Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 16, 2017

He Is Alive

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,Easter,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:13 am

Matthew 28:6 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (NIV)

 He is alive.  Jesus rose from the dead.  The tomb is empty.  Though He rose from the dead, He returned to His Father in heaven.  But He hasn’t left us alone.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within each and every believer.  He now lives on this earth inside and through each and every believer.  We must ask if Jesus is alive in us?  Do we push Him out?  Do we ask for a renewal of the Holy Spirit in and through us each and every day?  Do others see Jesus in and through us?  There is much to contemplate today.  Let us be sure He is resurrected in us.  Let us be sure we allow His Holy Spirit to live in every area of our lives.  Let us be sure when others see and hear us they know Jesus is alive.  Praise God.  Jesus lives.

April 20, 2014

Easter

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,Easter,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Matthew 28:6. He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying.

Hallelujah! Jesus IS alive! We start with questions. Is He alive in us? Do others see Jesus alive in us? Are we truly thankful? Do we show it? Are we as excited about Him being alive in us as we are when our favorite sports team is winning? Ouch. Compare our enthusiasm at church with our enthusiasm in a sports arena? Let’s think about this today. Are we as eager to celebrate His resurrection at sunrise as we are to get up early and get the best tickets for the big game? We’re talking about the biggest game–the game of life: life everlasting with God. If that doesn’t excite us He is not alive in us. Let’s get excited and show and tell everyone “Jesus is alive in me and He can be alive in you.” Happy Resurrection Day!

March 31, 2013

Resurrection

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,Easter,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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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?

April 8, 2012

Easter

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John 20:6-7 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

It is Easter Sunday – the day of resurrection. What happened on that first Easter? The disciples found an empty tomb. In the tomb were the strips of linen that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body. Off to the side was the cloth that was laid over His face. This cloth was folded. It was the custom at a meal for guest to leave the table from time to time. When they left they would fold their napkin as a sign to the servants they were not finished and would be back for more. When they left the table for the last time they would wad their napkins instead of folding it. If you have noticed when communion is served in a church today, the cloth covering the bread is folded and then unfolded and replaced over the bread tray again. This is a sign to show Jesus is not finished. Jesus is coming back to collect His Bride (the church of believers) and the meal will continue at the wedding feast. Today we celebrate both His walk on this earth, His death for our sins and His resurrection for our resurrected and eternal lives with Him. We don’t deserve this. We cannot earn this. This is a gift from God. Let us celebrate with praise and thanksgiving and let all those around us know what a wonderful, loving, giving and forgiving God He is and how they can enter into the family of believers.

April 24, 2011

Easter

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,Easter,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:26 am

Mk 16:6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

He is alive.  The tomb is empty.  The women were in shock.  They didn’t understand.  One ran to tell some of the others who had gathered together for comfort.  The other knelt outside the tomb in grief.  She was so consumed with grief she didn’t recognize the one standing in front of her.  But she knew how He called her name.  When He said, “Mary” she immediately knew Him.  Quite often we don’t recognize the Presence of God in our lives.  Have we learned to recognize His voice within us?  No matter what the challenge we face, He is always here.  We only need to keep our ears open and listen.  Take time to listen to Him today.  He IS alive.  He speaks today.  Praise God.  Have a joyful Easter.

April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday

Jn 12:13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!  “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the King of Israel!”

 

First a few then gradually more and more joined in the excitement.  Most didn’t know who He was; they were just joining the crowd.  Those who thought they knew who He was didn’t understand.  We can’t fault them.  We tend to praise and sometime adore and worship people or things we don’t really know.  Look at various politicians, sport’s stars and movie stars.  We are quick to be excited about being in their presence but we don’t really know who they are.  Then, when they fall off the pedestal we’ve put them on we are shocked and disappointed.  Today, on Palm Sunday, the question is, who is on your pedestal?  Is it some movie star or sports star or is it you?  There is only one Who will never disappoint you.  That is Jesus.  He alone should be on our pedestals.  He alone is worthy of our praise.  Are you going to church on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday because it is the thing to do – others are doing it?  My prayer is for all of us to really know Who Jesus is.  He is our only link to God the Father, the Creator of all that was and is and is to be.  It is only through God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that we can have eternal life with God.  But, just saying we know Who Jesus is doesn’t do it.  We must get to know Him on a personal relationship.  As we get to know Him we find we love Him more and more and want to worship and praise Him more and more.  Welcome the King of Kings today.

April 4, 2010

The Resurrection

 

  Mk 16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.

 Today is Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ from the dead.  This is a day of rejoicing and sharing love.  The tomb is empty.  Our main goal is to make sure hearts around us are not empty.  Jesus is no longer in the tomb but He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and minds.  Is He in yours?  If not, invite Him in right now.  You will never know more joy and love than when you have Him within you.  If He does dwell in you, be sure to share Him with someone else today.  Help someone learn of His love and joy.  Have a Happy Easter and share a Happy Easter.  He is Alive.  Hallelauia!

March 31, 2010

Humble Yourself

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

As we approach Good Friday we turn our minds on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. There can be nothing more humbling than being stripped naked and hung on a cross for all to see. We are told to humble ourselves before our Lord and given the promise that He, our Lord Himself, will lift us up. What a beautiful promise. But what does it mean to humble ourselves. Webster defines humble as “being modest, not proud, doing something out of the goodness of your heart, not for yourself, self-abasing.” To be humble you must put others before you. I grew up with very low self-esteem. This has made it easy for me to realize that without God’s Holy Spirit within me, enabling me, I can do nothing of any value and I am a person of no value. It is only through God’s grace and the gift of His Holy Spirit and the love and power of that Spirit within me that gives me any purpose or value in this life. Good Friday is a good time to ask God to show us if there are areas with us where we need to humble ourselves before Him. We must be ready to hear and receive what He shows us about ourselves, accept it, confess it, ask forgiveness for it and ask His Spirit to fill that area with His grace. We are no better than any other human on the face of this earth. When we humble ourselves before our Lord, we are changed by His grace into a new creation and old things pass away. We are sinners like all of humanity but, by God’s grace, we are forgiven and can let His love flow through us.

March 11, 2010

What to do with Jesus

Jn 18:38 –39 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

We are fast approaching Good Friday when we remember what it cost Jesus to redeem us. Pilot did not know what to do with Jesus. We must all make a decision, “What will we do with Jesus?” We can choose to ignore Him. We can choose to be His enemy. We can choose to acknowledge Him as a mere man who was mistaken about Himself. We can choose to believe Him but walk our own way. We can choose to believe IN Him and accept Him into our heart, mind and life as our Savior and as Lord of our life. All of us have freedom of choice. As Lent season is fading, take time to decide what you will do with Jesus. Whatever you do or don’t do is a choice you must live and die with. Will you live with Jesus for all eternity? Will you allow Him to live through you through His Holy Spirit? Based on what I’ve experience (and thousands and thousands of others) you cannot loose with that decision. I pray this Easter find you a real member of God’s chosen. I pray your name be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I pray this be the most exciting Easter you will ever experience. What will you do with Jesus?

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