Morning Devotions with Pastor Kaleb – Day Five

July 10, 2020

Friday

 

 

Morning Devotions with Pastor Kaleb – Day Four

July 9, 2020

Thursday

Morning Devotions with Pastor Kaleb – Day Three

July 8, 2020

Wednesday

 

 

Morning Devotions with Pastor Kaleb – Day Two

July 7, 2020

Tuesday

Morning Devotions with Pastor Kaleb – Day One

July 6, 2020

Monday

 

 

Insights into John 5:1-16 – Day Five

July 3, 2020

Friday

Insights into John 5:1-16 – Day Four

July 2, 2020

Thursday

Insights into John 5:1-16 – Day Three

July 1, 2020

Wednesday

Insights into John 5:1-16 – Day Two

June 30, 2020

 Tuesday

Insights into John 5:1-16 – Day One

June 29, 2020

Monday

 
 
 
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son Day Five

June 26, 2020

Friday

 
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son Day Four
June 25, 2020
 

Thursday
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son Day Three

June 24, 2020

Wednesday

 

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son Day Two

June 23, 2020

Tuesday
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son Day One

June 22, 2020

Monday
 

 

 
The Woman at the Well Part 4 Day Five

June 19, 2020

Friday
 
The Woman at the Well Part 4 Day Four
June 18, 2020
 

Thursday

 
The Woman at the Well Part 4 Day Three
June 17, 2020
 

 

Wednesday
The Woman at the Well Part 4 Day Two
June 16, 2020
 

Tuesday
 
The Woman at the Well Part 4 Day One
June 15, 2020
 

Monday
The Woman at the Well Part 3 Day Five
June 12, 2020
 

Friday

The Woman at the Well Part 3 Day Four
June 11, 2020
 

Thursday
The Woman at the Well Part 3 Day Three
June 10, 2020
 

Wednesday

The Woman at the Well Part 3 Day Two
June 9, 2020
 

Tuesday
The Woman at the Well Part 3 Day One

June 8, 2020

Monday
The Woman at the Well Part 2 Day Five
June 5, 2020
 

Friday: Loving the Lord, In Spite of Circumstances
 
 
The context of this passage is Job has found out that his sons and daughters have died, and all of his possessions has been stolen or destroyed. Great calamity has fallen upon Job, and this verses reveal his response.

Question
  • Why do you think Job was still able to worship in the midst of great loss?

Prayer: Thank God for never leaving or forsaking you, even in times of trouble. Ask Him to give you eyes that see His blessings, even in the midst of difficult times.
The Woman at the Well Part 2 Day Four
June 4, 2020
 

Thursday: We Confess Jesus as Messiah
 
 

Prayer: Spend time meditating upon the reality that Jesus is the only means by which a person may be saved. Ask God to show you people in your circles of influence who are depending upon anyone or anything other than Jesus for salvation. Look for opportunities to share Jesus with them soon.

 
 
 
 
The Woman at the Well Part 2 Day Three
June 3, 2020
 

Wednesday: Worship – What is it?
 

Question
  • Based on these verses, is it possible to do all the external things, say the right words, and miss a relationship with Jesus?

Question
  • What is God’s expectation of us when we worship?
Prayer: Confess any sin in your life and humble yourself before God, then offer praise to God. Ask God to inhabit your praise.
 
 



 
The Woman at the Well Part 2 Day Two
June 2, 2020
 

Tuesday: Talking with People about Sin Part 2
 

Paul refers to how everyone is guilty of sin eleven times in these verses.

Questions
  • Who needs to hear the Gospel?
  • Why should we tell others of their need of the Gospel with humility? [Because we are sinners as well but have been saved by grace]
Prayer: Thank God for saving you, even though you (and I) deserved condemnation for our sin. Ask Him to help you humbly speak to others about their need for a Savior.
 
 
The Woman at the Well Part 2 Day One
June 1, 2020
 

Monday: Talking with People about Sin
 

Question
  • According to verse 32, why did Jesus come to earth?

Prayer: Thank God for the mission of Jesus. Ask Him to fill you with a similar passion for accomplishing the mission of calling sinners to repentance.
 



 
 
 
 
The Woman at the Well Day Five
May 29, 2020
 

Friday: Sharing Our Own story
 

One of the lies Christians believe about evangelism is that no one is interested in what we have to say. In reality, each Christian has a story of how Jesus saved them, and that story can be used by God to save others.

Acts 26 is Paul’s opportunity to speak to a government official, but Paul doesn’t start with theology. Instead, Paul shares his personal story. You and I can do the same.

Prayer: Ask God to help you remember your story, then write your story down. The goal is to be about 3-5 minutes at the most. A basic outline could be:

  • Who you were before meeting Jesus
  • When you heard the Gospel
  • How you believed in Jesus and turned from your sin
  • How you experienced forgiveness of your sins and received peace and eternal life
  • Your assurance of eternal life because of God’s promise



 
The Woman at the Well Day Four
May 28, 2020
 

Thursday: The Gospel in Our Ministry
 
 
Paul writes the letter to the Roman church, and he commends them in verse 8 that the faith of the believers in Rome is “proclaimed around the world.” They are genuine growing Christians.
 
 

Questions

  • In verse 15, what is Paul longing to share with the church in Rome?
  • According to verses 16 – 17, what does Paul say is able to bring salvation to a person?
 
The Gospel is the means by which we start our relationship with God, and it is the Gospel that helps us live in righteousness.
 

Prayer: Spend time worshiping God for the Gospel. Acknowledge to Him that you believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the Cross for your sins, and rose from the tomb three days later. Thank Him for salvation that comes only through the Gospel.

 
The Woman at the Well Day Three
May 27, 2020
 

Wednesday: Ministry Initiates Spiritual Conversations
 
 

A key phrase for today’s devotion is “always being prepared.” It is a call for each of us to be ready for spiritual conversations when they occur.

Question
  • How can you be prepared to have spiritual conversations?

This verse and a similar verse in Colossians 4:6 describe our preparation is in order that we may respond to questions we are asked about our faith. This seems to clearly indicate that our lives and words are such that others want to know why we are different.

Prayer: Ask God to show you if you live your life in a way that makes people want to know why you are different. Make changes in your life if necessary. Then, ask Him to help you look and listen for opportunities to have spiritual conversations today.
 
The Woman at the Well Day Two
May 26, 2020
 

Tuesday: Ministry to Enemies & Sacrifice
 
 

Question

  • Based on verses 45-46 & 48, why should we love our enemies and treat them well? (God is merciful and gracious to everyone, we should be as well.)
 
 

Question

  • What did Jesus do to reconcile His enemies to Himself?
 

Prayer: Thank God for His grace and mercy towards you, even while you were still His enemy because of your sins. Ask the Lord to help you live a life of service and sacrifice for others, even enemies.

 
The Woman at the Well Day One
May 25, 2020
 

Monday: Confrontation
 

The Bible reveals that David committed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba, then had her husband murdered to try and cover up his sin. God sent Nathan to confront David over his sins. 

 

Questions:

  1. How do you think Nathan felt about the assignment of confronting David about sin? 
  2. Why did Nathan use a parable to confront David, rather than just telling David what he knew?
  3. Why was David indignant in verses 5 & 6 and repentant in verse 13?
 

Prayer: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal if you are able to be confronted about issues in your own life. Are there issues or people you should confront but have been too fearful to do so? Ask God to help you have a heart that is loving and humble enough to confront sin when prompted.

 
 
 
Psalm 23 Day Six
May 23, 2020
 

Saturday – Verse 6
 
Even though David acknowledges the valley, his eyes are pointed forward. His circumstances do not obscure God’s goodness.
 
 
Question:
  • Why does David want to be in the Lord’s house?

 

Prayer: Spend time enjoying God’s presence as you pray. Acknowledge His character and enjoy the knowledge that He allows us and wants us in his presence.

 

 
Psalm 23 Day Five
May 22, 2020
 

Friday – Verse 5
 

God provides for us, even when we are surrounded by enemies. 

 
Questions
  • What kind of generosity does God give to people according to the above verses and verse 5?
  • Is God generous because we deserve it, or is He generous because of His grace?
 

Prayer: Thank God for His generosity to you. Consider how you can share God’s abundance towards you with others around you. Ask Him to help you see how you can meet the needs of others.

 
Psalm 23 Day Four
May 21, 2020
 

Thursday – Verse 4
 
The “valley of the shadow of death” paints the picture of a situation that feels hopeless and impossible to overcome without divine intervention. David acknowledges the valley, but his faith is in a good God.
 
 

Questions

  • According to verse 15, what did the servant see? According to verse 16, what did Elisha see? Why do you think Elisha saw God’s army and the servant did not?
  • Do you see your circumstances, or do you see with eyes of faith what God is doing around you?
 

Prayer: Ask God to help you see with eyes of faith, especially when you are going through a dark valley. Trust God to provide and walk with you in all circumstances.

 

 
Psalm 23 Day Three
May 20, 2020
 

Wednesday – Verse 3
 

Read Romans 3:10-11

  • In light of the above verses, are we able to “find the paths of righteousness” without God’s guidance? Why not? (consider Psalm 51:5)
 

Read Psalm 25:11; Isaiah 43:25

Question

  • Based on Psalm 23:3 and the two above verses, how does grace tie-in with God acting “for His name’s sake?”
 

Prayer: Thank God for His grace. Thank Him for acting on your behalf because of His love for you and His merciful character.

Psalm 23 Day Two
May 19, 2020
 

Tuesday – Verse 2
 
The green pastures and still waters referred to by David point to an “oasis of peace” for the sheep. In other words, Our Great Shepherd provides basic sustenance for the sheep, and He does it a way that calms and soothes the sheep.
 
 

Question

  1. What was Jesus wanting His hearers to know about God’s provision in this passage in Matthew?
  2. How does the Matthew passage connect with Psalm 23:2?
 
 

Prayer: Let God know what you need in your life, then thank Him for what He will do for you in the future.

Psalm 23 Day One
May 18, 2020
 

Monday – Verse 1
 

Questions

  1. When you think of a shepherd, what do you think about?
 
A shepherd is not a little girl in a white dress and a big hat that meekly walks sheep around like Little Bo Peep. Shepherds are hard-working people who do everything from tenderly caring for hurt lambs to defending the herd from predators like bears. In ancient times, they did this with a staff/rod, so the defense of the sheep was close and intimate and put the shepherd in danger. For sheep, the shepherd does everything needed for the sheep to survive.
 
  2. Is there an area of your life that you have been unwilling to trust God to oversee?
 

Prayer: Commit to the Lord being YOUR shepherd. Put your trust in Him to provide what is needed for your life.

 
Mother’s Day Interviews Day Five
May 15, 2020
 

Mrs. Mary McCarty
 
Mother’s Day Interviews Day Four
May 14, 2020
 

Mrs. Julia Bauer
Mother’s Day Interviews Day Three
May 13, 2020
 

Mrs. Shirley McCarty
 
Mother’s Day Interviews Day Two
May 12, 2020
 

 

Mrs. Najla Murray
Mother’s Day Interviews Day One
May 11, 2020
 

 

Mrs. Allison Snider and Mrs. Heather Dubbeld
 
 
 
7 Prayer Lessons Day 5
May 8, 2020
 

Friday
 

Read Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

One of the works that should be taking place in a Christian’s life is the work of transformation. The Holy Spirit works in us to renew our mind. He changes our old ways of thinking and view of the world and transforms us to having a mind that reflects the mind of Jesus. Prayer and meditating on Scripture (and praying Scripture to God) are two great tools God uses to bring about the change in us. Prayer has a way of refining our character and thinking so that we can then be a better instrument for God’s plans.

Spend time praying and asking God to transform your mind. Allow the Holy Spirit to shape the way you view and understand the world.

 
 
7 Prayer Lessons Day 4
May 7, 2020
 

Thursday
 
 
Paul is in chains and headed to Rome to be tried by Caesar. During this process, he is held by a Festus, a governor. Paul is given the opportunity to speak to the Festus and a king named Agrippa. We pick-up at the conclusion of Paul’s testimony. Notice that Paul does not asked to be freed. His desire is that Agrippa and everyone would believe in Jesus. Paul’s focus was on the Gospel, not his personal freedom.
 

Pray and ask God to give you a heart like His. Ask him to let you be concerned with what concerns Him. Ask Him to let you view the world with His eyes, so that God’s Kingdom can grow.

 
7 Prayer Lessons Day 3
May 6, 2020
 

Wednesday
 

Read Habakkuk 2:1

I will take my stand at my watchpost 

and station myself on the tower, 

and look out to see what he will say to me, 

and what I will answer concerning my complaint. 

The verse above is the very end of a prayer that Habakkuk made to God after hearing of impending judgment of Israel. Habakkuk prayed complaining that what God planned to do seemed unjust. This verse reveals two very important traits needed in our prayer. First, expect God to answer! Habakkuk prayed and then he went to the city walls to see how God was going to answer. Secondly, Habakkuk was humble. He offered his requests/complaint to God, but he was prepared to accept God’s answer, even if it was different than what Habakkuk wanted or expected.
 

Pray and anticipate God answering your prayers. Look for how God answers your prayer. Also, pray with an “open hand.” Ask boldly for God to answer, but be humble enough to accept an answer different than what you think is best. This demonstrates great faith that God is good and right.

7 Prayer Lessons Day 2
May 5, 2020
 

Tuesday
 

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4

For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
 
Prayer is a tool God uses to mold our character and heart to be more like the mind and heart of Christ. One of our primary tasks is to help make bring glory to the name of God by seeing others come to know Christ, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
 

Pray that God would give you boldness to speak the truth of the Gospel to others and the wisdom to know when to speak. Ask God to help you focus more on how you can bring glory to Him and less on self.

7 Prayer Lessons Day 1
May 4, 2020
 

Monday
 
Read Job 42:1-6
Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 ‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”
 
In the first 38 chapters of Job, Job had experienced suffering and a search for why all of the calamity he suffered had taken place. Finally, God starts speaking with Job in chapter 38, but He never answers Job’s questions. Instead, God reminds Job of God’s sovereignty and power. The above verses are Job’s response (prayer) to God. We must acknowledge God’s sovereignty in good times and bad because all of it is under His authority.

Prayer: Spend time recalling the character of God and His authority. Praise Him for who He is what He has done, then live confidently that the powerful sovereign God who controls all things wants to hear and answer your prayers.

 

 
 
 
 
The Value of a Moment of Prayer Day 5
May 1, 2020
 

Friday – The Value of a Moment of Prayer
 

 

 
 
The Value of a Moment of Prayer Day 4
April 30, 2020
 

Thursday – The Value of a Moment of Mercy

35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

We extend mercy to others but not because they deserve it. Jesus says that people are ungrateful and evil. We extend mercy to others because that reflects the very character and nature of God. Extending mercy helps us become more like Jesus. At the same time, extending mercy to people is an evangelistic tool that the Holy Spirit can use to draw people to Christ.

Prayer: Is there someone to whom you need to extend mercy? Ask God to soften your heart if you are unwilling to extend mercy to others. Thank God for His mercy to you.
The Value of a Moment of Prayer Day 3
April 29, 2020
 

Wednesday – The Value of Crying Out to the Lord
 

Read Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord

he inclined to me and heard my cry. 

He drew me up from the pit of destruction, 

out of the miry bog, 

and set my feet upon a rock, 

making my steps secure. 

He put a new song in my mouth, 

a song of praise to our God. 

Many will see and fear, 

and put their trust in the Lord
 

When we find ourselves in a desperate circumstance, we must cry out to God to help us through that situation. Notice how David started this psalm, “I waited patiently for the Lord.” As we are learning this week, God uses our circumstances and our prayers to accomplish His purposes in us, through us, and around us.

What is God teaching you as you wait for His answer to your cry for help?

Prayer: Ask God if there is a circumstance or area in your life that you have not surrendered or cried out to Him for help. Pray in faith that God will hear and answer your cry for help.

 
 
The Value of a Moment of Prayer Day 2
April 28, 2020
 

Tuesday -A Moment of Surrender
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Read Luke 9:23
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Both verses point to a life of following Jesus is a total sacrifice to Him that is done daily.

Prayer: Are there parts of your life that you have withheld from God’s authority? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you areas that need to be surrendered, then turn them over to the Lord. Make a whole-hearted commitment to following the Lord each day.
The Value of a Moment of Prayer Day 1
April 27, 2020
 

Monday – A Moment of Praise

Read Psalm 148

  1. According to verses 1-12, who should be/is praising the Lord?
  2. According to verse 13, why does the Lord deserve praise?
 

Prayer: Spend time today (and every day) praising God for who He is. One way to do that is to acknowledge and worship God for His attributes: loving, holy, merciful, just, compassionate, mighty, all-knowing, sovereign, etc.

 
 
Learning How to Pray – Day Five
April 24, 2020
 

Friday – The Prayer of Holiness
 
We have the dual call to pray for protection and deliverance. Protection from testing and temptation and deliverance when evil seems to prevail.

As you walk through your neighborhood today, pray that God would protect you and your neighbors from the enemy: Satan. In Genesis 4:7 we are told, “… sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you.” Pray that God would protect you and your neighbors in two areas: the desires of the flesh and the desires of the mind.

“By giving us this prayer, then, Jesus invites us to walk ahead into the darkness and discover that it, too, belongs to God. (Believing)… the hope and promise that God will triumph over fear, will deliver us from evil, and will bring in his Kingdom at last.” N. T. Wright
 
 
 
 
 

 

Learning How to Pray – Day Four
April 23, 2020
 

Thursday –The Prayer of Forgiveness
 
Walk through your neighborhood praying to God about sin and the need for forgiveness. 
 
The Lord’s Prayer forces us to make sure we have the right perspective when we consider the issue of sin. We can be guilty of easily seeing the sin in other’s lives, and ignoring the sin in our own life. This is why we ask for forgiveness for our own sins first, then we can forgive the sins of others.
 

“God wants to do, through us, powerful work in the lives of hurting people. For that to happen, He must first be allowed to do powerful work in us.” Randy Sprinkle

Learning How to Pray – Day Three
April 22, 2020
 

Wednesday – Prayers of Petition and Intercession

 
Walk through your neighborhood today praying for needs. Pray and ask God to meet your needs (physical, spiritual, emotional). This prayer of petition should be daily, since daily petition reminds us that it is our heavenly Father who provides for our needs.

Spend time praying for your neighbor’s needs. Every person’s greatest need is salvation. No one can save themselves, so they need a Savior. Ask God to bring your neighbors into a saving relationship with Jesus. Pray for their physical and emotional needs as well.

“Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom.” Charles Spurgeon

“Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the fellowship must enter daily.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
 
 

 

Learning How to Pray – Day Two
April 21, 2020
 

Tuesday – The Prayer of Relinquishment

Take a walk in your neighborhood today. Spend time asking the Holy Spirit to show you where you need to submit to God’s will. Ask God to show you if you have relinquished control to Him concerning: personal life (reputation/time…), marriage, parenting, family, friends, work, church, etc.

“God’s name, God’s kingdom, God’s will must be the primary object of Christian prayer. Of course, it is not as if God needed our prayers, but they are the means by which the disciples become partakers in the heavenly treasure for which they pray”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Learning How to Pray – Day One
April 20, 2020
 

Monday – The Prayer of Praise and Adoration

Matthew 6:5-15


If you are able, take a walk in your neighborhood and spend some time praying. Today, look at the beauty in creation. Praise God for the beauty of the plants, animals, sky, etc. Praise God for His character. Thank Him and praise Him for what He has done.

“Our God is not made of stone. His heart is the most sensitive and tender of all. No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small… Like the proud mother who is thrilled to receive a wilted bouquet of dandelions from her child, so God celebrates our feeble expressions of gratitude.” Richard Foster
 
 
 

 

He is Risen Indeed – Day Five
April 17, 2020
 

Friday
 
The hope (certainty) of the resurrection strengthens our faith to be obedient to God, even when nothing around us tells us to have faith and be obedient.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

Question: According to this passage, what helped Abraham be obedient to be willing to sacrifice Isaac? Do you REALLY believe the resurrection is true? How will you live differently having the assurance of the resurrection?

Prayer: Spend time thanking God for His grace, mercy, and compassion to save us from our sins. Thank Him for saving you. Pray for one person you know who is not a Christian that God would save them so that they can experience the hope of salvation and the promise of the resurrection.
 

 

He is Risen Indeed – Day Four
April 16, 2020
 

Thursday
 

Read Hebrews 4:12-13

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
 
Question: According to verse 13, who is able to escape accountability before God? According to verse 12, what is one of the tools that helps remind us of our accountability before God?
 

Read Psalm 119:11 

11  I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 

 

Prayer: Thank God for the gift of the Bible to us. Ask God to help you memorize and remember God’s Word to help you resist sin.

He is Risen Indeed – Day Three
April 15, 2020
 

Wednesday
 
Believing that the resurrection occurred is a rational decision based upon the evidence provided. However, there is always a point in which we must have faith, since without faith it is impossible to please God.
 

Read Romans 8:24-25

24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
 
Question: What is the relationship between faith and hope? 
 

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
 
Question: What do you think Paul wants us to understand about hope in referring to it “a helmet the hope of salvation”? [Hope protects our mind from thinking and believing the worst]
 

Pray: Ask God who you might be able to share the hope of salvation with this week.

He is Risen Indeed – Day Two
April 14, 2020
 

Tuesday

Today’s devotion is about “what if” the resurrection did not take place. If we believe things that are untrue about our salvation, then the seeds of doubt can take root and trip us up. When we rightly understand the reason why our salvation is secure, then we can live with hope and boldness.

Read John 10:27-30

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Question: According to this passage, from where do we get our security concerning eternal life? Does your salvation depend upon you holding on to Him, or does it secure knowing He is holding on to you? 

Prayer: Read Romans 8:37-39. Thank God that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

He is Risen Indeed – Day One
April 13, 2020
 

Monday
Pastor Jim spoke about our need to believe the complete Gospel. It is the Gospel of Jesus alone that saves a person.

6  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7  not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9  As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

Paul says that any gospel that is contrary to the true Gospel (Jesus lived a sinless life,
died on the Cross for our sins, was buried, then rose again from the dead three days later) is accursed. Accursed carries the meaning of something that has been set aside for destruction.

Question: How seriously should we hold to the true Gospel if any other gospel is accursed? What do we need to do to be able to discern whether a gospel is false or not? [Know the true Gospel so well that you can immediately pick out false gospels]

Prayer: Accept the pastor’s challenge to read or listen to 1 Corinthians 15 each day this
week. Pray, ask God to help you memorize the Gospel so well that you immediately recognize when someone shares a “gospel” that is false or incomplete.

 

Passion Week – Day Four
April 9, 2020

 
Thursday – Be Mindful

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Question: If we view life through the lens of the world first, are we more or less likely to then consider things from heaven’s perspective? Why?

When we filter the way we view life and the world from heaven’s perspective first, we will understand better how it all fits within God’s plan.

Read Hebrews 12:2-3
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary band lose heart.
 
Question: What is the benefit of being mindful of Jesus and what He did for us?
 
Pray and thank Jesus for what He endured in order offer us salvation. Consider your circumstances in light of Jesus’ sacrifice, then ask God to help you view life from heaven’s perspective.
 
 
Passion Week – Day Three
April 8, 2020

 

Wednesday – Be at Rest
 

Read Genesis 2:2-3.

Questions: What does it mean for God to “rest” from His creative work? How does that help us understand what rest is meant to do for us?

One of the repeated sources of conflict between the Jewish leaders and Jesus was in regard to the Sabbath. Jesus and the disciples would do things on the Sabbath that the Pharisees said were breaking the Sabbath. 

Read Mark 2:27-28.

27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

Question: What do you think Jesus means when He said, “The Sabbath was made for man?”

Passion Week – Day Two
April 7, 2020

Tuesday – Be Faithful

Read Hebrews 10:23

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;

Question: According to this verse, why are we to be faithful to God?

Read Philippians 2:13

13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
 
 

Pray and ask God to help you to be faithful. Ask Him to give you the will (or desire) to be more faithful, then ask Him to help you to put your faith into practice.

Passion Week – Day One
April 6, 2020

Monday – Be Prayerful

Read Psalm 13.

Questions: What is the condition of David’s heart/thoughts in verses 1-2?

What changed in David’s life from verses 1-2 to verses 5-6 that made him worship in his prayer? (David’s circumstances didn’t change. Instead, prayer led him to think differently about who God is.)

 

Spend time in prayer. Follow the pattern below.

  • Acknowledge God’s Character: Holy, Loving, Merciful, Compassionate, etc.
  • Confess your sins to God
  • Thank God for what He has done for you and around you
  • Ask God to help others (family, friends, leaders, etc.) and to help you. If you are fearful or lonely, then tell it to God, then thank Him for who He is and worship.

 

Jehoshaphat 5 Battle Cries – Day Five
April 3, 2020

God Is For Me
 

Our present circumstances never define our spiritual reality. We can be close to God and go through terrible suffering. At other times, our physical circumstances can be great but be far from God spiritually. 

 

Read Jeremiah 29:10-11. The context of the promise in verse 11 is that the people of Israel were just starting 70 years in exile.

 

Do you let your circumstances define who you are spiritually? What are some tools you can use to remember who you are in Christ? (read scripture, prayer, meditate on scripture, etc.)

Read Psalm 118:6.

Pray thanking God that He is for you and not against you.

 

 

Jehoshaphat 5 Battle Cries – Day Four
April 2, 2020
 

 
God Is With Me
 

One of the great enemies in the midst of social distancing is loneliness. If we are struggling with our faith, then we will believe the enemy’s lies that we are alone.

Read Exodus 13:21-22.

If you are struggling with loneliness, remember God’s promises like Hebrews 13:5-6. Sometimes a song can help reinforce truth while soothing our fears. Kari Jobe’s song “I Am Not Alone” contains these lines:

 

When I walk through deep waters

I know that you will be with me

When I’m standing in the fire

I will not be overcome

Through the valley of the shadow

I will not fear

I am not alone

I am not alone

You will go before me

You will never leave me
 

Pray and thank God that He will never leave or forsake you and your family.

 
Jehoshaphat 5 Battle Cries – Day Three
April 1, 2020
 

 

God Fights My Battles
 

Perspective is critical. If Christians live like everything depends on me, then we will fail. David understood a proper view of what God does for His people.

Read 1 Samuel 17:45-47

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”

According to these verses, who is responsible for winning the battle? What role does David play in the battle?

Pray and ask God to help you surrender doing it all yourself. Ask God to help you follow Him and His guidance.

Jehoshaphat 5 Battle Cries – Day Two
March 31, 2020
 

God Is My Helper

When Jesus meets with the disciples at the Passover meal before His crucifixion, Jesus teaches them many things in John 13-17. One of the topics He speaks to them about is the Holy Spirit.

Read John 14:16; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7 (see ESV, NKJV, NASB)

What is one of the main things you think Jesus wanted us to understand about the Holy Spirit by referring to Him as “the Helper”?

Pray asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into God’s truth. Let the Helper guide you in the words you speak, the decisions you make, and the actions you take this week.
Jehoshaphat 5 Battle Cries – Day One
March 30, 2020
 

God Is All Powerful
 
Is it easier to believe what is right in front of our eyes or to believe what you have been told is true but can’t see it at that time? Why?

Pastor Jim mentioned to not see “the greatness—of our difficulties” and instead
see “His greatness—in our difficulties”.

Read Hebrews 11:6
6  And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

What role does faith play in remembering God is all powerful?
Think back to a time that you saw God display His power in your life. Reflect on what He did for you then, and pray thanking God that He still has the power and authority to walk with you today as well.
Walking on Water – Day Five
March 27, 2020
 

The Middle of a Storm
 

Read Psalm 40:1-4

Why is it hard to praise God in the middle of a storm? (look again at verse 4)

 
Is the source of praise found within ourselves, or is the source from God? Read Philippians 2:13
 
Pray and offer to God praises today. If you’re not sure how to praise or what to say, then read a Psalm to God. Psalms 100, 103, 145 – 150 are great psalms of praise to read as worship to God.
 
 
 
Walking on Water – Day Four
March 26, 2020
 

When He Saves You, Worship Him
 
Sometimes, the storm is not external but internal, like with Thomas. Read John 20:24-29.

Why do you think Thomas worshiped when he saw Jesus?

Read Revelation 4:9-14

And they sang a new song, saying,

     “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,

10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,

              “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

              to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

              and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

              “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

 be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Pray and spend time worshiping God for who He is and what He has done for you.

Walking on Water – Day Three
March 25, 2020
 

If Fear Is Winning, Call Out To Jesus

 

Some people feel like they have been “too bad” for God to hear them. Read Joel 2:32 and another of the verses below:

2 Samuel 22:4; Psalm 18:3; Acts 2:21; and Romans 10:13

According to Joel 2:32, who will God save if they call out to Him? How does that make you feel knowing that God promises to save everyone who cries out to Him? Do you think others would be comforted knowing God will save everyone who calls out to Him?

Read 2 Timothy 1:7

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Is resisting fear something we do ourselves, or is it something God does for us and in us?

Read Matthew 10:28, 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

How do we avoid fearing the things of the world?

Pray and ask God to help you depend on His power and His love in the middle of the storms of life.

 
Walking on Water – Day Two
March 24, 2020
 

When Storms Come, Listen to Jesus

 

Read John 10:1-5. Why do some people NOT listen to Jesus?

Read 1 Kings 19:9-13. Is God’s voice always heard because it is the loudest or most dramatic?

What are some ways we can figure out if it is God’s voice we are hearing? (Bible, other Christians, being still before God)

Pray and spend time listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to help you quiet your soul so that nothing drowns out His voice.

Walking on Water – Day One
March 23, 2020
 

Storms Will Come To Our Lives
 

What “storm” have you experienced in the past that made you a better person (Christian) because you went through that storm?

Read Romans 5:3-5.

In the middle of a storm, does it feel like something good is going to from it?

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

What does the Bible say God will do for us in the middle of affliction (storms)?

How can we take our experiences in storms and help others who are experiencing affliction? (Verse 4)

Pray and ask God to comfort and calm you in the middle of trouble. Ask Him to show you someone else you can comfort in this time of trouble.