Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 4, 2013

The Word

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John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.

To understand the full meanings of this verse we must understand “word.” A “word” is a means of expressing a thought. In the beginning God was expressing His thoughts. Through His “word” or expression of His thoughts all things were created. But part of His creation (man) refused to listen to God’s direction. Man lost the listening ear to the Word. So God’s direction Word became flesh to dwell with us and let us see His “word” with our eyes and hear with our carnal, physical ears. The Word sacrificed Himself for us so we could have His Holt Spirit dwell in us to hear His Word again. Our question is are we willing to stop and listen? He is continually speaking. Let us learn to continually listen.

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November 24, 2012

God’s Creation Diversity

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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

We took one of our granddaughter to an East Texas swamp for camping.  The diversity of God’s creation is amazing.  We have travel this country and elsewhere and are always blessed and amazed by the diversity of God’s creation.  I have no favorites.  I enjoy and am blessed with all the variety: the desert, mountains, valleys, canyons, rivers, oceans, lakes, swamps, streams and on and on.  It is good to enjoy the beauty with loved ones but it also most blessed to draw alone and enjoy the quiet sounds of nature as we soak in the beauty and magnitude of our God.  I pray that we all can slow down from time to time to enjoy His creation where ever we are and thank Him for allowing us to be a part of His creation.  Let’s not stop there.  Let’s continually thank and praise God for sending His Son Jesus to show us God’s love, stretch out His arms on the cross, take on our sins which separate us from God Who is without sin, allow us to ask to be forgiven and rose to life eternal to show us when we follow Him we also have life eternal with God the Father, God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit.

November 5, 2012

Stewards

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Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

God created the earth and all that is in it.  We are only here as guest in His creation.  Some of us act as squatters.  When a squatter has been in one place for long enough he/she begins to thing they own it.  We do not own the earth or anything in it.  God allows us to live here as stewards of His creation.  Our question is what kind of steward are we?  Do we use the resources respectfully?  Do we recycle when we are finished with a product or its container?  Do we waste energy with unnecessary usage or over usage?  When we stop to realize that all we think we have or should have actually belongs to God it can and should change our thinking and our usage of what He has put into our care.  Being good stewards of all that is in our care may not be a law but it is our responsibility as part of God’s family.  We are not only stewards of what man, in his thinking, as made but of all things in and on this earth.  Let us thank God for His trust in us as stewards and let us make sure He says, “Well done.” when we see Him face to face.

October 17, 2012

Neighbors

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Galatians 5:14 For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “ You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 

We live in a membership neighborhood so loving our neighbor is not that hard to do.  Both sides of us and across the street go to our church.  But Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” and we probably all fall very short of His answer.  Our first question is do we love ourselves?  There are plenty of people who harm others because they no longer have hope for themselves.  They are angry and their own lives no longer matter to them so others don’t either.  We can be very selfish without loving ourselves.  It really takes God’s love in us to enable us to love ourselves.  Then there is loving our “neighbors” the way God has put love for ourselves in us.  To love someone we must want the best for them.  The best is the love of God.  Sometimes that love is only conveyed by our reaching out to their needs: food, shelter, jobs, education, acceptance.  It is so easy to smugly say they got in trouble on their own.  I’m so glad that is not God’s attitude.  Before I asked Jesus to enter my life I got in troubles on my own.  Yet, in spite of me, my attitudes and my actions, God reached out to me through Jesus, forgave me, adopted me into His family and gave me the gift of His Holy Spirit to love and be loved.  Are we willing to accept God loves His creations so much that He gave His Son, Jesus  out of love for each and every one of mankind on this earth?  Who are we not to allow His Holy Spirit to reach out through us in love.  If we ask Him, He will give us the wisdom needed to reach out to each one He sends our way.  Let us embrace the potential that all are called to rebirth and reshaping into the image of God.

October 3, 2012

Not Religion

John 16:27  For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 

There is a big difference between Christianity and religion.  Religion is man trying to reach up to a god, trying to earn his or her way to an after life.  Christianity is God reaching down in love to mankind, to offer mankind eternal life.  It cannot be earned because mankind is incapable of being good enough or doing enough to earn eternal life with God.  It is only possible through the grace and love of God through the death and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ.  This is something our finite minds cannot really understand.  It is hard to accept  there is something we cannot earn or deserve by our own actions.  It is something religions try hard to achieve but never can.  God reckons us forgiven and considers us children rather than created creatures because His Son, Jesus, died for us and our relationship with Jesus brings us by adoption into God’s family with all the privileges of Jesus.  Our question is do we want all the privileges of Jesus?  These privileges include the privilege of obedience to the Father.  Look at how Jesus passed God’s love to all He met.  Look how He shared God’s plan of salvation.  Look at how he drew apart with the Father to talk with Him – not talk at Him.  We need to put more of ourselves into following the example of Jesus than religions spend trying to earn their way.  They do it from fear of not making it.  We do it for the love of Jesus, though our love is incomplete and imperfect, it is a fruit God fillls us with His Holly Spirit that can grow as it is exercised.

September 2, 2012

Church Member or Christian

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John 3:16-18 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

Our oldest daughter was 11.  She and her sister accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior shortly after my husband and I did.   They were baptised in our swimming pool.  A few months later she told a playmate across the street the girl was not a christian. The girl told it to her mother who was levied and came over screaming at me.  I asked the mother what a christian is.  She replied “a white, gentile American who iives a good moral life.”  I explained to her about Jesus and asked if she believed He is the only Son of God who came to earth in the form of a baby, grew and lived among us without sin, died on the cross for our sins and rose in 3 days to give us eternal life in the presence of God the Father.   She said no and then I said she is a good, white, gentile American who tries to live a good moral life but she is not a follower of Jesus Christ therefor is not a Christian.  We have people in our churches who believe salvation is through acting “good.”  Our problem is we cannot be good enough.  God said the only way to establish a relationship with Him. the only way to be adopted into His family as His child is through Jesus, His only begotton (not a created being as we are) Son.  There is nothing we can do to earn our way into His Presence.  It is a gift of grace and love.  Our question is are we a church member who tries to act the good we perceive we should be or are we a child of God through His Son Jesus and know that we are just a bunch of sinners saved by God’s grace?  If we are really God’s children we wll not turn that blessing on and off according to where we are and who we’re with.  We will be consistent in our reoationship with the Father and the Son.  Are we consistent?

June 10, 2012

Never Tire

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Matthew 6:33 seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and every thing else will fall into it’s proper place.  (my translation)

Nature never tires of doing what God created it to do.  The ocean tide keeps moving.  Birds keep flying. The earth keeps rotating.  God created man to have fellowship with Him and worship Him.  Yet sometimes we act like it’s too hard or we’re too tired.  Sometimes we forget why we’re here and mistake our priorities.  When in church many of us are clock watchers.  Our priority is to get out of God’s house of worship as fast as we can and be first to a good table at our favorite eating establishment.  We get so tired because we’re not doing what we were created to do.  Instead of being our first love and priority it get’s lower on our list with each distraction.  What are we to do about this?  We turn to God, our Creator, and ask Him to open us up to an all consuming love and devotion to Him.  Our question is, do we really desire for God to be first In our hearts, minds and lives?

April 22, 2012

Dragonfly

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Matthew 6:28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We were at a State Park and I had the joy of taking this photo. The dragonfly on the lily flower reminded me of the above verse. God provides for all of His creation. The dragonfly has no problem with relying on God to provide. We humans think we must worry and stress about our provisions. We all have some work to do to receive God’s provision. The dragonfly had to flap its wings and fly to the lily. God give us physical bodies and minds that enable us to work. Work is not a “four letter word” of negativity. It is a privilege and joy to be able to work. When we have the problem with work it is because we are not working unto to Lord. He has said in all we do we are to do it unto Him. It matters not if we are collecting garbage, washing dishes or running a country. All we do is in fellowship and to the glory of God. Our question is are we complainers or are we thankful for the abilities God gives us and the provisions He gives us through these abilities?

April 12, 2012

Caretakers

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(NET) Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it.

I enjoy taking walks as dawn is breaking.  The gentle light gives everything a gentle calmness. The birds are singing their morning songs. The budding flowers are opening to greet the sun.  As I was taking this all in and praising God for the beauty of His creation I started to think how much we, mankind, God’s creation have misused and abused the creation around us that God commanded us to care for and manage.  In spite of our abuse and lack God’s creation is still awesome and beautiful.  The question each of us must ask, are we obeying God’s command in this?   I know I waste a lot of material goods.  I know I fail to recycle all that could be recycled.  I often fail to realize that in my failure in this I am being disobedient to God.  I must learn to think of God before I buy, use or toss.  We are each called to be good caretakers of all that is in this world.

November 30, 2011

Advent 4

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John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

On this 4th day of Advent we contemplate the life given to us by God.  Our life on this earth is in relative darkness.  Our vision and understanding of God’s creation is limited.  God sent His Son, Jesus, Who was with Him from the very beginning to send light to mankind on earth.  This light gives us life and opens our hearts and minds to receive God’s love and forgiveness.  We no longer need to live in fear or darkness.  God loves us so much He has given us life’s instruction manual – the Holy Bible – to guide us through our earthly walk.  He imparts our lives with His Holy Spirit and gives our spirit birth through His Son.  As soon as we receive Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives we begin our eternal life with God.  On this 4th day of Advent, let us be sure we have given our life, mind and heart to God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let us be sure to take time every day to get our instructions from His handbook – the Bible.  Let us learn to allow His light to shine through us to others.

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