Our Daily Elder Devotional: What Really Matters

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.

What Really Matters

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Philippians 2:3-4New International Version (NIV)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Two men sat down to review their business trip and its results.  One said he thought the trip had been worthwhile because some meaningful new relationships had begun through their business contacts.  The other said, “Relationships are fine, but selling is what matters most.”  Obviously they had very different agendas.

 

It is all too easy-whether in business, family, or church-to view others from the perspective of how they can benefit us.  We value them for what we can get from them, rather than focusing on how we can serve them in Jesus’ name.  In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote, 3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

 

People are not to be used for our own benefit.  Because they are loved by God and we are loved by Him, we love on another.  His love is the greatest love of all.

 

Teach me, Lord, to see people as You do-bearing Your image, being worthy of Your love, and needing Your care.  May Your great love find in my heart a vessel through which that love can be displayed.

 

Joy comes from putting another’s needs ahead of our own.

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Future Life

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.

The Future Life

Psalm 103:15New International Version (NIV)

15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;

The Bible reminds us that our days are as grass.  For a brief time we flourish, but soon we wither and die.  Yet the minutes of our lives can be flecked with the gold of eternity.  Instead of wasting them—as we so easily do—God exhorts us to redeem time.

 

But our lives are also immortal.  God made us different from the other creatures.  He made us in His own image, a living soul.  Don’t let anyone tell you that we are simply a higher species of animal.  If you believe that, you will begin to act like one.  No!  You are far greater.

 

One thousand years from this day you will be more alive than you are at this moment.  The Bible teaches that life does not end at the cemetery.  There is a future life with God for those who put their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.  There is also a future hell of separation  from God where all are going who have refused, rejected, or neglected to receive His son, Jesus Christ.

 

Make sure of your relationship with Christ, and then ask God to help you live each day for His glory.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Light of God’s Love

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.

The Light of God’s Love

Psalm 104:1New King James Version (NKJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,

Psalm 104:1New International Version (NIV)

1 Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Psalm 104:5New King James Version (NKJV)

You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,

Psalm 104:5New International Version (NIV)

He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.

 

God’s love did not start at Calvary.  Before the morning stars sang together, before the world was baptized with the first light, before the first tender blades of grass peeped out, God was love.

 

Turn back to the unwritten pages of countless eons before God spoke this present earth into existence, when the earth was “without form and void” and the deep, silent darkness of space stood in stark contrast to the brilliance of God’s glory and His cherubim and seraphim.

 

Even then, God was love.  Before the worlds were created, He knew all about us and the need we would have some day for Christ to die for us.  So in His love “he chose us in him before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4 NIV).

 

God does not change—and neither does His love.  He loved you before you were born…He loves you now…and He will love you forever.  Will you love Him in return?

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: Finding Healing

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September 13, 2018

Finding Healing

Seventeen years later, we still remember the attack of September 11. Many still have open wounds from this event. Others of us are wounded from bad relationships, physical difficulties, and bad memories that we can’t get rid of

We offer you as service of healing at Clinton Avenue Reformed Church on Sunday September 16. Have our elders pray over you and give you the healing that you seek. Come, you are invited.

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Importance of Prayer

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 my heart.cThe Importance of Prayer

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2 Chronicles 7:14New King James Version (NKJV)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Romans 12:12New International Version (NIV)

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Philippians 4:6-7New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GodAnd the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I have seen, in my lifetime, many times that fervent prayer has caused things to change for people, in all different types of circumstances.  The change might be from above to you, or it might only be within you (a change how you deal with the adversity).  If you cultivate a strong prayer life, it will change your life.  We all seek peace in our hearts and minds.  If you open a conversation (pray) then you will find that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.

 

Treat yourself to the experience of a wonderfully uplifting movie.  I urge you get the DVD for the movie called War Room.  It is not about a battlefield and bloody fighting.  It is a heart warming story about how prayer can change your life and those around you.  We often complain about the fact that movies are not wholesome and don’t express family values.  Here is your opportunity to support those types of movies and to encourage more to be made.

 

Jesus, thank You for the men and women that stand up for their faith and present an encouraging Christian message for all to see.  Give us the courage and the desire to do the same, by our words and by our actions.  Help us to develop a truly strong prayer life so that we can talk to You and Your Father throughout each and every day.  Amen.

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org September 11, 2018 Remembering The September 11 Attack

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September 11, 2018

Remembering The September 11 Attack

 

Seventeen years later, we still remember the attack of September 11.

 

We continue to pray for those who mourn their loved ones.

 

We continue to pray for the survivors who live with horrible memories.

 

We continue to pray for those suffering from diseases from their rescue efforts.

 

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