Daily Devotionals

 
 
 

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New Year’s Devotion

Read: Hebrews 12:1-2

Bible Passage

 

Happy New Year 2020 to each one of you readers, and your families! There are three ways we can participate in God’s continuing work of Grace (=His undeserved Love) in our lives this year.

First, get rid of everything (good or bad) that distracts you from focusing on Jesus, and resolve to grow in your intimacy with Him (Hebrews 12:1-2). After all, He’s the only One who loves us despite our being broken and flawed inside, and gave His life to begin a relationship with Him – a relationship that will grow us to be just like Him. Second, refuse to be satisfied with yesterday’s (2019’s) faith and experiences of God (Philippians 3:12-14). Instead do everything in your power to grow in your knowledge of Him, to experience the power of His Grace working through you in building His Kingdom in new ways. And finally, let’s be done with “empty religion”. That’s the religion that is repetitive, devoid of expectation and meaning, and is unproductive. Instead let 2020 be a year where we remind ourselves that we are in a real and exciting “race” – a life lived for (and with) Christ, full of excitement and divine activity, that we will seriously “train” for (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). DAILY! By daily Bible reading (and sometimes study), daily meditation, daily prayer, daily worship, daily “growing in faith to serve Christ”. That is sure to produce results!

 

Wesley’s Covenant Prayer:

I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you, Praised for you or criticized for you. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service. And now, O wonderful and holy God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, you are mine, and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it also be made in heaven.  Amen.

 

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A Christmas Devotional

Watch this space for a New Year’s Eve devotion, and later for a daily devotion based on Mark’s Gospel from January 6, 2020.

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Matthew 1:18-25

Bible Passage

[Please read and meditate on the passage before (or after) reading the devotion.]

 

“…you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” This should have been the most exciting and happiest news that Joseph was ever given. But was he excited? Was he happy? I’m not sure, or else why did the angel also say, “do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife…”? We sometimes forget that what has become good news for us may have been very scary news for Joseph. Christmas often causes the same response for some. Yes, Jesus has come into the world, but why have circumstances become worse for me? Jesus came to save us from sin, but who will save us from the sinner that oppresses us? Christmas is all about God coming to heal our broken relationship with Him, but why is there no healing in the broken relationships within our families? Not all questions have immediate answers. And maybe we can learn from Joseph who took God one promise at a time. For the moment Christmas means “Immanuel” – God with us. And so he took God at his word and named the baby “Jesus”. God would save. Sometimes faith means that we need to wait, even with all our questions. And hold on to “God with us”.

 

Prayer: I miss those that are no longer with me, Lord. Some have gone to be with you, some have just gone… But you came Lord Jesus so that I will never be lonely again. Ever. I have my questions, yes. And some of them are louder in a “happy” time like Christmas. But I am encouraged by Joseph, that even though he may not have had all his questions answered, he believed, and obeyed. And experienced “Immanuel” – God with us – in the flesh! I want to also, my Lord. May this Christmas mean more than the glitter, the gifts, the food. Please make yourself known to me as Immanuel. Amen.

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Coming Soon in January 2020!

Beginning on January 6, 2020, Pastor Sunil will be sharing a daily devotional from the Gospel of Mark. We hope you will join us on this meaningful journey!

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