Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 2, 2013

Super Bowl

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Psalms 100:2. Worship the Lord with joy!  Enter his presence with joyful singing!

Tomorrow is a special day.  Some think it is special because it’s Super Bowl Day.  Actually it’s special because it’s Sunday, the Lord’s day, the day we come together to worship and praise our God.  There is a lot of excitement about the Super Bowl.  People spend lots of money, time, and effort to be at the big game.  They cheer openly during the game.  When the game is over the entire thing gradually fades away. Our question is what about our gathering together to give God praises and worship?  How much money, time and effort do we spend. We are in the game of life.  As with the bowl game there will be winners and losers.  The only winners will be on God”s team and the worship and praise will never end. We start that in our churches on Sunday.  Which teams are worth the most time, effort, money and cheering – the Super Bowl teams or God’s team?  Enjoy the Super Bowl but keep God in first place in our time, effort, money and praises,

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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?

November 16, 2012

One Thing Lacking

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Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

If you’ve read the Bible you would find Jesus did not give these instructions to everyone who wanted  salvation or wanted to follow Him.  He specifically gave them to this one man.  Jesus knew where this man’s heart was.  He knew what was most important in this man’s life.  This man’s life revolved around his own riches.  Being rich was his priority.  What Jesus is asking of each of us is to make Him and His will the most important thing in our lives.  He tells us we are to put Him before everything and everyone else.  This does not mean we don’t work at a job to earn money to support ourselves and our families.  This doesn’t mean we are to turn our backs on our families and go to some deserted place to live to be alone with God.  This means we are to put Him first, to let Him show us what to do when and where as we continue to support our families and be with them while we are loving, worshiping and obeying our God.  When we put God first in what we do and who we are all other relationships and life tasks fall into order.  God gives His children wisdom, love, patience and all the other fruits of His Holy Spirit listed in the book of Galatians.  There is no greater richness than the love and provision of God.  We have a choice.  We can be like that rich man and turn our backs on God or we can trust the love of God and put Him first in all we do.  He has promised unfailing love and provision.  He has promised eternal life with Him.  He has promised a full and abundant life on this earth when we follow His instructions.  I can attest to all this.  Riches on this earth from this earth can be lost in a  second.  God in us can never be lost.  What do you have to lose?  What do you choose?

November 12, 2012

Stand Close

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Luke 23:49. And all those who knew Jesus stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw these things.

All those who knew Jesus stood at a distance.  We must answer a question.  Where do we stand with Jesus?  Are we with Him through everything that comes our way or do we stand off at a distance?  After we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior do we find our excitement and our committment waning?  To stand with Jesus we must stand with all in God’s written word, The Holy Bible.  This takes the committment of our time, our energy, our money and all that we consider as ours.  God says to reach out to the homeless, to the lonely, to the grieving, to all who He puts on our path.  There is nothing in His Word about if it is convenient or if we feel like it.  We each need to search our own hearts and our time being spent and make sure we are standing with Jesus in His example when He walked on this earth and in His Word.

April 3, 2012

Give to Caesar or God

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Luke 20:25 “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s (The Holy Bible, New International Version.)

Even though the cross is in sight of Jesus, He continues teaching. The religious leaders continue trying to trap Him into saying the wrong thing. Here they are trying to get Jesus to say it is wrong to pay taxes – which money should go to the temple. We seem to think that the tithe is only about money. God already owns all in creation. He does not need anything. We do use money to maintain places to come together and worship and for things to help us learn. We also use money to give to others in need of food, housing, etc. But the tithe, what Jesus wants us to give to God, encompasses more than money. He wants our hearts, our minds and our time. None of that is really ours but we are in possessions of hearts mind and time because of His grace. He is asking us to be wise stewards of all of our being and give all to God through obedience and worship. We are to be honest in our taxes paying to our country what is due. We are also to be honest in our churches. We don’t go to church to see what we can get out of it or what it can do for us. We go to give ourselves to God. Yes, we give our money tithes and offerings but we must be sure we give our time and talents with a thankful heart to God for His allowing us to use the time and talents on this earth as we learn more of Him. Our question is what is our attitude in our giving of anything?

April 2, 2012

Righteous Anger

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:32 am
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Luke 19:45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

After being greeted as a king Jesus went to the temple. The outer courts of the temple were full of sellers of animals for sacrifices and money changes for the right kind of money to use in the temple. As with today, greed was present and prices were very inflated. This certainly didn’t promote an attitude of worship or prayer. Jesus became angry and turned over the tables of the vendors. Sometimes anger is a very good thing if for the right reason and displayed the right way. Jesus did not harm any of the vendors. He only upset their tables, scattering their goods to the floor. He even told them why He was doing this. Sometimes I feel like doing it. I read about churches that are charging for their services. They charge for Vacation Bible School, Bible studies and many other opportunities they host. The charges are more than the price of a possibly needed book for the course. It gives the appearance they are presenting the opportunity to make money yet they are not presented as a fund raising event. There are churches that still ask members to underwrite opportunities for others to come and grow in God. We are to keep our churches as a center for all to come freely and learn of God. Some come to church so they can make “good” contacts for their business. Some come to be seen as a “good” person. There are many reasons people come to church. Jesus wanted church to be a place for worship and praise. We are to come in that attitude and in willingness to encourage others into worship and praise of our Lord and God. Our question is what do we use our churches for – a place to bring others into the fellowship of God? All that we do in a church, all opportunities presented and hosted should lead to the worship and increasing praise and fellowship with God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit. Let’s be sure we turn over our tables of ulterior motives.

August 30, 2011

Never Changes

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:03 am
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Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

 

Some put their trust and security in their ability to work.  Work will come to an end some day.  Some put their trust and security in money.  The value and amount of money will come to an end some day.  Some put their trust in their physical looks.  Looks become less attractive with age.  Some put their trust and security in governments.  Governments can fall or change.  There are so many material and temporary things people put their trust and security in.  Then, when those things change or disappear they are in trouble.  There is only One Who never changes.  Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  We are to put our trust and security in Him.  He has promised never to leave us or forsake us.  He is our source for peace, security and love.  If you are having trouble with peace, security or love, take time right now to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and life.  Problems of life will come and go but He will never leave you.  If you have already done this but are wrestling with insecurity and/or lack of peace, ask God for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit.  He is faithful.

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