Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 30, 2019

Seventh Day

Filed under: Cell Phone,Church,commandment,gifts,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Exodus 31:15 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.  (NIV)

The statistics tell the story.  More people are dying of heart attacks in their 30’s and 40’s.  We are working 24×7.  We have our cell phones on us and answer tests about our jobs 7 days a week and throughout each days evening and even into the nights.  Many go to church on Sunday mornings but the rest of the day is spent catching up with work – either our professional jobs or work maintaining all the material stuff we’ve accumulated.  God worked for 6 days then took the 7th day to rest from His work.  He designed us to need to do the same.  We are choosing to ignore one of the 10 commandments.  All the commandments are equal in importance.  God gave them to us for our good.  We must ask ourselves why we choose not to take proper care of our bodies, minds and spirits by ignoring this commandment.  Let us choose to take one out of every 7 days as a day of rest – real rest.  Let us honor all the commandments.

October 17, 2019

Petty Grievance

Filed under: Bible,Church,Father,glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 17:20 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  (NIV)

This is in my top favorite verses in the Holy Bible.  It is Jesus actually praying for me (and all current and future believers.)  But it is most important that we read on to see what it is Jesus prayed for us.  In verse 21 we read, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  Jesus wants all of us believers to not only be one in Him as He is one in the Father, He wants us to be one in each other.  We are to function as one.  All too often, even in our churches, there is little unity of opinion.  As sinners we all think the way we think something should be done is not only the right way, it’s the only way.  Our church families are full of discord, some to the point of splitting and going their own separate ways.  We have a opportunity of being the answer to the prayer of Jesus.  We can learn to become one with fellow believers.  We can learn that the important thing is to glorify God and present Him to others.  Let’s lay aside our petty grievances.  Of course, to us they aren’t petty but think what our discord with one another must look like to God.  Let us come together as one.  Let us let people who are doing a particular ministry do it in the way God leads them, not insisting they do it in a way we think God would lead us.  What counts is the glory goes to God and souls are introduced to

September 12, 2019

Everyone Builds Up

Filed under: Church,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

1 Corinthians 14:26 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.  (NIV)

Think about the last church service you attended.  Did you contribute?  Did everyone contribute?  Or, did the preacher and the worship leader serve as the only ones who contributed to the service.  So many services the only contribution of the congregation is singing a few songs.  The purpose of coming together for a time of worship is to build up each and every person.  Just like muscles can’t be built up without exercising, when we just sit, not only cane we not be built up spiritually, we can’t help build up others.  There is always something each person can do in a worship service.  The obvious are ushers, song leaders and those who are on the platform.  There are some who will read scripture.  Others can lead in the various prayers.  One very important ministry for a worship service is greeting those who come.  Not only greeting them when they come but also talking to them as they are leaving.  The scripture isn’t talking about building up the church in numbers.  The believers are the church.  Next worship service let’s be sure to make ourselves available to serve in building up ourselves along with building up others who have come to gather together. 1 Corinthians 14:26 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

August 20, 2019

Our Whole Heart

Filed under: Church,encouragement,God,heart,praise,song,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

.I love the praise and worship time in music at church (or anywhere else).  But I am hearing less and less of worship.  Worship is to and about God.  It is offering Him our thanks and praises and love for Who He is.  So many of the songs we sing are about us, what we want, what we need.  These are songs of intercession.  There is nothing wrong with these songs.  They definitely have their place in our service.  My problem is the imbalance of the songs.  I think the worship songs should outweigh the songs of intercession.  We are gathering together mostly to worship.  We also gather together for encouragement for that is so very necessary but let us first worship with our who heart and being.  That means singing the songs of worship to God, not about God.  That means when the worship leader repeats the song over and over we don’t go into rote in our singing and let our minds wander.  We continue to pay attention to the words and make them real in our hearts and minds.  I’ve shared this before but it bears repeating.  One day as I was enjoying worshiping the Lord with about 500 other worshipers, I heard God say, “Do you know who’s worship is the loveliest.”  Since was a professional singer I started to get puffed up.  Then I heard Him say the man standing right next to me.  I looked.  He had his eyes closed, his hands up and was singing notes that didn’t even exist in a rhythm that didn’t really match any known rhythm but he was totally unaware of anyone else being around.  He was totally focused on worshiping Hid Father God.  Oh what a lesson I learned.  Worship is totally from the heart and is not for others to think you sound really good.  Let us worship with our whole hearts and not be concerned with what others around us might think.  Their focus should be on worshiping God, not on what others are doing.

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.

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

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 10, 2019

James and the Church Family

James 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings. (NIV)

I like the introduction to James in “The Message” translation of the Holy Bible.  James was a half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up with Him.  As per normal human behavior, we tend to think more critically of those closest to us even though we love them.  James grew up not believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus showed Himself to James after His resurrection.  We all must believe in the resurrected Jesus to be a Christian believer.

When Christian belivers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does.  Outsiders, and labels them a such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised.  It’s simiar with sinners outside the church. (The Message Bible)

James deals with the various problems pastors have in discerning, confronting and dealing with the normal problems of sin in the body of believers.  Each of us, from time to time, are part of those problems.  Let us look to our own words and actions rather than judging the words and actions of others in our church family.  Let us be an active participant in the gathering together for worship which includes encouraging others and helping others rather than judging and criticizing.

July 4, 2019

Speak Slow

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,denomination,Family,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Ephesians 4:4 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  (NIV)

Just as there are different circles of family groups: the immediate, the 3 generational, the clan of relatives, yet they are all family, there are different circles of the family of God.  We call them local church, denominations and the entire body of Christ.  We always don’t act like a living family.  Sometimes we act like we’re in competition with one another.  When we read on in Ephesians and throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we are told over and over to bear with one another, to get along with one another.  It’s hard for some immediate families to do this and seems even harder for the Family of God to do this.  It starts with just one person who is determined to choose love, patience and the grace of God to swallow the sin of pride and self-righteousness and determine to get along with all of God’s children.  Let us each be that one.  The Family of God will be much more inviting for others to come into our family if they could only see more love, patience and grace actually practiced in our family.

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