Our Daily Elder Devotional: Unworthy not Worthless

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 to you.

Unworthy not Worthless

Ephesians 1:4New King James Version (NKJV)

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

We must understand the important difference between the truth – we are unworthy of God’s grace, and the lie – that we are worthless in God’s eyes.  God would never have sent His only begotten Son to suffer and die to save us if we were worthless.

 

Matthew 10:29-31Amplified Bible (AMP)

29 Are not two little sparrows sold for a [a]copper coin? And yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered [for the Father is sovereign and has complete knowledge].31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 10:29 Gr assarion, a Roman coin equal to a 16th of a denarius (the denarius was counted as a day’s wages for an unskilled worker).

 

We all struggle with our guilt for our sins.  It is really easy for us to fall into the trap that Satan sets for us…you are worthless…God will never forgive you for this new sin.  This time you’ve gone too far!  We need to tune Satan out and tune Jesus in.

 

Jesus says over and over that He loves us.  He even tells us how MUCH He loves us.   Just extend both arms all the way out your right arm to your right and your left arm to your left.  Many parents teach their children how much that they love us when we are little children with that same type of pose.  Jesus on the Cross is also clearly saying, “I love you this much”.

 

Ephesians 1:7New International Version (NIV)

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

We need to reject Satan’s words because God’s Word clearly states that He forgives us and loves us!

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Clinton Avenue reformado Church  www.clintonave.org  2017 blog número 312  diciembre 16, 2017  Navidad en Tierra Santa

Clinton Avenue reformado Church
http://www.clintonave.org
2017 blog número 312
diciembre 16, 2017
Navidad en Tierra Santa

Me dicen personas que conozco que han visitado la Tierra Santa que la ciudad de Belén en Palestina, es bastante empobrecida. Se asienta detrás del muro de seguridad que se erigió para mantener a los manifestantes violentos de Cisjordania, pero una consecuencia no intencionada es la depresión económica de las partes de Palestina detrás del muro. Pocos peregrinos llegarán a Belén a causa del muro de seguridad. Los cristianos palestinos sufrirán más.

Algunos palestinos decidieron celebrar una protesta desde que nuestro Presidente movió nuestra Embajada a Jerusalén. En lugar de una protesta pacífica, eligieron tener una protesta violenta. Esto da una justificación adicional a los israelíes para mantener el muro de seguridad y reprimir a los palestinos.

Los cristianos palestinos adoran al Dios de Abraham. Los musulmanes palestinos también adoran al Dios de Abraham. Los judíos adoran al Dios de Abraham. Los musulmanes y los judíos son medio hermanos y hermanas. El Dios de Abraham llora cuando sus hijos se hieren unos a otros.

Espero que esta familia aprenda a amar y a acariciarse unos a otros para que el ciclo de la violencia termine y el Dios de Abraham ya no llore.

#clintonavereformedchurch                    #revmarkwilliamennis

#Palestine                                               #Israel

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Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2017 Blog Number 312 December 16, 2017 Christmas In The Holy Land

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
www.clintonave.org
2017 Blog Number 312
December 16, 2017
Christmas In The Holy Land

I’m told by people I know who have visited the Holy Land that the town of Bethlehem in Palestine, is quite impoverished. It sits behind the security wall that was erected to keep violent protestors from the West Bank but an unintended consequence is the economic depression of of the parts of Palestine behind the wall. Few pilgrims will get to Bethlehem because of the security wall. Palestinian Christians will suffer the most.

Some Palestinians decided to hold a protest since our president moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Instead of a peaceful protest, they chose to have a violent protest. This gives further justification to the Israelis to keep the security wall and to crack down on Palestinians.

Palestinian Christians worship the God of Abraham. Palestinians Muslims also worship the God of Abraham. Jews worship the God of Abraham. Muslims and Jews are half-brothers and sisters. The God of Abraham cries when his children hurt one another.

I do hope that this family learns to love and cherish one another so that the cycle of violence ends and the God of Abraham is no longer crying.

#clintonavereformedchurch                    #revmarkwilliamennis

#Palestine                                                     #Israel

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: God’s Perfect Plan

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 Perfect Plan

Romans 12:2New International Version (NIV)

Do not  conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The Bible reveals that God has a plan for every life, and that if we live in constant fellowship with Him, He will direct and lead us in the fulfillment of this plan.

 

God does not reveal His plan through fortune tellers, astrologers, soothsayers, and workers of hocus-pocus.  His perfect will is reserved for those who have trusted Christ for salvation.  He shares His secrets only with those who are redeemed and transformed, and who humbly seek His will for their lives.

 

You cannot know the will of God for your life unless you first come to the Cross and confess that you are a sinner and receive Christ as Lord and Savior.  Once you do come to Him, you begin a whole new life—life not lived for yourself but for Christ.  From that moment on God wants to show you His will.  Whatever decisions you face today, commit them to God and ask Him to guide you—and He will.

Clinton Avenue reformado Church  www.clintonave.org  2017 blog número 311  Diciembre 15, 2017  la lista de Schindler

Clinton Avenue reformado Church
http://www.clintonave.org
2017 blog número 311
Diciembre 15, 2017
la lista de Schindler

Hoy es el aniversario de la inauguración de la lista de Schindler de la película. Se abrió por primera vez en 1993. La película ganó siete premios Oscar de doce nominaciones. Mi propia opinión es que debería haber ganado los doce. Fue una película maravillosa y poderosa que sigo viendo de vez en cuando.

Oskar Schindler, el héroe de la película, no es nadie a quien yo respetaría ni miraría. Era un mujeriego que engañaba a su esposa. Su meta en la vida era no hacer nada más que enriquecerse a sí mismo. Su objetivo en la vida es volver a Alemania con dos maletas llenas de dinero. El placer y la riqueza son sus metas. No es nadie a quien quisiera hacer amistad. Y sin embargo…

Y aún así, Schindler hizo lo correcto. Cambia y empieza a valorar más a los seres humanos que a la riqueza y al placer. Salva a 1000 seres humanos. Eventualmente fue invitado por Israel a plantar un árbol de justicia.

 

Ahora estamos en las estaciones de Hanukkah y Navidad. Estas estaciones celebran la luz que entra en un mundo oscuro. Vivimos en un mundo que continúa colocando materialismo sobre las personas y las relaciones. En este tiempo, vamos a reflexionar sobre Oscar Schindler. Podemos estar dispuestos a valorar a las personas por encima del materialismo. Seremos luces en un mundo oscuro. Así que, déjanos vivir.

#clintonavereformedchurch                    #revmarkwilliamennis

#Oskar Schindler

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Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2017 Blog Number 311 December 15, 2017 Schindler’s List

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
www.clintonave.org
2017 Blog Number 311
December 15, 2017
Schindler’s List

Today is the anniversary of the opening of the movie Schindler’s List. It first opened in 1993. The film won seven Oscar awards out of twelve nominations. My own opinion is that it should have won all twelve. It was a wonderful and powerful movie that I still watch from time to time.

Oskar Schindler, the hero of the movie, is not anyone that I would respect or look up to. He was a womanizer who cheated on his wife. His goal in life was to do nothing but enrich himself. His goal in life is to return to Germany with two suitcases full of money. Pleasure and wealth are his goals. He is no one that I would wish to befriend. And yet…

And yet, Schindler did the right thing. He changes and begins to value human beings more than wealth and pleasure. He saves one thousand human beings. Eventually he was invited by Israel to plant a tree of righteousness.

We are now in the seasons of Hanukkah and Christmas. These seasons celebrate light coming into a dark world. We live in a world that continues to put materialism over people and relationships. In this time, let us reflect on Oscar Schindler. May we be willing to value people above materialism. We will be lights in a dark world. So, let us live.

#clintonavereformedchurch                    #revmarkwilliamennis

#Oskar Schindler

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Confession and Cleansing

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.

Confession and Cleansing

1 John 1:9New International Version (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Corrie ten Boom tells a story of a little girl who broke one of her mother’s demitasse cups.  The little girl came to her mother sobbing, “Oh Mama, I’m so sorry I broke your beautiful cup.”

The mother replied, “I know you’re sorry and I forgive you.  Now don’t cry any more.”  The mother then swept up the broken pieces and placed them in the trash can.  But the little girl enjoyed the guilty feeling.  She went to the trash can, picked out pieces of the cup, brought them to her mother sobbing, “Mother, I’m so sorry that I broke your pretty cup.”

This time her mother spoke firmly to her, “Take those pieces and put them back in the trash can.  Don’t be silly enough to take them out again.  I told you I forgave you, so don’t cry any more….”

Don’t keep holding on to your guilt.  If you have confessed your sins to Christ, He has forgiven them and taken them away—forever.

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