Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 5, 2013

True Worship

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John 4:23. But a time is coming and now is here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers.

Our worship of God is not dependent on churches, ministers, special days, icons or anything or anyone else. All these may help but they do not worship. The time has come for us to be able to worship any time or any place in spirit and truth because God has given us His Holy Spirit. He dwells within each believer so we can worship in spirit and truth. Our question is do we? Everywhere we go, all we see and all we do is an opportunity to worship. When is the last time you worshiped God by yourself? Take a worship walk or seek a quiet, solitary place. You need no one else with you. You have God’s Holy Spirit in you to worship in and through you. Corporate worship is great. It feeds us and encourages us. Private worship is precious. Give it a try today.

June 25, 2013

Number One

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Matthew 6:24. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Most of us just think this verse applies to the love for becoming rich. There are many things we can strive to serve. The biggest temptation is trying to serve ourselves. The world teaches us to look out for number one and we consider ourselves to be number one. We cater to our flesh. We feed our fleshly desires more than we feed our spirit. We expand more energy at a sporting event than we expend in church. Many times we seek recreation in lieu of seeking to assemble together with other believers. We think we get more out of recreation than in church. We think we are supposed to get from church because we are number one. We assemble together to praise and worship God, not to get what might be pleasing or approved by us. We are to place God as number one. Our question is who’d owe serve first, God or ourself? Our attitude of who comes first on our minds and hearts will show in our actions.

June 13, 2013

Hyopocrite

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Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs that look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of the bones of the dead and of everything unclean.

Those are striking words that came from the mouth of Jesus. Before we agree too quickly that the Pharisees of the time deserved them we must honestly look within ourselves. We all wear masks. We have one mask we wear to our jobs. We wear a different mask when we’re with friends. Another masks comes on when we’re at church. At home with our family we sometimes pick one of the other masks and sometimes wear none. We all have this desire to be liked by those we’re with and quite often will try to look and act in a way we think they expect. All these masks are hypocritical. They each portray a little of who we really are, but our real self stays in hiding. God, through His Holy Spirit, wants to remove our masks–all of them and all the way. He wants us to see who we really are compared to Who He is. Then He wants to work in and through us to restore us into a reflection of His Image. Our question is are we willing to see who we really are without our masks and will we allow God to re-mold us into His Image?

June 10, 2013

Infectious Enthusiasm

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

Enthusiasm is infectious. You can see this at sporting events. A few people start cheering and before long almost all the crowd is cheering together. We must ask yourselves where our zeal is for loving God and for spreading His love to others. Are we being infectious? If we don’t give God’s love to someone else we don’t really have His love. Love is not love if it is not shared. By its very nature it must be passed on. When others see enthusiasm they look to see why. When we are enthusiastic about God, Who He is, what He has done and who we are in Him we get the attention of others. When we are enthusiastic about assembling with other believers in church people will come to see why. Our question is where are we in our enthusiasm? Are we allowing our love for God through His Son, Jesus, to be infectious and spread throughout this world or are we keeping it in isolation?

June 9, 2013

Use Me

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Luke 2:49. But he replied, “Why were you looking for me? Didnt you know that I must be in my Fathers house?”

Jesus wanted to be in His Father’s house to be about His Father’s business. He was not there to be entertained but to share scripture. We should not go to church merely for what we can get. We go for what we can do. Do we say, “What can I do?” or do we say, ” find someone else?”. Paul said, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” Too many of us think–entertain me, make the music and the sermon please me, say what I want to hear. If we would prove that we are the legitimate children of God, we must find out the best way of carrying out God’s wishes. It’s not about me, me, me but God and God alone. Our question is are we about our Father’s business are we trying to use Him about our business? Let us join Isaiah and say, “Use me,”

June 8, 2013

Fully Present

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Nehemiah 8:8. They read from the book of Gods law, explaining it and imparting insight. Thus the people gained understanding from what was read.

Sometimes we might feel pretty smug. We go to church, assembling with other believers. We look good, loyal, committed and obedient. The question is where is our mind and heart while we are in a worship service? When the Scripture is read do we really listen? Do we open our own Bibles and read along? When hymns are sung do we lift up our voice and sing to God? The Bible says sing praises with a loud voice. It doesn’t say it has to be on tune or sound good. When the sermon’s given do we really listen and take notes for further reflection? Let us choose to be fully present when we gather together. God used a mule to teach. He will teach us through anyone or anything is we are open and receptive.

April 21, 2013

Place of Comfort

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Matthew 28:16. So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated.

Apparently Jesus told the disciples to go back to Galilee and meet Him on a nearby mountain.  They were back in their home-turf.  After a period of confusion, fear and unrest it’s nice to be in familiar surroundings.  We tend to relax and are more able to open up to new things when we are in familiar surroundings.  Jesus was ready to give the disciples their final instructions.  Then they would witness something extraordinary.  It would be something unknown to them and almost unbelievable.  Right now they are contented to be back in their home turf.  After we go through a challenge it is important to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.  This is what is concentrated on with victims of disaster.  In familiar surroundings healing comes quicker.  When we travel and have visited other churches it is so good to come back home to our church.  As soon as we step through the doors we feel love and comfort (even when the church is empty).  Everyone needs a place where the feel love and comfort.  Our question today is where is your place of love and comfort?   What about that place brings you love and comfort?  How can you bring those things to other places for other people?

April 20, 2013

Other Things

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John 21:25. There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. 

Jesus was not idle.  Even though ache said it is finished on the cross He still had much to do.  What was finished was His payment for the penalty of our sins.  What He was busy doing was preparing His Church for the empowering of His Holy Spirit and the work of building up His Church.  We can read in the different accounts what each writer felt the important highlights of Jesus’ ministry and instructions were.  We are about many things now.  We have choices to make.  We can choose to be about our own self-centered things, things that others around us are doing or expecting or the things which build up God’s Church.  There are everyday nothing’s which support living which are needed but there are many things that have no impact on eternity.  Our question is what things will we choose to be about?

April 3, 2013

Home Turf

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Matthew 28:10. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”

We already read Jesus first appeared to women.  Wen He did He told them not to be afraid.  He also told them to give instruction to the disciples.  They were to go to Galilee where they would see Him.  Galilee was their home turf.  We are also to start with our home turf.  We often think we must go out to other places to witness for God.  Mane times we forget our witness begins at home.  Are we a good witness to our spouse, our children, our grandchildren our relatives and our neighbors?  What about in our church family?  Do they see and hear Jesus through us or see us unwilling to serve and hear complaints and criticism?  Let s spend some time allowing the Holy Spirit to show us how those in our home turf see and hear us.

April 1, 2013

First One

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Mark 16:9. Early on the first day of the week, after he arose, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons.

Matthew 28:9. But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him.

John 20:14. When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Three different witnesses tell things a little different.  All of them report Mary Magdalene being tie first or with the first to see the resurrected Jesus.  Mary Magdalene was healed of demon possession by Jesus and became a faithful follower of His.  How loving of Jesus to give her, a woman and sinner who had been shunned by her community the joy of being the first to see Him.  Once we come to Jesus we are totally loved and accepted by Him.  Our question is how can we do less in loving and accepting those He brings around us?  I see church members avoiding other members for various reasons.  Jesus prayed we would all be one in Him and one in each other.  The only way to do this is through acceptance and love, no matter how different we may be.  We all have the most important thing in common: our love for Jesus.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit His prayer can become a reality.  Let’s do our part.

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