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November 30, 2011

Advent 4

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John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

On this 4th day of Advent we contemplate the life given to us by God.  Our life on this earth is in relative darkness.  Our vision and understanding of God’s creation is limited.  God sent His Son, Jesus, Who was with Him from the very beginning to send light to mankind on earth.  This light gives us life and opens our hearts and minds to receive God’s love and forgiveness.  We no longer need to live in fear or darkness.  God loves us so much He has given us life’s instruction manual – the Holy Bible – to guide us through our earthly walk.  He imparts our lives with His Holy Spirit and gives our spirit birth through His Son.  As soon as we receive Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives we begin our eternal life with God.  On this 4th day of Advent, let us be sure we have given our life, mind and heart to God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let us be sure to take time every day to get our instructions from His handbook – the Bible.  Let us learn to allow His light to shine through us to others.

November 29, 2011

Advent 3

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christian,Christmas,devotion — by ginrich @ 1:37 am
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Mk 13:37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”

Jesus spoke these words.  He wants us to watch.  What are we to watch for?  We are to watch for many things.  We are to watch for His coming to receive His Bride – the Church – the believers.  We also are to watch for opportunities to witness to others.  There are so many opportunities: talking to people who are standing in line with us for something, talking to children, family, friends, neighbors.  We fail to see open hearts because we fail to watch.  We also fail to see all the miracles God continues to work around us because we aren’t watching.  Most of us live at too fast of pace.  On this 3rd day of Advent, let us try to be more alert to open hearts and miracles around us.  Let us watch.

November 28, 2011

Advent 2

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christian,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:27 am
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1Cointhians 1:9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

Because God sent His Son into the world and allowed Him to die on the cross for our sin – our separation from God, we now can enter into fellowship with Him.  During this second day of Advent let’s concentrate on that fellowship.  Let’s go through the day staying aware of His presence with us.  He calls each of us into that fellowship.  He created mankind for fellowship with Him.  The fellowship is for love and enjoyment on both ends, God’s and ours.  Let us enjoy Him with gladness and thanksgiving today.  When you see someone who hasn’t responded to God’s call for fellowship introduce His Son, Jesus, to them so they also can be full and aware of His love and grace.

November 27, 2011

Advent 1

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Ro 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Today is the first day of the Advent season.  Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  He has already come on this earth in the form of a baby.  We must now prepare for His coming back for His Bride – His Church – those who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior and walk in His ways.  As humans we tend to slumber from our mission – to prepare for the coming of Christ.  Advent reminds us to prepare – our hearts and our minds.  We must also help to prepare those around us.  May we slow down during this season of Advent and really celebrate both His having come to show us God’s love and prepare for His coming back for us.

November 26, 2011


Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:53 am
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Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Since God is the One Who meets all our needs we should continually be thanking Him.  This is one reason we give thanks as a blessing or grace before our meals.  It makes me sad when I see people sit down for a meal and just start eating.  It blesses me when I see them saying a blessing, giving thanks to God for His prevision of food, before they take the first bite.  Grace or blessing and giving thanks should not be limited to meals eaten in our homes.  It is a good witness to give thanks when eating out – be it fast food or a restaurant.  We’ve had servers stand quietly at our table, listening, as we gave our thanks to God and asked Him to bless those who had a part in preparing and serving our meal.  The servers have thanked us for our prayers.  Let us be sure we always give God thanks before we “dig in.”  We do this not only because we are thankful for His goodness but also because we never know who might see or listen and turn to God.

November 25, 2011

Black Friday

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word — by ginrich @ 1:05 am

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Today is known as “Black Friday.”  I think that is an appropriate name since black is also the color for mourning.  Just observe how people react in the store on this day: pushing, shoving, grabbing, fighting over parking places and etc.  People seem consumed with what I call “meism.”  Granted much of what they are buying might be for other people but the emphasis is on self.  It’s good to save money – get the most you can for your dollar – but not at the expense of others.  Let us always remember to be aware of others around us – not just for our own safety but also for a blessing to others.  Let us be sure our actions and expressions show the peace and love of our God.  Let us do as the song says and “Pass It On” rather than grab it up.

November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:53 am
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Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

Today is Thanksgiving.  Many of us spent yesterday preparing for the feast.  Most of us have an overabundance to be thankful for.  The most precious thing is our relationship with God through His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Because of that relationship our sins are forgiven and our prayers are heard and answered.  Sometimes not in the way we think they should be but in the way God knows is best for us and for His glory.  Think about the amount of time we prepare for one meal – our Thanksgiving dinner.  We make it one of the most precious meals of the year.  Think about the wedding feast that is to come when Jesus comes for His Bride – the Church – you and me.  How much time do we spend preparing ourselves for the greatest feast of all times?  What do we do to prepare?  We walk our lives in obedience to God’s word.  We live in peace and with thankful and grateful hearts.  We reach out to God’s other children and His creation in love and are careful stewards of all He gives us.  Whether we feast at home, at another’s home, at a restaurant or at a shelter we have a lot of thanks and praise to give to God.  Have a thankful and blessed Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011

Giving Generously

Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

What a beautiful promise.   God will bless us in all our work and in everything we put our hand (effort) to.  However, as with most promises, this comes with a stipulation.  We must give to others generously and without a grudging heart.  In these hard times many have trouble doing this.  Many scarcely have enough for food, can’t find jobs, don’t have housing.  How are they to give?  What do they have to give?  Giving is not limited to money or material things though they are definitely included.  We can give of our labor.  We can give of our time.  We can give our prayers of intercession.  Give a visit or phone call to someone who is lonely.  Give an encouraging word to someone who is downhearted.  It is a generous heart that God values and a willingness to give out of whatever we have.  My favorite gift from my children was a coupon with an extra chore on it for me to redeem whenever I wanted to.  Regardless of our finances, our material possessions, our heath or any other circumstances we all have something we can give to another.  Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, let us thank God for what we do have and share it generously and happily with others.

November 22, 2011


Filed under: Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:21 am
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Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Paul considered all things as rubbish except for his relationship with Christ Jesus.  Our question is where do we stand?  What is important to us?  The material things we accumulate in this world will stay in this world.  They can be taken away or lost at any time.  The relationships we have in this world are also changeable.  The only thing lasting is our eternal relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Do we really consider this as surpassing greatness to all else we know, can know, have or could have?  Once again, we can measure where we are in our desire to be one with our God by how much time we spend with Him.  John Wesley inspired me when I learned the more he had to do in his schedule in a day, the earlier he arose to have more time with God.  It is our quiet, one on one time with God that enables us to walk through our tasks of the day giving Him the glory and sharing Him with others as we walk.  I pray I may regard things of this world less as I draw closer to the One I love and worship.

November 21, 2011

Love and Obedience

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:59 am
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John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.

Ouch.  That hurts.  My love for Jesus is measured by my obedience.  I don’t know about you but I know I don’t obey what He has commanded 100 percent of the time.  I say things I shouldn’t say, think things I shouldn’t think, don’t speak up when I should, waste time and on and on.  When I am aware of these things I do confess and ask for forgiveness and through the grace of God and through the blood of Jesus I am forgiven.  My problem is I still put myself first.  I block His Holy Spirit from flowing freely through me.  How do I get where He wants?  I start each day acknowledging the day and I both belong to God and I am available for His use and His glory.  Like an alcoholic, it is one minute at a time.  I can practice the presence of God minute by minutes.  Gradually the times I allow the Holy Spirit to flow freely through me will increase and my own selfishness will decrease.  Praise God He will finish the good work He has begun in me.  He’ll do the same for you.  All you need to is ask Him.

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