Our Daily Elder Devotional: A Spirit of Thankfulness

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

A Spirit of Thankfulness

 

Philippians 4:12New International Version (NIV)

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Some years ago I visited a man who was wealthy and successful, the envy of all his friends and business associates.  But as we talked he broke down in tears, confessing that he was miserable inside.  Wealth had not been able to fill the empty place in his heart.

 

A few hours later I visited another man who lived only a few miles away.  His cottage was humble, and he had almost nothing in the way of this world’s possessions.  Yet his face was radiant as he told me about the work he was doing for Christ and how Christ had filled his life with meaning and purpose.

 

I went away convinced that the second man was really the rich man.  Although he had very little, he had learned to be thankful for everything God had given him.  A spirit of thankfulness makes all the difference.

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Comforting Others

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Comforting Others

1 Thessalonians 5:11New International Version (NIV)

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

It is an undeniable fact that usually those who have suffered most are best able to comfort others who are passing through suffering.  They know what it is to suffer, and they understand more than others what a suffering person is experiencing—physically, emotionally and spiritually.  They are able to empathize as well as sympathize with the afflictions of others because of what they have experienced in their own lives.

 

Our sufferings may be rough and hard to bear, but they teach us lessons that in turn equip and enable us to help others.  Our attitude toward suffering should not be, “Grit your teeth and bear it,” hoping it will pass as quickly as possible.  Rather, our goal should be to learn all we can from what we are called upon to endure, so that we in turn can “comfort each other and edify one another.”

 

Peace & Love,

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Strength for the Weary

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from Our Daily Bread.

Strength for the Weary

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Isaiah 40:27-31English Standard Version (ESV)

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

On a beautiful, sunny day, I was walking in a park and feeling very weary in spirit.  It wasn’t just one thing weighing me down—it seemed to be everything.  When I stopped to sit on a bench,  I noticed a small plaque placed there in loving memory of a “devoted husband, father, brother, and friend.”  Also on the plaque were these words, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 ESV).

 

Those familiar words came to me as a personal touch from the Lord.  Weariness—whether physical, emotional, or spiritual—comes to us all.  Isaiah reminds us that although we become tired, the Lord, the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth “will not grow tired or weary” (verse 28).  How easily I had forgotten that in every situation “[the Lord] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (verse 29).

 

What’s it like on your journey today?  If fatigue has caused you to forget God’s presence and power, why not pause and recall His promise.  “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (verse 31).  Here.  Now.  Right where we are.

 

Lord, thank You that You do not grow weary.  Give me the strength to face whatever situation I am in today.

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: God’s Presence

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young.

God’s Presence

Psalm 89:15New International Version (NIV)

15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

Psalm 105:4New International Version (NIV)

Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.

Luke 10:39-42Amplified Bible (AMP)

39 She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. 40 But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.” 41 But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”

Relax in My healing presence.  As you spend time with Me, your thoughts tend to jump ahead to today’s plans and problems.  Bring your mind back to Me for refreshment and renewal.  Let the Light of My Presence soak into you as you focus your thoughts on Me.  Thus I equip you to face whatever the day brings.  This sacrifice of time pleases Me and strengthens you.  Do not skimp on our time together.  Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done.  You have chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from you.

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 26 July 29, 2019 Sabbath Rest

Monday Ministerial Musings

By Rev. Mark William Ennis

Blog Number 26

July 29, 2019

Sabbath Rest

Scripture tells us after God created, he rested. Now I don’t pretend to know why god would need to rest. Certainly Jesus, in human form needed rest, but why would God, outside of human form, possibly need to rest? It defies my sense of the nature of God to believe that God required a rest. Perhaps he did not need one  but rested as an example to humans. Humans, God knew needed rest, showed us by example, and decreed that we all need to take sabbath rest.

Often ministers are tempted to ignore this edict. They assume that if we work a little harder or a little better, our churches shall really thrive, new converts will be added daily, and more people will begin to tithe. We can talk ourselves into believing that it is all up to us and our exaggerated work ethic. There are times when we are tempted to skip our sabbath. It is sad when elders let us do this. Sometimes they ignore our overwork. Other times they praise us for over-working and/or sabbath breaking. This, of course, leads to tired clergy who don’t function at their best. Sabbath is good for us.

My Sabbath has come. Soon I will be leaving on vacation to my cabin. I will be away through Labor Day and will not be blogging during this time. I thank all of you who have been reading my blogs and especially those of you who have commented on them and dialogued with me about them. Not all the comments have been kind and supportive. Some have even been a little rude. Nevertheless, reading my blogs, and commenting, takes time and effort. I consider it a compliment when a person takes such time. Thank you.

Please look for  my writings again after Labor Day. Until then, have a blessed summer!

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To read more of Pastor Mark’s writings, please order a copy of his book:

https://deepriverbooks.com/books/the-circle-of-seven/

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Musings ministeriales del lunes Por el reverendo Mark William Ennis Blog Número 26 29 de julio de 2019 Sábado descanso

Musings ministeriales del lunes
Por el reverendo Mark William Ennis
Blog Número 26
29 de julio de 2019
Sábado descanso

La Escritura nos dice que después de que Dios creó, descansó. Ahora no pretendo saber por qué Dios necesitaría descansar. Ciertamente Jesús, en forma humana necesitaba descanso, pero ¿por qué Dios, fuera de la forma humana, posiblemente necesitaría descansar? Desafía mi sentido de la naturaleza de Dios creer que Dios requería un descanso. Tal vez no necesitaba uno, pero descansaba como un ejemplo para los humanos. Los seres humanos, Dios sabía que necesitaban descanso, nos mostraron con el ejemplo, y decretaron que todos necesitamos descansar el día de reposo.

A menudo los ministros se sienten tentados a ignorar este edicto. Ellos asumen que si trabajamos un poco más duro o un poco mejor, nuestras iglesias realmente prosperarán, se agregarán nuevos conversos diariamente, y más personas comenzarán a adelantarse. Podemos convencernos a nosotros mismos para que creamos que todo depende de nosotros y de nuestra ética de trabajo exagerada. Hay momentos en que nos sentimos tentados a saltarnos el día de reposo. Es triste cuando los ancianos nos dejan hacer esto.A menudo los ministros se sienten tentados a ignorar este edicto. Ellos asumen que si trabajamos un poco más duro o un poco mejor, nuestras iglesias realmente prosperarán, se agregarán nuevos conversos diariamente, y más personas comenzarán a adelantarse. Podemos convencernos a nosotros mismos para que creamos que todo depende de nosotros y de nuestra ética de trabajo exagerada. Hay momentos en que nos sentimos tentados a saltarnos el día de reposo. Es triste cuando los ancianos nos dejan hacer esto.

A menudo los ministros se sienten tentados a ignorar este edicto. Ellos asumen que si trabajamos un poco más duro o un poco mejor, nuestras iglesias realmente prosperarán, se agregarán nuevos conversos diariamente, y más personas comenzarán a adelantarse. Podemos convencernos a nosotros mismos para que creamos que todo depende de nosotros y de nuestra ética de trabajo exagerada. Hay momentos en que nos sentimos tentados a saltarnos el día de reposo. Es triste cuando los ancianos nos dejan hacer esto.

#ReformedChurchInAmerica                                             #ClintonAvenueReformedChurch

#PastorMarkAuthor.com                                                     #Creation

#SabbathRest                                                                       #ClergyBurnOut

To read more of Pastor Mark’s writings, please order a copy of his book:

https://deepriverbooks.com/books/the-circle-of-seven/

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: A Sure Supply

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

A Sure Supply

Philippians 4:19New International Version (NIV)

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

One lesson that Jesus would teach us is to have confidence that God answers every true petition.  Skeptics may question it, humanists may deny it, and intellectuals may ridicule it.  Yet here is Christ’s own promise:  “If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).

 

Does this verse mean that God gives us a blank check (so to speak) when we pray?  Does he promise to give us anything we want, if we just keep asking?  No.  God loves us too much to answer prayers that are foolish or might harm us.  But the closer we get to Him—the more we abide in Him and His word abides in us—the more we will desire what He desires, and the more our prayers will reflect His will.

 

The Bible promises, “No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless” (Psalm 84:11, NIV).  Trust that promise with all your soul.

 

Peace & Love

The Friendly Church