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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:

Something New

Yesterday marked our one year of following the devotions from onehope.net.  We hope you enjoyed the daily reminders to grow, learn, and realign your perspective with God’s view of the world.

In order to not reinvent the wheel and to make sure each of you are finding devotions that meet your specific needs, we are going stop our daily devotions and point you to several online devotional platforms that can continue to challenge you in your faith walk.

Below, you will find descriptions of a few devotional tracks and platforms we recommend.  Pick one today.

Our Daily Bread

A great beginners devotional, full of inspiring stories and scripture readings to help you center your life in Christ and his word. https://odb.org/subscription/united-states/

My Utmost For His Highest

Written by Oswald Chambers, MUFHH is a classic devotional that will challenge you in your walk with God and encourage you to continually surrender your life to Him.  If you are a growing Christian or want to be a growing Christian and you have not gone through this devotional, My Utmost For His Highest is for you.

You a Bible and Jesus

A very rewarding approach to devotionals is to simply set aside time to read the bible, invite God to speak to you, and write down what He says or shows you.   So gather the following items.
  • A Bible – A readable translation is important.  (NIV, CEV, ESV, NKJV, or NLT are all good choices)  If you want to pick up  a study version of one of those translations, the notes can help you through some of the more challenging parts of the bible.
  • A notebook or journal – God will show you things as you read and you want to write them down so you remember.  Your journal will become a treasure to you of what God has shown you and how He has grown you.
Set aside 15 minutes each day, find a quite place to be alone and invite God to speak to you.  Open the bible and read a chapter. When he shows you something, write it down and reflect on it.
The key here is to not try to read too much at one time… so keep it to a chapter a day.  If you are just getting started let me encourage you to begin in the book of John.  When your done with that move onto the Book of Proverbs, then Philippians, then 1 & 2 Corinthians and then Genesis.  After that you will have a good idea of what to read next. If you need some advise, email the church and we will be glad to coach you from there.

YouVersion

YouVersion is an App for your phone or tablet, and includes a bible in multiple translations, and literally thousands of devotionals and reading plans you can choose from.  To access YouVersion goto the AppStore or Google Play on your device and download YouVersion for free.

Adoption

Reading:  Ephesians 1:4-5
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 for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will

 

Is there anything quite so godlike as adoption? Isn’t there a beauty that is not often appreciated? I’m not praising adoptive parents for taking pity, though laudable it may be. Adoption is not an act of pity – not as I have observed it – it’s an act of love … and longing … and giving … and dreaming. Unless it is corrupted somehow, adoption is selfless and sacrificial.

How incredibly sad that adopted children are often asked about their “real Dad or Mom” as if adoption is something inferior or inauthentic? We would do well to never pose that question. God had only one begotten son and the rest of us are adopted! We are part of the greatest family tragedy of all time recorded in the garden and resulting in paradise lost. We were alienated from our Father and left as orphans in this world without inheritance. We were slaves to sin and without hope. We were the broken consequence of rebellion. But God’s love is an adoptive love. He welcomes the last, the least, the lonely, the losers… the lost. He offers more than status or citizenship. He offers real fatherhood, absolute fidelity, full provision, unerring guidance, and an inheritance that knows no boundaries. His arms and doors are open. This love is real!

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


The Journey

Reading:  2 King 7:3
Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die?

 

The Biblical story is a travelogue. Adam and Eve give birth to a family that travels. Abraham was a traveling man. When a wife must be found for Isaac, it requires a journey. When Jacob takes the biblical stage, he is on the move. When Joseph appears, his way is marked by a journey to find his brothers – and a long hard road into Egypt. Egypt looms large on the biblical horizon where the children of Israel are held as slaves for 400 years until God sends a traveler named Moses to lead the people on a journey to the promised land. For the next 40 years the people of Israel live a nomadic life. Joshua comes along to take the people from the wilderness to Canaan, and even though the land is possessed – the journey is not over. King David lived on the move. All of the kings marched their armies across borders. The prophets were a nomadic band. The exile centers on a massive relocation to Babylon and home again. John the Baptist was constantly moving. The ministry of Jesus was a ministry in transit. The woman at the well was encountered on a journey, as were blind men, lepers, grieving parents, and a woman dying by inches. The Master’s last word was a command to go! Life is a journey! If you want to live… really live… get moving!

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Get You House In Order

Reading:  Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

 

Having trouble balancing your checkbook? Are you off by a couple of bucks? Don’t be too hard on yourself. The past twelve months revealed the inner workings of huge firms specializing in accounting. These firms, for all their expertise, have misplaced millions, even billions.

It really doesn’t matter very much until someone calls for an accounting. Ignorance is bliss until past due notices and payable on demand filings begin to pile up at the door. This year may be remembered as the year that business America received its past due notice. Now the Congress is investigating, confidence is flat, CEOs are pointing fingers, scapegoats are in demand, and judicial amnesia has struck at the witness stand. The day of accounting ends with fines, jail sentences, ruined reputations, and bitterness all around.

It all serves to remind us that there is a day of final accounting coming for us all. The writer to the Hebrews said that, “We must give” an accounting. Are you ready to take the witness stand? Can you defend your life?

Settle all accounts now. Ask and receive forgiveness. Set your life course by the Book of Books. Live as one under subpoena: ready, even anxious, to close the case.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Be the Solution

Reading:  Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

 

“Pastor, I’m leaving.” On rare occasions those words have made me happy. Most of the time they are tinged with sadness. Almost everybody tells me that “God is leading” them elsewhere.

I was under the strong impression that He was all about building a church, not de-populating it. The questions always come: “Have I failed? Has the church failed? Is there a hidden offense?” I’ve come to grips with the fact that some people are only with you for a season. Some are God’s scaffolding, sent to help a church through a growth phase, but many people leave unnecessarily. Relationship is usually at the core of an unwanted, unhealthy departure. Those departures should be rare. To strengthen the church, we must strengthen relationships.

Connecting within the body of Christ should be a shared challenge. We must wage war against isolation and divisiveness. Our church services often leave people alone in a crowded room. People who feel “invisible” have a way of making themselves invisible on a permanent basis.

Is your church unfriendly? Is your church a weekly gathering of “alone” people? Fix it! If you are not part of the solution, you’re contributing to the problem.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.