Category Archives: Devotionals

Beloved: An Easter Poem

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

Magnificent
Your works are stunning
Your designs extraordinary

From your imagination,
You conceived every creation
Towering giraffes, bright and beautiful birds
Playful bears, mischievous monkeys
Enormous elephants roaming in herds

You crafted the radiant moon
And every iridescent star
Composed the oceans overflowing with life
And lands near and far

You prepared the balmy sun to keep us warm
And to help everything grow
You send nourishing rain to give the earth a drink
And enchanting winter snow

You formed flowers in every color
And produced every majestic tree
Shaped mountains that reach the heavens
And in Your image, You fashioned
The human family

Over all that You created
To mankind You gave dominion
And graced us with intelligence
To reason, contemplate and cultivate our own opinions

We became Your prized possession
The apple of Your eye
And though we would reject Your love
For us You chose to die

Crimson pools at Calvary’s cross
For love’s resolve You hung exposed
Setting is free, the price was paid
Redeeming champion You arose

Thank you Kia for sharing this poem with us! We hope to see all of you tomorrow morning when we gather to celebrate Easter at 9 and 10:30 AM!

Meditating on His Words

Grow your relationship with God by meditating on this list of truths and verses about the character of God and our value and purpose in Him.

Who God Says I Am

I am a child of God. – John 1:12

I am a friend of Jesus. – John 15:15

I will not be condemned by God. – Romans 8:1-2

I have been accepted by Christ. – Romans 15:7

I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with him. – 1 Corinthians 6:17

I am a new creature in Christ. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

I have been set free in Christ. – Galatians 5:1

I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. – Ephesians 1:3

I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ. – Ephesians 1:7

I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works. – Ephesians 2:10

The peace of God guards my heart and mind. – Philippians 4:7

God supplies all my needs. – Philippians 4:19

God loves me and has chosen me. – 1 Thessalonians 1:4

 

His Words to Guide Me

Needing courage – Psalm 138:3; Ephesians 6:10-13

Doubting my salvation – John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13

Financial need – Psalm 34:10; Philippians 4:19

Needing forgiveness – Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 John 1:9

Seeking guidance – Proverbs 3:5-6; James 1:5

Loneliness and depression – Psalm 23; Hebrews 13:5

Under stress – John 14:27; John 16:33; Philippians 4:6-7

Pride – 1 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 2:3-8

Burdened with problems – Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7

In need of rest – Matthew 11:28-30; Galatians 6:9

Selfishness – Philippians 4:8; 1 John 2:15-17

In the face of sorrow – Romans 8:26-28; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2-4

When treated unfairly – 1 Peter 2:19-23; 1 Peter 4:12-15

 

His Words to Encourage Me

I know I don’t know all or even most of the answers but I know the One who is the Answer – John 14:6

I know that all He does is good and loving no matter what – Psalm 119:68

I know that He acts on behalf of those who wait on Him. – Isaiah 64:4

I know that He longs to be gracious to me. – Isaiah 30:18

I know that His grace is sufficient for me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

I know that His Word is a light for my path. – Psalm 119:105

I know of His peace that surpasses all understanding. – Philippians 4:7

I know that He is the Rock, the One who never changes, and that He is a sure foundation. – Psalm 18:2; Malachi 3:6; Isaiah 28:16

I know that by giving my life away I find my life. – Matthew 16:25

I know that He has given me everything I need to live this life of faith and godliness. – 2 Peter 1:3

I know that only He can satisfy me. – Psalm 145:6

Advent Word Study: “Peace”

The Bible Project is running a four-week Advent devotional exploring the four themed weeks leading up to Christmas. For centuries, Christians around the world have used this time to prepare themselves for celebrating the birth of Jesus. Each week is dedicated to remembering and pondering a key biblical theme that came to its fulfilment in the arrival of Jesus: Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love. These videos explore each of these biblical words and their unique meaning within the biblical story.

The first week is peace. “Peace” is a very common word in English, that means different things to different people. It’s also a very important word in the Bible that refers not only to the absence of conflict but also to the presence of something else. This video explores the core meaning of biblical peace and how it all leads to Jesus:

Baptism: Your Identity Landmark

When Jesus is baptized, God announces his identity as the son of God. After that, Jesus heads into the desert and is tempted for 40 days. How did he withstand it? He knew who he was.

While we may never have to endure a month and a half of temptation at the hands of Satan himself, baptism serves a similar function for us: it confirms our identity publicly as children of God.

Jesus’ baptism was just the first step in his ministry, but it was the basis by which he changed the world. Do you feel grounded in your identity of faith? Are you ready to have firm footing? Join us and get baptized on Sunday, August 27th! Invite your family and friends to celebrate with us, too!

Photo courtesy Urša Rogelj

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