Our Daily Elder Devotional: Today’s devotional is from my heart to you.

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 is from my heart to you.

 

Matthew 7:1Amplified Bible (AMP)

Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.

A poem: Heaven’s Surprise

I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all, nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal? I would love to hear your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.

‘And why’s everyone so quiet, so somber – give me a clue.’
‘Hush, child,’ He said, ‘they’re all in shock. No one thought they’d be seeing you.’

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Pass the Blessings On to 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 is from my heart to you.

 

Pass the Blessings On to Others

 

Numbers 6:24-26 New International Version (NIV)

24 “‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’

 

Note: “The Lord” used here is Jehovah, or “I Am”, not a reference to the Lord Jesus.

1 Peter 3:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.

God pours his blessings out upon us.  We are then expected to bless others.  Through your actions and speech, God’s love is shown to all those you meet.  God’s blessings spread through me.  I must fight against the pull of the world.  I must get involved in something greater than myself.  I must reflect on the blessings that God has given me.  But I must remember that the measure of my spirituality is my devotion to Jesus Christ, not my service to others.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Today’s devotional is from my heart to you.

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 is from my heart to you.

 

Thanking God Always

Colossians 3:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Lord Jesus, I find it difficult to remember to give You thanks when things go wrong in my life.  I know that I should be giving thanks even before I go into my car for safe travels that I will have.  I know that I should be giving thanks to You when things don’t go the way that I think that they should go.  Please help me to realize that Your plans are much better than my plans, after all You know all that is going on around me and how it all will work out in the long run.  I need to be reminded that You might be trying to teach me something about this world of ours and maybe even about Your love for me.  Please help me to maintain an open heart and mind.  Amen.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Privilege 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 “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

The Privilege of Prayer

John 16:24New International Version (NIV)

24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

What a privilege is ours: the privilege of prayer! Just think of it: you and I have the incredible privilege of approaching the God of the Universe, “the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, who’s name is Holy (Isaiah 57:15)!  We can only do this because Jesus Christ has opened the way.

We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving.

We are to pray in times off prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud.

We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting.

We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient.

Pray, believing, in the promise of God’s Word that “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: A Beacon of Hope

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 Beacon of Hope

 

John 14:3New International Version (NIV)

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

The late C.S. Lewis in his remarkable book Christian Behavior, said, “Hope it is one of the theological virtues.” He meant that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not, as some people think, form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.

This does not mean we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world with those who thought the most of the next. It is only since Christians have largely ceased to think of the next world that they have become so ineffective in this one.  “Aim at heaven,” said Lewis, “and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth, and you will get neither.”

In the midst of pessimism, gloom and frustration of the present hour there is one bright beacon of hope—and that is the promise of Jesus Christ, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself” (John 14:3).

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Overflowing Joy

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.

Overflowing Joy

Galatians 5:22Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

The word joy has all but disappeared from our current Christian vocabulary. One reason is because we have confuse joy with happiness, and I’ve come to believe it is found in pleasure, Security, and prosperity. In doing this, however, we have believed the lie that Satan is constantly telling the world to believe.

But James did not say, “count it all joy when you fall into an easy chair” he said, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2).

Joy is not the same as happiness—although they may overlap. Happiness depends on circumstances; joy depends on God. Happiness vanishes when life turns painful; joy keeps going and may even grow.

Joy comes from a living, vital relationship with God. It comes from knowing this world is only temporary, and someday we will be with God forever. It comes from the fact that although we do not yet see God, we “believe in him and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8, NIV).  It comes from a life of submission to the Holy Spirit—regardless of circumstances.

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Serving God with Our Prayers

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.

Serving God with Our Prayers

God often chooses to move through our prayers to accomplish His work.  We see this when God told the prophet Elijah, “I will send rain on the land,” promising to end a drought in Israel that had lasted three and a half years (James 5:17).  Even though God had promised rain, a short time later “Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees”—praying intently for the rain to come (1 Kings 18:42).  Then while he continued to pray, Elijah sent his servant to go and look out over the ocean “seven times,” scanning the horizon for any sign of rain (1 Kings 18:43).

 

Elijah understood that God wants us to join in His work through humble, persistent prayer.  Regardless of our human limitations, God may choose to move through our praying in amazing ways.  That’s why the letter of James tells us that “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results,” all the while reminding us that “Elijah was as human as we are” (James 5:17 NLT).

 

When we make it our aim to serve God through praying faithfully as Elijah did, we’re taking part in a beautiful privilege—where at any moment we may be given a front-row seat to a miracle!  James Banks

 

1 Kings 18:41-45New International Version (NIV)

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.

 

How can I serve You through my prayers today, Father?

 

Great expectation on our part honors God.

The Friendly Church