Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 23, 2013

Preparation

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John 11:56. Thus they were looking for Jesus, and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, “What do you think? That he wont come to the feast?”

Today is the day before Palm Sunday.  In the past I prepared by obtaining palm branches for our church to wave in celebration.  We don’t have access to them here.  But we still can wave our hands and rejoice.  On the day before our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem the people were all talking about Him.  They wondered if he would come.  They were sure He was the one who would save them com the tyranny of the Romans.  They wanted to crown Him their king instead of Caesar.  This added to the excitement of the Jewish people coming together to their temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, the celebration of their freedom from the Egyptians.  What better time to be free from the Romans than on this anniversary of their Egyptian freedom.  We have the opportunity of celebrating freedom from the sentence of death for our sins.  Our preparation for tomorrow should include a time of confessing our sins of commission and omission.  Our question is are we willing to admit our sinful actions, attitudes and inactions?  Let us prepare to rejoice tomorrow with free and clean hearts.

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February 12, 2011

Let Your Light Shine

Mt 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Watching the Egyptians stand against a dictator and seeing their success made me think about today’s Christians who live in countries where we are free to worship as we please.  We have become so accustom of our freedom that we take it for granted.  There are many dangers in doing this.  We, as humans, tend to value things by how hard it is to attain them.  Because of this trait we allow our light, as Christians, to grow dim.  We blend in with the culture around us and act no different than those who are not Christians.  In countries where there is no freedom, where Christians aren’t allowed, they let the light of God shine through them even though it could mean imprisonment, torture or death.  We must continually watch out for our freedom and make sure our light shines and our voices are heard.  We’ve already lost the rights to put up nativity scenes, crosses, the Ten Commandments and other Christian icons in many areas of our country.  We’ve lost the right to pray out loud in schools and other places.  Some areas we’ve lost the right to assemble in a public park join hands and pray.  We must each check to see how our light is shining before men.  What do they see when they watch us?

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