their reactions to his message.

Jesus invites us to seek first his kingdom, and the righteousness that is ours through faith in him, keeping in mind that he will provide money and clothes and food as well. In Jesus, you have all that you need.

Prayer: Jesus, you are my everlasting all; to you I look; to you I call.
I trust that you will supply my need; you are my peace and strength indeed. Amen.

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Seed, Ground and Harvest – July 19, 2015

Sun, Jul 19, 2015

Then Jesus told them many things in parables saying, “A farmer went out to sow his seed.”
Matthew 13:3

Seed, Ground and Harvest
Daily Devotion – July 19, 2015

Devotion based on Matthew 13:3
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Jesus regularly used common, everyday pictures to teach precious lessons. One day he used the picture of a farmer who was sowing seed in his field. It was a familiar picture, but not everyone who heard it appreciated the lesson.

There are three points to which I need to give my attention. The first is the seed. It is the Word of God. It is sent through sowers to be planted in my life and in the lives of others. It is a good seed, and as the Lord promises, “it will always achieve the purpose for which he sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

Looking ahead to a second lesson, there will always be a harvest. It may be a good, rich harvest. It may be something less. Sometimes there will be no harvest, but it is not because of bad seed.

This leads to the third lesson, or the main point of the parable, which is the ground. The lesson is direct. As the ground, Jesus wants me to understand how I hear and what I do with his Word is critical. The picture he adds of the weeds, rocky soil and the road should make me aware of the obstacles I will have to face. Not only does the devil want to deceive me with his lies, he also wants to choke the Word out of my life. His purpose is to harden my heart and close my ears to Jesus life-giving Word.

Because I daily face these challenges I need to stop, look and listen. This was Jesus’ exhortation, “He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:9). I need to give my full attention to his Word, and gladly hear and learn it. In this way I will be good ground and the message of the seed will take root in me. The end result will be a rich harvest. I will be certain of Jesus’ full and free forgiveness. I will rejoice in a life of service he sets before me. I will also find peace in his presence and in his never-failing love.

Jesus used the relationship between seed, ground and harvest to make me cherish the precious nature of his Word. My sincerest desire is that he opens my ears and prepares my heart to receive the life-giving seed of his Word. I also pray that he makes me into fertile, rich soil which produces a rich harvest to his glory.

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Prayer: Blessed Lord, sow the seed of your Word in my life. Cause it take root and grow. Then, make it produce a rich harvest of good works offered to your glory and in return for your precious love. Amen.

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Jesus love is Unchanging – July 18, 2015

Sat, Jul 18, 2015

And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
Exodus 33:19-20

Jesus love is Unchanging
Daily Devotion – July 18, 2015

Devotion based on Exodus 33:19-20
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There are days when we feel like everything is broken and we’re sort of stumbling along. Between busy work and demanding children and faithless friends, they’re the days that can make us want to cry out, “Lord, have mercy!” But not always in the way we say it in church… Rather, sometimes it comes out more like a demand, hands thrown up in despair.

It might be tempting to read Moses’ words in Exodus 33 in that way: as though he’s fed up with Israel and demanding things from God, hands thrown up in despair. However, that’s not the way Moses is addressing God in this chapter. The context makes that clear. This conversation happens after God had threatened to punish Israel for their idol worship at the foot of Mt. Sinai. So, instead of demands, Moses presents what Israel needs from God. He asked God to help him lead the people, and he pleaded for the Lord to be their guiding presence.

We have idolatrous baggage similar to the Israelites. Whether it’s the idol of “me” or the idol of the moment’s desire, there are sins that show we’ve not always followed God. But we can speak to God with the same kind of confidence Moses did. God is the one who gives out mercy to those who don’t deserve it. He gives it out freely. He is the “Lord”.

Think of it this way. God told Moses that no one sees God’s face and lives. His holiness is overwhelming to sinners. And yet, we have seen the face of God. The Bible says that we have in our hearts “the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). We’ve seen what Moses asked for. In Jesus God’s glory has been revealed in love and mercy. For us Jesus died to forgive our sins. God had compassion on us by his own choice.

His choice to show himself in love through Jesus allows us to confidently speak to God like Moses did. We can say, “Lord, without you I’m lost. Show yourself to me in your Word and teach me to love and serve you. Strengthen me through your Son, Jesus, that I may know your unchanging love for me no matter what my day may bring.”

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Prayer: Lord of mercy, keep us today in your love through your Word. Remind us that you go with us each day and, therefore, we are not lost. Look on us with favor and grace for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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Freedom of Access – July 17, 2015

Fri, Jul 17, 2015

In [Christ Jesus our Lord] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 3:12

Freedom of Access
Daily Devotion – July 17, 2015

Devotion based on Ephesians 3:12
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It seems that there is a direct correlation between how high a position of a government official and how accessible that individual is to regular citizens. The higher the position, the less accessibility there is.

Living in a free country like the United States of America, regular citizens should theoretically be able to reach out to their elected representatives and provide input on how they would like certain issues handled. However, if you try to communicate with someone in a very high position, for example the President, chances are not very good for you to get a response from him. He has staff members that read and respond to letters sent to him. A regular, ordinary citizen cannot expect to be able to call and have the President answer. You certainly could never barge into his office unannounced and expect to talk with him.

How then can we ever expect to communicate with God, the King of kings, and Lord of lords? He has far more authority than the President, and he is perfectly holy. How can we, imperfect sinners, possibly think that we can step into God’s throne room and ask him for anything?

We shouldn’t be able to. By all rights we should be destroyed the moment we set foot in his presence. Yet, the apostle Paul tells us that we may approach God with freedom and confidence—all because of Jesus.

Jesus took on all our sinfulness. He gave up his life and was cast out of the presence of God because that is what you and I deserve for our sins. His blood was shed to wash away our sin forever. Now those who believe that to be true–who believe in him as their Savior from sin—are free to approach God because the perfection of Jesus is theirs through faith.

Faith in Jesus means that you can step into the throne room of God fully confident that you will not be cast from his presence and destroyed. Even more, you can come before God and pray to him fully confident that he will hear your prayer and answer for the sake of his Son, Jesus.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to take away my sins. Thank you for giving me free access to you through faith in him. Forgive me for the times I have neglected your command to pray. Motivate me to pour my heart out to you and pray with confidence through Jesus my Savior. Amen.

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