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Enhance each day with verses from the Bible, reflections from Pastor Chris and others on our teaching team, and prayer. You will build your relationship with God, walk with Christ, and find peace and joy, even in correction.

Quiet time and fellowship with God—such an important part of the day. Use these devotionals to help you focus on God every day.

TODAY’S READ:

Self Editing

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading: Proverbs 10:14

The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

 

Idle talkers take no thought for the damage they do. Twisted values feed destructive behaviors that destroy families, churches, businesses, and friendships. Tearing down is cheap. “A monkey with a match can destroy more in an hour than a thousand wise men can build in a year,” said Clovis Chappell. The Chicago fire was started in a shed by a cow.

I’ve seen bigger fires started in churches by fools. I helped put out a fire like that last week, but there wasn’t much to salvage. A year invested in rebuilt trust was smoked with a bit of slander followed by a lie. The arsonist was caught, but I doubt if she will ever stop playing with matches. Some people just can’t resist a tasty bit of gossip.

Every Christian should think before they speak. Our words should build (Ephesians 4:29). They should reflect value and beauty. Proverbs speaks of the wise “storing up” knowledge. We would be a healthier people if our storehouses were full and carefully guarded by discretion.

You don’t have to say everything you know. A little bit of self-editing will keep you from disaster. A foolish word invites a firestorm.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


The Master Builder

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Matthew 16:18
And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

 

These five words have saved my life! To know that God is wholly committed to the building of His church rescues and revives me. I’ve witnessed levels of commitment in churches that runs so low that it is amazing the doors are kept open. I’ve struggled with my level of passion and commitment to the church. At times I’ve felt so weary I thought about turning in my hard hat and finding another line of work.

But no matter what level of commitment I see or feel, God is committed to the building of His church. Building is always costly. Church visions are a dime a dozen. Fifty good books point out fifty good ways to get the job done, but no plan comes cheap. Building is costly! It eats up commitment. It devours human capital. It wearies our spiritual muscles. It challenges our limitations. If it weren’t for the renewal God promises (Isaiah 40:31), we would give out in no time!

God is totally committed to seeing this project to completion. Have you ever envisioned God in a hard hat studying a thick set of blueprints? It’s not far off the mark! The prints are perfect. The Builder is “out of this world!” The possibilities are mind-boggling. Put your faith in the Master Builder.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Unite and Fight

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

It seems that Paul finds his protégé to be a bit timid. “Fight!” Paul says. “Fight the good fight of faith.” The church needs a few more fighters these days. I’m not talking about infighters, but rather those who can wield the Sword of the Spirit to do battle against our real adversary.

We are adequately supplied with weaponry (Ephesians 6:14-18) and allies (1 Corinthians 12:14).

Instead of triumphant confidence, we overestimate the strength of our adversary. Instead of boldness, we idle in uncertainties. Instead of pulling down strongholds, we pick apart one another and fight like children. Instead of manifesting the power of God, we languish in meanness and mediocrity.

The church is at her best when united for Christ, and against evil. Shoulder to shoulder we are intimidating. Separated we are easily intimidated. Victory is sure for those who unite, and fight!

 

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Bigotry

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Esther 3:6
Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.

 

Hitler was not the first despot to seek the destruction of the Jews. From antiquity, they have fought to survive in a hostile world. God has miraculously delivered His people again and again.

On the day of her rebirth in 1948, Israel was attacked on three borders. She prevailed. Throughout modern times, all attacking armies have ultimately given up ground to Israel. To this day, there is a virulent strain of enmity living in the Middle East, working for the complete annihilation of the Jewish nation.

How contemporary the book of Esther seems against this modern backdrop. The villain of the book of Esther was an evil man named Haman. For vanity alone he plotted genocide. This fact alone must place him in a rogue’s gallery of despicable humanity. Surely in Haman we see the worst of men. He hated a race. He hated the innocent. He hated the unknown. Offended by Mordecai, he revealed a grotesque arrogance.

This same arrogance lives today in the bigot’s heart. He judges himself superior. He hates without reason. He strikes the weak, revealing a cowardly heart.
Don’t allow even a dusting of bigotry to pollute your soul. Remember Haman. Bigots often hang on their own gallows (see Esther 7:10).

 

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Rejoice!

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

 

How dull and dead the church becomes when we reduce God to church-going and ritual. I wonder, should we have ears to hear on Sunday morning, if God does not shout from heaven, “Oh please, you’re not going to do that again, are you?” The Bible reveals a God who is incredibly creative. Just three verses into the Book we find Him at work: “Let there be.” Just a few verses before the curtain drops with a final amen in Revelation, we find Him declaring, “Behold, I make all things new.”

We serve the God who revels in the work of transformation, reformation, recreation, and reconciliation. We serve the God who rescues, renews, and revives. We serve the God who made everything from nothing; brings to nothing the plans of my enemies; plans our days; and sets our paths in right places.

We serve the God of the new day, the new year, the new life, the new creation, the new birth, and the new covenant. The heart of God grieves over his faithless and stubborn children. I wonder if God finds His children incredibly boring?

Christ is come to the earth. It’s time to sing, and dance, and build, and reach. We have the most exciting mission on planet earth. Get out of the box. It might be a coffin.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.