Devos of the Week: Joshua 1:2

“Now proceed…” Joshua 1:2 is reminder to the “next generation” that God’s purpose transcend the generation that is aging and dying and that he calls leaders from the next generation to “proceed” with faithfulness with God mission and purposes in sight.  How does this verse compare with Jesus’ words “Go into all the world,” in Matthew 28:18-20? God, what is it that you are calling me to “proceed” with and to “go” to these days.  Strengthen me to live for you and your purposes. Amen.

Devos of the Week: Colossians 4:3

“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door…so we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”  The Apostle Paul saw every situation, good or bad, as an opportunity for the message of Christ to go forward.  A closed jail door became a door to God’s purposes. Chains became a proof of faith. How do I see the situations of my life?  As closed doors or open doors? As part of my purposes or God’s purposes?  Let me see all situations through your eyes, O God.

Devo of the Week – Acts 2 – Pentecost Sunday

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place…All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”  God chooses the time. His people come together in one place for His purposes. God’s Spirit empowers.  It is so easy for us to want the power of the Spirit for our purposes like Simon (Acts 8:8ff); without a thought for God’s timing and the unity of the body of Christ.  How is this a temptation for me?  Why is the time and common gathered place essential and prerequisite?  Forgive us, Fill us O Lord.

Devos of the Week: Colossians 4:3 (NIV)

“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door…so we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”  The Apostle Paul saw every situation, good or bad, as an opportunity for the message of Christ to go forward.  A closed jail door became a door to God’s purposes. Chains became a proof of faith. How do I see the situations of my life?  As closed doors or open doors? As part of my purposes or God’s purposes?  Let me see all situations through your eyes, O God. Amen.

Devos of the Week: PENTECOST SUNDAY: Acts 2

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place…All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”  God chooses the time. His people come together in one place for His purposes. God’s Spirit empowers.  It is so easy for us to want the power of the Spirit for our purposes like Simon (Acts 8:8ff); without a thought for God’s timing and the unity of the body of Christ.  How is this a temptation for me?  Why is the time and common gathered place essential and prerequisite?  Forgive us, Fill us O Lord.

Devo of the Week: Psalm 8:1,9

“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” This Psalm is the text of many songs of praise both historically and in our contemporary worship.  God has created all things and rules over all. Yet God has created humans and invited them to help God care for and guide it towards God’s purposes and desires for thriving life.  How would your life change if you believed both these things when you woke up each morning?  “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”