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Our Daily Elder Devotional: God’s Hand of Blessing

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 Hand of Blessing

James 1:17New International Version (NIV)

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

In the midst of the Lord’s Prayer are those familiar words:  “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).  They remind us that we are dependent on God for everything, and He is the giver of every blessing.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).

 

Some people say, “Why should I pray for my daily bread?  I can take care of my own needs!”  But listen:  If it weren’t for God’s love and grace, you wouldn’t have anything.  We need to pray this prayer every day, because we need to be reminded to trust God in everything

 

This prayer reminds us also of Jesus words: “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger” (John 6:35).  Thank God for all His gifts—especially Christ, the greatest gift of all.
(Frank’s note: God provides the life that you live every day, each day is a gift from God, not to be taken for granted.)

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Trusting God

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.

Trusting God

Psalm 63:2New International Version (NIV)

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

Isaiah 40:10-11New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
He will rule with a powerful arm.
See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

Psalm 139:7-10Amplified Bible (AMP)


Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
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Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will take hold of me.

I want you to learn a new habit.  Try saying, “I trust You, Jesus,” in response to whatever happens to you.  If there is time, think about who I am in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depths and the breadth of My Love for you.

 

This simple practice will help you see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe.  When you view events from this perspective—through the Light of My universal Presence—fear loses its grip on you.  Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what.  You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace.  Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me.

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I can not read today’s devotional without turning back to a song that I know and hear often in my head.  I share it here with you and hope it blesses you also.  From John H. Sammis, 1887.

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  1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
  2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
  3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
  4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
  5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

 

SPECIAL NOTE:  God continues to teach me and humble me.  When it appears that “all is lost” if we can only “trust and obey” we will see how truly awesome our God is  28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.  Romans 8:28Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 12 April 22, 2019 Holy Week Holy Work

Monday Ministerial Musings

By Rev. Mark William Ennis

Blog Number 12

April 22, 2019

Holy Week Holy Work

 

Holy Week has now ended. Every pastor is tired at the end of this week. It is a time of extra hours, extra visits, and extra worship services. No, I’m not complaining. As a child in church I realized how much time we spent in church during Holy Week. I knew what ministerial requirements were during this season before I was ever ordained. I’m simply pointing out the work that every minister experiences during this time.

Each of these activities greatly moves me. It is a deeply spiritual week for me, perhaps my favorite of the year. Yet, this year was a little different.  Some of us participated in Holy Week Work that I found very rewarding. It involved a weekly ministry that our church regularly engages help for the day laborers in town. We make weekly lunches and distribute them to the corners of town where the laborers gather, hoping for work. Our Spanish language skills are not sufficient to engage these workers in counseling or prayer, but the lunches are a start.

This Holy Week, we were able to distribute more than just lunches. We had palm crosses that were surplus from our Palm Sunday services. These we distributed along with the lunches. We said blessings on them as we passed them out. Many workers crossed themselves in blessing as they accepted these crosses. We had done more than passed out lunches, we gave them tangible reminders of the love of Christ. This was our good Holy Work of Holy Week; bringing Christ to the humble workers who are so often overlooked by the larger society.

#ReformedChurchInAmerica                                             #ClintonAvenueReformedChurch

#HolyWeek                                                                            #DayLaborer

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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Lunes Ministerial Musings  por el Reverendo Mark William Ennis  blog número 12  abril 22, 2019  semana santa obra Santa

Lunes Ministerial Musings
por el Reverendo Mark William Ennis
blog número 12
abril 22, 2019
semana santa obra Santa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La semana Santa ya ha terminado. Cada pastor está cansado al final de esta semana. Es un tiempo de horas extras, visitas extras y servicios de adoración extra. No, no me quejo. De niño en la iglesia me di cuenta de cuánto tiempo pasamos en la iglesia durante la semana Santa. Yo sabía cuáles eran los requisitos ministeriales durante esta temporada antes de ser ordenado. Simplemente estoy señalando el trabajo que cada ministro experimenta durante este tiempo.

Cada una de estas actividades me conmueve mucho. Es una semana profundamente espiritual para mí, tal vez mi favorita del año. Sin embargo, este año fue un poco diferente. Algunos de nosotros participamos en el trabajo de la semana Santa que me pareció muy gratificante. Se trataba de un Ministerio semanal que nuestra iglesia regularmente involucra ayuda para los obreros del día en la ciudad. Hacemos almuerzos semanales y los distribuimos a los rincones de la ciudad donde se reúnen los obreros, con la esperanza de trabajar.Nuestras habilidades lingüísticas españolas no son suficientes para involucrar a estos trabajadores en el asesoramiento o la oración, pero los almuerzos son un comienzo.

Esta semana Santa, hemos sido capaces de distribuir más que sólo almuerzos. Teníamos cruces de palmeras que eran excedentes de nuestros servicios de Palm Sunday. Estos nos distribuimos junto con los almuerzos. Dijimos bendiciones sobre ellos mientras los aprobamos. Muchos trabajadores se cruzaron en bendición al aceptar estas cruces. Habíamos hecho más que pasar los almuerzos, les dimos recordatorios tangibles del amor de Cristo.

 

#ReformedChurchInAmerica                                             #ClintonAvenueReformedChurch

#HolyWeek                                                                            #DayLaborers

Para leer más de los escritos del Pastor Mark, por favor ordene una copia de su libro:

 

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

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Jesus Died for the Ungodly

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.

 

Jesus Died for the Ungodly

Romans 5:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God designed the salvation plan before the Universe was created.  God is omniscient, which means that God knows everything.  He knew that Adam and Eve would sin and He had a choice in how to handle it.  His love for us outweighed His disappointment.  Amazing Love!  How can we contain ourselves from telling others  what a change this has made in our lives?

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Jesus Resurrection

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.

 

Jesus Resurrection

Mark 16:6New International Version (NIV)

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him”.

Christians all over the world just celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.  The resurrection declares that:

 

  1. Jesus is truly God.
  2. Death has been utterly defeated.
  3. We also will rise from death.
  4. All of our sins are forgiven.

 

Many people wonder why we choose to be Christians.  They wonder why we believe as we do.  How can we contain ourselves from telling others how happy we are and what a change this has made in our lives?

 

Luke 19:40Amplified Bible (AMP)

40 Jesus replied, “I tell you, if these [people] keep silent, the stones will cry out [in praise]!”

We are His shining lights in this dark world.  Shine God’s love and light in all that you do today and every day.

 

All Christians today greet each other with:  He is Risen!  and the reply comes:  He is risen indeed!

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: All for Jesus

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.

All for Jesus

1 John 5:20New International Version (NIV)

20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

In His Steps, by Charles M. Sheldon, tells of a challenge given by a pastor to his people to pledge for one year not to do anything without first asking the question: “What would Jesus do?”

 

This challenge was kindled when a shabby man, mourning his wife who had died in poverty, stumbled into a wealthy church and addressed the congregation.  He said, “I heard some people singing at a church prayer meeting the other night: ‘All for Jesus! All for Jesus! / All my being’s ransomed powers; / All my thoughts and words and doings, / All my days and all my hours.’  I kept wondering as I sat on the steps outside just what they meant by it.  It seems to me there’s an awful lot of trouble in the world that somehow would not exist if all people who sing such songs went and lived them out”.

 

If someone posed the same question to us, what would be our response?  Do we live our lives with the thought, “What would Jesus do?”  Do we put it into practice every day?