Daily Devotional

This daily devotional follows the weekly reading and the sermon series.

Echoing God’s Forgiveness Friday – May 19, 2023

“Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” – Mark 2:7

 

Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany, earning doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany.

In his book “Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace”, Volf writes the following on participating in God’s forgiveness:

“It’s so crucial to see our forgiving not simply as our own act, but as participation in God’s forgiving. Our forgiving is faulty; God’s forgiving is faultless. Our forgiving is provisional; God’s is final. We forgive tenuously and tentatively; God forgives unhesitantly and definitively…. The only way we dare forgive is by making our forgiving transparent to God’s and always open to revision. After all, our forgiveness is only possible as an echo of God’s.”

 

When we forgive others we bring glory to Jesus. Today in prayer, thank Jesus for His forgiveness and forgive those who have wronged you.

 

"Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another." - Jean Paul Richter

 

God’s Word: “The other guests began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’” – Luke 7:49

 

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Jesus Changes Hearts Thursday – May 18, 2023

"In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy." - Acts 14:16-17

 

Cody Huff came from an abusive family and he ran away at 13 years old. He spent much of his teen years in and out of jail. Then after dropping out of high school he moved to Monterey, California where he lived with a group of hippies.

He also began taking drugs and soon he started dealing cocaine.

“I could go out and buy anything that I wanted to buy but that’s not happiness you know, it only makes you happy for a minute,” he said.

Over the next 27 years Cody spent a lot of time in jail. He also developed an addiction to heroin.

Hoping a change of scenery would help him break the cycle of addiction; Cody moved to Las Vegas and stopped using. But it wasn’t long before he discovered crack cocaine and he ended up living on the streets.

It had been almost a year when another homeless man told him about a church where he could get free food and a hot shower. There, Cody met one of the church’s members, Michele.

Michele said, “He came into the room that we were in when we have our Bible study.”

Cody said, “She said, ‘Cody, you look like you need a hug.’ And I said, ‘Oh no, don't come near me, I smell too bad.’ And she says, ‘No, you don't smell.’ And she hugged me.”

Michele replied, “And I said, ‘Well, you know, Jesus loves you.’”

Cody responded, “And I saw the love of Christ in her eyes that it was – it was complete total honesty, along with complete total love.”

As Cody started going to the church he was accepted with open arms.

“They didn't treat me like I was nobody. They didn't treat me like I didn't matter. They showed me love. They showed me grace. They showed me mercy.”

Today Cody is a pastor ministering to the homeless in Las Vegas.

 

Jesus Christ changes hearts and lives. Today in prayer, pray for those who do not know Christ and share with them your testimony how Christ changed your heart.

 

"So much so-called "testimony" today is really autobiography and even sometimes thinly disguised self-advertisement, that we need to regain a proper biblical perspective. All true testimony is testimony to Jesus Christ, as he stands on trial before the world." - John Stott

 

God's Word: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile." - Romans 1:16

 

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Light Of The World Wednesday – May 17, 2023

“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'" – Acts 13:47

 

In 1917, Cameron Townsend was a missionary in Guatemala. His job was to pass out Spanish Bibles among the Cakchiquel Indians. Many of the people he came in contact with had no idea who Jesus was. Whenever he would ask them, they would say "There is no Jesus who lives in our village; maybe he lives in the next village."

One day while he was passing out Bibles a Cakchiquel Indian started talking to Cam. Cam was talking to the Indian about God's sovereignty and how all the answers to life's questions can be found in the Bible. The Indian retorted back, "If your God is so smart, why can't he speak my language?" Cameron had no words. But the Cakchiquel Indian took the Bible anyway since he knew a friend who could read Spanish.

The question asked by the Indian haunted Townsend. Why wasn't there a Bible translation in the Caqchikel language? Soon after, Cameron resigned from the missionary organization that had sent him to pass out Bibles so he could translate the Bible into the Caqchikel language. He joined with Central American Missions (CAM) and for 12 years he studied the Caqchikel language and he finally produced a copy of the New Testament.

After translating the Bible into Caqchikel, Central American Missions wanted Townsend to stay and start a church among the people. Shortly after, Townsend resigned from Central American Missions, knowing his call from God was to go to areas of the world where the Bible had never been translated before. He formed Wycliffe Bible Translators which carries on the mission to bring light to the nations.

 

Jesus Christ has chosen us to be His ambassadors, to bring the light of the Gospel to others. Today in prayer, praise Jesus that we can reach others with the good news of Jesus Christ.

 

“Every heart with Christ is a missionary, and every heart without Christ is a mission field.” – Dick Hillis

 

God’s Word: “he says: ‘It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.’” – Isaiah 49:6

 

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Called By God Tuesday – May 16, 2023

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’” – Acts 13:2

 

From an early age, Kent Brantly was driven by his faith in God to make a difference. As a teenager, he took mission trips to Uganda, Honduras, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Haiti.

He decided to become a medical missionary.

In 2013, Kent went to Liberia with his wife and two children to serve a two-year fellowship through Samaritan's Purse post-residency program.

He was there initially to practice general medicine. But when the Ebola outbreak began, he took on the role of medical director for the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia. It's there that he tested positive for the virus. There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola, and it has a mortality rate of up to 90%. His family has shown no signs of the virus. In August 2014, he was evacuated to the United States where he is undergoing experimental treatments.

Upon arriving in the United States, Dr. Brantly talked about God's call:

“When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to Him.

Now it is two weeks later, and I am in a totally different setting. My focus, however, remains the same—to follow God. As you continue to pray for Nancy and me, yes, please pray for our recovery. More importantly, pray that we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives in these new circumstances.”

 

When Christ calls us, we need to be faithful to serve Him. Today in prayer, give this day to wholeheartedly serve the Lord.

 

“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to Him the more intensely missionary we must become.” – Henry Martyn

 

“So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” – Acts 13:3

 

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Give Jesus The Glory Monday – May 15, 2023

“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’” – Acts 3:6

 

Mitchell Paige was a sergeant in charge of a platoon of machine gunners at Guadalcanal during World War II. There was little opposition as they stormed the beaches, but only days later Sergeant Paige and the 32 men in his platoon faced an enemy attack led by Japanese troops numbering almost 3,000. When the fighting ended, Paige was the only one in his platoon still standing.

He had continued the barrage even as each soldier around him fell. A soldier found him the next morning with a small Bible open to Proverbs 3:5, remembering his mother's guidance of six years earlier: "Son, all I want you to do is trust in God. Don't try to figure everything out and God will show you the way."

Sergeant Paige received the Medal of Honor for his valor.

"I know that the Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award that can be bestowed on any American fighting man," Sergeant Paige said. "But the greatest honor of all is to know in your heart that you have talked to God and asked God to take over the throne of your life. And that's what I've done."

 

In all that do, in all the awards and recognition you receive, give glory to Jesus Christ. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that He is glorious and give Christ the glory in all areas of your life.

 

“He is altogether glorious – unequalled in splendor and unrivaled in power. He is beyond the grasp of human reason – far beyond the grasp of any scientific mind. Inexhaustible, immeasurable, and unfathomable – eternal, immortal and invisible. The highest mountain peaks and the deepest canyon depths are just tiny echoes of His proclaimed greatness. And the blazing stars above, the faintest emblems of the full measure of His glory. – Matt Redman

 

God’s Word: “Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!” – Psalm 66:2

 

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Called To Serve Friday – May 12, 2023

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’” – Acts 13:2

 

Christian poet Belinda van Rensburg has written the following poem entitled:

“Called to Serve”

 

“We've been called by God to serve

Whether or not we have the nerve,

For He promised to be there

To help us if we do our share.

 

Protected by the Lord Above

And filled with zeal and holy love,

We need to be obedient; trust

To do what we feel sure we must.

 

Enabled by the Holy Ghost;

Surrounded by angelic host -

God has supplied our every need

So that we might excel; exceed.

 

He gave us gifts for a good reason:

That we might in or out of season

Share the Word of God with others;

Future pastors, sisters, brothers.

 

Serving, helping, praying, preaching,

healing, warning, giving, teaching:

Doing all we need to do

Without expecting one ‘Thank you.’”

 

When Christ calls us, we need to be faithful to serve Him. Today in prayer, give this day to wholeheartedly serve the Lord.

 

“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to Him the more intensely missionary we must become.” – Henry Martyn

 

“So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” – Acts 13:3

 

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Pray For The Imprisoned Thursday – May 11, 2023

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” – Acts 12:5

 

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was once the popular governor of Jakarta. He is a Christian and in 2016 he ran for re-election. During a campaign speech, he made a reference to the Koran. An adversary video recorded the speech and edited out one word that changed the meaning of Basuki’s speech. This adversary then uploaded the video to the Internet.

The Muslim majority in Indonesia was insulted by the video. Basuki not only lost the election but he was also tried for blasphemy. Though Bakuki denied the blasphemy allegation he did apologize for any hurtful comments.

In May 2017, the Indonesian court found him guilty of blasphemy and he was sentenced to two years in prison.

Christians in Indonesia and throughout the world began to pray for him.

“We need to pray for the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for what Muslims are calling blasphemy, which is ridiculous,” wrote Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. “He's the first non-Muslim governor of the Indonesian capital in more than half a century. They're coming after him because he's a Christian.”

 

There are many in the world that are being persecuted or imprisoned for their faith in Christ. Today in prayer, ask the Lord to strengthen those who are imprisoned and to hasten their release.

 

“Jesus promised his disciples three things – that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” – G.K. Chesterton

 

God’s Word: “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” – James 5:13-14

 

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According To Your Ability Tuesday – May 9, 2023

“The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.” – Acts 11:29

 

Pastor Brian Kluth tells the following story about giving: “John Bechtel, a missionary in Hong Kong, wanted to start a Christian camp to reach people for Christ. A bankrupt multimillion-dollar hotel and conference center became available for sale. He made an offer to purchase the property and then traveled around the world to raise the millions he would need. But no one was willing to help and he returned to Hong Kong discouraged. Then one day he got a letter from a young girl that included $1 and a note saying she wanted him to use this to buy the camp. John Bechtel prayed and took the girl’s $1 to the real estate closing and the corporation decided to accept the $1 as full payment! Since the camp first opened, over a million people have come and over 100,000 have accepted Christ.”

 

Be faithful in giving as you are able. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for all that He has blessed you and give back to His work as you are able.

 

“All the money needed to send and support an army of self-sacrificing, joy-spreading ambassadors is already in the church.” – John Piper

 

God’s Word: “According to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver, and 100 priests' garments.” – Ezra 5:69

 

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A Proud Name Monday – May 8, 2023

“and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” – Acts 11:26

 

In March 2005, when Terri Iligan’s kids asked to go to the summer golf camp once attended by Tiger Woods, she decided to raise the money by auctioning her naming rights on eBay. The winning bidder paid for the right to change the 33-year old Terri’s name to a moniker of their choosing. The auction was won by Canadian online gambling website GoldenPalace.com who paid $15,199 for the right to change Terri’s name to GoldenPalace.com.

GoldenPalace.com, formerly known as Terri, said that although her name will change on official documents "To my kids and to my husband, I will always be Terri. My husband is real supportive. He thinks it's funny. As long as they get to call me mom, they don't care."

 

The name “Christian” is a proud name to bear and one we should always desire to be called. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that you are a member of His family and seek to bring Him glory in all that you do.

 

“God looks at you as if you were a little Christ: Christ stands beside you to turn you into one.” – C.S. Lewis

 

God’s Word: “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” – 1 Peter 4:16

 

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I Have Found God Friday – May 5, 2023

“And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’” – Mark 15:39

 

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody is one of the most iconic figures of the Wild West.

Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven after his father's death and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 14. During the American Civil War, he served from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout in the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872.

One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded his Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours throughout the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and Europe.

However, in 1905 upon arrival in France, his personal problems were overwhelming. His reputation was damaged by the dismissal of his anticipated divorce; both his long-time partner and his third child had recently died; and he was left to take inventory of his lifestyle. It was at this low point that Buffalo Bill wrote to his sister Julia, “It’s in my old age I have found God—and realize how easy it is to abandon sin and serve him. When one stops to think how little they have to give up — to serve God. It’s a wonder so many more don’t do it.”

At age 59, Buffalo Bill gave his life to Jesus Christ.

 

During this Christmas season give thanks that you have found God. Today in prayer, pray for those who have yet to find Jesus Christ.

 

“Take hold of Jesus as a man and you will discover He is God.” – Martin Luther

 

God’s Word: “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” – Matthew 27:54

 

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True Worship Thursday – May 4, 2023

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” – Matthew 15:8

 

Roger Babson, an American historian, was visiting the president of Argentina about one hundred years ago when the president said to him: “You are a student of history, Will you please tell me why it is that South America, with her unlimited resources, and having been settled earlier than North America, has nevertheless made much slower progress in civilization and material prosperity?”

Mr. Babson threw the question back upon the president by saying, “Mr. President, you evidently have studied this question yourself, and I would be interested to know your answer to it.

The President replied that he thought the explanation lay in the fact that South America was settled by Spaniards who came seeking gold while North America was settled by the Pilgrim Fathers who came seeking God.

 

Seek the Lord for He is God. Today in prayer, spend some extra time worshipping Jesus and seek to follow Him throughout the day.

 

“God is not moved or impressed with our worship until our hearts are moved and impressed by Him.” – Kelly Sparks

 

God’s Word: “The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.’” – Isaiah 29:13

 

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Putting It In God’s Hands Wednesday – May 3, 2023

“When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” – Matthew 8:10

 

On October 19, 2013, Tasha Bradford married “Buck” Storey in Panama City, Florida. The two were crazy in love with each other and with the Lord.

They honeymooned in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and had a fun week being goofy and getting to knowing each other as husband and wife.

On Sunday October 27, they woke up in the dark to return home to Panama City to make the evening church service. They traveled south on Interstate 85, Tasha went to sleep in their SUV while Buck drove.

Suddenly, the SUV left the highway and began rolling. No one knows what happened for sure. Buck was pronounced dead at the scene, but Tasha didn't learn that until after she was airlifted to a hospital. She had to have her lower right leg amputated. When she learned her husband had died, Tasha said:

"I said 'Lord, Peace be still with him, and he's in a better place.' And I cried a little. I knew God had his side because he was such a good, Christian man. I had no doubt where he was going to go."

Physically, doctors are optimistic and she will be fitted with a prosthetic leg.

Emotionally, she grieves the loss of the life she was just starting. Now, instead of sharing her life with her new husband, she's wondering what the future holds.

"I think about having children ... it hurts. All these other people are having kids," Tasha said. "But God has a plan. I think of all the beautiful children in church I got to teach. That fills a void. It makes me want to strive even harder, to work my legs to where I can sit on the floor and play with them."

 

No matter what happens in this life, we need to rest in faith that the Lord is in control. Today in prayer, ask Jesus to give you faith in all that you do and to rest in Him. 

 

“Faith is seeing the invisible, but not the nonexistent.” – A.W. Tozer

 

God’s Word: “Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” – Matthew 15:28

 

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No Favoritism Tuesday – May 2, 2023

“Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” – Acts 10:34-35

 

In a 1957 interview, Billy Graham commended Martin Luther King for providing "an example of Christian love" as a means of confronting America's race problem. Both men were evangelical ministers who opposed racism and segregation.

Through the years, the two men teamed up in their ministries. In May 1957, Dr. Graham opened his summer-long New York Crusade. As part of this crusade, Graham preached from the steps of Sandy Ray's Cornerstone Baptist Church in July, calling for "anti-segregation legislation". Dr. Graham later invited Dr. King to participate in the New York Crusade, and on 18 July 1957, Dr. King joined him on the platform at Madison Square Garden. Dr. King led the congregation in a prayer, calling "for a warless world and for a brotherhood that transcends race or color."

Dr. King praised Dr. Graham's commitment to hold non-segregated revivals, commenting, "You have courageously brought the Christian gospel to bear on the question of race."

In the summer of 1960, the two men traveled together to the Tenth Baptist World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance. Dr. Graham held integrated crusades in Birmingham, Alabama, on Easter 1964 in the aftermath of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, and toured Alabama again in the wake of the violence that accompanied the first Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.

Following Martin's assassination in 1968, Billy mourned that America had lost "a social leader and a prophet."

 

The Lord has created diversity and we are not to show prejudice to anyone. Today in prayer, thank Jesus that He does not show favoritism and loves everyone.

 

“Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him and cannot be reasoned out.” – Sidney Smith

 

God’s Word: “Now let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.” – 2 Chronicles 19:7

 

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Visions Of The Lord Monday – May 1, 2023

“While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them."” – Acts 10:19-20

 

During the 1980’s, a young man named Khosrow Khodadadi was living in Iran. He passed by an Assyrian Christian church and decided to go inside, thinking he might find answers to some of his “questions.” The elderly pastor gave him a box of books, including a New Testament. Khosrow read the New Testament from cover to cover. But after reading the book, he felt despair and threw the book across his bedroom. Just then, the form of a man came to him in a vision. This man extended his hands toward Khosrow and told him: “Take my hands and everything will change forever.” Khosrow took the man’s hands and a wave of what he describes as “electricity” flowed through his body. Kneeling, he began to weep, making such a noise that his parents rushed to his room. They were flabbergasted to see their son crying for the first time in many, many years.

Khosrow’s trusted Christ and grew in his faith. Over the following years, Khosrow became a disciple of the Lord, eventually becoming the Pastor of the Pentecostal Assyrian Church in Hamadan, Iran.

 

The Lord will use every means at his disposal including visions and dreams to bring the lost to Him. Today in prayer, thank Jesus that He goes to great lengths to tell us that He loves us.

 

“We are experiencing an amazing phenomenon. Moslems in particular are having dreams and visions confirming the reality of Christ.” - Bill Bright

 

God’s Word: “he said, “Listen to my words: ‘When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.’” – Numbers 12:6

 

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Follow The Lord’s Call Friday – April 28, 2023

"But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man" - Galatians 1:15-16

 

Gardner Calvin Taylor was born on June 18, 1918, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to the Rev. Washington M. and Selina Taylor. His father, born in 1870 to emancipated slaves, was a Baptist pastor and died when Gardner was 13. His mother, who was a teacher, and his aunt, raised him.

After a car crash, he reassessed his life, and heard God’s call to enroll at Oberlin College in Ohio, and earned a divinity degree in 1940. In 1938, while still in college, Gardner became the pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, in nearby Elyria, Ohio.

He would go on to serve at several churches before becoming the senior pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. His impact as a speaker, writer, and political force in the city and in a nation of long-segregated schools, churches, and other institutions reached far beyond his 10,000-member congregation.

In 1979, Time magazine recognized him as one of the seven best Protestant preachers in the nation and conferred on him the title “Dean of the Nation’s Black Preachers.”

 

The Lord calls each of us to follow Him and to do His will. Today in prayer, thank Christ for calling you and be faithful in following the Lord’s will.

 

"The responsible person seeks to make his or her whole life a response to the question and call of God." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

God's Word: "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received." - Ephesians 4:1

    

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I Will Send You Thursday – April 27, 2023

“"Then the Lord said to me, `Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'" – Acts 22:21

 

Joseph Damien went as a missionary to the Hawaiian Islands in 1864. In 1873, he volunteered to minister at the leper colony on the island of Molokai. In Molokai there was no doctor, nurse, clergy or even a gravedigger. The island was a place of quarantine for people with leprosy. Damien built a small chapel on the island but few came to worship. After twelve long years of unfruitful ministry Joseph Damien decided to leave Molokai in 1885.

Standing on the pier waiting for his ship to take him home to his native Belgium, Damien looked down at his hands and noticed white spots—he had contracted leprosy.

The news of the missionary's disease spread quickly and hundreds of lepers gathered outside of Joseph Damien's hut. The people could identify with his pain and despair. The following Sunday the little chapel was filled to overflowing because the people knew that Joseph Damien could now identify with their condition. In the next four years, before his death at age forty-nine, Joseph Damien shared Christ's love in a way he never could before his leprosy.


Jesus Christ humbled Himself to be a man. Though He did not sin, He took on the sins of the world. He became part of the human race so we could accept Him. Thank Christ today that He humbled Himself for you and He is sending you to tell of His love to others.


“A sign shall be given. A virgin shall conceive. A human baby bearing undiminished deity. The glory of the nations, a light for all to see, and hope for all who will embrace this warm reality.” – Michael Card

 

God’s Word: “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.” – Acts 9:15

   

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Helping The Poor Wednesday – April 26, 2023

“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor.” – Acts 9:36

 

When World War II began, Abbe Pierre was a Catholic priest in France. In 1942, he joined the resistance and helped to hide Jewish members of the community from the Nazi’s and Vichy police. Eventually, he was arrested, but he managed to escape and he fled to North Africa to join the free French led by Charles de Gaulle.

Following the war, he worked for different charities. Then in 1954 he made an impassioned radio broadcast on behalf of the homeless. His words touched a chord with the French public he said:

"My friends, come help... A woman froze to death tonight at 3:00 AM, on the pavement of Sebastopol Boulevard, clutching the eviction notice which the day before had made her homeless... Each night, more than two thousand endure the cold, without food, without bread, more than one almost naked. To face this horror, emergency lodgings are not enough.”

Abbe became the unofficial spokesman for the homeless. For the next 53 years, Abbe worked tirelessly to help the poor and homeless of France.

 

The Lord has called each of us to help the poor. Today in prayer, ask Jesus how you can better help the poor.

 

“When we serve the poor and the sick, we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbors, because in them we serve Jesus.” – Rose of Lima

 

God’s Word: “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” – Luke 14:13-14

   

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Friends For The Journey Tuesday – April 25, 2023

“But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.” – Acts 9:27

 

When Justin Skeesuck was 16, a car accident triggered a rare progressive autoimmune/neuromuscular disease that eventually robbed him of the use of his limbs. By his mid-20s, he was using a wheelchair full-time.

But the 38-year-old from a suburb of Boise, Idaho, never wanted to let his disability stop him from living a full life and his love of travel.

In 2012, Justin saw a television program about the 800-kilometre El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in northern Spain. He immediately knew it was for him.

"When I first learned about it, it was like something deep inside me was calling me to do it. Almost like I had to do it," he wrote.

Justin showed the episode to his childhood best friend, Patrick Gray.

Patrick's response: "I'll push you."

On June 3, 2014 the two friends set off on the long journey, with Patrick pushing Justin in a specialized off-road manual wheelchair. They completed their journey in July 2014.

Justin wrote on the importance of friendship: "But what if we swallow pride, soften our exteriors, admit these limitations, and ask for help? Can we learn that to achieve our goals requires trust and faith in others?”

 

All of us in ourselves are incomplete. Today in prayer, thank Jesus for your faithful friends.

 

“A genuine friend helps out even when it comes at great personal cost. – Guy Caley

 

God’s Word: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13

   

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Yes, Lord Monday – April 24, 2023

“In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.” – Acts 9:10

 

A. W. Tozer was a man of God who was troubled with the idea that Christian profession does not demand obedience to Christ. He said:

"[Years ago] no one would ever dare to rise in a meeting and say, 'I am a Christian' if he had not surrendered his whole being to God and had taken Jesus Christ as his Lord as well as his Savior and had brought himself under obedience to the will of the Lord. It was only then that he could say, 'I am saved!' Today, we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the [stipulation] that the deeper Christian life can be tacked on at some time in the future.

"Can it be that we really think that we do not owe Jesus Christ our obedience? We have owed Him our obedience ever since the second we cried out to Him for salvation, and if we do not give Him that obedience, I have reason to wonder if we are really converted! I see things and I hear of things that Christian people are doing, and as I watch them operate within the profession of Christianity, I do raise the question of whether they have been truly converted.

"Brethren, I believe it is the result of faulty teaching to begin with. They thought of the Lord as a hospital and Jesus as the chief of staff to fix up poor sinners that had gotten into trouble! 'Fix me up, Lord,' they have insisted, 'so that I can go my own way!' That is bad teaching, brethren. The person who says, 'Save me, Jesus, but stay out of my life!' is not a Christian."

 

When you hear God calling, do you say “Yes, Lord!” Today in prayer, ask the Lord to give you a ready and willing heart to report for duty to serve Him this day.

 

“A servant of God has but one Master.” – George Mueller

 

God’s Word: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24

   

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With Him In Paradise Friday – April 21, 2023

“Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’” – Luke 23:43

 

In September 1862, Union General William Nelson was consumed with the defense of Louisville, Kentucky. He angrily dismissed Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis for lackadaisical behavior. Five days later, Davis challenged Nelson to a duel and when Nelson insulted him further, Davis shot Nelson in the lobby of a hotel. The bullet mortally wounded him. As men rushed to help him, General Nelson had just one request, "Send for a clergyman; I wish to be baptized." He never had time as an adolescent or young man. He never had time as a private or after he became a general. But now, with just minutes left on this earth, getting right with the Lord was his top priority. The Reverend Talbott arrived within five minutes, baptizing the General and hearing his last confession. Ten minutes later General Nelson was dead, having expressed great penitence over, “the many sins he had committed.”

 

When we have faith in Christ, we have the assurance that as we pass through death and we will have everlasting life in Him. Today in prayer, praise Jesus that He freely gives eternal life to all that trust in Him.

 

“It is not darkness you are going to, for God is Light. It is not lonely, for Christ is with you. It is not unknown country, for Christ is there.” – Charles Kingsley

 

God’s Word: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

   

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Go! Thursday – April 20, 2023

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’” – Mark 16:15

 

Dois Rosser was born in Hampton, Virginia, and was a longtime businessman in Virginia's Hampton Roads/Tidewater area. After owning an insurance company, he got his start in the auto business when he bought a small Poquoson car dealership in 1948 for $35,000. He grew the POMOCO Auto Group to become one of the largest dealership groups in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia, opening a new $10 million sales complex in 1996 and operating at least 27 different franchises under the Pomoco Group banner. His companies employed about 350 people and taking more than $150 million in annual revenue.

In 1986, Dois founded International Cooperating Ministries (ICM), a Christian nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a church within walking distance of everyone in the world. As of 2019, the organization had 8,543 church projects built or under construction in 58 countries. 

 

The Gospel is Good News and Jesus desires you to share it with others. Today in prayer, thank Christ for His Gospel and seek to share it with others.

 

"No man on earth is getting along 'pretty well' without Jesus Christ." - William Fraser McDowell

 

God’s Word: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

 

   

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God’s Providence Wednesday – April 19, 2023

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

 

During WWII, Elmer Bendiner was a navigator on a B-17. He describes a bombing run over the German city of Kassel: “Our B-17 was barraged by flak from Nazi antiaircraft guns. That was not unusual, but on this particular occasion our gas tanks were hit. Later, as I reflected on the miracle of a twenty-millimeter shell piercing the fuel tank without touching off an explosion, our pilot, Bohn Fawkes, told me it was not quite that simple. On the morning following the raid, Bohn had gone down to ask our crew chief for that shell as a souvenir of unbelievable luck. The crew chief told Bohn that not just one shell but eleven had been found in the gas tanks--eleven unexploded shells where only one was sufficient to blast us out of the sky. It was as if the sea had been parted for us. Even after thirty-five years, so awesome an event leaves me shaken, especially after I heard the rest of the story from Bohn.

He was told that the shells had been sent to the armorers to be defused. The armorers told him that Intelligence had picked them up. They could not say why at the time, but Bohn eventually sought out the answer. Apparently when the armorers opened each of those shells, they found no explosive charge. They were clean as a whistle and just as harmless. Empty? Not all of them. One contained a carefully rolled piece of paper. On it was a scrawl in Czech. The Intelligence people scoured our base for a man who could read Czech. Eventually, they found one to decipher the note. It set us marveling. Translated, the note read: ‘This is all we can do for you now.’”

 

The Lord is Lord of All, nothing escapes His Divine purpose. Today in prayer, seek Jesus and His will and follow Him with your whole heart.”

 

“Providence has at all times been my only dependence, for all other resources seem to have failed us.” – George Washington

 

God’s Word: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13

   

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When Persecuted Tuesday – April 18, 2023

“And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.” – Acts 8:1

 

Farshid Fathi was arrested on December 26, 2010 in a wave of arrests of believers in Iran. By the end of April, 2011, only Farshid remained in prison, though his family had paid an enormous bail sum. He spent nearly a year in solitary confinement.
Farshid, a Christian convert from Islam, was charged with “acting against national security through membership of a Christian organization, collection of funds, propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country,” and sentenced to six years of imprisonment on March 5, 2012. Though the charge is for his Christian work, authorities tried to cast his activities as political offenses. Farshid’s appeal against the charges was rejected in June 2012. He is due to serve the rest of his sentence in Evin Prison. Farshid is a shining beacon for Christ, so much so that the son of an Iranian ayatollah commented on Farshid's sweet nature in a video. The two shared a cell. The man remarked on how beloved Farshid is among the inmates.

Farshid wrote a letter to his father in November 2012, which describes the condition of his heart during a very lonely time. “Often I have been sorrowful because of certain things, but I have never been a slave of sadness. Often I have been insulted, humiliated and accused, but I have never doubted my identity in Christ. Some have deserted me, some have fled from me; in no way do I pass judgment on them. My Lord has never left me. “…What really matters is I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine. This possibly is the sweetest truth of my life that I am His and He is mine.”

 

There are millions in the world who cannot openly worship or share their faith in Christ. Today in prayer, pray for those who are persecuted that the Lord will strengthen them and that the persecution would be short lived.

 

“Persecution for righteousness' sake is what every child of God must expect.” - Charles Simeon

 

God’s Word: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

   

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True Wisdom Monday – April 17, 2023

“Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them” – Acts 6:3

 

John M. Clayton, in his book “Why I left Atheism,” writes what was a defining moment for him in rejecting atheism. He was a junior at college and a geology professor had stated that, “I'm going to show you that the Bible is a bunch of garbage.”

John was excited to hear his evidence. The professor asserted that everyone knew that the Bible said the earth was 6,000 years old. John asked where it said that. He replied that he believed it was in Genesis the 52nd chapter. John said, “Wait a minute; Genesis only has 50 chapters.”

John wrote: “He sputtered around a few minutes, but he never did find that passage. Of course, the Bible does not say the earth is 6,000 years old. The Bible is totally silent on the age of the earth and I realized that. This man made the statement that the Bible says that God created two cocker spaniels, two English terriers, and two German shepherds. We all had a good laugh when we figured out how big the Ark would have to be to hold the 20 million groupings of this kind. Once again, I asked where the word kind was defined in that way. It did not seem to me that the word kind meant that. We looked at it and he finally said he guessed that maybe it did not.”

“To make a very, very long story fairly short, when I turned in my final exam the last day of class, I said to this learned professor, “Sir, you have not really shown me any contradiction between what we have studied in this course and in what the Bible has to teach.” He jerked my paper away from me and said, “Well, I guess if you really study it, there is no contradiction.” I was shocked! I was appalled! Here was a man who had a Ph.D. and was a leading atheist, yet he could not answer the silly questions from an ignorant college junior who was on his side.”

Shortly thereafter John began studying the Bible and found true wisdom.

 

There is a difference between intelligence and having wisdom from God. Today in prayer, pray that you would be a person of the Lord, full of His wisdom.

 

“You cannot access wisdom by the megabyte. Wisdom is concerned with how we relate to people, to the world, and to God.” – Edmund P. Clowney

 

God’s Word: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” – 1 Corinthians 1:27

   

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Live As Free Men Friday – April 14, 2023

“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” – 1 Peter 2:16

 

In November 2012, Kenneth Bae an American Christian missionary, was arrested in North Korea. His North Korean captors interrogated him up to 15 hours a day for the first four weeks of his incarceration and yelled with impatience until he wrote a confession to their liking. Later they allowed Kenneth to read his Bible and permitted him to pray.

His chief prosecutor told him he was “the most dangerous American criminal apprehended in the 60 years since the Korean War.”

He received a 15-year sentence of hard labor in North Korea’s penal system, where he toiled on a soybean farm and lost more than 30 pounds. He had 30 guards assigned to watch him.

"Along the way, I found my way adjusting to life in the North Korean prison, just depending on God," Kenneth said.

Then almost two years to the day, in November 2014, he was freed and returned to the United States.

"One thing I want people to take away from reading the book is God's faithfulness," he said. "After I was released, I was reminded that God has not forgotten the people of North Korea.”

 

As freed men and women from sin, we should seek to serve the Lord. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that you are free in Him and serve Him with a glad heart.

 

“But what is freedom? Rightly understood, A universal license to be good.” – Hartley Coleridge

 

God’s Word: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13

   

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Be A Good Citizen Thursday – April 13, 2023

“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” – Romans 13:6-7

 

In 2011, model Christie Brinkley was surprised when the United States Internal Revenue Service put a tax lien on her Bridgehampton, Long Island estate for $531,720.

She immediately resolved the tax lien, writing it off as an accounting error.

In a news release from her publicist, Ms. Brinkley properly said:

"I consider myself very lucky to have been employed since I was 17 years old...I have never had an issue with the IRS or any tax liens in the past and I have dedicated my time to giving back as much and as often as possible. I was surprised to learn of the tax lien filing and took immediate steps to rectify this matter, which for most people is a private matter. I discovered the tax lien was indeed the result of an error. My taxes will be paid in full by Wednesday, December 7th and I expect the tax lien to be released immediately thereafter. I regret not paying more attention to my accounting, but I have been, and remain focused on my whole family as both my parents navigate serious health issues. I am grateful for the outpouring of understanding and support I have received."

 

Nothing in a Christian life should detract from being a good representative of Jesus Christ. Today in prayer, ask the Lord how you can be a better citizen and bring glory to the Lord.

 

“The duty of obedience to secular authorities is a temporary one, for the present period of ‘night;’ in that ‘day’ which is ‘at hand’ a new order of government will be introduced, when ‘the saints shall judge the world.’” – F.F. Bruce

 

God’s Word: “‘Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, ‘Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar's,’ they replied. Then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's.’” – Matthew 22:17-21

  

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Avoid Lies Wednesday – April 12, 2023

“Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?” – Acts 5:3

 

In December 2012, Rod MacIver, a painter and writer from North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, knew he hadn't run a red light when he was pulled over by police officer Jason Lawton in Shelburne, Vermont.

"As far as I know I’ve never gone through a red light in my life,” Rod told Officer Lawton.

The officer and MacIver soon became engaged in an argument. It ended when Officer Lawton wrote Rod a ticket and noted he can always try to contest it in court.

Considering it a challenge, Rod quickly filed a complaint against Officer Lawton and insisted on viewing the dash cam video from the traffic stop.

"I just want to see it for myself," Rod said.

The video indeed showed that Rod did not run the red light.

With the exonerating video footage finally in his possession, Rod took Officer Lawton to traffic court in March 2013. A thoroughly convinced Judge Howard Kalfus dismissed the ticket, and chastised the officer for testifying about an event he knew was incorrect.

 

There is no such thing as a “white lie.” Deceit in any form is a sin. Today in prayer, confess any sin of lying to the Lord and seek to make matters right.

“Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

God’s Word: “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.” - 1 Chronicles 29:17

 

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Be An Encourager Tuesday – April 11, 2023

“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.” – Acts 4:36-37

 

Joel Manby is the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, a company that operates theme parks, aquariums and other family attractions. Manby was featured in the TV hit, "Undercover Boss." In the show, he mentioned that he took a job with Herchend because of their Christian values. While working undercover, Joel discovered what most of the bosses discover. Their employees work hard, have overcome many challenges and have good ideas. At the end of the show, when the workers find out they're working with the boss, Manby seemed genuinely touched when people wept at the words, "Well done," from him. In a later interview, Joel said he has come to the conclusion that CEO ought to stand for Chief Encouragement Officer.

 

Life is hard, but encouragement to live in Christ is stronger. Today in prayer, thank Jesus for those who have encouraged you and seek to be an encourager to others.

 

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

God’s Word: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.” – Hebrews 3:13


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He’s Alive Monday – April 10, 2023

“In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” – Luke 24:5-7


Stuart Briscoe was an evangelical Christian author, international speaker and senior pastor of Elmbrook Church, in Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States. Elmbrook is the largest church in Wisconsin, averaging 7,000 in attendance per week.

In his book “I Believe It, (The Live of Jesus)” Briscoe wrote: “The Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, has two words for life. One (bios) means “mere biological existence”; the other (zoe) means “life in all it’s fullness.” What we are being offered is fullness of life, which not even death itself can destroy. We are not being offered an endless extension of our biological existence but rather a transformation of that existence.”


Jesus died, was buried, and then rose from the grave. He is alive. Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord for His Resurrection and that He is alive. Praise the Lord that eternal life awaits us beyond the grave!


“Angels, roll the rock away;

Death, yield up thy mighty prey:

See, He rises from the tomb,

Glowing with immortal bloom.” – Thomas Scott


God’s Word: “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” – Matthew 28:5-6


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HIS EXECUTION Friday – April 7, 2023

“Here they crucified him, and with him two others--one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” – John 19:18-19


In 1968, explorers found the skeletal remains of a crucified man in a burial cave at Giva'at ha-Mitvar, near the Nablus road outside of Jerusalem. It was a momentous discovery: while the Romans were known to have crucified thousands of alleged traitors, rebels, and deserters in the two centuries straddling the turn of the era, never before had the remains of a crucifixion victim been recovered. The condition of the remains unearthed at the necropolis dramatically corroborated the Bible's description of the horrendous Roman method of execution.

The bones were preserved in a stone burial box called an ossuary that was etched with the name Yhohnn Yehohanan. The remains appeared to be those of a man who was about five feet five inches tall and between twenty-four and twenty-eight years old. His open arms had been nailed to the crossbar, in the manner typically shown in crucifixion paintings. The knees had been doubled up and turned sideways, and a single large iron nail had been driven through both heels. The nail---still lodged in the heel bone of one foot, though the executioners had removed the body from the cross after death--was found bent, apparently having hit a knot in the wood. The shin bones appeared to have been broken, corroborating what the gospel of John seems to suggest was the normal practice in Roman crucifixions: "Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs" (19:32-33). In other respects, too, the physical evidence from the bones of Yehohanan matches the type of execution described by the writers of the gospels.


Christ’s execution was one of the most painful deaths one could imagine. Today in prayer, thank Jesus for dying for your sins on the Cross.


“The cross is proof of both the immense love of God and the profound wickedness of sin.” - John MacArthur


God’s Word: “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” – Romans 5:9


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Go Into All The World Thursday – April 6, 2023

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’” – Mark 16:15

 

Tim and Iris Loomans are missionaries in a remote part of Siberia. Tim is an American and Iris hails from Switzerland. In 1993, Tim was in college and he started to pray with some other guys in his InterVarsity chapter about the possibility of going to Russia. He and Iris fell and love and got married soon afterward.

God was working in both our lives, drawing them to the neediest, the most persecuted, and forgotten in Russia: the native people groups in Siberia. “Who will go and tell them?” “Here I am Lord, send me,” was Tim’s answer.

So for almost twenty years, they have lived in a modest house 3 kilometers from the booming oil city of Krasnoyarsk. They minister to the Chulym people group, where they translate the Bible into the Chulym language and share the Gospel. When asked why they do it, Iris replied: “God’s love constrains us to give up all and follow him.”

No matter where the Lord has you, He wants you to share His good news. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for His Gospel and seek to share it with others.

 

"No man on earth is getting along 'pretty well' without Jesus Christ." - William Fraser McDowell

 

God’s Word: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

 

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We Will See Him Wednesday – April 5, 2023

“Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you.” – Matthew 28:7

 

In 1997, at the age of 29, Julie Papievis was in a car accident that left her in the balance between life and death. Dr. John Shea says, "The brain stem is really the vital center of where we breathe. It controls our hearts. It's sort of our center of life. Anybody that has pinpoint purples and the abnormal posture that she had, the survival rate is very poor. She had a serious brain stem injury that I did not think she'd ever wake up."

Julie remained unresponsive in a coma. After several weeks, hospital staff gave no hope of recovery and urged her parents to release her to a nursing home.

While in the coma, Julie had been given a glimpse of heaven.

"It was so vast, and there was no real beginning or end to it. It was just perfect peace. I knew that I was there in that place because I was dead. I knew that, and I was not afraid. I was not afraid to be there. I was happy. It was like I was home, and I wanted to stay there."

She remembers her deceased grandmother suddenly standing with her.

"My grandmother said, 'No, you can't come with us. You have to go back.' I said I can't go back. I'm not physically okay, and I was pointing to my left side which was paralyzed. She said, 'Your body will heal.' I felt right then like someone had come and put a warm blanket around me and their arms around me, and I knew right then that I was in the presence of our Lord. I felt it. I knew it, and then she said, 'Go back and be happy.' Then the next memory I had was waking up in the rehab hospital."

Julie fully recovered from her injuries and ten years after her accident she trained for and finished an indoor triathlon.

Julie said: "I have more purpose here on earth to fulfill, and I take that very seriously. The Lord is with me, which I knew, but it just makes it so much clearer that He has been with me through all of it and that He has an intention, a good intention, for my life. I feel a much closer personal relationship now that He really has a definite purpose for my life, for this story, and for this gift of hope."  

 

Heaven is real and we will one day see Jesus face-to-face. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for His resurrection and that one day we will see Him.

 

“Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.” – John S. Whale

 

God’s Word: “In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” – Luke 24:5-6


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Peter Kennedy

The Most Beautiful Rose - Tuesday - April 4, 2023

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third a and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” – Luke 24:45-47

 

Hans Christian Andersen wrote "The World's Most Beautiful Rose." The story goes like this:

“There once was a mighty queen whose garden grew the most beautiful flowers in the world. Every season there were different blooms bringing forth the sweetest smelling and loveliest of roses.

But inside the castle, the queen was dying. The wisest doctor in the land said, "There is only one cure for the queen. Bring her the most beautiful rose in the land. It must symbolize the highest and purest love, and when she sees that flower, then she will not die."

After many had tried and failed to find a rose for the queen, her young son came to her and said, "Mother, look what I have read," and he proceeded to read about Jesus who suffered death on the Cross in order to save all men. "Greater love there cannot be!" he exclaimed.

The queen's pale cheeks regained their hue and her eyes became clear and bright again. "I see it. I see the rose that grew from Christ's blood on the Cross," she cried. "And those who shall see that rose, the most beautiful rose in the world, shall not die."

 

Jesus Christ's love conquered death. He is the "Rose of Sharon" who gave up His life so we may have life in Him. Give thanks and praise that Jesus loves you and died for you so you may live eternally in Him.

 

“Without the cross, his servants would have no gospel. Having the cross, his servants are bound to publish it everywhere.” – Alexander MacLaren 

 

God’s Word: “explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”.” – Acts 17:3

 

Still Water: The Weekday Devotional For

Breakwater Community Church  †

442-266-2689

 

Thanks for reading. See you soon!

Peter Kennedy