Archives for March 2018

Weekly Devotional – March 22-28, 2018 : (excerpt from Jackson Singer’s devo)

Weekly Devotional:
(excerpt from Jackson Singer’s devo)

I feel that in order for someone to not dive into the temptations that Satan brings to the table, he or she has to put his or her life in God’s hand, trust in Him, and always stay second to Him.  And when we fall into the traps that Satan sets out for us, God will deliver us from that evil.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse has meant a lot to me because I have endured many things that have made an impact on my life.
Even though God allows horrible things to happen, God’s purpose is not to harm us.  A pop culture reference comes from a song called “Human” by Christina Perri.
All throughout the song, you feel how she hurts and wants to change, but she struggles because she is only human.  She sings about the mistakes that humans make.  We all have committed countless sins, and God will always be there for us.
Perfect? Not even close!  But, God will always love us. God is up to something… be a part of it.

Weekly Devotional- March 15-21, 2018

Weekly Devotional:
(excerpt from Mary Caroline Carney’s devo)

I have still found that it is much easier for us as humans to ask for forgiveness than it is for us to be forgiving ourselves.  Often, we get caught up in the idea that hte person in need of forgiveness is someone that does not deserve our forgiveness.  We feel that the sin that this person has done to hurt us is not equivalent to any sin we have done ourselves. Sometimes, it is hard to forgive others because they refuse to forgive us.
But through this prayer, God charges us as Christians to forgive, even when it is hard and goes against how we may feel.  When we are able to forgive others, we experience the ultimate good news truth that God is all-forgiving and merciful to everyone.
If God can forgive all 7 billion people on the planet for sinning so much every single day, we as followers of Christ can afford to show grace and forgiveness to people when they sin against us.  By God’s grace, we have the ability to forgive and to love others in the way that God does.
So, the next time your find yourself in a situation where you are not wanting to forgive someone, try and forgive.  But you don’t have to forget the way you felt about the situation.  Use it to be gracious and merciful to others in the future. God is up to something… be a part of it.

Weekly Devotional – March 8-14, 2018

Weekly Devotional…

You know that smell of fresh bread being made?  I can always tell when there’s a Subway within walking distance by catching even the slightest whiff of baking bread.
There’s something about that smell that brings excitement, even if we know that we’re not actually going to eat at Subway. Just knowing that it’s there, our bodies and minds tell us it’s a good thing.
God acts the same way by giving us our “daily bread.”
When reading The Lord’s Prayer recently, these lines struck me in a way that they never had before. Similar to many people my age, I imagine, The Lord’s Prayer has always been something I was taught, not something that I paid attention to when saying it.
However as I dove into the actual verses of the prayer, it began to become more a prayer than a recitation.  Matthew 6:11 in particular, struck me, “give us this day our daily bread.”
God calls us every day to receive his gifts, be they physical ones, or more importantly, the spiritual gift that we get to call him our Father.  Each day God makes us anew, a gift more precious than any physical gift we could ever receive.
What’s so great about this prayer is that no matter what happened yesterday, or what happens today, we will always have God, and we will always have another day he gives us, be it here on earth or with him in Heaven.  The Lord’s Prayer is both a fact and a promise, encouraging us day by day.
By it, we are challenged each day to seek out both the gifts and the tests that it brings. So I encourage you and I encourage myself and I encourage everyone who will listen, to wake up each day and live with this fervent passion to find the “daily bread” that God provides.” God is up to something… be a part of it. 

Adam’s Devotional – March 1-7, 2018

From Adam…

Two words. With just two words, Jesus teaches us that we can’t do this faith thing alone, that we are all a part of the same family, and Jesus completely transforms how we relate to God.  During the season of Lent, our church is spending some quality time on the Lord’s prayer.  Todd is preaching on the prayer every sunday and small groups are focusing their discussions on the Lord’s prayer every week.  It’s with the first two words of the Lord’s prayer that Jesus completely shifts the way we think about God, ourselves, and one another.  OUR FATHER. “Our” we are called to this life of faith together. How often do you treat your faith as something private instead of something communal? Who is God calling you to do faith with? “Father” we are beloved daughters and sons of God. Who are the people, where are the places, and what are the things that you try to get your identity from that are not God? Do you believe that who you are at your very core is God’s beloved child? But God’s not the only one who’s family.  Everyone else is family too.  How often do you treat those around you as if they were less than you?  Who do you think God could be calling you to treat like family?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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