Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 22, 2012

Come Together

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Church,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:12 am
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Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

There is a man in our church into his 90’s. He is on hospice with congestive heart failure and must use a walker. It is hard for him to get around. He is also on oxygen. Yet he says if he is able to get out of bed to go to the bathroom he will be in church on Sunday to worship His God. He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t use physical pain or tiredness or walking disability to keep him from the corporate worship of God. He is such a good example to all of us. So many of us use excuses from time to time: too tired, hurt too much, burned out and on and on. Some of us even use lesser reasons than physical: hasn’t had time to play golf or take the boat out, etc. This past lent season I did a series on Jesus’ last walk to Jerusalem. Was He tired? I’m sure He was. Yet He set is face steadfastly toward Jerusalem. Next time you are tempted to omit corporate Sunday (or Saturday) worship think of our elderly man in our church or, better yet, thin of Jesus and His steadfastness walk to face the cross in Jerusalem. What can there be more important than gathering with His children to worship and praise Him while encouraging each other in His love?

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April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:26 am
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Luke 19:40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today is Palm Sunday. This is the day we celebrate the Triumphal Entry. We have read some of the things Jesus did and taught as He was headed to Jerusalem. Now He is here. He already has everything ready. The disciples were sent ahead to get a young donkey never ridden before. A warrior goes into the city on a white horse. A King goes in to the city on a donkey (David did this also). The people are excited. They are praising Him. The religious leaders are jealous and don’t like what they hear. They tell Jesus He should make the people be quiet. Jesus shows His power and His Sovereignty by saying the stones could cry out if the people were quiet. This encourages me to cry out as to Who Jesus is. If He can speak through stones or an ass (Balaam) He can speak through people like you and me. We’re not to keep quiet. We’re to cry out. We’re to let all know Who Jesus is. Our question is will we open our mouths? God won’t speak for us but He will speak through us. Our goal is to go home to heaven and see how many people we can take with us.

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