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Weekday devotionals for Christians

What Do I Do When Normal is Not Normal?

Fear, Panic, Excitement, Change, Drama, Glee, Hatred, Doom, Gloom…I just summed up the news for you today; so you do not have to spend countless hours filling your mind with the above qualities…Ha Ha Ha. Although it might be helpful emotionally to turn that off for a while and focus on the great opportunities that we have during this time of hardship, difficulty, and change. I fight to keep a positive perspective during difficult times. Even though it is not easy, it is very helpful to stay positive. I will endevour to give you some ideas to help you keep your sanity, be productive, keep your faith in the Almighty God, and have a positive outlook during it all.

I will start the list out by saying the following:

This does not dismiss…
1) The reality of the situation
There’s no question that devastating things are happening in our world, and COVID-19 is at the top of the list right now. My ideas do not pretend to make big problems magically disappear, but they do help us keep leading with a positive spirit.


2) The need to be vigilant
The vast majority of our time and attention is needed to handle what is not normal in our midst.
However, we must remain strong, kind, connected, and reminded of the little things, the important things that make solving the big problems worthwhile.

3) The need for our focus to be on the hope of Christ.
Jesus is and has always been the one who promises to help us with what we cannot solve. He gives wisdom to solve problems, strength to endure challenges, and hope in our ultimate destiny. I’m offering some practical, everyday things that really do help. The calmer, more poised, and at peace, you are personally, the better you can lead the people God has given you responsibility for.

So here is the first one:

1) Establish a new routine.

We are creatures of habit, and routine is important.

A routine is different than a rut. A routine brings stability so we can remain healthy and more productive. A rut is when you are stuck, not growing, and not experiencing spiritual health.

Most of us have recently had our routines blown up. Some of you have kids at home, that will do it. You love your kids, but that’s a big routine breaker.

Then add the fact that perhaps all of you are home – all the time. Nothing further needs to be said.

  • Modify your family systems.
  • Make new plans.
  • Set new routines.

I highly encourage you to organize and simplify.  I have learned in my life that in difficulties and trials, simplicity helps us keep our sanity a little bit longer. I have to remind myself regularly…Keep It Simple S….. (KISS) Ha Ha. I do talk to myself that way…maybe you do too.

That won’t solve all your problems, but it helps you lift your spirits. Starting a new routine also keeps things from going stagnant in your life. When was the last time that you had the opportunity to do_________________?

I do realize that some are still working right now and will not have the time or the will power to do this, but for those of you who do, let me encourage you start a new routine.

And candidly, it will give you something where you can see immediate and tangible results. In a time when it feels like nothing is in your control, it will help your mental health and overall disposition.

….TO BE CONTINUED

April 1, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Og, Yeah…He Sounds Familiar

Deuteronomy 3:1-5
(1) Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
(2) And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
(3) So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.
(4) And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
(5) All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

Wow!  God did amazing things back then, and now the 2 1/2 tribes are taking Og’s former lands as a possession!  Can you imagine the kind of stories that could have been told to the children about the conquering of Og?  Now they are living in a place that every where they turned, God was reminding them of what He has done in the past for them.  They are living in the heavily fortified towns that they did not build.  God delivered it into their hands.  What an Awesome God we serve!

One of the great benefits of being reminded of the past victories, is that we can be encouraged that our God that we serve today is the same God that defeated the enemies of old.  If you are saved, your God has no limits!  He has no equal!  He is not worried about an foe or enemy…no matter how legendary and fierce they may be!  Guess what?  That same mighty God that conquers all…. well…He loves you!  He loves you so much!  Nothing makes your God worried.  No one makes your God scared.  Nothing gives your God a panic attack, but rather He attacks panic!…LOL  Not only will He defeat your enemies, but He will also take care of you and supply your needs!

One of the dangers though of being reminded of our blessings on a regular basis, is that we can grow complacent.  Not every one will, but many naturally slide into that bad habit.  Will you be the type of christian that will resolve not to grow complacent and take for granted the blessings of God?  If you want to do this, know this that you will have to work at it.  Our sin nature will constantly resist anything that is good.  It will want you to slide into that which is easiest.  Let’s be the Christians who determine not to take God or His blessings for granted.  As we live our lives and as we get reminded of God’s victories in our lives, lets all stop and thank the Good Lord for all of the great things He has done in our lives!

 

March 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Preserve My Life, Dear Lord, From Fear!

Psalms 64:1-10
(1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
(2) Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
(3) Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
(4) That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
(5) They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
(6) They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
(7) But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
(8) So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
(9) And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
(10) The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Here in this Psalm, the wicked might seem like they are about to get a win.  I am reminded of a little quip, “looks can be deceiving”.  This is in reference to the wicked who like to boast…Psalms 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.  Their pride gets the best of them and they allow themselves to be convinced that their way, their plan, their devices are better, stronger, and more powerful than God.

In verse 2, they are conspiring in secret counsel; there is insurrection.
In verse 3, they sharpen their tongues like a sword; they are bending their bows to shoot bitter words.
In verse 4, they will shoot in secret at the perfect; they shoot without any fear of repercussion.
In verse 5, they encourage themselves in evil; they lay snares and think that no one will see them.
In verse 6, they search out reasons and the justification to do the evil.
…….BUT……In verse 7, GOD is about to take care of their wicked, evil ways!
In verse 7, God will shoot at them with 1 arrow. In verse 2, they have several, but God only needs 1 to defeat them!  God’s 1 arrow will wound them…which means they will not be able to recover from it.
In verse 8, They will self-destruct because of God’s wound.  Their words will hurt themselves.
In verse 9, All men will see what God’s 1 arrow did to the enemy and be fearful of God.  They will declare the work of God!  His doing has wise consideration from all people.
In verse 10, Well…the verse speaks for itself….Rejoice! God’s protection is always on time!
Be encouraged dear friend, When man is out of control…God is always in control!

March 24, 2020 Posted by | Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Og? Remember him?

Numbers 32:31-33
(31) And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered, saying, As the LORD hath said unto thy servants, so will we do.
(32) We will pass over armed before the LORD into the land of Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this side Jordan may be ours.
(33) And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about.

Deuteronomy 3:11
(11) For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

Og King of Bashan was a Giant!  He was feared by many and it has been said that he used his great physical ability to conquer the 60 large, fortified cities found in Deut. 3:4.  He was considered a king of kings (not in the spiritual realm, but in the physical, human realm) because of his physical size, ability in battle, and because of the vast kings that “bowed the knee to him”.  This human man was second to no other human man!  His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide.  Here is another reference to him as well…Amos 2:9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath. 2:10. Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite

With that understanding of Og, go back and read the verses above in Numbers 32.  Did you see it?  Did you see the fact that 2 and 1/2 tribes of the “children of Israel” got to inherit Og’s former kingdom?  Why would they be able to inherit his former kingdom?  The answer is, because God defeated Og, King of Bashan.    He delivered Og into the hands of the children of Israel.

God, who delivered Og, can deliver your enemy into your hands as well.  Keep faith in the Almighty, He sees everything, knows everything, and can conquer everything!

To be continued…

March 23, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Teaching the Teachable

Philippians 3:10-13
(10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
(12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

3. Always learn from your past.
This is where the main thought for today is going to be. I believe one of the main frustrations in the life of any individual in the regards to personal failure is the inability to learn from your past. While we all have things in our past, including failures, if we learn from the past defeats or failures in our life, we will be able to grow and avoid the failure in the future. One of the reasons why God allows us to fail is for us to learn from our failures. I know that in my life, certain lessons could not be learned from succeeding. I would say that most of the lessons that stand out in my mind came from a failure so bad, I got burned. My body has a few scars on it from when I did not succeed. I have 2 scars on my right arm because I was running will a porcelain bowl that was filled with popcorn. I was 4 years old, and I was running from my mom who wanted some popcorn. It was a fun moment I was having with my mom, until I turned the corner and my foot slipped out from under me and I fell on top of the bowl. The bowl broke into pieces and a few of those pieces went into my arm. I was screaming bloody murder! Oh the pain! Oh the lesson I learned that day! That is probably my earliest memory ….a failure! Isn’t it amazing how we can remember a detailed description when we suffer? I learned that day not to run (especially from mom) when holding a porcelain bowl.
How good are you from learning from past mistakes, failures, and/or defeats? I would say that the ability to go to God and then be teachable enough to learn from your past will directly affect your ability to grow.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

What is hindering you from growing in the Lord? Whatever it is in your life, let me encourage you to remove any hindrances to your growth.

4. Help someone else learn from your mistakes.
Wow, this is not always easy. In order to do this, you must admit you have failed or have been defeated. Some people cannot handle this because their image is most important to them. How sad it is when individuals put their ego, their image, and yes their pride ahead of helping others. I have met many people who fit into that category. I also belong in that category when I allow my pride, ego, and image to get in the way of progress and helping others. We all have our moments of selfishness, but we can fight it and be a help to others.

Helping others learn also helps me learn on a different level. I learned in college a principle in education. That principle is this, “The person that does the work, is the person that does the learning.” This explains why the teacher who studies and prepares for the lesson that they will teach the class is the one who typically knows the most on the subject. When I help someone else learn the vital lessons that I had to learn the hard way, it engrains that lesson into my mind even more. You should try it. Teach someone a vital lesson that really helped you in your life. What starts to happen is growth in your life. Rather than feeling embarrassed, you will feel the gratitude from the heart of your teachable student.
Proverbs 9:9
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

 

June 30, 2017 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Our Flag Was Still There!!

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Happy July 4th!  What an Amazing Blessing it really is to be an American!  Take a moment today while you are celebrating our country’s independence and thank God that America is One Nation Under God!  Thank a Veteran and take 10 minutes and watch this Video:

-Pastor Kennedy

July 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

There is Hope

I know it has been a long time since I have posted something.  I will start these blogs back up soon; and when I do, I will bring everyone up to speed on my life the last 6 months.  Until then, here is something that will bless your heart.

No matter what goes on in your life, remember this…as long as Jesus lives, there IS hope!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqvxnWQB_k0-click this link, it will bless your heart!

Pastor CW Kennedy

October 4, 2012 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

You Are Due For An Update!

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

How many things in our life require an update?  Firefox, Google Chrome, Windows, Cell Phone, and i tunes are all important aspects of life to a lot of people that constantly require updates at frequent intervals.  Many people anxiously await a new cell phone or the newest iphone or ipad.  We love to update everything!  How about your spiritual life?

When was the last time that your walk with God received an update?  When was the last time that we became anxious at the prospect that God will update us on what is important?  In order to receive an update, we must be willing to receive the update.  We have to stay connected to God for Him to keep us “up to date”.  I cannot update my computer’s operating system unless I connect it to the internet.  That is the chosen path for my computer to receive updates.  We must stay connected to the Lord to receive the updates that we need.  Are you operating under the “old system”?  That old system might have some bugs and might be out of date and not able to connect properly or to be effective in your daily service.  Last question, when was the last time you got an update?

February 22, 2012 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rejoice In the Lord

Psa 73:28  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. 

How do you respond to things around you?  Have you ever thought about your initial response when God allows things in your life?  I think about this all the time.  I want my responses to God’s moving to be that of faith.  This verse in Psalms has always tugged on my heart!  It IS GOOD for me to draw near to God!  I have put my trust in the Lord God!  Why…that I may declare all thy works.  God likes to shine through the works that He does through you!  One tough question for you…does God shine through your works in hard times, or does He look bad because of your response to hardship?  These are tough questions to ask, but they are very important questions.  Will you be a great display of God’s love or are you a display that blames God?  Can you say what Job said when God tested him:

Job 13:15  Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. 

Here is a song that might encourage you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyDOtcBX8M8

 

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Glad You Did or Wish You Had?

Mat 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Mat 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

I am scheduled for pre-op today at 8:30 am.  This is the first time that I have ever gone in for surgery.  I know that it is minor surgery, but I still feel very anxious about it.  I was preaching at a nursing home on Friday morning to several retired people.  All of them remember WWII and can tell stories about it that will blow your mind.  One guy was in the search team that searched Hitler’s bunker.  Another guy landed on Omaha beach.  Many ladies told stories that their husbands told them.  One guy went 14 days without food because the german army cut off their supply lines.  It brought tears to my eyes and an overwhelming sense of gratitude to my heart for the many sacrifices that those elderly folks have made for my country and for my freedom.  They remind me a lot of my grand-parents.  I can’t help but think of my grandfathers when I listen to them.  I love spending time with those wonderful people!  Back to the devotional…I feel kind of like a wimp telling those wonderful people about my little out-patient surgery.  They were kind to me and were supportive…God Bless Them!  Those wonderfully aged people have had more hard times in the first half of their life than my life combined!

I am going to get ready for my surgery on Tuesday morning.  This thought came to me, spiritually, how willing am I to let God operate or “cut” on me?  This surgery will cost me a lot now, but hopefully it will benefit me for the rest of my life!  Spiritual surgery is the same. It will always cost you something, but you will benefit from it for the rest of your life.  The real question is are you willing to pay in the short term to have long term results?  The choice is easy to make and tough to live, but you will look back and say I am glad that I did, rather than I wish I had.

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment