Daily Devotions

For Such a Time as This
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/30/2010 10:23 AM
Esther was a young Jewish woman stripped of her family and her home. She was even stripped of her original name, Hadassah. She lived with her cousin Mordecai in the land of Susa for many years after her parents died. Then one day, Esther’s life took a very dramatic turn she could have never dreamed would take place.
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The Tree Planted by the Water
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/28/2010 10:37 AM
this week we will focus on verse 8 which tells us what happens when we trust in God. It says, “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
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The Feast of Tabernacles
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/24/2010 1:20 PM
Beginning sunset of Sept 22nd Jews and Christians were celebrating the seventh and final feast that God gave to Israel. In Leviticus 23:34, God spoke to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Feast of Tabernacles begins, and lasts for seven days.’ ” It is also called Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, or the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16). The feast lasts seven days and occurs on the 15th day of the seventh month, five days after the most solemn Day of Atonement.
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Wilderness Wanderings
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/23/2010 10:34 AM
This past Sunday I was reminded of a song that I loved growing up in church. But it is one particular part of a verse that strikes a chord in my heart so very deep. It is from “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” written by Robert Robinson in 1758. The verse goes like this…..
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Whirly Swirly Things
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/22/2010 12:18 PM
My daughter Victoria had the sweetest kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Sloane has the softest voice and every part of her was the beauty of a woman. Truly her gentleness is evident to all who meet her. For Mother’s Day this year, Mrs. Sloane brought each child to her desk to tell her in his or her own words their favorite food recipes their mothers make.
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Confidence
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/21/2010 8:38 AM
This week’s verse is also from Jeremiah. Over a year ago, Lifeway had the city coordinators for their 2010 events write a letter to themselves for after their Lifeway event. Lifeway would hold our letters and mail them to us after our event. On the outside of my envelope I had written two sets of Scriptures. One of them was Luke 14:15-24, where God gave me the vision of the Great Banquet. The other verses were Jeremiah 17:7-8.
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Our High Priest
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/20/2010 4:29 PM
If you have ever read Leviticus in the Old Testament, you will understand the painstaking rituals that the priests had to go through to help the people atone for their sins. Leviticus describes in detail all of the different offerings that had to be sacrificed for each type of sin. Also, the priests would rotate through the various duties at different times throughout the year with offerings, preparing the tabernacle, talking with the people, and more.
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Day of Atonement
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/17/2010 8:05 AM
Today is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, the High Holy Day for Jews. This Holy Day falls 10 days after Rosh Hashanah on the 10th of Tishri which is the Hebrew month that correlates with September-October on our calendars. This sixth of the seven feasts speaks of atonement.
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Weeds
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/16/2010 7:36 AM
Earlier this spring, I spent a lot of time working in the plot of ground that I planned for my garden. Weed killer took out all the encroaching grass and plants that had spread throughout the dirt in the fall and winter. Two weeks later, my husband graciously tilled the dirt to break it up into loose soil for the plants to have a place to grow.
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Conqueror over Death
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 9/15/2010 12:36 PM
Luke 8:42 tells us she is his only daughter. Jairus was a religious man, a ruler of the local synagogue, and a keeper of the sacred books. His position made him one of the most prominent men in the congregation. He was a man of prestige and power...a man known to the people of the town. Imagine Jairus’ decision to leave his home, to leave the bedside where his beloved daughter was taking what seemed to be her last breaths.
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