Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Reminder: Daily Devotionals to Resume Soon

Pastor John regrets that he is unable to prepare the Daily Devotionals as he takes care of Tracy after her brain surgery. He will resume them as soon as he is able. Thank you for your all your prayers, and for your patience and understanding

Love Defined – Love is not rude – 1 Corinthians 13:5

Love is not rude. (1 Corinthians 13:5) Reflection: We consider people rude when they are impolite and lack common courtesy. Every human being is due a basic level of respect for we are all made in the image of God. Those who love others recognize the worth of every human being in the eyes of God. Jesus Christ gave his life for everyone, and so everyone is worthy of our respect. Even when others are rude to us, we should…

Love Defined: Love is Not Proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Love is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4) Reflection: Boasting stems from pride. Boasting is what we say to others; pride is what we feel internally. Pride is an offense against God because when we are prideful, we are claiming credit for something that God gave us. Every talent you have is a gift from God. Everything you possess has come from God. Every relationship you have is a gift. Loving others means that we need to pull pride out by…

Love Defined: Love Does Not Boast. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Love does not boast. (1 Corinthians 13:4) Reflection: Boasting destroys relationships and is similar to envy. When we envy, we reduce others to what they possess; in boasting, we reduce ourselves. When we envy, we look past others to the things they possess. When we boast, we set our things between us and others. Boasting diminishes our relationships because it demands that other people acknowledge us not for who we are but for our possessions, position, or relationships. Envying others…

Love Does Not Envy – (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Love does not envy. (1 Corinthians 13:4) Reflection: Envy is the desire for someone else’s blessing, whether it be another person’s possessions, position, or relationships. The Old Testament word for envy is “covet,” and the last of the Ten Commandments gives detailed instruction that we are not to covet our neighbor’s “house, wife, male servant, female servant, ox, donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s!”  When we envy, our focus shifts from the person to the person’s possessions. Envy dehumanizes…

Love Defined: Love is Kind – (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Love is kind. (1 Corinthians 13:4) Reflection: Kindness is love expressed in the moment. Kindness is always a choice. It is a decision we make to act in some simple way for another person’s benefit or well-being and is typically expressed in small day-to-day interactions. In every encounter, we have the opportunity to show our love through some small act of kindness. Prayer: Lord, thank you for the kindness you show to me day-by-day. Let me learn to practice kindness…

Love Defined – 1 Corinthians 13

For the next few weeks, we will explore the Bible’s definition of love found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Let’s begin by reading over the entire passage. This is one of those passages of Scripture worthy of setting to memory.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not…

The Day of Judgment – The Book of Your Life – Revelation 20:12

I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. (Revelation 20:12) Reflection: The Book of Life contains the names of those who will inherit eternal life. But what of these other books? These are the books of our lives, and each day we write a…

The Day of Judgment – God is Patient – 2 Peter 3:8-12

Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be…

The Day of Judgement – You Must Believe in Christ – John 6:40

For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40)   Reflection: When Jesus says, “This is the will of my Father…” we ought to pay careful attention! When God expresses his will, all we need to do is to align ourselves accordingly and the power of God will be released into our lives. Here Jesus…