Devotions

The Gospel of John – Waiting on God

Read John 1:29-34 [Then John testified,] “I didn’t know {Jesus] was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ “ – John 1:33 (NLT) Waiting on God is difficult at times, but it…

The Gospel of John – God, Our Authority

Read John 1:19-28 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” – John 1:19-20 (NLT) Obedience requires that we stay clear on what God has called us to do, and not try to puff up our…

The Gospel of John – John the Baptist

Read John 1:6-18 John testified about [Jesus] when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’” John 1:15 (NLT) John the Baptist was used in amazing ways by God, including pointing people to Jesus,…

The Gospel of John – The Word of God

  Read John 1:1-5 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. John 1:4 (NLT) In Genesis, God spoke, and things happened. Jesus, the Word of God, was the instrument of creation, and has sustained us ever since. In our sin we fall into darkness and push God away, but when Jesus…

The Church & the World – Worship

Read Revelation 4:6-11 [The believers] worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God—Acts 2:46-47a (NLT) Worship is surrender, submission to God. Worship is the beginning of everything else that we do while representing God to our families, our friends, our…

The Church & the World – Transparency

Read Acts 5:1-11 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, . . . How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” Acts 5:3a, 4b (NLT) As Christians we should take what we say and do among the community of believers very…

The Church & the World – It’s All God’s

Read Acts 4:32-37 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32 (NLT) In the book of James it says “Faith without works is dead”, but the works follow the faith. Godly works flow out of Godly belief. In the case…

The Church & the World – Good Stewards

Read Matthew 6:28-34 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. Acts 2:44-45 (NLT) God will provide for all your needs. Can you trust Him for that, and not worry? Can you believe that God is the true owner of…

The Church & the World – Live for Heaven

Read Matthew 6:19-30 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21 (NLT) God wants us to desire Him, not His gifts or His provision. His promise is that when we desire Him first, our needs will be provided. We are free to invest in relationships rather than the accumulation of “stuff.” Then we…

The Church & the World – Opportunity

Read Acts 3:12-4:4 Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? Acts 3:12 (NLT) When we act in the power of God, and those watching are in awe, we must…

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