Short devotions for deacon meetings


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  • DEVOTIONS FOR DEACONS: partnership

    After the initial shock at the intrusion, he quickly made up something to tell. The next morning it happened again, and again he made up something to make himself look good. The third morning George got up earlier and prayed for the Lord to give him something he could share.

    David met the Lord in the morning Psalm 5 and two other times during the day: evening and noon Psalm Daniel, too, prayed three times a day, even at the risk of a night with the lions Daniel 6. Jesus spent nights in prayer Mark and parts of days Luke If devotions are so important, we may wonder why the New Testament does not say more about regularly meeting with God.

    Yet the experience of the saints reveals they had a hunger for daily time with Him. David mentioned praying in the morning, and with good reason. Morning is the part of the day when the mind is not yet cluttered with the concerns that will crowd into it. A ranch breakfast is more helpful.

    If there is, it probably comes to something like this: We prepare our hearts. We make the appointment, the resolve. Then we get awake. We are to lock the world out.

    Then we turn our thoughts to God. My soul thirsts for God. Then it seems right that, early on, we search our minds for sins that hold us off from God. Three days later he knocked at the study door. Is it not only right that early on we search our minds for whatever we need to confess? Perhaps some believers question where to begin.

    If a booklet or church bulletin suggests a Bible-reading schedule, they might begin there. Or, if they decide to read the Bible through, they might do well to begin in Matthew or John, and then go to Genesis after they finish the New Testament. At a chapter a day, they will read through the Bible in a little over three years. Or they can finish in one year by reading three chapters a day and five on Sunday. He might consider that his best thinking is done on paper, and that he will gain by taking notes or keeping a notebook.

    He will find himself recording the comforts and encouragements he sees. The reader asks the passage, What is the Lord telling me today? Or he might use a series of questions that has been around for many years: What truths does this passage give about God? What commands are there to obey?

    What prohibitions to heed? What virtues are there to cultivate? What sins to avoid? What promises are there to claim? What are their conditions? By the time a Christian has worked his way through these questions, he may have fresh understanding of the chapter he read. And he will have given the Lord a chance to talk to him. Next we seek God in prayer. Believing prayer then becomes a test of faith.

    Is God there? Does He hear? For example, Hannah prayed silently, and surely the Lord heard her and answered. God may seem not to answer, but He assures us that He hears. So we believers pray for others. It suggests a prayer list, with items that we often carry before the Throne. These are, Paul said, on behalf of all men, but notably for kings and officials. We see the day ahead and know that we are totally dependent on God. God is in control, the One Who works all things together for good for those who love Him Romans Several times the New Testament writers mention praying in the Spirit e.

    But what is it to pray in the Spirit? Is it not in that moment that we find ourselves praying according to His will and in the name of Christ?

    Psalm promises fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. Believers can cultivate those joys and pleasures by making and keeping their appointments with God and thus beginning each day with Him. How else can we claim the delights the Lord has promised? On reading this article, people may respond differently. Why should I take it to extremes? If we love Him, we will want to spend time with Him. They came to the Word of God and meditated.

    They laid the Bible on the old fashioned, handmade chair, got down on the old, scrubbed, board floor and meditated on the Word. As they waited, faith mounted. The Spirit and faith illuminated. They had only a Bible with fine print, narrow margins and poor paper, but they knew their Bible better than some of us do with all our helps. Let us open our Bibles, spread them out on a chair and meditate on the Word of God. It will open itself to us, and the Spirit of God will come and brood over it.

    I do challenge you to meditate, quietly, reverently, prayerfully, for a month. Begin to teach me! Tozer in The Counselor Among Christians of all ages and of varying shades of doctrinal emphasis there has been fairly full agreement on one thing: They all believed that it was important that the Christian with serious spiritual aspirations should learn to meditate long and often on God. Let a Christian insist upon rising above the poor average of current religious experience and he will soon come up against the need to know God Himself as the ultimate goal of all Christian doctrine.

    Let him seek to explore the sacred wonders of the Triune Godhead and he will discover that sustained and intelligently directed meditation on the Person of God is imperative. To know God well he must think on Him unceasingly. Nothing that man has discovered about himself or God has revealed any short cut to pure spirituality. It is still free, but tremendously costly.

    Tozer in That Incredible Christian.

    Daily Devotions

    What Jesus did on Good Friday was the greatest sacrifice of all time. Arrest The horror begins around midnight. The Trials Three trials are by the Jews, the second three by the Romans. While praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas arrives with Jewish leaders and Roman soldiers in tow.

    Annas has no authority to hold a trial. No charges are presented. No witnesses called. Around a. Witnesses are called. Two problems: 1 Night trials are illegal and 2 the Romans have reserved capital punishment for themselves. After finding Jesus innocent, Pilate had Him flogged with 39 lashes of a cat-o-nine tails. He was hoping this would satisfy the Jews. Take him away! It said: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.

    An earthquake rumbles. The veil of the Temple is torn in two, from top to bottom. While suffering, Jesus asks the Father to forgive His accusers. He promises a place in Paradise to the thief beside Him. He entrusts His mother to His Disciple, John. He cries out in agony, because the Father has forsaken Him for the first and only time in eternity.

    And He commits His spirit to His Father. Crucifixion was designed to suffocate its victim. He died of a broken heart. The tomb is sealed, and all heaven weeps. Pray with me: Jesus, no sorrow can express how we feel about what You did for us. You were and are the Hope of the World. Thank You for doing on Friday what made Sunday possible! Good Friday blessings to you! Allow me to get a little scholarly to help you figure this out. Or were the saints already in heaven before He got there?

    Those who believe there was no such place, site these problems with that view: 1. That was added a few decades later. The Possibilities Theologians smarter than you and me have debated this for centuries.

    Some do not. The Correct Answer Who is right? Jesus never speaks a falsely. The thief arrived in heaven that day. While His spirit and body remained apart the entire 36 hours from Friday sundown to Sunday sunrise, Jesus remained the Lord of Glory every minute.

    We have a Savior who did what no one had done before. The One who breathed His last on Friday night, will breathe again on Sunday morning. Second century Bishop Melito of Sardis, wrote: By the cross death is destroyed, and by the cross salvation shines; By the cross the gates of hell are burst, and by the cross the gates of paradise are opened.

    The cross has become the way of saints and martyrs; the cross has become the chain of the apostles and the shield of faith of prophets. Your hands and feet have been penetrated. Your side is pierced. Your heart does not beat. Yet You are alive, doing good for the saints and reuniting with the Father.

    We bow reverently, in awe of what You have done; and expectantly, in anticipation of what You will do tomorrow, and then forevermore. You are Yeshua, the Savior, and we worship You!

    Young children have a zest for life that makes them eager for morning. They jump out of bed, ready for what each day holds. He had been waiting for this day since before the beginning began to begin.

    At sunrise, Jesus leapt from the grave, eager to experience the new life He had bought for the world and ready to show that new life to the world. First, He showed it to Mary. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it.

    For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Peter and John heard about new life next. When skeptics like Frank Morrison, C. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! And with His rising comes everlasting, abundant, new life in all its fullness.

    Forever and ever. For You bought us back when we were in bondage to our own sin and self-righteousness. Thank You for bringing forgiveness. Thank You for bringing new life. I want to live in that new life every day.

    Isolation or no isolation, wake me up every morning with zeal to proclaim grace in Your name from this Easter until next Easter. And then wake me then to begin it again. I was doing my best to celebrate Easter and the Sabbath. I hope you had a good celebration and rest as well. Well, Jesus is risen, and that changes everything.

    One of the first things He did after His resurrection was point us to Scripture. Whenever a disciple experiences a new event or advances to a new level of maturity, they are able to see more and get more out of Scripture. I can read a passage times, then something new happens in my life, and on the st reading, the truth sinks deeper. None of us has been through a pandemic or lockdown before.

    It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. God wants to speak to you in new ways. Find one or two of your favorite passages, read them, and hear His voice today! Pray with me: Lord, I want to learn Your ways more deeply. I want to think like You, see things the way You see them, and feel the way You do about everything in Creation. So speak to me through the Bible today, and every day.

    His sweet songs include not only Psalm 23 the greatest of all psalms , but also Psalm — the psalm most needed in times of loneliness and uncertainty.

    I picture David alone in his room as he composes these lyrics with the help of his ancient stringed instrument. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. You even know the thoughts inside my head. You know me better than I know myself. Where can I flee from your presence?

    The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you. Psalm Can I ever get away from God? And not just with me. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. You were there while I was being made! Psalm This is a prayer for our moment in time. As our isolation drags on, you need to know that you are never alone and never unknown. During these last few days I have felt like I need people contact more than ever. But more than people-contact, you and I need God-contact.

    Here is our prayer: Search me, God, and know my heart. Test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; and if there is, reveal it to me so I can confess it to You.

    Prayer Before a Meeting

    He has probably mapped out a route already and set his course —until the Spirit of the Lord tells him differently, that is. Paul wants to go to Asia. The Spirit says no. Paul wants to go to Bithynia.

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    The Spirit says no again. And then Paul receives a vision, sending him to the outer reaches of where the Jews had scattered: a Roman colony with no temple, no place of worship or gathering. Yet Paul obeys. Without a temple in which to preach, Paul goes down to the river to speak to the Gentile women there. Partnerships are important for ministry. At its heart, ministry is relational. Paul understood this and depended on the blessings of partnership to help and encourage him.

    Partnerships are Spirit-given: before arriving in Philippi and establishing the church, Paul is redirected by the Spirit away from other places of ministry. He is given a vision that will lead him to Philippi. The Spirit guides Paul into this important partnership. Partnerships begin with commonality: partnerships work well when there is a fundamental understanding of what is shared.

    It is a basic place to start. Partnerships focus on strengths: in strong partnerships, each partner has something important to contribute. He is risen indeed! And with His rising comes everlasting, abundant, new life in all its fullness.

    Forever and ever. For You bought us back when we were in bondage to our own sin and self-righteousness. Thank You for bringing forgiveness. Thank You for bringing new life. I want to live in that new life every day. Isolation or no isolation, wake me up every morning with zeal to proclaim grace in Your name from this Easter until next Easter.

    And then wake me then to begin it again. I was doing my best to celebrate Easter and the Sabbath. I hope you had a good celebration and rest as well. Well, Jesus is risen, and that changes everything. One of the first things He did after His resurrection was point us to Scripture. Whenever a disciple experiences a new event or advances to a new level of maturity, they are able to see more and get more out of Scripture. I can read a passage times, then something new happens in my life, and on the st reading, the truth sinks deeper.

    None of us has been through a pandemic or lockdown before. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. God wants to speak to you in new ways. Find one or two of your favorite passages, read them, and hear His voice today! Pray with me: Lord, I want to learn Your ways more deeply.

    I want to think like You, see things the way You see them, and feel the way You do about everything in Creation. So speak to me through the Bible today, and every day. His sweet songs include not only Psalm 23 the greatest of all psalmsbut also Psalm — the psalm most needed in times of loneliness and uncertainty. I picture David alone in his room as he composes these lyrics with the help of his ancient stringed instrument. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. You even know the thoughts inside my head.

    You know me better than I know myself. Where can I flee from your presence? The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you. Psalm Can I ever get away from God? And not just with me. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. You were there while I was being made! Psalm This is a prayer for our moment in time. As our isolation drags on, you need to know that you are never alone and never unknown.

    During these last few days I have felt like I need people contact more than ever. But more than people-contact, you and I need God-contact. Here is our prayer: Search me, God, and know my heart. Test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; and if there is, reveal it to me so I can confess it to You.

    Because I want You to lead me, not just through this plague, but through and into Your everlasting way, and into Your everlasting home. During my Life Group last night, one of our members told about crocodiles showing up on a beach in Mexico. Like the U. And quickly. That led us on to a discussion of the lowered CO2 and NO2 levels in China, the clear water in the Venice canals, the sighting of deer in downtown areas of South Korea and lots of ways our environment seems to be getting cleaned up.

    Let me say that I have no idea if any of this is actually happening.

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    But it does make me wonder if God may be working on a secondary good during this viral lockdown. The Lord is always about the business of drawing people to Himself, perfecting the saints, and building His church. Consider this. As God was establishing Israel as a nation of faith, He gave them a directive concerning their environment.

    It is to be a year of complete rest for the land. But God knew that resting the land and resting the farmer were good for both of them, so He commanded it of them. The Israelites rarely, and perhaps never, obeyed this directive. In B. Yet, 2 Chronicles 36 lists a secondary reason for this forced exile. Pray with me: Lord, Your ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

    But we give You full permission to make us more like Your Son. And if You are doing other things as well, we trust You with them too. We know that You are a Good, Good Father. Have Your way, Lord. Have Your way. Yesterday my wife sent a note to our Grandparenting ministry that I thought was so helpful, I wanted you to see it as well. How about you? I came across a chapter in a book written by Robert Morgan called Always Near that helped me.

    He says that we find strength and meaning in doing the next thing. Or even spend the day at Safari Park with your grandchildren. But we can decide to do the next little thing.

    Making the bed. Calling a friend. God keeps in step with us in the little things. Check out these verses: Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it sifat pensil hb adalah in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Colossians Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians Do you see that God is in whatever you do? He will be with us as we do the next thing… whatever we do…. I will leave the rest without concern; it is not my affair. I ought to consider the duty to which I am called each day, as the work that God has given me to do, and to apply myself to it in a manner worthy of His glory, that is to say, in exactness and peace.

    Day A Good Day Yesterday was a good day for me. It had a sense of progress. I connected in community. I saw some kingdom advancement. We were made for these things: progress, community, and kingdom advance.

    Those conversations always feel good to me. Room by room we walked through their brand new El Paso, Texas home. Our prayer together showed me in a deeper way the wonder of the Body of Christ. Over the years, the New Song family has spread all over the country. Almost every afternoon I get a similar email from a couple in Tennessee.

    How unsearchable his judgments and untraceable his ways! I hope it was filled with progress, connection, and kingdom advance. I hope today will be like that for you as well. We want to participate with You in that advance.

    Use me. Bless, guide, use, and protect Your Church in all its locations today. According to Matthew, before healing the man, Jesus touched him. The Jews believed that touching a leper made you immediately unclean. You would have to isolate for six weeks before you could come into contact with anyone. Why would Jesus touch the man before healing him? I have a theory. Since the day he had been diagnosed, this man could no longer touch his wife, his children, his mom, his dad.

    He was not only socially isolated, he was physically isolated, and had been so for a decade or more. My theory is, Jesus touched the man before healing him because he knew the man needed a touch more than a healing. Touch is a gift.

    We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. And those of us who are living with others need to make sure our households experience several significant touches every day. Instantly her bleeding stopped. And when she touched Him, she was healed. And also when she touched Him, power went out from Him. There is power in a touch. It can be healing to touch, and to be touched. Touch is powerful gift. Use it wisely during this time. Pray with me: Father, thank You for creating us with five such wonderful senses.

    Thank You, specifically today for giving us the ability to touch and feel and transmit so much good through our hands and arms to one another. Today we pray for the hundreds in our church who may be touch-deprived at this time, and the millions worldwide who are in this situation.

    Jesus, would You touch them, and every one of us, in a significant way today. Laments are prayers prayed in times of affliction and need. Most follow a pattern. The pray-er starts with a cry for help to the Lord. May you shelter them, and may those who love your name boast about you. For you, Lord, bless the righteous one; you surround him with favor like a shield.

    Like this: A cry for help. Include a few words about how you trust Him. Psalm and Corporate Laments Bible scholars have identified two types of Laments. These are Psalms prayed on behalf of the whole nation.

    I listed 45 Laments here because the book of Psalms was preserved for us to use in our times of need. Instead of composing your own, maybe praying one of these is what you need today.

    Read claim verses 5 and 6 for yourself. Now, claim them for our nation. Pray with me: We cry out to You today Lord. As a people, we are broken. Overtaken by sin. We have ignored You and ignored Your ways, indulging in shame and folly.

    Forgive us, and restore us, O Lord our God. One way is through Psalms of Lament where we pour out our discouragement and fears to the Lord. Which would you rather do?


    Short devotions for deacon meetings