Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 31, 2013

Resurrection

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Mark 16:8. Then they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

We see this day as a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  The disciples didn’t feel that day.  They were already confused, disappointed and feeling guilty.  The missing body of Jesus just led to more confusion.  In the current political climate the feared the Romans had hidden Him.  Even though Jesus had told them several times what would happen they were unable to comprehend.  It was one thing raising Lazarus from the dead but raising Himself after such physical devastation was incomprehensible.  Today we have the witness reports in the Bible and confirmation of the Holy Spirit so we believe and can celebrate.  What better way to celebrate than to share with someone how to have eternal life with God.  Our question is, will we do it?

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March 30, 2013

Between

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Luke 23:49. And all those who knew Jesus stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw these things.

Between the crucifixion and resurrection. What devastation.  What mixed feelings they must have had.  For 3 years they worked with Jesus expecting Him to save them from the tyranny of Rome.  He was their King, their Messiah.  Now He was dead.  If that wasn’t bad enough they also felt guilt.  Not one of them stood up for Him.  They all fled and some watched from a distance.  Before we judge them too harshly we must look at ourselves.  Do we always stand up for Him?  Are there times we don’t honor His name?  Are there times we put a distance between us and our God?  If we are honest we must answer yes to these questions?  Our question is what will we do with our failures to stand up for our God?  We can choose to keep our distance or we can choose to allow His Holy Spirit to draw us into oneness with Him.

March 29, 2013

Repeating Prayer

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Matthew 26:44. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more.

Jesus knew  He was about to be taken to the cross.  He was in a physical body just like we are.  He really didn’t want o face it but was determined to follow the will of His Father.  What did He do to get the ability to face such horror?  He prayed fervently to the Father.  He didn’t pray just one Imelda.  He repeated the same request 3 times.  We tend to lose hope quickly.  We pray once and if we don’t see results we give up.  So many think repeating the same request over and over shows a lack of faith.  Jesus I’d not lack any faith.  What the recitative prayer does is fill us with the assurance of God’s power in and through us for Him to carry out His purpose through us.  As we remember the anguish of this Friday let us learn from Jesus never to give up on our requests to God until His Holy Spirit tells us it is time.  After His 3rd prayer Jesus knew it was time, He woke Hid disciples and went to face what was soon to come.  Notice the disciples slept instead of prayed.  Instead of facing what was coming the ran in fear.  

March 28, 2013

Temptation

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Luke 22:40. When he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 

There is so much contained in these last few chapters in Matthew (actually in all the chapters in the Holy Bible) but Lent is quickly ending.  We read one of our Lord’s last instructions to His disciples (that includes us) before He faced crucifixion;  “Pray we do not fall into temptation.”  We repeat those words every time we recite “The Lord’s Prayer.”  Our question is do we realize our part in this request?  We cannot expect God to keep us from temptation if we go where temptation is.  It is different for each of us.  Some cannot go to all you can eat buffets and others cannot be around alcohol.  The list goes on and on.  We also cannot expect God’s protection when we read, listen or watch something that would lead us into temptation or dull our senses to it.  If you are privileged to go to a worship service today in preparation for Good Friday tomorrow, whether it be through taking of the communion elements, foot washing or anything else, let us not only pray not to fall into temptation, let us choose not to put ourselves in view or hearing of it.

March 27, 2013

Leven

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Luke 22:8. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us to eat.” 

We hosted a Seder or Passover meal in a large church.  People signed up for dishes to cook with furnished recipes.  The also had to sign up for specific chores.  Part of the Jewish preparation was to thoroughly clean their houses while they made sure there was nothing with leven in the house.  Leven, or yeast, makes everything it’s in grow.  The church had never been so clean as people cleaned closets, cabinets, drawers and scrubbed floors.  Sin is a leavening agent in our lives.  This is a good time to ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to us areas where we have allowed the leven of sin to enter and affect our thinking and actions.  It only takes a little leven to make a loaf of bread rise.  It only takes one little wrong thought I us to tarnish the image of our Lord reflecting in us.  Our question is will we open our minds up to what God would reveal to us?

March 26, 2013

Judas

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Luke 22:6. So Judas agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus when no crowd was present.

We tend to hold a lot against Judas.  We proudly say we would never betray our Lord yet we are guilty every day.  We do, think and say things that betray His love.  We don’t do, think or say things that reflect His love.  This is all sin and it is our sins that sent Him to the cross.  Judas and the religious leaders were just the conveyance.  Our question is as the Holy Spirit whispers to us don’t think, speak or do that or do think, speak or do this will we choose to listen and quickly acknowledge and obey?  Let us acknowledge the Judas in us and keep guard against it.

March 25, 2013

Clean House

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Luke 19:45. Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, 

Jesus was very busy during His time between the triumphal entry with palms and His crucifixion. One of the things He did was to cleanse the temple.   It had been changed from a house of worship to a house of money profit.  As we approach Good Friday we must remember our bodies are temples in which His Holy Spirit dwells.  We must be sure we cleanse through confession things that have come into us for self-profit.  Sometimes it’s hard to be really honest with ourselves and admit wrong words, actions and attitudes.  It’s also hard to admit the things we ought to have sais or done but chose not to.  God already knows what these things are.  Let’s allow His Holy Spirit to reveal them to us and have a clean house.

March 24, 2013

Stones Cry Out

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Luke 19:39-40. But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”

The palm branch has long been a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life.  It’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Near East. In The Jewish culture the palm is associated with the festival of Sukkot. A palm branch was awarded to victorious athletes in ancient Greece and a palm frond or the tree itself is one of the most common attributes of victory in ancient Rome.  For Christians the palm branch is associated particularly with Palm Sunday, when palm branches ate waved in memory of the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem.  This is a day for us to rejoice and praise Jesus.  No one on that first Palm Sunday realized what would happen a few days later.  The religious leaders demanded Jesus keep the crowd from praising Him but He responded the stones would shout praises if the crowd was silenced.  Our question is are we less able to shout praises to our King than the stones are?  Let us sing with full voices and hearts.  Let us pray with full voices and hearts.   Let ua put our all into worship and praise of Jesus, our Lord and our King.

March 23, 2013

Preparation

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John 11:56. Thus they were looking for Jesus, and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, “What do you think? That he wont come to the feast?”

Today is the day before Palm Sunday.  In the past I prepared by obtaining palm branches for our church to wave in celebration.  We don’t have access to them here.  But we still can wave our hands and rejoice.  On the day before our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem the people were all talking about Him.  They wondered if he would come.  They were sure He was the one who would save them com the tyranny of the Romans.  They wanted to crown Him their king instead of Caesar.  This added to the excitement of the Jewish people coming together to their temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, the celebration of their freedom from the Egyptians.  What better time to be free from the Romans than on this anniversary of their Egyptian freedom.  We have the opportunity of celebrating freedom from the sentence of death for our sins.  Our preparation for tomorrow should include a time of confessing our sins of commission and omission.  Our question is are we willing to admit our sinful actions, attitudes and inactions?  Let us prepare to rejoice tomorrow with free and clean hearts.

March 22, 2013

Showing Love

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John 12:3. Then Mary took three quarters of a pound of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus. She then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 

I really like Mary.  She was spontaneous to express her feelings.  She didn’t understand what her actions were symbolizing.  She was just showing her love and thankfulness.  In actuality she was anointing Jesus for His burial.  We can learn from her open display of love and thankfulness. How often do we let others see our love and thankfulness to God?  We can show it through our speech and our actions.  Many times I have kept my mouth silent when I could have given verbal thanks and praise to God.  It comes down to caring more about what others in this world think of me more than what I think of and feel for God.  Our question is are we willing to let others see our love and thankfulness to God regardless of how they judge our actions?.  

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