An Inward Struggle

By on Sep 30, 2019 in An Inward Struggle, God With Us | 2 comments

An Inward Struggle Romans 7: 14-25 “For we know that the Law is spiritual, bu I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” As a Christian, I have been fortunate to watch many people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. A beautiful common attitude I have obeserved many new converts express is that of rejoicing and relief. Relief from an old way of living to the joy of salvation. Undoubtably, the new life with Christ is far better than what we had without him. Nevertheless, in our new life we may still struggle with temptations that defined our old nature. In our devotional passage this week, we are allowed to peer into the life of one of the most noted followers of Christ—the apostle Paul. Although validated in his faith, Paul...

God With Us—Day 5

By on Dec 28, 2018 in God With Us |

God With Us—Day 5 Matthew 1: 23 Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; the one known as Immanuel, God with us. As we spend this day with family and friends, let us not forget that we have been given the greatest gift ever, Immanuel and he is still just as present in our reality today as he was during the days of Joseph and Mary. I read something recently that said, “The people of ancient China have long held that their magnificent culture was a gift from heaven.” Many of us like the people of ancient China hold to bodacious views regarding some things precious to us, however, nothing compares to the gift God sent us from heaven, his Son and our Savior. Today we celebrate the only magnificent gift from heaven—Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas.

God With Us—Day 4

By on Dec 27, 2018 in God With Us |

God With Us—Day 4 Matthew 1: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, God with us.”  I sat in a coffee shop writing this devotional giving much thought to this reality—God is with me. As much as I love and enjoy being around my family, spending quality time with my wife, or having friends over for a time of fellowship, there is nothing like knowing this one fact: God, the one who created the world God, the one whom no one else is greater than—He is with us. Question: What do we do with the reality of knowing God is with us? Does his presence inspire us to believe in the impossible? Does his presence provide us with the hope needed in times of despair? Does his presence convince us to walk circumspectly? So much is being said by the angel of the Lord who is giving instruction for the child...

God With Us—Day 3

By on Dec 26, 2018 in God With Us |

God With Us—Day 3 Matthew 1: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, God with us.”  Let us begin today’s devotional meditating on this thought: What does God need from us to accomplish his will through our lives? At first thought regarding this question, we may give the common answer, “All God needs is a willing vessel.” But does the vessel really have to be willing? Reflecting on our lives, how often have we witnessed God working through us and we were oblivious to what was going on. Although our devotional passage presents Joseph as a willing vessel, remember, God interrupted their lives without Joseph’s and Mary’s permission. So, what God was doing was not a matter of whether they were okay with it—it was being done. Not only did the Lord disrupt their lives but he...

God With Us

By on Dec 24, 2018 in God With Us |

God With Us Matthew 1: 23 The visitation of the angel of the Lord to Joseph is one that is widely known to many.  The angel comes to inform Joseph that Mary would be with child and that child would be conceived because of the Holy Spirit. This announcement, although it would provide clarity for Joseph as to why Mary was pregnant, created some discomfort. Discomfort because how could Joseph explain his engagement to a woman who was already pregnant? Just think, how often do we find ourselves experiencing similar emotions? We know that God is moving still we are uncomfortable. As we meditate on this particular devotional passage today, remember Joseph had to accept what God was doing. He could not change the plans. What Joseph wanted was not considered. Joseph merely [had to] accept what God was doing. Question: How well do we accept what God is doing? Look at how the Lord interrupted...

Wade in the water returns January 4, 2016

By on Dec 28, 2015 in God With Us | 2 comments

We look forward to seeing you back at wade in the water on January 4, 2016