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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

July 4, 2018

A life of gratitude is a healthy life in the truest sense. Those who "Bless Yahweh ... bless His holy name ... And forget none of His benefits" (Psalm 103.1-2) are those He has promised He will pardon "all your iniquities ... heals all your diseases ... redeems your life from the pit ... crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion ... satisfies your desire with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle." (Psalm 103.3-5). Now those are some extraordinary benefits!

Much has been written about the power of gratitude. There is medical evidence to support the healthy benefits of grateful people. Greater energy. Less sickness. More restful sleep. Less stress.

Grateful people are optimistic people. The "attitude of gratitude" focuses, not on what we don't have, but what we have in abundance from our Father. As the hymn states, "count your blessings; name them one by one." A deliberate effort to focus on what we've been given surely unleashes God's best within us.

No one has a trouble-free life. Fact is, kingdom citizens can anticipate more challenges than any people (Acts 14.22). But, we best navigate through "tribulation waters" with a grateful attitude. The test is not in what happens to us, but in how we respond to what happens to us. "The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1.21)

May we ever be focused on the abundant blessings our Father has given to us.


Steve

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

today's devotional

There is far more to praise and worship than what typically happens in a Sunday morning church service. I value corporate worship as much as anyone, but the dynamic of such times comes from those who are personal worshippers the other six days.

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak (or meditate on) of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually." (1 Chronicles 16.8-11)

We are called to freely and gladly participate in what has been called, "the sacred romance;" the love relationship between Creator and creation. Giving thanks, making His deeds known, singing praise, talking about and meditating upon His great wonders, exalting His name, and continually seeking His strength and face are not obligatory duties to be performed. Rather, these are free and joyful expressions from those in love with their Creator Father.

Couples in love need no prompting in expressing their love for each other. So it should also be with those who have a profound and heartfelt love for Yahweh.

May our expressions of praise and gratitude not be forced, but freely and lovingly offered. And not just on Sundays, but every day.

Steve


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 20,2018

What's new? How often have you asked, or been asked, this question? It is anticipated that life is a discovery of new things.

"Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD! Bless his name! Share the news of his saving work every single day! Declare God’s glory among the nations; declare his wondrous works among all people because the LORD is great and so worthy of praise." (Psalm 96.1-4 CEB)

Church worship styles seem to polarize around contemporary or traditional music. Given the admonition of Psalm 96.1, a case seems to be made for new, contemporary music. But, music style misses the point. What new insights and experiences bring newness to your worship? What are you discovering about Your Father, and His Son, that you didn't know yesterday? The "new song" can be the latest Christian composition, or a very old hymn. What makes it a "new song" is the fresh discover and excitement you've found in your daily walk, and of which you have shared and testified to. It's a new song to those who have never heard.

Psalms such as Psalm 96 bristle with Spirit energy. The Psalmist obviously found new energy and joy in his discovery and proclamation. May we discover and sing a song today as well!

Steve


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

It sounds like a very mundane assignment. They kept watch at night, and were responsible for opening up in the morning. But, their task was more important than it might seem.

"the four chief gatekeepers who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God. They spent the night around the house of God, because the watch was committed to them; and they were in charge of opening it morning by morning." (1 Chronicles 9.26-27)

The Levites were the tabernacle security team. They were watchman over the facility, and over its treasures. Their task was to make certain that nothing deterred the people of God from worship and devotion.

A similar task was entrusted by the apostle Paul to elders from the city of Ephesus: "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood." (Acts 20.28)

The service and worship of the people of God must be guarded at all costs. Nothing matters more than true devotion, service, and worship of Yahweh God through His Son. Elders, in particular, have this task of being "gatekeepers" of the household of God; sparing it from anything dangerous and subversive. They are the night watchers who guard the rich treasures of a people destined for immortality in the kingdom of God.

By extension, all who members of the family of God are entrusted with the care of the household of God. The good of all is the highest priority. "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love" (Romans 12.10)


Steve

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

June 6, 2018

It's reassuring to know God is in control, because we live in a world that is out of control. Political maneuverings. Military aggression. Environmental disasters.

"He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves." (Psalm 66.7)

He allows the wicked great latitude in their schemes, but He ultimately rules and "His eyes keep watch on the nations." He sees and knows. And, in the right time, He acts. If you need a refresher lesson concerning His control over nations and empires, spend some extended time in the Book of Daniel (which is valuable for many more reasons as well).

Amidst the timely reminder of God's sovereignty is this reminder of His personal care: "Who keeps us in life And does not allow our feet to slip." (Psalm 66.9)

His global care means little aside of His personal care. It's most reassuring to know that He is about both. Your life matters. He protects, provides, and sustains His children, even as He governs the world and the universe.

God's got this. We can live fearlessly and confidently today knowing this great fact.


Steve

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

June 5, 2018

There is no God like our God, and there are specific reasons why.

"O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart" (1 Kings 8.23)

Our matchless God is a God of covenant. I've only recently come to truly appreciate this about Him. His first covenant established the seasons of the year, and the promise that humanity would never again be destroyed through a global flood (Genesis 8.21-22; 9.9-17). He then established vitally-important covenants with Abraham, Moses, David, and ultimately through Jesus. All are connected; in fact, the basis for His covenants is His faithfulness to the first covenant with Noah (Jeremiah 31.35-37). He promises, and never forgets!

As a faithful God of covenant, you can be assured that He shows "lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before (Him) with all their heart." He wants our loyalty and obedience, but He offers so much more than He expects! He calls us to a loving relationship.

This matchless God is the only God I've ever really known all my life, but I have no desire to know another. He is more than sufficient for me, and for you. Love Him deeply. Serve Him wholeheartedly. You'll never regret it.


Steve

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Silence is golden, perhaps because it is so rare. The siren calls of our age easily drown out silence. Urgent text messages. Email notifications. Blaring news reports. Pervasive social media. Words about silence seem foreign to our eyes and ears.

"My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation ... My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him." (Psalm 62.1,5)

Waiting in silence often seems like an exercise in futility. Beyond the noise of technology is the noise of our mind. Thoughts dash around like young children at play. Insignificant tasks suddenly seem urgent.

I've lately noticed that if I hope to have a half hour of quiet time with my Father, I need to devote an additional half hour to preparing for it. For me, it takes that long to quiet myself to even begin to enjoy quietness with Him.

A divided life is a distracted life. Sure, there are details to be tended to every day of our lives: paying bills, studying at school, working diligently at our job, investing in our families. But, amidst it all, is there a quiet center where we often commune with our Father, and His Son? Is there refreshing, rejuvenating silence with Him that replenishes our drained soul?

Out of silence, may we find renewal in purpose and grace to renew and refresh others around us.


Steve

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