1 Timothy 2:1-4 – A Call To Prayer

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)

Living in America can be similar to living in a bubble.  We see all the hurt and problems happening around us, but we are safe in this American bubble. You might not even live in America, but don’t have the problems or war or poverty as many third world countries do.  This can also affect the church as we focus on praying just for ourselves here in America and the problems facing our fellow citizens.  From the perspective of the bubble, we have been seeing turmoil in the Middle East and parts of Africa, and we can’t forget that God doesn’t call us only to pray for those in our culture or nation, but for “all people” and those in “high positions”.

These prayers have a two fold purpose.  The first purpose is to…Continue reading devotion

Psalm 46:10 – Be Still This Christmas

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10a ESV)

The holidays are an emotional time for all of us. Some holidays are spent missing lost loved ones, or feeling depressed with our current life situation. Other holiday seasons bring us joy and laughter with friends and family. In each season, it is important to make the time to BE STILL. The Psalmist is pretty clear that during this time of being still, we are able to know God and grow deeper with him.

Think back over previous holidays. Can you recall when you were present enough to truly soak up the blessings of God? We are no different than…Continue reading devotion

James 3:9-10 – Gossip: The Double-Edged Sword

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With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. (James 3:9-10 ESV)

It would take little effort to see that gossip is a fascination among human beings. Wisdom would show us that gossip is a wellspring of contempt and destruction, but popular culture remains inordinately obsessed with it. What of Christians, though? Are we above this?

One of the strongest memories of absolute defeat in my life remains that of a time when I was the recipient of malicious and destructive gossip at the hands of a fellow parishioner. It was my first real encounter with the “Christian version” of gossip…Continue reading devotion