Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 6, 2013

Confirmation Through Scripture

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Mark 16:13. They went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

After the 2 on Emmaus road realized it was really Jesus, they went back to tell the other disciples who were still hiding in fear and confusion.  As with the women the disciples couldn’t believe them.  Sometimes it is hard to believe what people we know tell us they have seen, especially when it is something we least expect.  We cannot imagine how those 11 felt when suddenly Jesus appeared to them and chided them for not believing their friends when they told them what He told them would happen.  They couldn’t believe He was real. He showed them His hands and feet, ate some fish and opened up the scriptures to them.  Once again Jesus was using the written word as a witness to who He is.  We are faced with the same question: how much do we eat of the written word, the Holy Bible, which God has so lovingly given us.  When we share our experiences of Jesus in our lives with others do we back it up with scripture?  Let us not just plant seeds in others.  Let us be sure to fertilize them with the word of God.

June 26, 2012


Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Luke 22:48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We all understand what it feels like to be betrayed. We’ve had friends turn their backs on us, gossip about us and tell lies about us. We’ve had family members who won’t speak to us even though they can’t remember why their mad. There are many ways and forms of betrayal. Jesus was betrayed. He was betrayed by on of His select 12 disciples, a disciple who held the trusted position of treasure for their small group. Jesus knows how it feels to have a close, trusted friend betray you. Yet Jesus did not get mad at Judas. He questioned why he chose a kiss to betray Him but never did Jesus say anything harsh to Judas. Peter also betrayed Him, not just once but three times in a row. Jesus’ response is to ask if Peter loved Him and gives Peter a position of responsibility. Our question is how to we react when we are betrayed? Actually we should not react but should respond. Do we respond in love and compassion with forgiveness? Jesus knew God was using Judas to complete His ministry. If not Judas someone else would have been used. When we are betrayed there is always a lesson and growth in our relationship to God to gain. Next time we are betrayed let us look to God, forgive the betrayer and move on with God’s plan for our lives.

April 6, 2012

Good Friday

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:03 am
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Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today we celebrate “Good Friday.” It seems strange to call the day Jesus was taken, beaten and crucified as being “good.” The “good” refers to the good of fulfilling the scripture and the open door for the restoration of sinful man with His God and Creator. During their last supper together, celebrating the Passover – the night the angels of death passed over the homes anointed with the blood of a lamb – Jesus talks about His betrayal by one of their own and talks about His crucifixion. We are good at not comprehending what we don’t want to believe. We re also good at thinking we will be true and brave in any circumstances. Simon Peter was like this. He claimed he would always be loyal unto death to Jesus. Yet, in just a few hours, he would deny Jesus three times in a row. But read the verse again and see what Jesus said. He said He has already prayed for Simon. He prayed Simon would turn back and through the experience of denial and turning back he would strengthen his brothers (the other believers). We deny our Lord through our disobedience many times in a day. He prayed for us as He knelt in the Garden on His last night (John 17:20). Since Jesus has already prayed for us we can rest assured each time we deny Him through our words, our silence, or actions or our inactions, He has given us the power to repent, follow Him closer and use those experiences to strengthen fellow-believers. We are not to keep our sins hidden but are to use them to encourage others of His all-encompassing love and forgiveness. Just remember, Jesus prayed for YOU. His prayers are always answered.

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