Devos of the Week: Acts 1:7

“It is not for you to know the times or periods…But you will receive power…”  Even after Jesus’ resurrection the disciples still are concerned with things that Jesus sees more as distraction. “Is this when you will restore your kingdom?” Jesus refocuses them on the coming Spirit and the power to be witnesses to Christ in the world.  What questions occupy your thoughts?  What distracts you from the main purposes of God for your life?” Distracting thoughts and busyness are plentiful for us Lord; deliver us from distraction so we may be a powerful witness to Christ.

Devos of the Week: Acts 1:4

“Jesus ordered them to wait there for the promise of the Father.” The book of Acts begins where the Gospel of Luke ends.  After staying with and teaching his disciples, before his ascension, Jesus orders, that is commands them, to “wait.”  No strategic planning committees, no fund raising campaigns, no busy weekends at church, no dynamic worship music sets or concerts.  Only “wait for the promise of the Father.”  What does waiting on God imply?  What does “not waiting” imply?  Are you inclined to do something or wait on God these days?  Help us discover you in the waiting Lord.  

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: John 20:21-23

“Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone their sins, they are forgiven…” Many Christian pastors preach on “keeping the main thing the main thing.” What is the main thing for Jesus as he leaves the disciples in John’s gospel? What is the meaning and the significance of Jesus giving the promised Holy Spirit?  How is this connected to the forgiveness of sins and the ministry of Christ’s church/disciples? Do I keep Jesus’ main thing in my life and ministry? – Give us your heart for your world, Lord Jesus.

Devo of the Week: Acts 2:1

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” The fact that the followers of Jesus were all in one place was not a random, surprising thing. They were joined together constantly (Acts 1:14). In a day that is much more individualistic, is there something lost when we resist meeting and living together?  What would it look like for the church to be “all together in one place” in our day and age?  How might God’s Spirit move and empower us if we were praying together?  Break down the walls that keep us from praying together.

Devo of the Week: Acts 2:1-21 – (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.

Leadership Devo of the week: Pentecost – Acts 2:1-21

“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.