DEVOTIONAL

This Week’s Devotional Series

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10 Verses about Compassion

 
 
Matthew 9:36 – But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
 
Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
 
Matthew 14:14 – And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
 
Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
 
Mark 6:34 – And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
 
Lamentations 3:22-23 – It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
 
1 Peter 3:8 – Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
 
Zechariah 7:9-10 – Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
 
Isaiah 54:10 – For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.


10 Bible Verses about Encouragement

 
 
Psalm 23:4 | KJV 
Yea, though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 
Isaiah 40:31 | KJV
But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.
 
John 14:27 | KJV
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 
2 Corinthians 4:17 | KJV
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Romans 8:31 | KJV
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 15:5 | KJV
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.

Romans 15:2 | KJV
Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Psalm 90:17 | KJV
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Luke 12:6-7 | KJV
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 | KJV
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
 

 

 

 

 


The Treasures of the Snow

 
 
Job 38:22 says, “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?”
 
     SNOW! A nasty word to some and a delight to others. As I look out of my office window at a Winter Wonderland of snow I am reminded once again of God’s awesome ability to paint a picture more beautiful than man can ever dream. What a marvelous Lord!
 
     Personally, I love snow – I love driving in it, playing in it – I love everything about it! Some of my fondest memories growing up in Chicago are those cold, snowy winters in the Midwest. I’ll never forget the morning of January 27, 1969 (my birthday) when my Mom woke me up quickly and told me to look out the window. I could not believe it! Snow to the tops of the cars – 36 inches in all!
 
     Quickly, I put on my coat, boots, hat and everything I could find. I dashed out of the door and dove head first into snow up to my chest. I was in heaven. Even though my big birthday party was canceled – the joy of all that snow and fun I would have made my tenth birthday the most memorable one of all. The treasures of the snow can transform an ugly, dirty city into a picture perfect post card. What a reminder of Jesus and how in His love and mercy He is able to cleanse us of our filthy, dirty sin and make us even whiter than snow. A picture fit for a post card.
 

Isaiah 1:18 

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

Romans 10:9

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.



Is Tithing Law or Grace?

 

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

 

Is Tithing Law or Grace?

This question has been debated by pastors as well as laymen through the years. As a child, I greatly appreciated the great teaching I received on the importance of generosity and giving. I was raised in a large family of eight in Forest Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. We were members of the Messiah Baptist Church of Broadview. In addition to receiving sound Biblical teaching by a faithful pastor and teachers, I had the example of my parents who practiced Biblical tithing and grace giving through our local church.

I read an excellent article on this subject by Pastor John Ortberg…“One of the things Jesus never actually said was, By the way, now that I’ve introduced grace into the equation, no one needs to worry about tithing anymore.” A frequent question among Christians is, “Isn’t tithing an Old Testament concept? Aren’t we under grace now? Ortberg continues, “This question more or less assumes that it was only post-Pentecost that the church discovered that God is the owner and that people are stewards. It implies that legalistic old Israel thought all they had to do was check the “I tithed” box and then got to spend the rest however they wanted (ignoring Biblical statements like, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof”). What if tithing isn’t opposed to grace, but is actually a vehicle of it? Is tithing in fact God’s great tool to create generous people? Tithing is likened to “training wheels when it comes to giving. It’s intended to help get you started, but not recommended for the Tour de France. When do you know when to take the training wheels off? The answer: When they are slowing you down.”

When do you know it’s time to stop tithing?

The answer: When you give much more than 10 percent. In Malachi 3 the prophet warns the Jewish people that failure to tithe is actually robbing God, but if they proved or tested God, he would open the windows of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

 



Storm Proof

 
Storms of life don’t play favorites. Christians experience storms too. The question is: How do you deal with the storms of life? Do you remain calm and maintain courage and confidence? Or do you panic, become afraid and overcome with anxiety? In Acts 27, the Apostle Paul encounters a powerful storm on his journey to Rome. It provides great insight on storm proofing our lives. “But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.” -Acts 27:14,15
 
When we are caught in a storm or crises, we tend to:
 
-Lose our compass and forget where we are headed, let go of our goals and become driven by the crises. (Vs. 15)
-Become impulsive and begin to discard the things that are important to us. (V. 18-19)
-Give in to despair and hopelessness. (V. 20) When we are battered by a storm or crises, what should we do? Drop your Anchors!

 

ANCHOR #1: THE PRESENCE OF GOD. (V. 23)
We may not see God, but God sees us.
“For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.”
-Acts 27:24

ANCHOR #2: THE PURPOSE OF GOD. (V. 24)
Storms come & go, but God will fulfill your purpose in life.

ANCHOR #3: THE PROMISE OF GOD. (V. 25)
Storms can distract us, but God is always there & He always keeps His promises.

ANCHOR #4: OUR PRAYERS TO GOD. (V. 35)
Talk to God- tell Him your fears- trust Him with all your heart.



The Gospel Seed

 

I have spent quality time in our flower garden recently, completely overhauling it and replanting hedges and flowers. Much time was spent digging up and preparing the soil, applying the right plant mix, planting and then applying the mulch. I find great joy in the finished product, and the realization that if I properly prepare the soil, plant correctly, and water then the plants will flourish and grow. The results are up to the Lord. This reminds me of the parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4-15.

 

There are four types of ground represented:

1. Wayside

2. Rocky

3. Thorny

4. Good.

 

The seed is the Word of God. The success in the growth of the seed has nothing to do with the seed itself, but everything to do with where it lands. If the seed lands on the wayside, or the rocks, or thorny ground, it will not have the root system to produce a healthy crop, or fruit. But if it lands on good, prepared ground, it will grow to perfection. Our job is to sow the seed upon prepared ground… through the power of the Spirit, a broken heart for the lost, and sharing the Gospel with love and clarity, I can trust God for fruit that will grow to perfection. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”