Daily Devotions

The Fear of the Lord
Daily Devotions 6/30/2008 12:51 PM
God’s Word tells us that we get wisdom by fearing God. Does this mean you and I should tremble and shake at God? How can we reconcile the God who desires relationship with the God who asks us to fear Him? Godly fear doesn’t immobilize. Godly fear doesn’t bring horror or dread. Godly fear brings awe. This fear brings respect for the hugeness of God. Every time angels appear in the Bible, they say, “Do not be afraid.” Why did they say it?

The Gentle Whisper
Daily Devotions 6/27/2008 7:35 AM
Elijah had just been through a very traumatic ordeal, experiencing both the ultimate high and the ultimate low. He had seen God call down fire from heaven in the previous chapter and had extinguished the prophets of Baal serving King Ahab. But, fear took control, and Elijah was on the run when Queen Jezebel promised revenge.

King of Glory
Daily Devotions 6/26/2008 2:35 AM
I just returned from a week in the Dominican Republic on a mission trip with a team from my church. It was one of the most amazing weeks of my life. There is so much I am still processing and so much keeps coming to my mind. I don’t want to forget one moment from the week or the move of the Holy Spirit I encountered.

There Are No Orphans
Daily Devotions 6/25/2008 3:01 AM
Recently some of our dearest friends went through foster parenting classes and became certified to be foster parents. They have so much love to share and already have extra children – cousins, friends from the neighborhood, and kids from church – running through their house on a regular basis. However, they truly felt that they should offer up their home to children who do not have a stable home environment of their own.

The Three Bad Soils
Daily Devotions 6/24/2008 2:36 AM
In the parable, the farmer willingly scatters the seed on soil he knows is unproductive. God allows His words and His opportunity for a relationship to fall on people who will not receive Him. God has abounding love for the unreceptive heart. He sows even if the intended receiver never welcomes the seed.

The Incorruptible Seed
Daily Devotions 6/23/2008 2:31 AM
Jesus explains in verse 11 that the seed is the Word of God. It is the same seed in all four cases. Imagine Jesus encircled by His disciples who were hanging on every word out of The Word’s mouth. There were no sleep drifters here. They did not know yet that they would be catalysts and filled with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the truths they had learned. I believe this parable was fully imprinted on their being. Let’s look at how one disciple described the seed in his letter in God’s Holy Word.

Opportunity Cost
Daily Devotions 6/22/2008 5:01 PM
Oskar Schindler was a member of the German Nazi Party in WWII. He was a womanizer and a heavy drinker. When the Jews were being corralled in the ghetto during the war, he saw it as an opportunity to start a factory that used Jewish workers who he could pay lower wages than the Polish workers. He started this factory for the sake of making money; the money was what he wanted. He bribed officials to get workers so he could make money.

The Return Home
Daily Devotions 6/19/2008 3:59 AM
I have loved the Lord all my life. I gave my life to him when I was at a summer camp during my junior high years. I have never doubted my conversion that Friday night and I know I felt the Holy Spirit descend on me and I felt the freedom in Christ in a powerful way. But I haven’t always walked in His ways. There was a time when I was not only living in this world but I was like the world and lived a wild and insane lifestyle. I am a prodigal daughter.

Even Elijah Was Afraid
Daily Devotions 6/19/2008 3:55 AM
Elijah had just been through an amazing mountain top experience with God and then came crashing down to the reality. Satan’s lies worked their way into Elijah’s mind and paralyzed him with fear. King Ahab was considered by God as the most wicked king in all of Israel’s history, compounded by the fact that he was married to Queen Jezebel (probably about the most wicked queen in history too!). King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were directly responsible for the annihilation of nearly all of God’s prophets. A handful were left hiding in caves for fear of their very lives, and Elijah decided to go out and give a public challenge to King Ahab for all of his wickedness against the God of Israel.

Persistent Prayer
Daily Devotions 6/17/2008 5:05 AM
Through the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus taught His disciples the necessity of praying always and never giving up. He knew that we are prone to wander and prone to walk by sight, not by faith. Therefore, He exhorted His disciples to pray tenaciously.

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