Devotion – December 21 2015 – A Generous Heart

deuteronomy24_19When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
—Deuteronomy 24:19

Many of us are facing financial struggles or have faced them in the past.  When we are struggling to make ends meet, every little bit helps.  However, when we are facing these difficult times we can get into a mindset that we can’t give anything away.  Our sense of generosity can get swallowed up by a survival mindset where we have to hold onto everything.

What we see here in Deuteronomy is God telling the Israelites that as they enter the Promised Land, they should be generous with their goods, specifically their crop.  This isn’t just because it helps those in need, which it does, but rather it brings us back to the source of all we have…our great provider.  God is the one who provides all things for us.  This is one of His many gifts to us and He asks that out of His great generosity to us, we be generous to others.  He asks that, instead of clinging to everything we can, we cling to Him and we trust that He will continue to provide when we give generously.

Heavenly Father,

You have given me so much.  You provide for a place to live and food to eat.  Even more, You gave Your Son for me so that I could be forgiven and made Your child.  Please give me a generous spirit.  Help me to love others as You have so generously loved me.

Amen

Devotion – December 7, 2015 – He Has Rescued You

colossians1_13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves…
—Colossians 1:13

We all were once in the dominion of darkness.  We are all born into sin.  Yet, Christ has broken into that kingdom and rescued you and brought you into the kingdom of the Son He loves.  Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, He defeated death and hell.  When God created faith your heart, He rescued you, personally, from sin, death, and hell and brought you into His loving kingdom of righteousness, life, and eternity with Him in Heaven.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for breaking me out.  I was trapped in my sin and destined for eternal death.  I did nothing to earn Your love or mercy. Yet, You came to me and rescued me to bring me into the kingdom of Your beloved Son and my Lord, Jesus, Christ.  Thank you.

Amen

Devotion – December 5, 2015 – Shining Your Light

daniel12_3Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
—Daniel 12:3

The Bible tells us that you are the light of the world.  When we live lives that are wise and lead others to righteousness, we shine our lives in an eternal. Proverbs 9:10 tells us:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

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Devotion – December 2, 2015 – Do Everything Without Complaining

philippians2_14-15Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.
—Philippians 2:14-15

I was amazed a few weeks ago when my daughter (6 yrs old) was asked to choose a Bible verse, any Bible verse, for a school project, she chose this verse (the first part).  I promise, her mother and I didn’t choose it for her, but we loved the opportunity it gave to talk about arguing and complaining. [Read more…]

Giving Tuesday…Give to Your Church Ministry

giving-tuesdayRemember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
– 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Family of Christ has the mission of ministering to others in the name of Jesus Christ.  Whether it’s feeding the homeless, visiting the sick, teaching and mentoring the youth, or reaching out to our neighbors with the Gospel, we seek to bring the light of Christ into people’s lives.  In this next year we are calling a new youth director, starting worship services for a new campus, planning several outreach activities, and much more.  We do this together with our time, our skills, and our resources.

Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, December 1st, is “Giving Tuesday.”  As you look for ways to give today and throughout the Christmas season, please remember to give to your family of faith.  Together, we will continue to shine the light of Christ to our community.

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