Daily Wisdom Devotional

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Daily Wisdom: January 3

John 12:32 NET – And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Source: Daily Wisdom – http://www.youdevotion.com/wisdom/january/3

Message of Hope

Do you get depressed by the current news from the Middle East? Take a moment of list to these words of hope and song from a 10 year old Iraqi girl living in a refugee camp. Her maturity and love is amazing. Make sure you also listen to her wonderful song.

Trust

flyover (640x415)Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
 ~Matthew 6:26

birds of the air

His Eye is on the Sparrow

white throat song sparrow (640x424) ps“I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

~Civilla D. Martin

Seeking Early

sunrise (640x424)“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” – Proverbs 8:17

What is Your Aim?

bluebird pair 3 (800x466)I think this devotional by John Piper is a good meditation for the new year. In the comments, Pastor Piper says,  “God’s revealed will for you is that when you get up in the morning, you don’t drift aimlessly through the day letting mere circumstances alone dictate what you do, but that you aim at something — that you focus on a certain kind of purpose.”

Click on the link below for the full devotional and let’s all consider how we can live 2015 with  purpose focused on love and good works.  Enjoy the bluebirds and Happy New Year!

What Is Your Aim? http://dsr.gd/1dm5OK4

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24)

Abide in Me

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Daily Wisdom: December 29

What does it mean to “abide in me?” This devotional includes some sound advice to practice in the new year. We begin with faith, hope and love and then make those traits visible through daily prayer, Scripture study, denial of self, and patience. Click on the link below for the full devotional.
John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.”

Source: Daily Wisdom – http://www.youdevotion.com/wisdom/december/29

Awake My Soul

084 (640x424)“Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,and hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.”

~ Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894, and Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903

Hope you soul is singing on this Lord’s Day!

Understanding

Purple African Daisy (640x424)“Don’t worry about what you do not understand…Worry about what you do understand in the Bible and do not live by.”

~Corrie Ten Boom

Great in All the Earth

rose resized“Great in all the Earth is Your glory oh God
The universe declares how amazing You are
Over history, and eternity, You alone are Lord and King”

~Great in all the Earth – Starfield

A Reminder from Micah

yellow and pink rose (640x424)O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

Filled with Joy and Peace

Purple African Daisy (640x424)May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Bearing Fruit in Every Good Work

Cherries 2 (640x424)I am joining over 10,000  women in the Living Proof Ministries (Beth Moore) scripture memory challenge for 2013. On the first and fifteenth of each month, you post a verse on the LPM blog that particularly applies to your life at that moment. The goal is to end the year with 24 new verses added to your memory bank and to grow in a greater awareness of God’s Holy Word. My first verse is from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. Colossians 1: 10-11 (NIV)

Hallelujah

“He is not here; He has risen…” Matthew 28:6

“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1: 11

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whosoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelation 22:17, 20, 21

Happy Easter!

Walking for Water

While I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend with the granddaughters, we joined with over 2,000 walkers to support Water Missions International in their mission of providing fresh water systems in the poverty-stricken areas of the world.

At the registration area, walkers picked up empty buckets – symbolizing daily routine of millions of people who must walk over a mile to obtain fresh water.

The walk wound through the historic areas of Charleston providing views of the water, old homes, flowers and the Battery–a sharp contrast to the countries where Water Mission International works. Continue reading

Amazing Love – The Legacy of Charles Wesley

Whether it is “blue jean” contemporary services, traditional church services with pipe organs, or an informal worship gathering  under trees in a small African village, the words that Charles Wesley wrote in the 1700s are still being sung by and impacting Christians worldwide.

Charles Wesley is often considered less well known than his older brother, John. However both Wesley brothers were ordained ministers and both were writers of hymns.

Charles was the eighteenth child of Samuel and Susannah Wesley born on December 18, 1707 in Epworth, Lincolnshire in England. Susannah provided a rigorous education at home for her 19 children that included Greek, Latin and French. After home education and attending Westminster School, Charles spent nine years at Oxford which further grounded him in the classical languages and literature. While at Oxford, Charles and several classmates which later included John, formed the Holy Club to help the young men lead disciplined Christian lives. They celebrated communion weekly and focused on Bible study, spiritual development, and prison ministry. Because they adhered to a strict regime and set out to methodically fulfill the commands of scripture, they become known as “Methodists.” Continue reading

But God…

Last Sunday in the study of Ephesians, the pastor discussed the “but God” moments of life—those times when God intervenes through circumstances or people to save us and grow us in our walk with Christ. In his commentary on Ephesians, James Montgomery Boice remarks, “Those two words, in and of themselves, in a sense contain the whole of the gospel.”

Ephesians 2: 4-7 has a “but God” section.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up together and made us to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches  of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Continue reading

Growing in Knowledge

In Ephesians 1:17, Paul talks about growing in the knowledge of God … “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him”… (NKJV). The New Living Translation paraphrases the verse as “to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in the knowledge of God.” When Paul speaks about the knowledge of God, he means much more than just an intellectual exercise or facts about Got but rather a “ full or thorough knowledge, discernment, recognition”.

The primary avenue for knowing God is through the reading of His revealed Word, the Bible, and applying the truths of Scripture to our lives. We also come to know God through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus taught that one of the primary functions of the Holy Spirit is to teach us and remind us of the things He said and did. (John 14:26) Continue reading

Theology Trumps Biology

 “Theology trumps biology.”  This was one of the points made our pastor, Beau Eckart, during Sunday’s sermon on Ephesians 1: 1-14. Our theology must be based on truth rather than how we are feeling on a particular day.

The letter to the Ephesians begins with a listing of our spiritual blessings in Christ. In verse 13 and 14, Paul explains the blessings further with, “In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” (ESV) Continue reading