God Still Can—Day 3

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God Still Can—Day 3 Acts 12: 6-17 “On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, get up quickly, and his chains fell off his hands.” We meditate on today’s devotional picking up with yesterday’s question. Are you convinced that God has the final answer? Whoever holds the final answer for us determines how we behave during our times of trouble. I recall several weeks ago when my five-year-old daughter asked me if she could have some cookies. I was preparing to leave home when Yana ran up to me and asked, “Daddy, can I have some cookies?” Immediately my seven-year-old son,...

God Still Can—Day 2

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God Still Can—Day 2 Acts 12: 6-17 “On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.” Admittedly, I am thoroughly intrigued with what I see in verse six. Herod Arippa I is preparing to bring Peter into his final hour of life on earth. Two guards are bound to Peter, one guard on the left and another guard on the right of Peter. To secure Peter’s looming fate, guards are standing outside Peter’s prison door; each one whom must pay with their own lives if Peter escapes. Nevertheless, in the midst of such a context, the writer makes sure to inform us that Peter was sleeping. Question: What do you do when you know there is nothing you can do about your situation? Peter sleeps! Some might wonder if his sleep is the result of peace...

God Still Can

By on Mar 20, 2017 in God Still Can | 0 comments

God Still Can Acts 12: 6-17 We begin this week’s devotional looking at Peter’s miraculous deliverance from Herod Agrippa I; it was Herod’s intention to put an end to Peter’s life. Peter had been confined to a jail cell and the chance of deliverance seemed impossible. Peter’s death seemed to be certain. What do you do when hope seems to be gone? Why does God seem to allow moments of trouble to reach such desperation before he intervenes? As we meditate on this passage this week, let us focus on this thought: God can still deliver in spite of the situation. If the truth is told, we often evaluate God’s ability to handle our problems based on the size of our problem. If we are not able to see a way out, we then act as if God is unable to see a way out. How could Peter possibly see a way out having been chained to the guards? For many it would be...

Equal Emphasis—Day 5

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Equal Emphasis—Day 5 Philippians 3: 12-14 “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  As we conclude this week’s devotional series, let us not forget that each day we journey throughout this world as a believer, we are expected to put just as much emphasis on pursuing Christ as we did when we said yes to him as Savior. Imagine the life we would live living with a freshness or renewed hope in Christ each day. I recently took my children to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. While there, my two younger...

Equal Emphasis—Day 4

By on Mar 16, 2017 in Equal Emphasis | 0 comments

Equal Emphasis—Day 4 Philippians 3: 12-14 “Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward.” We begin today’s devotional thought looking at verse 13 of our devotional passage. Paul makes a shift to using the metaphor of one running a race. If we have ever participated in a race, one thing that we are taught while racing is to avoid looking back over our shoulder. To attempt to look over one’s shoulder while racing has a way of giving our opponent the edge and causing us to lose focus. When running in a race it is not the ground or yards that we have already covered that secures victory, but it is finishing the race. If we are not careful there can be the temptation to spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on what we have done in the past. Meanwhile, it is not what we accomplished on yesterday, but what we are doing right now. Being married for twenty years, it...