Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 19, 2019

Gathering Together

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,encouragement,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Hebrews 10:23-25 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

I like how the Message interprets these verses. So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.  Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.  He always keeps his word.  Let’s see ow inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.   I especially like the part of being inventive.  So very often, in most of our churches, the order of worship and the things said are the same week after week.  This probably has a part in why the overall attendance in churches is steadily declining.  People are bored and see no advantage in gathering together for worship.  In the church where I am currently attending, we have to stay on our toes so to speak.  The order for worship varies from week to week.  That means we can’t worship as an automatic reflex.  We must think about what we are doing and saying.  We have a time of updating each other on prayer needs and encouraging one another in our various walks.  We can’t be a true part of the body of Christ if we avoid being with the other parts of His body.  In other words, if we aren’t fully involved in a local church group, we are not functioning in the body of Christ.  We are not meant and cannot do it alone.  If you aren’t already involved in a local church group, find a church that believes and practices the message of the Holy Bible and become a real and active part that the part of His body you are can function with the other parts of His body and become whole.


August 11, 2019

All Parts Needed

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Ephesians 4:16  From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by ever supporting ligament.  The pr9per working of each individual part produces the body’s growth, for building itself up in love. (Tree of Life Version)

So often we have the attitude, “Let someone else do it.”  In our local churches we expect the church staff to do all the work.  We might think we aren’t very important in the scheme of things.  No believer is insignificant in the Body of Christ.  Each member is a very important and integral part in the working of God’s Kingdom on earth.  Just like our physical body, if one arm isn’t working the body is handicapped.  The same is true with the Body of Christ – the entire group of believers.  You, reader, are very important to the entire working for the glory of God.  Your function may change from time to time, but you are uniquely equipped by God through the Holy Spirit to function in a particular way for the building of God’s family.  For a time it may be to pass out bulletins to people as the enter for worship on Sunday.  You may be the first person that greets them with a smile and a loving word.  It was a lady’s smile that brought me into God’s family.  I think of that precious lady often.  To the casual observer, she was just an elderly lady sitting quietly in the congregation.  To me she was a life saver.  Don’t ever think that who you are an what you do or say isn’t as important as the most famous expounder of the word of God.  All parts of the body are needed in each of their unique ways.

August 9, 2019

Pulling Weeds

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 13:30 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (NIV)

It was 3:30 in the morning and I was outside pulling weeds by a dim street lamp down the road a little ways.  As I was pulling the weeds, I thought about this parable Jesus told.  His harvesters won’t have a dim street light to spot the weeds.  They won’t miss a single weed because they’ll have the Light of God showing the weeds.  The weeds are all the people who have not come humbly before God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The believers are on this earth living with those who have chosen not to believe.  We, the believers are to stay in the mix with those who don’t believe.  We are to show them through our words and our actions the love of God.  We are not to keep silent.  We are to tell them in a loving way how they can have life eternal in the very presence of God.  If we tell them in a judgmental way they will not believe.  They will back away and call us names.  We can see a lot of that going on right now in the United States and other places in the world.  People don’t want to be judge by other people.  God is the One Who will do the judging.  The believers will be judged right along with the non-believers but we will have an advocate in Jesus Christ.  He will tell the Father we are under His righteousness and forgiven.  We will not be cast away but will be in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity.  Let’s be sure to do our part that none we know will miss out.

August 4, 2019


Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Mark 1:10-11 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Some people get confused about One God and the Trinity.  They don’t understand how the One God can be three.  God is so big and complete that He can’t be contained in only one form of being.  He is the Father of all for He is the Creator.  He created through His spoken Word but because of mankind’s sin of separations from Him the Word of God became human flesh in the form of Jesus Christ thereby being the Son, the only begotten Son of the Father.  The Holy Spirit is the power of God and the from of the One God that is able to inhabit the believers who love, worship, follow in obedience an serve the One God.  All three personages of the One God appear in the baptism of the Son, Jesus Christ.  What a beautiful and awesome scene that must have been.  Let us take time to meditate on the powerful holiness of that scene and ask the Holy Spirit to help us absorb the magnitude and greatness of our God.

August 3, 2019

Old Ways

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 4:22 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  (NIV)

There are various ways to put off something.  We put off our coat but lay it aside so that it is available for us to put it back on.  We put off a chore because we don’t have time to complete it but plan to come back to it later.  These are not the kind of putting off this verse means.  We are to put off the way we lived before coming into the family of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We are to put off that way deep into the garbage incinerator.  We are to never seek to put it back on again.  We are to treat our old ways as God treats our sin – as far as the east is from the west.  There is a problem.  We can’t put off the old ways without knowing the new ways.  Putting off our old ways is a gradual process as we delve into the instruction manual God so lovingly provided for us (The Holy Bible).  As we gradually gain knowledge through our reading, studying and meditating we learn to seek wisdom in applying what we learn and the Holy Spirit, now within us, gives us understanding.  It takes perseverance and patience but we must keep pushing on toward our goal – to be a reflection of the love of God.

July 26, 2019

Two or Three

Filed under: Christ,Church,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Matthew 18:20 0 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV)

When in a church service and the pastor or other leader offers the prayer sometimes our minds wander.  The prayer might be long and when our eyes are closed it is hard to keep our mins on what is being said.  I’ve learned to repeat in my mind what is being said but to turn it around to make it personal.  When the generic phrase is used like “be with those who are sick or hurting,” I put in the names of some I know who are sick or hurting.  When the generic phrase of “forgive us for our sins,” I specify some of my sins for which I have been trying to stop.  There are many different ways we can really plug into the prayer that is being said.  Why is this so important?  Because if we aren’t really in tune with the prayer that is being said, we are not together in the name of Jesus.  Jesus wasn’t referring to two or three gathered in His name in a particular place.  He was referring to two or three standing actively in faith and worship.  Let us no fool ourselves thinking we’re so good for being in church physically.  Let us also be in church mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  Let us really gather together with other believers in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

July 25, 2019


Filed under: Christ,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Song of Songs 8:13 13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!  (NIV)

I had the car radio on and listened as the most beautiful voice I ever heard song a song.  That got me thinking about the voice.  The amount of different sounds that can come from a human voice are astounding.  The fact that we can recognize someone on the phone by the voice when we can’t see them is amazing.  The way a voice can be used is just about unlimited.  God gave us the ability to have a voice – to have the vocal chords vibrate in various ways to produce sound along with a tongue and lips to shape the words and sounds we make.  We use our voices to communicate and to express what is in us.  Our questions is how do we use our voices to praise and glorify God?  How often do we use our voice to tell others about how sent His Word in the form of fleshly man as Jesus Christ to demonstrate His love for us and to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins that separate us from a sinless God?  Let us be sure we use our voices in a manner that is always pleasing to the One Who enables us to use them.

July 19, 2019

Sin or Sinner

Filed under: Christ,forgive,God,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

Jude 1:16 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. (NIV)

Recognize these people?  Our world is full of them.  We find them in our governments, our corporations, our legal systems, our schools, our churches—everywhere.  We even find ourselves, believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, tempted into these characteristics.  Praise God, Jude doesn’t stop there.  He goes on to tell us who to stay away from those natural, sinful temptations. 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21) Just because we do our best through the power of God’s Holy Spirit to keep those sinful characteristics out of our own lives doesn’t mean we’re better than the others. In verses 22-23 we read, Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.  As we often sum up, hate the sin, not the sinner.  It is in our mixing up the sinner with the sin that is one of the things that adds to the persecution.  In hating the sinner, the love of God through us is missing.  Since God loves the sinner (and we are still sinners even though forgiven through Jesus Christ) who are we to hate someone God loves?

July 18, 2019


Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Jude 1:1 1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: (NIV)

We must notice this heading of Jude’s letter.  Even though Jude was a half brother of Jesus, he only mentions he is the brother of James.  What humility.  The normal human tendency would be to boast about being the half brother of Jesus.  We like to make known our connections with the great and famous.  We see people taking selfie pictures of themselves with the famous every chance they get.  This show the normal insecurity we have of who we are.  We tend to get our identity from who we know.  We, as believers in Jesus Christ are children through Him of God the Father.  The Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  What better identity can one have than being a child of God?  Knowing our identity is in Him we must learn to reflect that identity to others.  Our “selfie” with God the Father should show through the fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22.   Let’s take time to look them up and see how our “selfie” reflects each one.

July 14, 2019

On Our Account

Filed under: body,Christ,Christian,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (NIV)

I used to pray for Jesus to come quickly until I realized how selfish that is.  I know quite a few people that don’t acknowledge Who Jesus is.  They have no relationship with God.  I’m glad God is what seems slow to us in keeping His promise of Jesus coming for His Bride (the body of believers).  I’m glad He is patient with me.  I’m glad He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  But just being glad is not enough.  Just wanting others to believer is not enough.  We must take an active part in showing them the love of God so they will want to believe.  We do that through our words and our actions.  When they see us driving in traffic what do they see?  When they see us standing in a long line at a store, what do they see?  As believers we are to act as Jesus did when walking this earth.  Let us learn to take this seriously.  In the 80’ the big thing was “What would Jesus do?”  Before we act or speak, let us ask the Holy Spirit within us what Jesus wants us to do or say.”  Let none be lost on our account.

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