Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 23, 2020


Filed under: bless,God,Lent,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Matthew 25:40 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (NIV)

When we don’t see prayers answered there are a couple reasons.  The one we will look at today is summarized by the word lack.  God uses our mouths, hands and feet in answering prayers.  Sad to say, sometimes the person God wants to use to answer a certain prayer doesn’t listen.  There is a lack of hearing which makes a lack of the instrument (person) God wants to use to answer the prayer.  Someone who is starving and praying for food waits for the person God would use to give that person food.  Instead of us praying so often saying, God I need, God I want, (God knows our needs and wants and has promised to fill them) let us do more asking, God use me.  Let’s not sit back and wait for some grand and glorious thing.  God might just want us to put an arm around someone, give a smile, tell them God loves them.  We tend to look for the big and showy things and we let what seems like little things to us slip by.  Let us be diligent in our listening, going and doing.  Let it not be us that keeps a prayer from being answered in a timely way.  God will always find someone else to be His instrument but it is us who lose out on a blessing when we don’t respond.

April 21, 2019

Empty is Exciting

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 am

John 20:1-2 ​1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Picture yourself going to the cemetery where your love one is buried and finding the grave dug up and no casket.  How would you feel.  Imagine hoe the 3 women and the 2 disciples felt when they found the tomb open and empty.  It was very important to properly prepare a body for burial and they hadn’t had time earlier so they wanted to do it now.  What a shock.  They were still in shock from the crucifixion.  How could they handle anything else?  Most of them returned to the others but Mary stayed.  She was too devastated to leave.  Then Jesus said her name.  She knew immediately Who called her.  What an emotional ride that must have been.  As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today, we, for the most part don’t get so excited.  We tend to forget it is like an anniversary celebration.  I know with me and mine, each increasing number became more exciting for so many around us don’t make it very long.  Just because we have known about the resurrection, just because we actually celebrate it every day in some form, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get excited on Easter and show our excitement.  Hopefully today we are each excited enough to tell someone He is still alive.  Jesus is alive in us through His Holy Spirit and we are alive in Him.

April 17, 2017

The First

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 5:35 am

John 20:16 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”  She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). (NIV)

 The first person to see Jesus risen from the dead was Mary Magdalene.  All we know about this Mary is that she seemed to have a sordid past, she had no home obligations to keep her and she had enough money to follow and serve Jesus.  That Jesus would choose a past sinner to be the first to see Him resurrected is appropriate seeing as His purpose in coming was to save the sinner.  What we notice in this verse was she didn’t recognize Jesus by sight through her grief and tears but she did know how He said her name and immediately recognized Him when He called her name.  He still calls the names of the sinners.  Our question is do we hear Him call our name?  Mary turned toward Jesus when He called her.  He’s calling us to turn toward Him.  Let us be sure to not only turn toward Him but to keep our eyes, heart and minds on Him throughout each and every day.

April 15, 2017


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:09 am

.Matthew 27:59-60 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb (NIV)

 We find the Sabbath day.  Many of the friends of Jesus have gathered together.  The talk in quiet voices.  They are scared.  They are disappointed.  They are sad.  They are confused.  They really thought Jesus was the Messiah and they would be free from the Roman rule.  Now Jesus is dead and sealed in a tomb.  Their hope has died.  It is hard for us to relate because we know what happens the next day.  They don’t know.  They saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead but they watched Him die a horrible death on the cross.  There’s no coming back from such a death.  On the day between Good Friday, the crucifixion, and Easter Sunday, the resurrection, think about how hopeless they felt.  We can be thankful we never need be hopeless.  We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us since we accepted Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior.  God had to turn away from Jesus as He took on all the sin of humanity.  Because of that, God will never turn away from us.  When He looks at us He doesn’t see sin.  He sees the righteousness and the blood of His Son, Jesus.  We can stand forgiven in His presence by His mercy and grace.  Let’s praise and thank Him in preparation for the celebration of His resurrection and the expectation of His coming back to this earth to gather His Bride, the children of God through Jesus.

April 14, 2017

For Our Sin

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:21 pm

Matthew 26:38 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (NIV)

 We tend to romanticize the crucifixion.  We don’t really understand how very harsh and inhumane it was.  Jesus knew He was headed for crucifixion.  He grew up seeing people nailed to crosses.    He knew the intense pain and humiliation He was about to face.  No clothes were worn on the cross.  People were nailed there fully exposed for all on the major road to see.  He didn’t look forward to it.  He even asked His Father if there were any other way possible to pay for our sins for all eternity.  In spite of his dread and intense sorrow, love for the Father and love for us prevailed and He went forward.  He could have come down from the cross like the crowd jeered Him to.  I He had come down we wouldn’t be here.  We wouldn’t have God’s mercy, grace, forgiveness nor the Holy Spirit.  Let us reflect on a cost we cannot understand because we will never have to pay such a cost.  Let us give Him praise and thanksgiving for taking our place.

April 13, 2017


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:05 pm

Matthew 26:35 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. (NIV)

 We judge Peter harshly.  He says he will be faithful to Jesus and stand with him and then he turns his back.  Not only does he turn his back, he actually denies even knowing Him.  We must look at ourselves.  How many times have we denied Jesus through our actions, our words and our thoughts.  Think not?  Judging someone else is putting yourself in the place of God.  There is only one Judge and one God.  Taking His role is denying Him.  Disobeying His word is denying Him.  Looking to the world to meet our needs instead of to Him is denying Him.  We are all in the same boat as Peter.  We all deny Jesus.  But, we will see after His resurrection and Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit he turns from denial to complete obedience and service all the way to his own death for the glory of God.  We have the Holy Spirit in us.  Let the Holy Spirit change us as completely as it changed Peter.  Peter gave his all.  Should we give less?

April 12, 2017

Under Authority

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:46 pm

Matthew 21:24 24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. (NIV)

 The religious leaders were jealous and felt threatened by Jesus.  They wanted to discredit His teaching but had nothing to discredit.  You can’t discredit what you know is truth.  This is why they were not able to say anything when Jesus asked them about John the Baptist.  They knew the truth but preferred to live under their own lies and dreams of self-importance and power over others.  We, as believers, have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us.  This gives us the authority to speak God’s word.  But we must be cautious and be sure our hearts are right.  We don’t speak to be honored by men.  We don’t speak to have people acclaim us.  We speak out of love of God and a desire to serve Him, obey Him and make disciples for Him.  Every time I preach I spend time trembling in prayer.  I know I have nothing of my own to say worth anybody listening.  But I also know I’ve given myself to be a vessel for God to pass His love to others that they may know, love and serve Him.  This is for all believers.  Be it preaching before thousands or talking to a neighbor or friend in need, it is all the same.  We are under the authority of God and through Jesus we have His authority to speak and make disciples.  We must ask ourselves if we are obeying Him out of love and obedience.

April 11, 2017

Money Changers

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:28 pm

Matthew 21:13 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” (NIV)

 Granted we don’t have money changer tables in our churches any more but there are a lot of things that go on in our churches that would probably upset Jesus if He were to walk into them physically now.  Many have become big social clubs.  It’s fine to have things of fellowship and good activities for the church members but we must remember our primary reason for a church is to worship God, feed the sheep and equip the sheep to go outside of the church into the community and make disciples.  When we are in the church with other believers we are to encourage each other to go out the doors of the church and get to work in the community.  I’ve written about this before.  It is imperative that we be salt and pour ourselves out of the salt shaker.  We can do this as a group and we can do this as individuals.  We must ask ourselves what we are doing to bring new disciples into the kingdom of God.  Where are our neighbors in relation to Jesus?  Where are our business associates in relationship to Jesus.  Do they know where we are?  Are we being salt and light?

April 10, 2017

Crowd Mentality

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:22 pm

Matthew 21:9 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (NIV)

 There is a crowd mentality.  We don’t want to stand out alone.  When we see a crowd gathering the normal human tendency is to join the crowd, see what’s going on and join in with them.  A good many of these people in this crowd didn’t even know who Jesus was.  They just joined in with the rest of the crowd.  There is also a church mentality today.  Many think if the join in with a church group that means they are a Christian.  The do as the rest of the church members do thinking that copying their actions and their way of speaking that seals them in good standing with God.  Jesus said otherwise.  He said we must be born again.  We are born again by accepting Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior and following the example of living He demonstrated when He walked this earth.  Just acknowledging the fact that He is the Son of God doesn’t do it.  Satan acknowledges that fact.  We must ask Jesus to live in and through us.  These last few days of lent let us take time to be sure we have a personal relationship with the Son of God, Jesus.  Let us also ask our family members and friends about their relationship with Jesus.  Coming through Jesus is the only way into the family of God.

April 9, 2017


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:15 pm

Matthew 20:32 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. (NIV)

 Many prayers go unanswered because we don’t pray specifics.  We learned that the hard way.  We were in a rental house while we were building a new house.  We gathered around the breakfast table and prayed, “Lord, give us an abundance of water.”  That’s all we asked.  I was going to meet the well digger at our land and we wanted him to find a good well on the first dig. 

 He dug and found a good supply of water.  I didn’t take him very long.  I rejoiced and drove back to the rental house.  As I opened the front door I heard what sounded like our aquarium pump.  Then I remembered that was in storage.  As I stepped in I was ankle deep in water.  The hot water heater located in the kitchen had rusted out and water was all over the house since no one was there to turn it off.  God gave us an abundance of water that day.  Along with showing us His sense of humor He also taught us to be specific in what we asked Him.

 As a hospital chaplain, I ask the patients and/or family members present, if there is something specific they would like to ask God.  Sometimes it isn’t for physical healing.  Sometimes they have a more pressing emotional, spiritual or other need.  God wants to meet our needs.  He also wants us to know what our needs are.  Let’s learn to be very specific when we pray.

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