Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 12, 2014

Steeples

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Psalms 48:2 It is lofty and pleasing to look at, a source of joy to the whole earth. Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; it is the city of the great king.

As I’m driving down the road I see a church steeple. I feel a warm glow because it reminds me of the joy I feel when gathered with other believers to praise and worship God. It helps me recall a song or a verse of scripture from. The gathering. I feel the assurance of God’s presence with me. The steeples of churches are designed to remind us to look up to our God in heaven. When I’m in the midst of traffic they calm me. They replace the hurry of this word with the race of God. When we see a steeple let us turn our thoughts unto God.

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January 9, 2014

One Feeds the Other

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Psalms 132:7. We will go into his tabernacles; We will worship at his footstool.

What is church? Church is a building with a large room that reminds us we must make a large room for worship in our daily life. When we gather in that large room with other believers and enter into collective worship we feed and encourage one another to continue in worship daily. So often my ears tune to a devotion God is giving me to write through a word spoken by someone during our coming together as a body of believers. Group worship feeds individual, daily worship and individual,daily worship feeds group worship. Both are essential for our devotion to God. Let us determine to grow daily through our worship, study and meditations.

August 31, 2013

Belong and Serve

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Acts 27:23. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me

What a beautiful statement from the apostle, Paul. He stated he belonged to God and served God. In this world we are consumed with being “our own man.” We strive for independence and self-satisfaction. We regard life as being about “me, me, me.” We make vows to God and our churches saying we will support our churches with our prayers, our presence, our service and our giving, but don’t consistently follow through. We do just enough to be able to say we did. Jesus gave His all for us. We did nothing to deserve it. We can do nothing to earn it. Jesus did it out of obedience to the Father and love for us. Our question is how can we hold back? We either love Him enough to give Him our all or we choose to place ourselves first. To whom do we belong and who do we choose to serve?

August 26, 2013

With Reverence

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Leviticus 26:2. You must keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord.

As I first read this I thought about our attitude in our churches. As I prepared to write I heard a different aspect. Our bodied are a sanctuary for God to dwell through His Holy Spirit within us. Our question is do we treat our bodies, God’s sanctuary, with reverence? The word “reverence” means deep respect. Look around and perhaps in a mirror. So many of us abuse our bodies. We eat things and amounts that are harmful, drink harmful things, over work or under work our bodies. We all know if we’re honest. When we pray before we eat we should not only give thanks for our food but also ask for wisdom in what and how much to eat. Eating should not be a reflex but a thoughtful action for sustenance. As we should enter the sanctuary of our churches with reverence let us also treat God’s sanctuary of our bodies with reverence.

August 15, 2013

Enthusiasm

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Romans 12:11. Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.

Go into quite a few churches and look for zeal or enthusiasm. Their hard to find. Go into any stadium or sports arena and you will see plenty zeal and enthusiasm. Something is very wrong with our values. A game lasts but for a little while. After a short time it will be forgotten. Our worship and praise of God will resound in heaven for all eternity. We, if we are followers of Jesus Christ, will be in the midst of the praises we have expressed when we enjoy the very real presence of our God and Creator for all eternity. Our question is where should we be most enthusiastic and show the most zeal; a sporting event or in a church? Let us be zealous and enthusiastic in praising and serving our God.

August 6, 2013

Growing Old

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Psalms 92:14. They bear fruit even when they are old; they are filled with vitality and have many leaves.

I hear so many people in their older years say there is nothing new, they have read and studied the Bible all they need to, they have grown spiritually all they need to, they have served God all they need. They seem to think they have laurels to sit on and the younger people should take over. How sad for them. As a living being we either continue to grow or we shrivel and die. Growing and serving are bring life. We can never grow into the likeness of our Creator too much or serve Him enough. Regardless of our physical condition there is always some service we can do for the glory of our God. I am always so blessed when I see people who have to struggle just to walk into church come and join believers of all ages to worship God and encourage each other. I am blessed with confidence when I know a 90+ person is interceding on my behalf. Our question is how will we choose to age? We can become all-knowing and self-centered or we can continue to grow into the image of our Creator. The choice is ours.

August 2, 2013

Passing It On

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Matthew 14:19. Then he instructed the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.

Besides the example of giving thanks before every meal there is another lesson here. Notice Jesus only passed the food to the disciples. He expected the disciples to pass what He gave them on o others. It is the same today. God doesn’t bless us just for ourselves. He expects us to pass our blessings on to others. Church members tend to think the paid staff should do it all: hospital visitation, shut-in visitation, neighborhood visitation, phone calls and many other out reaches. The members that don’t get out and do some of these are the ones missing a blessing. As we give what we have we make more room for more in us. The question is are we hanging on to our time or do we recognize our time is God’s time. Let us go visit or phone someone in need today.

August 1, 2013

Acceptable Sacrifice

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Isaiah 1:11. “Of what importance to me are your many sacrifices?” says the Lord. “I am stuffed with burnt sacrifices of rams and the fat from steers. The blood of bulls, lambs, and goats I do not want.

This verse can’t possibly apply to us. We don’t do animal sacrifices. What about sitting in church and going through the movements of worship when our minds and/or hearts or elsewhere. Maybe we’re thinking about what someone’s wearing, what someone said to us or did to us or where we’re going to eat after. Maybe we’re looking at our watches wondering how much longer. If our mind’s on anything except God this verse applies to us. Admit it. We’ve all been guilty. Offering the sacrifice of praise means putting all else aside and praising God with all our heart, mind and body. Our question is do we really want to put our praise and worship of God ahead of all else? Hoe about trying it for just one hour? Start small and grow.

July 29, 2013

The Harvest

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2 Samuel 23:11-12. Next in command was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines assembled at Lehi, where there happened to be an area of a field that was full of lentils, the army retreated before the Philistines. But he made a stand in the middle of that area. He defended it and defeated the Philistines; the Lord gave them a great victory.

Our churches are in neighborhoods full of lost souls. Some were in church as children but were taken away by the world. We have just sat in our pews and surrendered to their loss. Our question us will we continue to be like a retreating army or like Shammah who stood and defended the harvest? We need to fight for the lost in our neighborhoods. We start with prayer then we go to them, extend the hand of friendship, offer to bring them with us, encourage them, feed them, do whatever it takes to bring them into the fellowship of God’s family. It takes time and effort on our part. It’s what Jesus told us to do. By going into the world to make disciples it is not enough for us to give money to foreign mission. We must start in our neighborhoods. The harvest is ripe for the picking. Will we bring the harvest in for the glory of God or allow the enemy yo plunder the harvest?

July 13, 2013

Banquet

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Luke 14:23. So the master said to his slave, Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled.

All people are called to come to God’s banqueting table but not all respond and many do not know they’re invited. We, as God’s servants are told to go out to the highways and the country roads and give God’s invitation to His banquet. We actually have the opportunity to practice what we will be doing at His banquet. We practice our worship, rejoicing and praise when we gather together in our church services. Our question is are we practicing for the banquet and are we going out to bring the invitation to others? When is the last time you brought a friend or neighbor without a church to your church? Let us be obedient. Let us bring them in to our little banquets to prepare them for the big banquet and make them disciples of our Lord, Jesus.

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