Everything listed under: devotion

  • Stop Doubting -- But Believe!

    "Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Take your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue to doubt, but believe.” John 20:27I'm fairly confident that if I were with the apostles after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus that I am sure that you would be reading my name instead of Thomas' in John 20!   Read More...

  • All are Justified

    "Because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:23-24 (EHV)Most of you are well-aware that the impeachment inquiry hearings started today. Although this is not a trial—it’s part of investigation into determining whether or not President Trump has done anything that might be an impeachable offense, I can’t help but think of a courtroom when watching some of...  Read More...

  • We Are Free

    "So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” John 8:36There was a billboard sign on Hwy. 94 just outside of the city of Watertown that I used to drive by on a regular basis. I have also seen these same type of billboards on other major highways.   Read More...

  • Everything Comes From God

    "Who am I? Who are my people that we are able to offer willingly like this? For everything comes from you.   Read More...

  • Firstfruits Giving

    Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits from your entire harvest. (Proverbs 3:9–EHV)The last few weeks we have been taking a look at Stewardship. Again, stewardship is how we use the earthly gifts that God has given us. After all, everything belongs to the Lord (Psalm 24:1), who gives it to us as a gracious gift of his love (James 1:17).   Read More...

  • More than Money

    For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20 –EHV)We are in the middle of two Sundays where our lessons focus on financial stewardship. Stewardship is a topic that brings up many negative feelings and thoughts.   Read More...

  • No Counterfeits!

    As we have said before, so I now say again: If anyone preaches to you any gospel other than the one you received—a curse on him! (Galatians 1:9)I was watching one of those investigative TV shows recently about how widespread the sale of counterfeit or illegal medicines were. But let me be clear, this was not medicine you purchase from your local pharmacy. This was medicine people were buying through the internet or from illegal sources so that they could save money.   Read More...

  • True Wisdom

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10 -- EHV)Who has the highest IQ ever recorded? It’s Ainan Celeste Cawley, whose IQ is estimated to be 263. By way of comparison Stephen Hawking is 10th on the list with 160, while Albert Einstein’s is estimated to be between 160-193.   Read More...

  • Go and Gather Disciples

    Therefore go and gather disciples from all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and by teaching them to keep all the instructions I have given you. And surely I am with you always until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)This past weekend was our Mission Festival emphasis. Those who were able to be in attendance Sunday morning, were able to listen to Pastor Steven Prahl who serves one of our mission churches in Colorado.   Read More...

  • God’s Word does not Fail

    This does not mean that God’s word has failed, because not all who are descended from Israel are really Israel. (Romans 9:6 EHV)Please allow me to repeat myself a little bit from the sermon this past Sunday. This verse from Paul comes after he points out that the Jews fell away from faith in the one true God despite the many blessings they enjoyed as God’s own children. This might conclude some people to think that God’s Word failed—that it is not powerful and effective.   Read More...