Faith—Day 3

By on Jul 8, 2020 in Faith | 0 comments

Faith—Day 3 Hebrews 11: 1  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Can you imagine going through life with all of life’s disappointments, setbacks, and failures without having hope? Can we live without hope? There is a story of a man who had reached his wit’s end and decided to climb on a rail high above a river and jump in to take his life. A police officer caught the man as he was jumping and pulled the defeated man back over the rail. The police officer said, “Please give me five reasons why life is not worth living, and then I will give you five reasons why life is worth living for the both of us.” The officer said, “If I do not convince you that life is worth living then you can jump.” The man agreed and after giving his five reasons why life was not worth living, the police officer gave his...

Faith—Day 2

By on Jul 7, 2020 in Faith | 0 comments

Faith—Day 2 Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” I have long been fascinated with the African impala antelope. In the United States, you can find this mammal at zoos enclosed by a wall.  My fascination with the African impala antelope is that these beautiful, meek, social creatures have the ability to run fast, leap 10 feet into the air and cover a distance of 30 feet in a single jump. Just think, what could you do if you had the ability of an African impala antelope? In what sports would you excel? What records would you break? What would your attitude be when faced with trouble knowing you can run fast, leap high and jump far? Well, my fascination with the African impala antelope is, with all of the ability God has given these creatures to escape trouble, a three-foot wall easily confines them. That’s...

Faith

By on Jul 6, 2020 in Faith | 0 comments

Faith Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” As we begin this week’s devotional series, meditate on this thought: We are called as believers to live our entire life built on promises made by Christ. What a challenge; especially with many things vying for our loyalty in today’s culture. Many things promise to satisfy only to disappoint. There is one thing that we can hang our hat on—the promises of God’s Word. This was not unusual for many Old and New Testament believers. They lived looking forward to the future hope, and the promises of Christ meant so much to them that they lived excited about what Christ said. Question: Do we live excited about what Christ said? Not only were they excited about what Christ said, they lived their whole life and structured the course for their lives based on what Christ said....

I See You—Day 5

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I See You—Day 5 Galatians 6: 7-10 “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” As we come to the conclusion of our weekly devotional series, Paul tells us what we must do with the time we have. Paul begins today’s devotional using a word in verse 10 that he used in verse 9, the word kairos. In verse 9 he says, “in due time,” kairos, and in verse 10 he says “while we have opportunity,” the Greek word for opportunity is the same as, ‘in due time,” kairos. Since God has a set time until our harvest is made available, what do we do with the time that we have? We take every opportunity to continue planting seeds in good soil. We must avoid waiting around. As a matter of fact, here the word opportunity means in the sense of seasonal time, an appropriate...

I See You—Day 4

By on Jul 2, 2020 in I See You | 0 comments

I See You—Day 4 Galatians 6: 7-10 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”  One of our primary challenges to reaping a harvest is time.  As we continue to meditate on our devotional passage, Paul continues with the agricultural imagery of seedtime and harvest. As a young man, I would spend every spring with my grandparents working in the garden. Often I would plant seeds then become impatient waiting for the seeds to sprout. Sometimes I would stare at the garden, but that did not cause the seeds to grow any faster. There would also be moments I would go out and dig around in the garden trying to help the seeds sprout. One day my grandfather saw what I was doing and scolded me. He proceeded to inform me that some things just take time and if I could not be patient I would eventually ruin what I had planted by digging around...