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For Whom are You Working? – September 4, 2015

Fri, Sep 04, 2015

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23-24

For Whom are You Working?
Daily Devotion – September 4, 2015

Devotion based on Colossians 3:23-24
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You roll over and fumble around, trying to stop the annoying noise that has disturbed your sleep. Eventually, you silence your alarm and peer groggily at the clock through half-opened eyes. You’d like to roll over and sleep some more, but you can’t. Not right now. Right now, it’s time to get up and get ready for work.

It wouldn’t be so bad if you actually enjoyed going in to work. If your supervisor weren’t so demanding and unreasonable, if your paycheck weren’t so paltry, if you felt as if what you did were accomplishing something, then it might not be so hard to rouse yourself in the morning. But as it is, you dread finding out what new form of mindlessness your supervisor has dreamed up for you today. And the paycheck you bring home at the end of the week hardly makes it seem as if all your hard work is worth the effort.

But what if when you went in to work, you weren’t working for your immediate supervisor but instead were working for Jesus? What if your reward for all your hard work weren’t a paltry paycheck but a limitless inheritance from the Lord?

Just think. When you do your work for the Lord Jesus, and not just for your supervisor, you are working for someone who already has demonstrated his unconditional and boundless love for you. You are working for the one who came to serve you and give his life as your ransom. You are working for someone who loves watching you gratefully serve him and can’t wait to see what you’ll do for him next. You are working for someone who already has given you eternal life in heaven as an inheritance, which you cannot and do not need to earn. You are working for the one who has promised you that your work for him is never worthless.

So, when your alarm goes off and tells you it’s time to get ready for work, remember the one for whom you truly are working. It is the Lord Jesus for whom you are working. And that makes everything you do worthwhile.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I go in to work, help me always to remember that it is you for whom I am working. Amen.

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Work – September 3, 2015

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Genesis 2:15

Work
Daily Devotion – September 3, 2015

Devotion based on Genesis 2:15
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Author Gene Edward Veith, Jr. paints a bleak picture of work in his book, God At Work: Our work often appears meaningless. It consumes our time, our emotions, our after-hours preoccupations. It takes away the time we would like to spend with our families . . . most of us view the labor that we expend as simply the necessary means to make ends meet.

But work wasn’t always like that. In the beginning, it was a joy, not a burden; a blessed way to spend the day instead of dreaded drudgery. In Genesis 2:15 we read: “The LORD God took the man [he had created] and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Adam’s time was filled with meaningful, productive and satisfying work.

But Adam fell into sin. He disobeyed God by eating fruit from the tree in all of Eden that the LORD had put off limits. As a result of Adam’s disobedience, he lost the perfection with which God created him and brought sin upon all mankind. God told Adam: “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life . . . by the sweat of your brow you will eat your food” (Gen. 3:17,19). To this day, sin in the world and in us makes work difficult and painful!

But all is not hopeless nor are we helpless. God promised to send a Savior to take away the curse he pronounced on the human race and reconcile us to our Creator again. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled that pledge! He is God and man in one unique being! He kept every nuance of God’s law in our place and offered his sinless life up to God on the cross to pay the price that we owed to God for the guilt of our sins. Jesus rose from the dead on Easter dawn as the Victor over sin, death, Satan and hell itself!

When Jesus lives in us by his Spirit, we gain a whole new outlook on life, on death and on work. As Christians, we are led to follow God’s Word: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24). What an important and refreshing way to view our work!

Prayer: Lord, bless the work that you give me opportunity and ability to do. Though there will always be difficult days and times of pain in my life, point me to the sacrifice of Jesus as my Savior where my hope and strength are renewed. Amen.

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Committed – September 2, 2015

Wed, Sep 02, 2015

[Joshua said to all the people], “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God.”
Joshua 24:14-18

Committed
Daily Devotion – September 2, 2015

Devotion based on Joshua 24:14-18
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“As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Perhaps you’ve seen those words of Joshua stenciled on a living room wall, or carved in an intricate wood design and placed on a bookshelf, or even tattooed with gothic font across someone’s back. These are wonderful words repeated by Christians to express their commitment to God and his will for their lives.

But let’s not forget that God’s commitment always comes first. The people in Joshua’s day remembered how God had forged a covenant with their forefather Abraham, and how he had rescued his people from Egypt and worked his mighty power to bring them into the Promised Land of Canaan. It was God’s free and faithful love for them that moved them to say, “We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”

The Lord is your God. He has chosen you from eternity. He sent his Son to win your forgiveness and to bring you into his holy family. He called you to faith through his Word and now preserves your faith and provides for your daily needs. The Lord even guides the events of your daily life to draw you even closer to him and lead you home to heaven. God’s commitment to us always precedes, produces, and preserves our commitment to him. Commit yourself to the Lord, because he has been committed to you!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me each day to remember your love and mercy in Jesus and to commit myself again and again to loving and following you. Amen.

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The Least I Can Do – September 1, 2015

Tue, Sep 01, 2015

…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…
Ephesians 5:25

The Least I Can Do
Daily Devotion – September 1, 2015

Devotion based on Ephesians 5:25
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A professor from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago once did a research paper on what drives people to give their lives in service to others. His research led him to many people and many places. Perhaps the most extraordinary place, however, was in London, England, where a woman had devoted her life to serving the poor. He asked her why. The answer he received is something he never forgot.

This is her story. She was a woman of Jewish descent. She’d grown up in Germany, but had moved to France in the 1930’s to escape Hitler. Then the Nazis invaded. Soon she found herself fleeing from one location to the next in order to avoid capture. She was constantly on the run. In time she became exhausted and felt as though she could go no farther. That is when an old, French widow knocked on her door. The elderly woman warned her that the Nazis were doing another search and that she needed to escape. “But it’s no use,” she told the old woman. “They will find me anyway. They are so close behind.”

But the elderly widow, a Christian, then said this. “Yes, they will find someone here, but it’s time for you to leave. Go. I will take your identification and wait here.” Immediately the young Jewish woman understood the ramifications of the old woman’s plan. The Nazis would come and find this Christian widow and think she was the fleeing Jew. “Why would you do such a thing for me?” she asked. To her question the widow responded, “It’s the least I can do; Christ has already done that and more for me.”

The Nazis did come and took the Christian widow in the Jewish woman’s place. She perished within six months at a concentration camp. But her capture gave the Jewish woman time to escape. She found her way to England and through the power of the gospel came to faith in Christ.

And that is why she went on to devote her life to serving others. In light of all that her Savior from sin had done for her, it was the least she could do.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I stop to consider what you have done to wash away my sin and to give me life, move me to live my life for others. It is the least I can do. Amen.

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Jesus Has the Words of Eternal Life – August 31, 2015

Mon, Aug 31, 2015

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
John 6:66-68

Jesus Has the Words of Eternal Life
Daily Devotion – August 31, 2015

Devotion based on John 6:66-68
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During the Revolutionary War, Ethan Allen made a name for himself as a capable colonel and the leader of the Green Mountain Boys. He was also widely known as a religious skeptic who had no use for the Christian faith. Allen’s wife, on the other hand, was a devout believer and taught their daughter about Jesus as the one who loves and saves sinners. It happened that the daughter fell seriously ill and her father was summoned to her bedside. As the girl was nearing death, she took his hand and asked, “Father, should I believe what you have taught me, or what I have learned from my mother?” The long moment of silence after her question must have felt like an eternity. Her father finally found his voice to say, “My child, believe what your mother has taught you.”

In the twists and turns of life, we can fool ourselves into thinking that there are any number of paths we can take and that any road will do. But when we are finally forced to face the question of life and death, with the prospect of where we will spend eternity, our viable options begin to dwindle very quickly. How will we stand before the Almighty on the great Day of Judgment? How can we hope to enter Paradise when we have angered our Maker with our selfish deeds and our self-centered lifestyles? Will any amount of scoffing or pretending that God doesn’t exist make him go away or keep me from falling into the hands of my eternal Judge?

When faced with the reality that we too will one day die, we cannot ignore the question: “Where will you go? Whom will you follow?” The answer, like the one given by Peter, should be, “I believe that Jesus has the words of eternal life. I believe that Jesus is eternal life.” His death for sinners has paid my debt. His rising from the grave assures me of God’s love. His word promises me forgiveness for my sin. Who else can give me these blessings but the eternal Son of God?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep my eyes and heart fixed on you through your Word. I have nowhere else to turn for blessings today and for salvation in eternity. Amen.

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Jesus Meets Our Every Need – August 30, 2015

Sun, Aug 30, 2015

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Matthew 14:13-21

Jesus Meets Our Every Need
Daily Devotion – August 30, 2015

Devotion based on Matthew 14:13-21
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It is school time once again. Children are heading off to begin another year of learning. They are taking backpacks filled with new items: notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators. Their teachers sent to parents a list of items their children would need for school. Sadly, some families are not financially able to purchase all the items needed. Imagine the heartache–knowing what your child needs but being unable to provide it!

Thankfully, our Jesus is never in that position. Jesus is able to meet our every need. The Gospel of Matthew gives us an example of Jesus’ ability to meet the needs of people. Jesus had been preaching on a hillside to a great crowd of people—more than five thousand. It was late in the day and the crowd had nothing to eat. So, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and miraculously multiplied them to feed the entire crowd. There were even twelve baskets of food left over after everyone had eaten—more food than there was to begin with!

Many of God’s people are facing challenging times as we deal with a difficult economy. It is tempting to give up hope, to doubt whether Jesus is powerful enough to provide what is needed, or worse, whether Jesus loves us enough to provide what is needed.

However, when Jesus fed the five thousand on a hill in Galilee, he proved that he is powerful enough to provide everything we need. And when Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to a cross on a hill called Calvary, he proved that he is loving enough to provide everything we need. It was there on the cross that he provided payment for our sins and purchased our eternal life.

The next time you doubt Jesus’ power and love, turn the eyes of your soul toward these two hills and know that Jesus meets our every need.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I doubt your power and your love, for the times I wonder whether you are willing to provide all that I need. Today I leave myself in your powerful and loving hands. Amen.

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God’s Promises give us Hope – August 29, 2015

Sat, Aug 29, 2015

God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’” Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.
Exodus 6:2-9

God’s Promises give us Hope
Daily Devotion – August 29, 2015

Devotion based on Exodus 6:2-98
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We call them “dreams,” the way we would like our lives to turn out. Those “dreams” envision good things we would like for our lives. It doesn’t take a lot of living, however, to know that some bad things will happen in our lives. Our God has even told us that there will be difficult times, trials and tribulations. And though he has not told us the future, he has given us promises that give us hope.

It was hope that the Lord wanted his Old Testament people to have. They were groaning under harsh slavery in Egypt, and there didn’t seem to be any end in sight. The Egyptians had all the power and the Israelites were helpless. So God sent them a leader by the name of Moses who brought the word of God’s promises to the people that he would free them from slavery. God promised that they would be his people. He promised that he would bring them to the land he promised Abraham, a land of abundant blessings. What good news! How excited the Israelites should have been! There was only one problem….they didn’t believe the promises. All these good things were going to happen but the Israelites would continue to live without hope because they didn’t believe.

God has rescued us from the slavery of sin and death through our Savior Jesus. He has promised to bring us to the ultimate promised land, heaven. He has promised that we will be his people and he will walk with us every day of our lives. He may not have told us everything about our future but his promises are intended to give us hope for life and eternity. Hear his promises. Believe his promises. Don’t be like the Israelites. Don’t miss out on your hope.
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Prayer: Lord, I thank you for securing my future for me. I ask you to help me live each day in that hope. Amen.

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Strength for Singing – August 28, 2015

Fri, Aug 28, 2015

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2

Strength for Singing
Daily Devotion – August 28, 2015

Devotion based on Isaiah 12:2
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There is a saying in our English language which is falling out of use: “whistling past the graveyard”. There are two theories about its meaning. The first is that it is used to describe people who don’t know that they are in a terrible situation. The second is that it is used to describe people who know they are in a terrible situation yet remain confident even in the face of overwhelming odds.

If we take the second meaning, that saying can describe Christians. Isaiah 12:2 tells us why. It says, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD is my strength and my song, he has become my salvation.” We human beings face a terrible situation and overwhelming odds. Sin infests our hearts like a disease, showing itself in hateful thoughts, hurtful words and hostile actions toward others. The result is that we are headed for the graveyard, facing the death of our bodies and souls forever as our just punishment. And there is nothing we can do about it. There is nothing we can do to make up for our sins or set our wrongs right.

We need saving, and that saving comes not from us, but from God. He has become our salvation. He sent his Son, Jesus, to endure the punishment for all our sins by giving his life on the cross. But that’s not all. Jesus not only fought our fight against sin and won, but he also rose again, conquering death. So in Jesus, we have victory over sin and the grave. His work on our behalf gives us unshakable confidence in the face of overwhelming odds.

We can sing past the graveyard because in Jesus and his sin-conquering strength we have forgiveness. We can sing past the graveyard because the grave is not our end. Instead, Jesus makes heaven our eternal home. So no matter the terrible situation, no matter the overwhelming odds, Jesus and his salvation gives us strength for singing.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, you are my salvation. Give me strength not to be afraid even of death itself because you defeated sin and death for me. Give me strength to sing of the salvation I have in you. Amen.

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Sufficient – August 27, 2015

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

But [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Sufficient
Daily Devotion – August 27, 2015

Devotion based on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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How would you complete this sentence? “God’s love for me is enough when _______.”

We often look at the list of troubles in our lives and say to ourselves, “See my problems! If God really loved me, he’d take these away!” Is that a fair and accurate conclusion?

What can you conclude about God when your car breaks and your roof leaks? Your marriage or relationship goes from rocky to shattered? You suffer from an emotional scar or a permanent illness? If God really loved you, what would he do when you face these problems?

Paul, the great Christian and missionary, had a huge problem. He called it a “thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan.” This was not a small sliver of a problem.

Paul pleaded with God to take away his “thorn in the flesh.” As we read about Paul’s problem, our minds are tempted to think what Paul’s heart might have been tempted to believe: “If God really loved Paul, God would take away Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh.’”

If God really loved Paul, what would he do? Would God use his strength to remove all of Paul’s problems? No. God used his grace and his strength in the face of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh.” God was strong when Paul was weak. God was gracious when Paul was hurting. Instead of removing his hardship, God strengthened Paul. God’s grace carried him as he suffered through this hardship.

God really does love you. Look at the manger where his Son humbly laid. The Father’s love is so strong that he sent his one and only Son for you. Look at the cross. Jesus loved you with such mighty grace that he died in your place for all the broken, foolish, sinful things you’ve thought and done. Look at Jesus’ empty tomb. God declared you not guilty by the power of Jesus’ resurrection.

Whenever you wonder, “If God really loved me…,” be assured that he really does. In eternity, he planned for your eternity. In his grace and wisdom, the Father gave his Son and his Son gave his life for you.

God’s grace powerfully forgives your sins and gives you an eternal home in heaven with no troubles. God’s grace makes you strong in the face of the nastiest difficulties.

With Paul hear what God says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” God’s love for you is enough because his grace is strong.

Prayer: Lord God, in your grace, you love me. Forgive me and strengthen me. On days when I am overwhelmed by my problems, let me find rescue, peace and strength in your grace. Amen.

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Wisdom’s Warm Invitation – August 26, 2015

Wed, Aug 26, 2015

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city, “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment. “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”
Proverbs 9:1-6

Wisdom’s Warm Invitation
Daily Devotion – August 26, 2015

Devotion based on Proverbs 9:1-6
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What is the wisest piece of advice anyone has ever passed along to you? Did you follow it and were you blessed by it? The first nine chapters of the book we know as Proverbs are a warm invitation to obtain wisdom and then to live wisely. In chapter 4 we are told that “wisdom is supreme” (verse 7).

True wisdom is a wonderful thing. You can drink deeply of it, dwell in it, pass it along and give it away freely without ever worrying that you will run out. Perhaps most wonderful of all, the Proverbs tell us that wisdom is ours for the taking. “Come” wisdom calls out; “eat…and drink”.

It is like ordering the best meal at the finest restaurant and finding out that it comes “all you can eat” at absolutely no charge. The wisdom of God found in his Word is there for the taking. There is such a thing as a free meal and there is an exception to the rule that says “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” The Word of God is food for the soul and at the center of that Word is Jesus the bread of life.

That we sinners can be freed from sin and enjoy a place at the banquet feast of heaven sounds too good to be true. But it is true! When we “walk in the way of understanding” knowing and believing that Jesus lived his life to give us life and died his death to release us from death’s grip, then we are feasting on the wisdom that grants eternal life.

Prayer: Lord God, turn my heart and mind daily to the wisdom that comes from you. Lead me to feast on the Word that gives eternal life. Bring me to Jesus the bread of life so that I live now and forever with you. Amen.

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Don’t Be So Foolish! – August 25, 2015

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

Don’t Be So Foolish!
Daily Devotion – August 25, 2015

Devotion based on Ephesians 5:15-17
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Our sinful society thinks that it knows the difference between wisdom and foolishness. That’s always been an attitude of unbelieving mankind. In 57 A.D. the apostle Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, accurately diagnosed preceding unbelieving generations and the unbelievers of his day. He wrote, “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” (See Romans 1:18-32.) That’s still true today!

Don’t be so foolish to believe something just because society says so, even if it’s your best friend who is trying to convince you. Go to the Bible. Understand what the Lord’s will is!

Don’t be so foolish to believe what your own sinful reason thinks is true, or what it leads you to desire. Go to the Bible. Understand what the Lord’s will is!

Today’s verses speak to “wise” living. God’s Word teaches, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise…understand what the Lord’s will is.” If you need help to understand the Lord’s will, and you don’t have a church home, find one where the Word of God is proclaimed faithfully. Go to wels.net. Click on “Find a Church” to locate a church near you.

The will of God is everything that God wants! The Bible says, “God our Savior wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4). God’s will brought Jesus, his Son, to the earth, to the cross of Calvary, and up again from the tomb. Jesus paid the full debt accumulated by mankind’s sins, including your sins and mine. It’s God’s will that defines sin, not our courts. It’s God’s will that defines salvation. God’s will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures to guide us on our earthly journey through life to our eternal home in heaven.

The sinful world calls Christianity “foolishness.” Don’t be so foolish to believe that! Distinguish real foolishness from real wisdom! Jesus is the one who said it first, “If you hold to my teaching…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

Prayer: Holy Spirit, keep me wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Strength to Live Forever – August 24, 2015

Mon, Aug 24, 2015

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”
John 6:51-58

Strength to Live Forever
Daily Devotion – August 24, 2015

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It is said, “Repetition is the mother of learning.” By repeating his promises again and again, Jesus strengthens our faith in his promise of life.

God sent “bread from heaven” that fed millions of Israelites in the desert for forty years. They lived because of that bread; they would have died without it. Without shops nearby, without markets and supermarkets, the people of God learned to trust and rely on the only way God gave for them to live, the bread he sent from heaven. Yet this bread only kept the people alive physically.

Jesus proclaims that he is living bread from heaven. He gives himself for people to eat and drink. In this way, he teaches the vital importance of people believing in him as the Savior who came down from heaven to give spiritual and eternal life. Trusting in Jesus and all that he did to accomplish their salvation, people will not die eternally; they will live forever.

Feast on the promises Jesus emphasizes for us in today’s lesson from God’s Word:
• “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.”
• “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.”
• “This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
• “…unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”
• “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
• “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.”
• “I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.”
• “…he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

Eight times in eight verses Jesus makes sure you know that he is your source of strength for eternal life. Not only that, Jesus is that source of strength for the whole world. Jesus gives eternal life now to every believer, and, he promises, “I will raise him up on the last day!”

Prayer: Gracious Lord Jesus Christ, my Strength and my Life, as I live in a world filled with death, continue to reassure me that I will live forever with you. Amen.

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Great Faith – August 23, 2015

Sun, Aug 23, 2015

Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith!”
Matthew 15:28

Great Faith
Daily Devotion – August 24, 2015

Devotion based on Matthew 15:28
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What constitutes a great faith? What means is used to measure that which is called: “the substance of things hoped for and the certainty of things unseen?” (Hebrews 11:1)

It is hard to explain faith, let alone measure it. Jesus, however, knows. He also knows the standard to determine what great faith is, and he uses it in respect to the woman who pleaded for his help. Two observations led Jesus to pronounce that this woman had a great faith. The first was her knowledge of Jesus’ ability to help, and her tenacious hold on that knowledge. She knew what Jesus’ ministry was all about, and she was not going to challenge it or seek to change it. The second was her persistence. She wasn’t going to take “no” for an answer. This Jesus called a great faith, and it is a model of faith I need to pursue.

Sometimes my grasp of God’s Word and his promises is tentative at best. I may know the words, but I don’t understand what Jesus’ ministry was truly about. This results in a lack of persistence. I will pray, but it becomes an occasional practice, and I quickly give up because to me the Lord doesn’t seem interested.

I need to recognize my weakness and confess it. Then I need to get back to the Lord and his Word. Here I receive the joyful proclamation that the barrier to my prayers is removed. In addition, I receive the very means I need to strengthen my faith. Through a daily study of the Word my faith in Jesus grows stronger. My grasp of God’s promises becomes firmer. Even the devil cannot cause me to lose my grip on his precious words. I even see a growing persistence in my prayer life. I pray more often and with more passion.

These are only a few results of a life of faith through the working of the Word. There is also a greater boldness to approach the Lord, a greater certainty of his help, and a greater peace to know he will always answer me for my good.

So a goal for me in this life is simple. I do not strive to be recognized simply as a person who has a great faith. Rather, I want to be known as a person who has great faith in an ever greater Lord and Savior.

Prayer: Lord, increase my faith. Amen.

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A Reason to Show Mercy – August 22, 2015

Sat, Aug 22, 2015

You who at one time were disobedient to God have now received mercy.
Romans 11:30

A Reason to Show Mercy
Daily Devotion – August 22, 2015

Devotion based on Romans 11:30
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If you’ve taken an English Literature class somewhere along the way, perhaps the name of Robert Browning rings a bell. Robert Browning was one of the most famous and successful English poets of the 19th Century. Even more extraordinary than his poetry, however, was Robert’s wife, Elizabeth.

Before she met Robert, Elizabeth was a highly respected poet in her own right. But she lived at the home of her possessive and tyrannical father. When Elizabeth and Robert married, her father – for reasons perhaps known only to him – refused to talk to her. For the next ten years, Elizabeth faithfully wrote beautiful, loving letters to her father, patiently working to reconcile their relationship.

Then her father died. Around that time, she received a package in the mail from her father’s address. The package contained all of the letters she had sent over the previous ten years. He had never opened a single one.

A sad story? Yes. But there’s a larger story here that’s beautiful. That package of unopened letters was her expression of love for the most important Person in her life. Over the years, Elizabeth had made no secret of her love for Jesus Christ as her Savior from sin. She knew all about the mercy and forgiveness he had won for her at the cross. His flood of undeserved love in her life empowered her to show mercy to others – even to an unforgiving father.

You and I have the same Savior. We have received the same forgiveness and undeserved love as did Elizabeth. And we have the same reason to show mercy toward others – especially those who have hurt us.

After all, being merciful to others reflects our thanks to Jesus who had such great mercy on us.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you know the people in my life who have hurt me. Point me to the cross. Empower me to show mercy. Empower me to forgive. Amen.

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Strength for the Weary – August 21, 2015

Fri, Aug 21, 2015

[The LORD] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31

Strength for the Weary
Daily Devotion – August 21, 2015

Devotion based on Isaiah 40:29-31
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You’ve been marching for days. The sun stifles your energy. The heat saps your strength. You look around and see downcast and sand-beaten faces. Joy seems to be a long-forgotten thing. Every step you manage takes you farther away from home and closer to what you consider to be a bleak and uncertain future. Exile is your title. And as you walk on, you think, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God” (Isaiah 40:27). You are helpless; your circumstances hopeless. That is how it was to be an Israelite exile on the way to live in the land of their Babylonian conquerors.

Have you ever thought that your ways are hidden from God, that he has disregarded you and your needs? In trying times, when a loved one is sick or suddenly taken from us, when we don’t know if we’ll be able to make ends meet, when we see our children struggling at school or as they try to get their feet under them in adult life, when we become weary and tired from facing the challenges in our lives, both physical and spiritual, we may think that our way is disregarded by God.

Well, God has words of comfort and strength for us in Isaiah chapter 40. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

God gives strength to the weak and weary. That strength comes first from the realized hope of sins forgiven in Jesus. When a loved one is seriously sick, God gives you strength by caring for you and assuring you that in Christ heaven is our home. If you struggle to make ends meet, God gives you strength in the fact that he didn’t even spare his own Son for you. And so he promises that you will always have what you need. If you worry about your children, God gives you strength in promising that he will be with his children always to the very end of the age.

So if you are weak and weary, put your hope in the Lord and he will renew your strength.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, often in my life, my troubles and worries make me weak and weary. At such times, help me to remember that no matter what, your Son died for me to save me. As you have promised, give me renewed strength. Keep me always in your care and because Jesus lived, died and rose for me, bring me at last into heaven. Amen.

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For Tired Souls – August 20, 2015

Thu, Aug 20, 2015

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
Psalm 119:28

For Tired Souls
Daily Devotion – August 20, 2015

Devotion based on Psalm 119:28
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There are two parts to each of us: soul and body. When our soul is tired, we are tired.

Our normal solution to fatigue is another coffee, a power nap, shutting the world out or a weekend away. Our solutions may distract us for a bit, but they don’t really work when our soul is weary because of a spiritual problem.

Another coffee can’t stimulate us past the heartache of a broken relationship or friendship betrayed. A power nap won’t snap us out of the weariness of the feeling that we’re fighting through life all on our own. Shutting out the world doesn’t silence the voice in our head and heart that tells us we’re not good enough, not lovable or not special. A weekend away won’t send our sins away. Those ugly words, laziness, covetous hearts and all sorts of other sins linger with no plans to leave.

Weary souls, like you and me, need strength. We won’t find that strength in ourselves. It’s found in God and his Word. Our Almighty God is more than strong enough to lift us up and truly solve our problems. God works through his powerful Word to strengthen us.

God’s powerful Word assures you that God has removed your sins. They’re sent away as far as the east is from the west. God’s Word promises that God does love you. You are special; in Christ Jesus you are God’s own dear child. The Word of God tells you that you are never alone because the Lord is always with you. In his Word, Jesus even calls you his friend.

I’m still going have a cup or two of coffee most days. If we ever meet, I’ll pour you a cup too. But coffee won’t make us strong and tireless. God strengthens us through his Word. When we are weary, God strengthens our souls, and he is our strength. Far better than coffee, let’s drink deeply from his Word.

Prayer: Almighty God, you are strong and I am weak. When my soul is weary, use your powerful Word to give me forgiveness, rest and strength. Keep me focused regularly on your Word. Plant your Word firmly in my heart and strengthen me. Amen.

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Undying Hope – August 19, 2015

Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.
1 Kings 19:3-5

Undying Hope
Daily Devotion – August 19, 2015

Devotion based on 1 Kings 19:3-5
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American poet Robert Frost wrote: “I turned to speak to God / About the world’s despair; / But to make bad matters worse / I found God wasn’t there.” Maybe you’ve felt that way too. Desperate and downcast from the suffering in your own life or seeing evil appear to go unchecked around you, you may wonder where God is in all of this mess. And when God doesn’t appear to answer prayer, the future looks even darker than it did before.

The prophet Elijah came to a point in his life where he had abandoned all hope. Wicked Queen Jezebel was putting to death the prophets of the true God. The people had turned to worship false idols. By his calculations, Elijah was the last faithful believer left, and now he was running for his life too. Exhausted after fleeing through the wilderness, he plopped himself down under a broom tree and told God that he had had enough. In his desperation, Elijah wanted to die under that tree, but it would have served no good purpose.

Many years earlier, Adam and Eve had desperately tried to hide under the leaves of a different tree. They had eaten fruit expressly forbidden by God and now felt the pangs of a guilty conscience. When they heard the Lord approaching, they may have thought they were going to die, but hiding under that tree also served no good purpose.

Fortunately for them and for all of us, many years later the Son of God, Jesus Christ, died on the tree of the cross. It was no act of desperation but a carefully planned sacrifice which brought healing and forgiveness. In Jesus, God was reconciling to himself the world of sinners. Jesus’ death paid for the evil we have done and opens the door to heaven for all who trust in him. God has not abandoned his people nor forsaken his promises. In Jesus we find undying hope.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, when I am frustrated with evil and ready to give up, remind me how you gave yourself up to defeat evil for me. Amen.

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“Imitators” of God – August 18, 2015

Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2

“Imitators” of God
Daily Devotion – August 18, 2015

Devotion based on Ephesians 5:1-2
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Imitate God? Really?! He’s holy and almighty, and we’re not! True.

Imagine little children imitating their parents. Their efforts are never an exact duplicate, but they make a joyful attempt at walking in their parent’s footsteps. Today is my granddaughter Adeline’s fourth birthday. She walks in her mom’s shoes and says the things that dad says. Her namesake, 99 year-old great grandma Adeline, my mom, once told me how I wanted to imitate my dad. I wanted a Mobil hat and uniform just like his, so I could work at our gas station too.

Why do youngsters imitate mom and dad? Isn’t it a responding love and respect? Although the imitation is far from perfect, you recognize the child’s effort. Parents’ hearts are touched by the sight of little feet trying to walk in high-heeled shoes. Recall the saying: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

The apostle Paul explained that sinners are God’s children by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). Today’s verses tell us how that’s possible. Though we’ve been sinful from conception (Psalm 51:5), and still sin daily in our thoughts, words and actions, Jesus’ amazing love prompted him to make the truly “ultimate sacrifice.” The sinless Son settled the debt of all mankind’s sins with his holy life and his “fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (This is terminology used in the Old Testament for burnt offerings that pleased God—see: Leviticus 1:1-9. The burnt offering, with sprinkled blood, foreshadowed the punishment-paying sacrifice of Christ on the cross that atoned for the sins of us all.) All who trust in Jesus as their debt-payer are declared “family.” One day we will live with him in heaven’s glory. Now Jesus is our pattern and motivation.

Before I went off to high school, college and seminary, I wore that Mobil hat and uniform. Dad was pleased; the customers too. Today, think about how it pleases our Heavenly Father when you imitate Jesus’ love. Imperfect though the effort will be, what a positive impact it can have on those not yet “a part of the family.”

Prayer: Holy Spirit, help us “ever walk with Jesus, follow his example pure.” Amen. (Christian Worship: 452)

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Strength to Stop Grumbling – August 17, 2015

Mon, Aug 17, 2015

“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:43-44

Strength to Stop Grumbling
Daily Devotion – August 17, 2015

Devotion based on John 6:43-44
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Why were they grumbling? They knew him! They knew Jesus, the son of Joseph of Nazareth. They knew his mom, Mary, too. In Nazareth they knew his brothers and sisters. They could go to Bethlehem and talk to a few shepherds or go to Jerusalem and interview a priest. They had known Jesus from the beginning of his life. They knew his family.

Then Jesus told the crowds that he had come down from heaven! The picture he used was brilliant. Remember the manna that fell from heaven, sent from God? Remember how it saved the lives of millions of people as they wandered in the desert for forty years? Well, Jesus offers more! He promises that those who trust in him will live forever. This promise comes from the One who came down from heaven (John 6:49-51).

“Stop grumbling!” Jesus says. What a blessing to know that we have a Savior who is just like us—totally acquainted with struggles and challenges of human life: hunger, thirst, sadness, exhaustion, suffering, bleeding, dying. Jesus is our flesh and blood Savior, and he uses that flesh and blood to pay for the sins of the world. He gives us himself as the “bread of life” so that we can live forever.

“Stop grumbling!” What a blessing to know that we have a Savior who is God himself. He says, “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life” (John 6:47).

A large portion of John chapter 6 is filled with promises from our Friend, Jesus. Who could grumble about the gift of everlasting life, a gift from the Holy Spirit who gives us faith in Jesus by the power of the gospel? Who could keep on complaining that God the Father himself, our dear Father in heaven, draws us to himself now and forever?

And what believer will be grumbling on the last day when we rise from the dead and take our place at Jesus’ right hand in the glory of heaven?

Prayer: Gracious Holy Spirit, lead me away from my constant grumbling about Jesus’ teachings; then lead me to trust every word he speaks because it is both the truth and my eternal life. Amen.

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Learn of Forgiveness and Peace with God – August 16, 2015

Sun, Aug 16, 2015

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:33

Learn of Forgiveness and Peace with God
Daily Devotion – August 16, 2015

Devotion based on Matthew 14:33
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Some might argue it was easy for the disciples that night to confess Jesus was the Son of God. They saw him walk on the water. They witnessed his dramatic rescue of Peter. They even watched him quiet the wind and the waves. But, was it simply the result of a few miracles that brought the disciples to confess their faith? Certainly it was part of the process, but there was more at work that night.

Miracles alone do not lead people to confess Jesus is the Son of God. It is the power of the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is a lesson I need to learn well.

It is easy to want to see some kind of miracle. However, if I put my faith only in miraculous deeds, there will be an unfortunate and potentially deadly result. When I base my confession only on the powerful displays I see, I will always need bigger and more dramatic displays to keep me convinced. In a way, I would become like Peter. He wanted to walk on water, and he did. At least until he was forced to face reality. The same danger awaits me. Reality is regularly used by the devil to rob me of my confidence and silence my confession of Jesus.

This is why I need to rely on the witness of the Bible. In the pages of God’s error-free Word he offers me not only the promise of what he is going to do, he also provides the completion of the promise. This faithful testimony is the truth I need to believe, and it is an unshakable and never-failing truth–Jesus is the Son of God and my Savior.

Here is where Jesus repeatedly pointed his disciples, and where he points me. It is in the Word I learn of my forgiveness and peace with God. In addition I learn of my acceptance by God and my adoption into his family. I even learn of the place prepared for me in his heavenly kingdom.

While miracles may draw attention to Jesus, I need to rely on God’s faithful account in the Bible. Here is the truth that not only leads me to Jesus, it also provides the faith I need to believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that by believing, I now have life in his name. (John 20:31).

Prayer: Dear Lord God, thank you for the great comfort you give my soul. In Jesus’ saving name I pray. Amen.

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