Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

April 20, 2019

Broken Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,Messiah,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 19:26 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” (NIV)

Can you possibly imagine watching your child, the one you gave birth to, the one you fed, taught and raised to adulthood, being taunted, beaten and nailed to a cross?  I can’t imagine such pain.  I know I wouldn’t be able to keep quiet.  Yet, Mary was there and was quiet.  I’m sure she must have had tears running down her cheeks but she remained quiet throughout the entire trial.  There is probably a very good reason for her remaining quiet.  She knew, without a doubt, her son, Jesus, was the Son of God.  She had faith in God and knew He would work good through all of this.  That doesn’t stop her heart from hurting.  We have many trials we have to walk through that hurt our hearts.  Our question is, do we blame God for our trials or do we look to Him knowing He is right with us and will help us get through the trials.  Even when our heart is breaking, do we remain in the peace of God that passes all human understanding?  We either believe God or we don’t.  There is no half way.  We can’t only believe Him when all is good for us.  Our belief must be consistent.  Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to completely abide in us and let us choose to continually abide in the Father and the Son.

December 28, 2018

No Need Is Small

Filed under: God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Messiah,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:37 pm

Luke 2:26 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. (NIV)

According to research, Simeon was well into his 100’s when Jesus was brought into the temple to be dedicated.  Jesus was also prophesied over by an old woman named Anna.  This should be confirmation for us that we are never too old to be used by God.  No matter our financial, physical, emotional or any other condition, as long as God has us on this earth, He has a ministry for us.  I have a dear friend that always says she doesn’t feel like doing anything.  I’m so glad Jesus didn’t spend His time on this earth paying attention to how he feels in relation to what He does.  We are here as God’s vessels on this earth.  Part of our sin-nature is our tendency to let our feelings dictate what we will do.  We are each important to God.  He has things every day to do through each and every one of us.  Our problem is to be willing to listen and then respond.  Let us not let a day go by in this approaching new year that we don’t listen as we waken each morning and allow God to do His ministry that day through us.  It might be lifting someone up before His throne of grace, giving someone a smile or a meal or anything else.  It is not for us to choose but for God to flow through us in any big or small way for no need is small when it is needed.

December 24, 2018

Swaddling Clothes

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sacrifice,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Luke 2:12 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (KJV)

Why would the angel say finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes would be a sign to them that that babe was the Lamb of God?  It was common practice to wrap a new-born baby in swaddling clothes for the baby’s comfort and protection.  It was also common practice for the priestly shepherds, the ones tending the sheep for the sin sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, to wrap the new-born lambs in swaddling clothes and lay the in a manger.  This was to give the young lambs a chance to calm down after their birth and gain a little strength before being put by their mother.  This was a sign to these shepherds that this babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger was indeed the promised Lamb of God, the promised Messiah.  We can barely imagine the joy in the hearts of the shepherds who really understood the gift they were seeing.  They would never leave their sheep unattended at night for anything less than the permanent replacement for the sheep they attended. Let us take joy in the Lamb of God Who has taken away our sins and brought us, through belief and faith in Him, into the family of God for all eternity.

December 23, 2018

Sheep

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 2:15 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (NIV)

Before we can understand the significance of the shepherds being the first to be told the Messiah has been born, we must understand who the shepherds were and what they were doing.  The sheep surrounding Bethlehem were not the normal sheep.  These sheep were the sheep being raised without spot or blemish to be used as the sin sacrifices in the temple in nearby Jerusalem.  These shepherds were chosen to tend these special sheep.  The Messiah, Jesus, is referred to as the “Lamb of God.”  He died on the cross as the perfect, without spot or blemish, free from any sin, sacrifice once and for all people and time; He was the blood offering for the sin of mankind.  No longer would priest have to sacrifice lambs as the sin offering for the people.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, competed that sacrifice for all time.  How appropriate for the ones who tended the sacrificial lambs would be the first to see the Sacrificial Lamb of God. God has a purpose for everything He does.  Everything He does knits together.  Let us take this to heart and trust God through each and everything that comes our way. Let us rejoice with the shepherds that God has taken care of our sin once and for all.

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