Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 29, 2020

One on One

Filed under: communion,Father,God,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:59 pm

Luke 5:15-16 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (NIV)

Crowds of people came to listen to Jesus and many came to be healed by Him.  Jesus didn’t stay to speak or heal.  HE withdrew to a place where He could be alone so He could pray.  Apparently Jesus thought it was more important to pray than to stay and serve.  Since Jesus, Who definitely had an intimate relationship with God and Who knew no sin in His walk on this earth, thought prayer was more important than service, what about us?  So often we think we are too busy to stop and pray.  We allow the demands on our time to dictate to us rather than us being in control of our time.  Prayer so often takes a back seat in our schedule.  We are told to pray without ceasing.  This means to always keep an awareness of God being with us.  Jesus knew His Father was with Him.  Yet He still found it necessary for withdrawing alone for real one on one conversation with the Father.  Let us never put a one on one conversation with our Father on the back seat of our schedule.  Let us make time each day for intense one on one communion with our God.

April 8, 2019

Working With God

Filed under: communion,Creation,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

2 Corinthians 6:1 1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. (NIV)

What got my attention in this verse is the phrase “God’s co-workers.”  We don’t work for God.  We are to work with God.  That is work along side God.  That is to be aware of God’s presences with us as we work with Him.  That means we are to have 2-way conversations with Him as we work.  So often we hear people, and probably us, say we work for God.  God is our boss.  This gives us the mentality we are given an assignment by God then we leave Him and go off and do the assignment as best we can.  This thinking is part of why our “workings” don’t seem to have the success Jesus had in everything He did while walking on this earth.  He wasn’t working on His own.  Jesus was working with the Father.  How much more do we need to work with God instead of thinking we go off on our on to do “His” work.  This very change in attitude of working with and along side God rather than for God will help us become more aware of His continuous presence with us and His desire for our conversations with Him to never cease.  Imagine, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be desires to work along beside us as we work along beside Him.

February 20, 2019


Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

August 12, 2018

For the Purpose

Genesis 2:3

Genesis 2:3  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing. (Tree of Life Version)

First a note on the Tree of Life Translation of the Scriptures.  It was translated by Jewish Rabies who accepted Jesus as their Messiah, their Lord and Savior.  They had a team of 40.  Their translation includes the cultural meaning of the Hebrew words at the time they were written.

Notice the phrase, “God created for the purpose of preparing” at the end of this verse.  I find this very meaningful.  God created the heaven and the earth and all therein for the purpose of the mankind He created to dwell with Him, fellowshipping with Him and tending what God created.  I find we are doing a very poor job.  We are not caring for the earth, rather we are polluting it with our obsession of material goods.  We tend not to spend our days fellowshipping with Him in the way He intended and desires.  God has demonstrated how very much He loves us.  First by the creation He blessed us to live in, and then by the gift of the sacrifice of His Word, made flesh as we are made, to suffer, take on our sins that separate us from Him, died and rose that we might return to the way God intended us to live.  Let us acknowledge our failure and, with determination, take better care of the earth and all therein as we walk through each and every day in fellowship with God.  This means not only talking to Him throughout our day, but talking with Him – listening to His part of our conversation.


March 20, 2018


Matthew 26:26-28 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (NIV)

Last Sunday night I spoke on the Seder, the Passover celebration and the symbolism of it fulfilled by Jesus.  I strongly urge you to do some research on it yourself and, if at all possible, attend a Christian celebration of the Seder.  There is not space in this devotional to go into the details.  I will just hit the portion the writer quoted Jesus.

In the Seder there are 4 cups of wine.  There are also 3 Matza (unleavened bread).  The Matza in the middle is broken in 2 and wrapped in white linen and hidden.  More on this later.  The first cup of wine represents the sanctification and freedom of the Hebrews from the Egyptian slavery.  For us it represents our sanctification and freedom from sin by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.  The second cup represents the deliverance and is celebrated in jo of God’s deliverance from slavery.  We celebrate our deliverance from the bondage of sin.  The 3rd cup is the cup of redemption.  This is the cup Jesus raised and said represents His blood shed for us.  No one drinks this cup right away.  At the beginning of the celebration an empty place was set at the table for the Prophet, Elijah (Malachi 4:5)  At this time a child opens the door for Elijah and the hidden Matza is unwrapped and eaten.  This is when Jesus said this is His body.  The Matza had been wrapped in with linen as was the body of Jesus.  It was broken as was Jesus which was broken by the scourging.  It was in the middle of 3 as Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days.  After they ate the Matza they drank the 3rd cup.  The 4th cup is the cup of thanksgiving and hope.  We are thankful for the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the giving to us of the Holy Spirit and have our hope in the glory of the presence of God.  When we take the elements of what we all the communion, let us reflect on the cost to the Father and the Son and come with clean, confessed hearts asking for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit and the strength and courage Jesus showed through the trial and crucifixion for our salvation.

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