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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:

Be Baptized!

Reading:  Mark 16:16
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

 

Have you accepted Christ as your personal Savior?

Yes? Wonderful! Have you been baptized? What’s that you say … “You’re praying about it?” You don’t have to pray about water baptism. It is not an option. Baptism is a commandment.

You wouldn’t pray about whether you should commit adultery or not, would you? Of course not … adultery is clearly covered in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14). Baptism is covered in Jesus’ final instruction to the church (Mark 16:16). It is a commandment; a first step. Everybody knows how important first steps are to a process or relationship. If we neglect God’s prescribed course for life, should it be any wonder that life doesn’t seem to work? If I leave a few footings out of the foundation, should I be surprised when the house caves in?

When you came to Christ and accepted His offer of salvation, the man you used to be died, and a new man was born. The corpse of the old man is to be buried in the waters of baptism (Romans 6:4). It is no wonder that many among us are spiritually weary and constantly struggling. Who wouldn’t be exhausted after a few days or years of dragging around a corpse? If you’ve missed the first step, see your pastor. Be baptized.

 

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Learn

Reading: Proverbs 26:11

As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 14, 1865: Exhausted by the close of the Civil War, President Lincoln affixed his signature to government documents before taking in an evening of entertainment at Ford’s Theater.

Unknown to all, he had just performed his last official act. Within hours, Lincoln was fatally wounded by gunshot. At the cessation of North/South hostilities, just five days before, the army was relieved of its guardianship of the presidency. Lincoln sat in Ford’s theater without protection. Sixteen years later James Garfield was assassinated by gunshot. Two presidents had fallen, and still no steps were taken to offer protection. Twenty years later (1901), President McKinley became the third president to die at the hands of an assassin.

If only we could learn our lessons with one fall. Unfortunately, we often have to hit the bottom repeatedly before we reach up. Neglected lessons have a recurrent tendency. Get off that merry-go-round and run to higher ground. Repentance marks a new beginning.

History is sprinkled with irony, and few so sobering as this: That last document that Lincoln signed before leaving for the theater was a document creating a new federal agency … the Secret Service.

 

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Commit

Reading:  Colossians 2:6-7
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

 

A boy grows up with interchangeable video friends. He flips through twenty channels in 40 seconds. His compressed attention span demands information packaged in 15-second sound bites.

Why watch a movie when a music video tells it all in three minutes? Why read a book when a video supplies imagination? Why grapple with reality when “virtual reality” offers a broad selection? He’s growing up in a world high on choice and low on commitment. He speeds through adolescence bouncing in and out of short-term relationships. By the time he reaches mid-life he is stung by the realization that his life has no direction. He is a masterpiece without a master plan … an abstract. Constant change has left him physically, emotionally and spiritually overdrawn.

In the absence of commitment his choices become increasingly tiresome. Nobody ever told him that you could take a multiple-choice test and choose all the wrong answers. By 50 he agrees with Donald Trump: “Nothing in life is what it’s cracked up to be.” Life, with unlimited options, does not work without commitments, foundations, and vows.

Commit! Stick to it! Follow through! No man can truly live without roots.

 

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Get Busy

Reading:

This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

 

I wonder what would happen all over the world if Christians were to suddenly get very busy in the Lord’s work? I wonder what breakthroughs would be achieved, what barriers would fall, what blessing might be poured out if we were to experience a sudden stirring to action?

George Sweeting offers the following bit of history: “During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, there was a shortage of currency in the British Empire. Representatives carefully searched the nation in hopes of finding silver to meet the emergency. After one month, the committee returned with its report. ‘We have searched the Empire in vain seeking to find silver. To our dismay, we found none anywhere except in the cathedrals where the statues of the saints are made of choice silver.’ To this, Oliver Cromwell eloquently answered, ‘Let’s melt down the saints and put them into circulation.’“

Maybe we should be praying for some kind of “meltdown.” Some churches are absolutely frozen in time, frigid in fellowship, rigid in worship, and suspended in outreach. If only we could experience a meltdown that puts saints into circulation, love into action, life into liturgy, and momentum into our disabled movements. We might just change the world!

 

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How You finish

Reading:  Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

 

The Indianapolis 500 is the most celebrated motor race in the world. The flag drops and forty incredible machines rip around the track at more than 200 miles per hour – a spectacle.
Before the race starts, sports commentators rush from pit to pit, hoping to catch an interview with driver or crew chief. Before the race, attention is divided between forty racing stories. Every driver climbs into a shining bullet. Every crew chief wonders if this will be his big day. Every owner sees himself in victory lane. Every driver’s wife envisions her husband safely home. The pace car leads the field through warm-up laps. The tension mounts as all await a green flag – with a thundering crescendo the cars cross the start/finish line. The crowd stands as one. The race is begun.
At this point everything shifts from start to finish. It doesn’t really matter how, or where a driver started. What matters is how he finishes. If a driver gets reckless, he courts disaster. If a driver gets sleepy, he’s in the wall. The race is a race for the finish!
Life is that way. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s not where you’ve been, it’s where you’re going. It’s not about a good beginning, it’s about the checkered flag.

 

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