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Weekday devotionals for Christians

It Is God’s Idea

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Continued from Wednesday…

3) Our shared gifts, talents and resources make us stronger.

None of us are as strong alone as we are together. The spiritual gifts listed in passages such as Romans 12:4-7, Ephesians 4:11-12, and I Corinthians 12:4-11 paint a great picture of how we work together and strengthen each other.

I can’t say it better than what is written in Ephesians chapter 4.

Ephesians 4:11-12, 16

(11)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

(12)  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

(16)  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 

4) God ordained the Church as His organized plan for redemption.

It’s a powerful thought that God ordained only two institutions.  Marriage and The Church. That makes them both incredibly important, and it seems wise that we know what God has in mind for each one.  In this post, we’ll focus on the church.

Ephesians 3:10-12

(10)  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

(11)  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

(12)  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

If Church is God’s idea, then for believers, it’s worth more than academic consideration or participation during the holidays. Your life becomes deeper and richer as you give your whole heart to the people and the mission of the Church.

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July 24, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Lone Ranger was Not Real

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

I want to share with you some summary thoughts and some thoughts that have come from my experience as well in relation to church attendance and being active in church:

It’s been my experience that when you disconnect from the church (the people), you begin to drift spiritually. That’s not always the case, but in the majority of situations, that represents reality.

We need Christ, and we need each other, that truth won’t change. The Church is the greatest force on earth to that end.

4 good reasons it’s important to be part of a local church:

1) We tend to drift spiritually when not connected relationally.

A church is not required for salvation but it is necessary in spiritual growth.  Without the Church as the foundation (the organized body of Christ), the message of Jesus travels much slower.

When we drift from a community of believers, the human mind begins to rationalize. “I love God, and He loves me, I don’t need to go to church.” That’s true, but it’s only a half-truth, and half-truths often lead us down a dangerous road.

The other half is the overwhelming evidence that when you are connected to a group of committed believers, the likelihood of your continued spiritual growth is exponentially higher.

2) God did not make the Spiritual Lone Ranger.

Christianity was never intended to be an independent endeavor.  There will be no crowns in heaven for those “Lone Rangers”.

The nature of Christianity is essentially relational. The primary relationship is between God and mankind. That relationship was perfect until broken by sin. (Genesis 3:1-19) The relationship was restored by a covenant. That covenant promise was fulfilled through Christ.

Christianity was never intended to be a “Lone Ranger” proposition. We need each other. There is no perfect church, and there are no perfect Christians, but together we help each other become the persons God intended us to be.  I have found that those who want to be the “Lone Ranger Christian” are those who can not accept any correction that comes and they bristle at the fact that they are a sinner in need of Christian fellowship like everyone else.  God has given us a gift of the fellowship of the church for us to be loved and admonished.  What a blessing!

Just a Quick note to my Wonderful Best Friend!….

Happy Birthday Angela!  I Love You!

July 21, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Member and Active-part 2

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We are told in verse 24 to observe one another with the purpose of challenging each other. Notice that neither the Bible, nor I have said the word criticize, but rather challenge each other unto love and good works.  I do think it is funny that we need to provoke each other to love, but the more I think about it I realize that sin nature that we all have causes us to be the type of people that needs a challenge to love each other.  We naturally love ourselves mostly and if it is convenient then I will love someone else.  That is the day we live in.  Mature Christians will have more love for others because they have grown in the Lord.  Just like a parent who loves their child without any expectation of return, so we ought to love others in Christ.

We also are reminded to challenge each other to good works.  This can be tricky because you really need to have a good relationship with a person in order to do this.  No one wants to be made to feel like they aren’t doing enough, but if we really think about it and are honest with ourselves we will admit that we can do more for Christ.  If you were to honestly sit down and assess your situation and your schedule, do you think that you would be able to do more for the Lord?  I would guess that we probably could do more.  I believe that when we stand before God and have our works judged in Heaven, we will be shown that we could have done and still can do a lot more than we realize for Christ.

One last question…Are you really doing all that you can in relation to good works?  I am told to challenge you and I should be willing to let you challenge me as well to love and doing good works.

…To Be Continued…

July 19, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy or Best

Philippians 3:10-15

(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,

(14)  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

(15)  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

I want to share a few thoughts with you on the topic of Growing in Christ:

1. We should desire and work toward getting more victories in our spiritual life through Jesus Christ!  When was the last time you had an answer to prayer?  I am not talking about the prayer you say before each meal, but rather a prayer for someone else or an urgent need in your life….the type of prayer that it would take God to answer.

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When was the last time you read your Bible through cover to cover in a year?  I took the challenge about 7 years ago…wow…I can’t believe it has been that long….I digress.  Have you ever read the Bible through cover to cover in a year?  If you have not, let me challenge you to do that as an area to grow in.

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How good are you at giving your time, talent, and/or treasure to the Lord?  Maybe you can improve your church attendance.  Try adding something more like going to Sunday School or attending Sunday Night or even Wednesday Night.  Remember we are talking about growing in the Lord.  What are your hindrances to growing?  Is it your schedule, maybe you should trim it for the sake of Growing in Christ.  Is it your church, maybe you can find a good Bible believing church that has Sunday School, Sunday night, and/or Wednesday night services.

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When was the last time you gave more to Jesus?  More what?….I will not try to name specifics, I will endeavor to let the Holy Spirit do that.  The Holy Spirit is great at pointing to Christ and convicting me of what I need…maybe you have experienced it too….the moving of God, the urging of the Holy Ghost to do something.  Have you followed through with it?

One last question…In 20 years when you look back on your life and assess where you have been and how you have grown or stagnated, will the hindrances you list now that hinders growth be worth it?  I hope you can do the hard thing and that is to continue to Press Toward For Christ.

I have learned that the best things in life are not easy, and the easy things in life are usually not the best.

-Pastor CW Kennedy

June 28, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment