God Still Can

By on Jun 11, 2018 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...

Shhh…I’ve Got A Secret—Day 5

By on Jun 8, 2018 in Shhh... I've Got A Secret | 1 comment

Shhh… I’ve Got A Secret—Day 5 Philippians 4: 11-13 Several verses in the Bible are well known because of the number of times we have heard them quoted.  Although some of us may not know where to find a particular scripture, we know it by memorization because of its usage. This last verse of our selected devotional passage is one of those verses. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Although one of the most quoted verses in the Bible, it is one that is often used out of context. This week’s devotional has given us the opportunity to see Paul’s three phase process at work. ‘I have learned,’ ‘I know,’ and ‘I can do, or I have the power to do.’ Paul has learned about being content. He knows, as in he is convinced, he can be content. Then he concludes with the secret of his success, I can do what is expected...

Shhh…I’ve Got A Secret—Day 4

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Shhh…I’ve Got A Secret—Day 4 Philippians 4: 11-13 Paul says, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity.” As we meditate over this particular portion of the text, we can’t help but notice that when referencing his being made humble Paul says, “I know how to get along.” However, when speaking of prosperity Paul says, “I know how to live.” Because of Stoicism’s influence on the culture, their understanding of contentment consisted of life on only one side of a two-sided coin. They understood well living above needs and being self-sufficient. However, the thought of being humble or humiliated is something Stoics scurry away from. Many of us today could probably identify with this reaction. We are alright with the one side of the coin that speaks of more than enough, and not so alright with the other side of the coin...

Shhh…I’ve Got A Secret—Day 3

By on Jun 6, 2018 in Shhh... I've Got A Secret | 0 comments

Shhh…I’ve Got A Secret—Day 3 Philippians 4: 11-13 February 1995 was a time in my life I will remember forever. I was a senior in college and I had to travel to Milwaukee to preach. I and my girlfriend had been dating a month, although she would say, “I wasn’t going with you then. You were going with me before I was going with you.” She wanted to see her parents that same weekend; so instead of flying with the other students, I decided to drive so that I could make a detour and take her home to see her family. It was going to be a nine-hour drive and I was excited. ‘Nine hours alone with her? Wow; I’m going to enjoy myself,’ I thought. Then the disappointment came, I was an apprentice optician and that’s how I supported myself through college, but that weekend my check was short and it wouldn’t be fixed for two weeks. As I walked through the halls of the dormitory a brother...

Shhh… I’ve Got A Secret—Day 2

By on Jun 5, 2018 in Shhh... I've Got A Secret | 0 comments

Shhh…I’ve Got A Secret—Day 2 Philippians 4: 11-13 Although Paul was appreciative for the generosity of the Philippians, he wanted them to know that the expression of his joy was not based on his material needs being met. His joy was the direct result of being content wherever he found himself in life, because of a secret he had learned. Paul was content and his source of contentment was different from the cultural norm. Paul’s use of this word contentment seems to be a play on a word that was familiar and had an active meaning among those living within that culture. He knew because of Stoicism and its influence on the culture, that contentment was the ultimate goal.  Stoicism was the pursuit to live above need and abundance in such a way as to be self-sufficient. If we would be honest with ourselves, many of us desire to be in a place where life consists of having more than...