Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 19, 2017

One Day

Exodus 20:8 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (NIV)

 Today is the day most of us set aside as the Sabbath day.  It is a day to stop from our normal duties and spend quality time with God and with His family of believers.  Some people must work on this day because other people or animals are dependent on them.  God intends for us to work only 6 days a week.  It is important for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health to take one day off from our normal chores.  We need to set aside one day a week to rest and renew our entire being through God by taking time to draw apart with Him and with other believers for refreshing, renewal and encouraging.  It matters not what day we set aside as long as we set aside one day.  At the beginning of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in the use of it.  At the end of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us consider what we have learned and done in this day.

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June 24, 2017

Gathering Together

Hebrews 10:24-25 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)

 Tomorrow is Sunday.  This is the day we have chosen to gather together in honor of our Lord Jesus’ resurrection.  We are told in the written word to gather together.  There are many reason.  The first, of course, is to worship our Lord together with one voice.  But we are also to encourage one another in our individual walks.  My question is what do we do when we are in our respective church buildings?  Do we just go in and out so we can be the first in line at a restaurant?  We are to talk to one another.  Ask each other how our walk is going.  Pray for one another.  Asking how someone’s walk with God is going is not invading privacy.  It is a way of showing love and encouraging, especially during trying times.  Let us gather early before our services and stay a little later to pause, talk and pray for one another. 

March 17, 2017

Matthew 12:50 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (NIV)

 Not only are all believers part of God’s family, we are all part of each other’s family.  Families do things together, both working and playing.  Families look out for each other.  Families want only the best for each other.  Families share equally; not only in the responsibilities but in the pleasures.  We must ask ourselves how we treat other believers.  In many churches there are feelings of competition.  Some think they own a certain seat or should have a certain job regardless of how the Spirit is moving.  We are so often stuck with the words “my or mine.”  What we need to be doing is the will of God.  He said we are to love one another.  He said we are to be giving more than getting.  He said we are only to speak of the good.  He said we are to pray for one another not to gossip.  So often our prayer requests resemble gossip more than pure prayer.  Families are forgiving.  We must make sure we don’t harbor resentment against any believer.  The older of us are to be mothers or fathers of the younger believers and encourage them through teaching and through example.  We must ask what kind of example are we setting for the younger believers?

November 29, 2016

Advent

Matthew 3:3 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” (NIV)aD

Sunday was the first day of Advent.  Advent is a time of preparation for celebrating the birth of our Savior.  So many churches and believers no longer acknowledge the Advent season.  Preparing for celebration is a good thing to do.  We prepare in many ways in our homes by decorating, baking, sending Christmas cards, etc.  We must also prepare our hearts.  We are inundated by so much commercialism that sometimes it’s hard to remember what Christmas is really about.  Taking time to prepare our hearts keeps the “Christ” in Christmas.  This is a good time to discipline our meditation, scripture and prayer time.  This is also a good time to review how we are doing in giving our time and our finances to spreading the good news of the coming of Jesus into our world and our lives.  John, the Baptizer, gave his time, and eventually his life, calling all to prepare to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  During these 4 weeks of Advent, let us join the baptizer in preparing not only ourselves, but preparing others to receive Jesus into our lives, minds and hearts.

November 9, 2016

Boldness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Church,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:01 am

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

My college chorus director said “Sing loud enough so if you make a mistake you can hear it’s a mistake and you can correct it.”  So many of us are afraid to witness or share what we hear the Lord say to us because we are afraid we might be wrong.  We are afraid to hurt the witness or misquote.  God is bigger than any of our mistakes.  He has promised His word would not come back void.  We are to share God, His love, His word with boldness.  It is better to make a mistake by action than the mistake of inaction.  Let us speak with the boldness of God’s Holy Spirit and have the faith to know God is bigger than us and, if our motives are correct, will see to it that what we speak will be heard through the filtering of His Holy Spirit.

November 5, 2016

God’s Grace

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Church,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:14 am

Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

We can memorize the entire Bible and not be saved for eternal life and forgiven for our sin.  We can go to church every time the doors are open, be a leader or pastor in church and still not be saved.  We can do all manner of what is considered to be good and not be saved.  The only way to be saved is by the grace of God.  The way to receive that grace is to ask God for forgiveness and accept His Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives as the Lord, the ruler of our entire being.  When we accept Him and choose to follow Jesus in obedience to what is recorded in His written word, The Holy Bible, God gives us His grace of forgiveness and adopts us as His children.  He fills us with His love and His Holy Spirit Who enables us to love God.  When we love someone we want to please them.  To please God we walk in obedience to His statutes.  When we fall, we ask forgiveness and choose to move on from that falling and walk on.  We bear the consequences of our actions or inactions in our physical bodies but we also enjoy the forgiveness of God and the knowledge that nothing can separate us from His love once we receive it through His Son, Jesus.  Let us praise and thank God today for the gift of His grace the choose to show Him our love through obedience by allowing His Holy Spirit to love and help others through us.

January 9, 2014

One Feeds the Other

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Psalms 132:7. We will go into his tabernacles; We will worship at his footstool.

What is church? Church is a building with a large room that reminds us we must make a large room for worship in our daily life. When we gather in that large room with other believers and enter into collective worship we feed and encourage one another to continue in worship daily. So often my ears tune to a devotion God is giving me to write through a word spoken by someone during our coming together as a body of believers. Group worship feeds individual, daily worship and individual,daily worship feeds group worship. Both are essential for our devotion to God. Let us determine to grow daily through our worship, study and meditations.

September 2, 2012

Church Member or Christian

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John 3:16-18 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

Our oldest daughter was 11.  She and her sister accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior shortly after my husband and I did.   They were baptised in our swimming pool.  A few months later she told a playmate across the street the girl was not a christian. The girl told it to her mother who was levied and came over screaming at me.  I asked the mother what a christian is.  She replied “a white, gentile American who iives a good moral life.”  I explained to her about Jesus and asked if she believed He is the only Son of God who came to earth in the form of a baby, grew and lived among us without sin, died on the cross for our sins and rose in 3 days to give us eternal life in the presence of God the Father.   She said no and then I said she is a good, white, gentile American who tries to live a good moral life but she is not a follower of Jesus Christ therefor is not a Christian.  We have people in our churches who believe salvation is through acting “good.”  Our problem is we cannot be good enough.  God said the only way to establish a relationship with Him. the only way to be adopted into His family as His child is through Jesus, His only begotton (not a created being as we are) Son.  There is nothing we can do to earn our way into His Presence.  It is a gift of grace and love.  Our question is are we a church member who tries to act the good we perceive we should be or are we a child of God through His Son Jesus and know that we are just a bunch of sinners saved by God’s grace?  If we are really God’s children we wll not turn that blessing on and off according to where we are and who we’re with.  We will be consistent in our reoationship with the Father and the Son.  Are we consistent?

August 31, 2012

Grandchildren

Deuteronomy 6:5 You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. 

Sometimes those of us who grew up in church as children. whose going to church was part of the family routine, are at a disadvantage.  We were raised to go to church, give to the church, do for the church and behave the way the church says we should behave were just part of our lives as much as saying please and thank you.  It was something we were expected to do to fit into the group we were a part of.  We said the right things and did the right things.  It’s hard to realize God has no grandchildren.  Each one of us, regardless of our upbringing, must recognize and confess we are sinneres with no hope of eternal life in the Presence of God.  We cannot be good enough.  There are not enough right things to say.  It is only through a personal and real relationship with Jesus, God’s only Son and through our confession, His blood and His forgiveness that we can be a part of God’s family.  Until then we are only a part of God’s creation.  Our question is are we willing to admint, no matter how good we think we are or others think we are, no matter how much we “do” for church or for others, we are nothing more than sinners separated from the Presence of God by our very nature?  The only way to God is to confess our sinfulness and ask Jesus to cover us with His shed blood.  It is only through His blood that God can see us as worthy, through His Son, to dwell with Him.  Are we coasting as church members are have we really gotten on our knees and met Jesus for our very own selves?

August 27, 2012

Come Together

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1 Corinthians 5:4  When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of our Lord Jesus,

Sunday worship and I missed it.  I had to stay home so as not to infect anyone else with a verry bad cold.  I would have interrupted the service with my continual coughing and sneezing.  Watching a service on  television is not the same.  You feel more like a spectator and less a participant. We have a very loving and hugging church.  Everybody is greated and hugged as they enter.  We share the love of God with each other in a very tangible way.  Those who say they can go it alone, that they don’t need to gataher with a group of other believers are just fooling themselves.  A coal without being with other coals will just burn out.  The same with the believer.  We need the encouragement and love and enthusiasm of other believers to encourage us to “stay our walk.”   Though our prayer times and devotional times mean much to us we miss the vitamin boost of collective worship and praise.  There is more power when we gather together as one.  It cold be the next Sunday worship your voice is the one God wants to speak through to another.  Our question is are we willing to be a part of God’s family and be at all the family meetings?  

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