Our Daily Elder Devotional: God’s Work

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.

God’s Work

Isaiah 26:3Amplified Bible (AMP)

“You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both [b]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 26:3 Lit peace, peace, a Hebrew idiom of emphasis.
  2. Isaiah 26:3 The Hebrew word for inclination became a technical term in Jewish tradition, and the rabbis frequently referred to the “evil inclination” much in the same sense as the sin nature. They also recognized a “good inclination,” which the righteous choose to follow, and urged people to make their good inclination king over the evil inclination.

Peace carries with it the idea of unity, completeness, rest, ease, and security.  Many times when I meet Jewish friends I greet them with “Shalom,” the Hebrew word for peace.  And often, when I greet my Arab friends I use a similar term that they use for peace, “Salam.”

 

Notice the key phrase in that verse: “whose mind is steadfast…in You.”  When troubles hit, our minds naturally focus on them.  When suffering comes, all we can think about is the pain.  It takes a deliberate act of the will to turn away from the problem and focus our minds on God.

 

When our minds are stayed on God, we won’t be worried about the future, because we know it is in His hands.  We won’t tremble over what might happen, because our lives are built upon the solid rock of Christ.

 

When you and I yield to worry, we deny our Guide the right to lead us forward in confidence and peace.  Don’t cause Him to grieve over you by indulging in worry, but trust everything into His all-loving care.

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: A Great Gift

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 Great Gift

Romans 14:17New King James Version (NKJV)

17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

To the great gift of forgiveness God adds the great gift of the Holy Spirit.  He is the source of power who meets our need to escape from the miserable weakness that grips us.  He gives us the power to be truly good, as we yield ourselves to Him.

 

If we are to live a life of sanity in our modern world. If we wish to be men and women who can live victoriously, we need the two-sided gift God has offered us.  First, the work of the Son of God for us; second, the work of the Spirit of God in us.  In this way God has answered humanity’s two greatest cries: the cry for forgiveness and the cry for goodness.

 

As a friend of mine has said, “I need Jesus Christ for my eternal life, and the Holy Spirit of God for my internal life.”  He might have added, “…so I can live my external life to the fullest.”

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: God’s Work

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.

God’s Work

Romans 8:14New International Version (NIV)

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

The first key for usefulness in God’s Kingdom is humility.  Pride cuts us off from God (and from other people), and deceives us into thinking we can do God’s work without God’s power.  When we rely on the Holy Spirit, however, He sanctifies us and empowers us so we can be effective tools in God’s hands.

 

But there is a second key, and that is faith—faith that God is sovereign, and that He is at work, even if we can’t see it.  Habakkuk complained to God that evil people were winning the day.  But God replied, “I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you” (Hab. 1:5).

 

God is at work, even in the midst of the problems, pessimism, and frustrations of our day.  He alone is sovereign—and that is why we can trust Him, even when the way seems dark.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: A New Creation

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 New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

I once heard a carpenter say that it is always better and usually more economical, to construct a new house than to patch up an old one.  This is even more true in the spiritual realm.

 

The old nature with its deceitfulness, its depravity, and its wickedness must give way to a new nature.  And this is exactly what God stands ready to do.  God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you” (Ezek. 36:26).

 

What a challenge!  It is more difficult to change our dispositions than it is our apparel.  As a matter of fact, it is utterly impossible for us to change our dispositions in our own strength.

 

But God can!  “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation.”  God doesn’t just want to patch us up.  He wants to remake us completely into the likeness of Christ!  He wants to come into our lives and begin to change us from within.  Have you asked Him to do that?  He Will!

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Shocking Honesty

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.

Shocking Honesty

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1 Peter 3:7-12New Living Translation (NLT)

Husbands

In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

All Christians

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 10 For the Scriptures say,

“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”[b]

Footnotes:

  1. 3:8 Greek Show brotherly love.
  2. 3:10-12 Ps 34:12-16.

When the minister asked one of the elders to lead the congregation in prayer, the man shocked everyone.  “I’m sorry, Pastor,” he said, “but I’ve been arguing with his wife all the way to church, and I’m in no condition to pray.”  The next moment was awkward.  The minister prayed.  The service moved on.  Later, the pastor vowed never to ask anyone to pray publicly without first asking privately.

 

That man demonstrated astonishing honesty in a place where hypocrisy would have been easier.  But there is a larger lesson about prayer here.  God is a loving Father.  If I as a husband do not respect and honor my wife—a cherished daughter of God—why would our heavenly Father hear my prayers?

 

The apostle Peter made an interesting observation about this.  He instructed husbands to treat their wives with respect and as equal heirs in Christ “so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7).  The underlying principle is that our relationships affect our prayer life.

 

What would happen if we exchanged the Sunday smiles and the facade of religiosity for refreshing honesty with our brothers and sisters?  What might God do through us when we pray and learn to love each other as we love ourselves?  Tim Gustafson.

 

Father, You love all of Your children, but so often we fight and disagree.  Help us learn to interact with love and respect in all our relationships so the world will see the difference You make. Teach us to pray.

 

Prayer is simply an honest conversation with God.

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church  www.clintonave.org  November 7, 2018 Sunday Sermon Tease  Bloom Where You Are Planted

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
http://www.clintonave.org

November 7, 2018

Sunday Sermon Tease

Bloom Where You Are Planted

“Bloom Where You Are Planted” was a slogan made famous by the late Robert Schuller. Many people appreciated him, and many did not. Many were empowered by his slogans and many tried to ignore the slogans. This particular one resonates with our Sunday gospel.

Persecution begins against the church in Jerusalem and the church members scatter into the country-side and the Apostles travel out to different towns. Wherever they wide up, they preach Christ, heal, and baptize in the name of Jesus. In other words, they bloomed where they were planted.

After each worship service we scatter into the world. Do we bloom for Jesus wherever we go? Where is Jesus sending you this week? Are you ready? Who will you disciple in the name of Jesus?

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Clinton Avenue reformated Church  www.clintonave.org  7 de noviembre, 2018  Domingo sermón tease  floración donde se siembra

Clinton Avenue reformated Church
http://www.clintonave.org

7 de noviembre, 2018
Domingo sermón tease

floración donde se siembra

“Bloom donde se siembra” fue un eslogan hecho famoso por el difunto Robert Schuller. Mucha gente lo apreciaba, y muchos no. Muchos fueron empoderados por sus eslóganes y muchos trataron de ignorar los eslóganes. Este particular resuena con nuestro evangelio dominical.

La persecución comienza en contra de la iglesia en Jerusalén y los miembros de la iglesia se dispersan en el lado del país y los apóstoles viajan a diferentes ciudades. Dondequiera que se levanten, predican a Cristo, sanan y bautizan en el nombre de Jesús. En otras palabras, florecieron donde fueron plantados.

Después de cada servicio de adoración nos esparcimos en el mundo. ¿Florecemos para Jesús dondequiera que vayamos? ¿Adónde te envía Jesús esta semana? ¿Estás listo? ¿A quién vas a discipular en el nombre de Jesús?

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#BergenfieldNJ                                              #Child-Friendly

#BeingReady                                                #BloomWhereYouArePlanted

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