Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 22, 2013

What We Can Give

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Acts 3:6. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk!”

How often have we heard or said ourselves, “I wish I could give or help but I don’t have anything.”  Peter had no money but He was open to God’s Holy Spirit wanting to give through him.  So often we think money will make everyone’s problems go away.  There are many needs besides money.  We need to learn to allow God to show us the need and be willing to allow Him to meet the need through us.  The possibilities of what He can do through His obedient children are endless.  I will not suggest any so each of us can remain open without preconceived ideas on how God wants to use us in helping others. Our question is are we willing to listen with an open mind and be obedient with a loving heart?

December 12, 2012

Gifts of Wise Men

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Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem  saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

The Christ was first sought by shepherds, thought to be the lower class and very intelligent.  Now there are wise men from the  East seeking to worship the new-born King.  No where does it say how many wise men came.  It only says they brought three types of gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.  All 3 very expensive and highly treasured commodities.  These wise men studied the heavens and knew how to read the stars.  They also knew that there was a long-awaited King to be born in Judea.  It was natural for them to go to Jerusalem to see the reigning King and ask where their prophesied King would be born.  When they were told He would be born in Bethlehem so they continued on in their journey.  This journey took them about 2 years.  When they found the Christ they gave their gifts and worshiped Him.  These wise men also had a dream  In their dream they were told Harrod would seek to kill the new-born King.  They made hast to depart in a way that kept them out of Jerusalem.  Their trip to find the new-born King was not an easy trip.  Yet they didn’t give up.  They were determined to take as long as needed, search as hard as needed to find this King and give Him their gifts.  Our question is do we search until we find Him?  Do we take however long is needed to really find Him?  What gifts do we bring to our King?  The girt He desires more than anything is the gift of our hearts, our love for Him and for all His creation – fellow mankind.  Material things we buy for others cannot substitute for the gift of love.  Let us be sure to first and foremost give the gift of love, His love, to those around us.   

July 29, 2012

Gold Medal

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Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us runwith perseverance the race marked out for us.

The hpye of the Olympics brought back to mind this poem I wrote years ago.

Gold Medal

They give their all to win the gold
No matter what the cost
Their chance is slim so few can win
Yet they still pay the cost
And when they’ve won they’re glory’s sung
They find it ever brief
For though they did the best that time
There’s someone right behind.

I’m in a race to win the gold
That also has a cost
My chance is great for Christ did win
He paid the greatest cost
When I have won,
God’s glory’s sung
It will not end with time
But do I give my best for Him
Or do I lag behind?

My God, help me desire You
More than they long to win
Help me keep the laws You’ve made
To keep me safe from sin.
Help me keep my eyes on You
So my goal I can win
And when I win they’ll be no end
You will have brought me in.

2/20/1984

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