Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions Special Announcement

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Thank you for partnering with me in these Daily Devotions. Typically, I take a break from writing in June, July, and August. This year, the Lord is calling me to redirect some of my time and energy to other matters, so I will be ending the Daily Devotions now in May. I hope to pick up again in September. Over the summer, I would suggest you read the book, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Pete Scazzero. Pastor…

Do Everything for the Glory of God

Eat everything that is sold in the meat market, without raising questions for the sake of conscience, since the earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it. If any of the unbelievers invites you over and you want to go, eat everything that is set before you, without raising questions for the sake of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This is food from a sacrifice,” do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who…

Everything is Permissible, but Not Everything is Beneficial

“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. No one is to seek his own good, but the good of the other person. (1 Corinthians 10:23-24) The phrase “Everything is permissible” was probably circulated among the new Christian believers who had lived under the yoke of oppressive religious rules and regulations but had now found freedom in Jesus Christ. Paul celebrates their newfound freedom but tags on two qualifiers: “Not everything is…

Sharing in the Lord’s Table

I am speaking as to sensible people. Judge for yourselves what I am saying. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, since all of us share the one bread. Consider the people of Israel. Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in…

Flee Idolatry

So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:14) The Corinthian church lived in a culture of religious pluralism; that is, there were many temples with many gods, and people worshipped whatever god they liked. A simple definition is that idolatry is the worship of created things rather than the worship of the One True God. Through idolatry, we worship what we have created rather than recognizing that we are created. Idolatry flips the flow of authority and…

God Help You in Temptation

So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall. No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13) Every temptation you face is one that is permitted by God. These times of temptation are simultaneously…

We Live in the Last Age

Don’t become idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to party. Let us not commit sexual immorality as some of them did, and in a single day, twenty-three thousand people died. Let us not test Christ as some of them did and were destroyed by snakes. And don’t grumble as some of them did and were killed by the destroyer. These things happened to them as…

Examples for Us

Now these things took place as examples for us, so that we will not desire evil things as they did. (1 Corinthians 10:6) The events Paul is referring to have to do with the Israelites, whom God called out of Egypt to be his people. They had been so accustomed to the gods of Egypt that it took a long time for them to know and trust the God who saved them. Little by little, they began to learn how…

The Rock was Christ

Now I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless God was not pleased with most of them, since they were struck…

Run to Win!

Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown. So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to…