Monday, January 31, 2011

When the Rocks Rain Down

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 1/31/11 – Exodus 28-29; Acts 7 – “When the Rocks Rain Down”

S - Acts 7:59-60 – “As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, "Master Jesus, take my life." Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, "Master, don't blame them for this sin" — his last words. Then he died.” [Message Bible]

O – Steven was about to be put to death for his faith in Christ and he boldly recites the miracles of God; the history of God’s love, power, protection and justice over the years. His prayer resembles the dying prayer of the Lord Jesus, that of amazing forgiveness. Clearly Stephen was not earth-focused. He was heaven-focused, consumed with eternity and his purpose for being on this earth, right down to the last moments.

A – Stephen’s sustaining grace in the face of death was derived from a view of the Lord Jesus and a passionate commitment to Him, no matter what. If we can look to Him as Lord, Savior, see Him exalted to deliver us and truly commit ourselves to Him, we will find grace in whatever afflictions. I cannot imagine the horror that must come when faced with the persecution that Stephen faced. Stephen was not only sustained, but victorious. When the rocks rained down on him as his enemies stoned him to death, he knelt in honor of the Lord, his hope and deliverer.

P – Lord, take us into an even deeper consecration and commitment to You and Your purposes for our lives. Teach us to see past this temporary earthly life to our eternal home with You. Stephen exemplifies the ultimate choice to forgive. Teach us forgiveness no matter what. Oh Lord, so much to learn… here we are… students of Your grace.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Leadership 101

S: Acts 6:3 – Therefore brethren seek out from among you seven men of good good reputation, full of the holy spirit and wisdom whom we may appoint over this business.
O: The requirements for leadership were good reputation, full of the holy spirit and wisdom.
A: The disciples chose leaders carefully. They were to be of good reputation. They were to be full of the Holy Spirit. They were to be wise. These “leaders” were followers. These were men who walked the walk. They were servants. I too need to chose who I follow carefully. Do they walk the walk? Are they full of the Holy Spirit? Do they exhibit wisdom? Do they serve? The best leaders I have known have been servants at heart. God has put people in my life to teach me, to lead me. Some of them I chose. Some chose me. Either way my life has been made richer by having them in it. What if we chose all of our leaders this way – from church boards to leaders of nations? What a world it would be.
P: Father God thank you for the leaders you have put in my life. Thank you for my teachers. Father God thank you for being my ultimate “leader”. Strengthen me Lord that I may not go astray but follow you all the days of my life Amen.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Upward Call

S- Ex. 24:12 - "The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain..."

O - I think sometimes that I try to bring God down to me, to my level, my needs, my priorities. In this passage, I hear God calling me upward to Him, to his perspective, and his priorities. God calls us upward. He wants to share his heart, his will and his presence with us.

A - God issues a personal invitation. Will we respond or are we too busy or too content with the status quo?

P - Lord, I thank you that you love us so much that you call us upward. We don't want a low-level walk. We don't want to be directionless. Help us to hear your call and come up to where you are. Change us as we come into your presence. In Jesus name. Amen

Friday, January 28, 2011


S--Acts 4:13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

O- Peter and John were attracting quite a crowd…people were being healed and saved…the ordinary were creating an extraordinary atmosphere and the Sanhedrin were upset and did not know what to do.

A-Here is a case where the unschooled and ordinary men such as Peter and John were doing the extraordinary. In the name of Jesus they were healing, teaching and setting people free. Have you ever thought or said “I can’t teach or pray for others, I have not been schooled in that area…I am just an ordinary person.” In Acts 4:20 they say “for we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Their passion for sharing the Gospel is so apparent…they are driven to proclaim the Good News. Do we share our , faith with our families, neighbors, colleagues, or are we leaving that up to someone less ordinary? The Bible says “go and make disciples…” it does not say if you have been schooled to preach…then go. God has commissioned each of us ordinary people to go and tell.

P-Thank you God that I do have a testimony of your healing and saving power in my life. Please help me to be bold in proclaiming Your love and saving power to all I meet. Thank You that in Your eyes we are all EXTRAORDINARY.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27, 2011 Exodus 17-20 Acts 3 "Money isn't Everything"

January 27, 2011
Exodus 17-20 Acts 3

"Money isn't Everything"
S- Acts 3:6 Peter said, " Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk"

O- Peter and John were going to the temple, upon entering the gate called Beautiful, they came across a beggar who was crippled. The beggar was carried there by someone to beg people for money. He certainly didn't get there on his own, because he was too crippled to walk. With the lead and sensitivity of the Holy Spirit, John & Peter noticed him, and said "look at us." The man expected them to give him money, but what they told him was "silver and gold I have none, but what I have, I give thee, in the name of Jesus Christ. He was healed.

A- What catches my eye in this verse is that the beggar was put there to beg for money. HIs self worth must have been so low, and I wonder what happened to the money that he received for those who felt sorry for him, and gave. I am sure, it was taken and he was probably made fun of, and lived a life of such shame. One of my favorite things about God, is He knows ALL, and He knows our hearts and He is so Faithful. God met the beggar right where he was at, and healed him through Peter and John. The beggar did not go back to where he came from, to go looking for the people who did wrong to him every day....he clung to Peter and John and thanked God, and walked in his healing.

P- Dear Lord, teach us to be in tune to you in the moment, especially when we are put in situation that we do not want to be in. Give us the opportunity to be blessed out of our obedience to you. I'm so thankful you know my heart better than anyone. Thank you Lord for your unconditional love, and for knowing my end from my beginning. Just like for this beggar, you can wipe away shame & hurt, and the labels that put on us
and give us a new name, You are the best thing that ever happened to me. Amen

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - January 26, 2011 - Exodus 14-16; Acts 2

S- Acts 2:17 "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." 

O - Peter is quoting from Joel 2:28-32 explaining what was happening with the believers as they were touched by the Holy Spirit.

A - It is Holy Spirit who enables us to see prophetic visions and dream prophetic dreams. This is one way that God communicates with us. Do not discount what you envision or dream, saying it is because of something you ate. Although sometimes this may be true, be cognizant of the fact that God DOES communicate this way and He may be wanting to tell you (and us through you) something really important. Pray. God will allow you to discern the difference.

P - Lord, I pray for more. Open our eyes, ears and hearts so that we may understand everything you're telling us.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NonReligious Jesus

by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 1/25/11 Exodus 12,13; Psalm 21; Acts 1 - NonReligious Jesus

S- Acts 1:4 JBP  On one occasion, while he was eating a meal with them, he emphasized that they were not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promise.

O - Jesus liked to hang out!  He loved to fellowship and share meals with his friends.  He wasn't very religious, like the Pharisees.  He was human and warm, compassionate and fun!

A - Let's be real.  Let's be like Jesus. If Jesus was accused of being a drunkard and a glutton, it must be that his fellowship around meals was frequent.  He told Zacchaeus that he needed to go and even stay at his house. (Everyone complained, "What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?!" MSG Luke 19:7)  He hung out with "sinners" and tax collectors.  Let's throw religion aside and be human, like Jesus!

P - Father, help us to relax a bit. Help us to throw religion aside and focus more on relationships and fellowship, like Jesus did!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Open Our Eyes, Lord!

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 1/24/11 – Exodus 9-11; Luke 24 - “Open Our Eyes, Lord!”

S – Luke 24: 15,16 – “…suddenly Jesus himself came along and joined them and began walking beside them. But they didn't recognize him."

O – The two men on their way to Emmaus were trying to make sense of the fact that the Messiah had to suffer and die before He could enter into glory. Jesus appeared to them on the road and began talking to them about the Scriptures. They believed the prophecies about His glory, but couldn’t wrap their heads around the need for Him to suffer. While Jesus was talking with them their hearts were stirred and they felt a burning within themselves. The Messiah was walking with them and they didn’t recognize Him!

A – When Jesus comes to us in a new way, how will we respond? Will we be so distracted by the unfamiliar that our spiritual eyes are blinded and miss out on the new revelation that He had for us? Will our hearts burn with that inner fire? The beautiful thing in this passage is that Jesus eventually made it clear to them that indeed, He was with them. May we be open to all the new ways He reveals Himself in the unusual, unfamiliar and unexpected.

P – Lord, open our spiritual eyes to see You in all the ways You choose to show Yourself to us. May the journey take us into a deeper place of trusting You, knowing You, and loving You.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Life of Surrender

S: Luke 23:46 - …:Father into your hands I commit my spirit”.
O: Jesus lived a life of total surrender. His last act here on earth was to surrender his spirit into his father’s hands.
A: Jesus’ entire life teaches us the importance of surrender. Jesus was completely surrendered to the will of the Father. Even when he faced suffering and death his prayer ends with “not my will but yours be done”. So often we use God as a pinch hitter – someone to cry out to when the bases are loaded and the other team is about to take the lead and put us out of the game. Jesus’ life of surrender shows us that what our goal should be – a life surrendered to the Father; seeking His will and not our own in ALL things. Surrender works. Twenty-two years ago I was lost and my hope was gone and I cried out to a God I wasn’t sure I believe in and I wasn’t sure believed in me. The only prayer I could muster was “help me”. That simple prayer led to a miraculous transformation in my life and was the first step toward what would become the most important relationship in my life – my relationship with God. All I had to do was acknowledge that I didn’t have any more answers and that maybe God did. Surrender was the key to a life that works.
P: Father God thank you for all that you have done for me. I am not the person I was when I cried out that first prayer. Lord I am lost without you. I surrender. My desire today is to be lost in you. Amen.

The Life-changing Burning Bush Revelation

S – Exodus 3:4 – “…God called to him from within the bush,”Moses! Moses!”

O – The burning bush got Moses’ attention so he walked over to get a closer look, and God said “Moses! Moses!” Then Moses received a revelation of who God is and what was on his heart concerning his hurting people. Then God revealed who Moses was to become and what he was to do. It was a call to a dangerous confrontation and a difficult life of leadership. This call was followed by a promise and specific directions. God promised that he would be with him.

A – Before I can run with vision, I must know who God is and hear his voice.

P – Lord, I pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit, for the unmistakable, life-changing burning bush revelation of who you are and what you will and purpose is for our generation. I need you strength, your direction, your protection, your provision, and most of all your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


by Vivian Bills

Thursday - January 20, 2010 - Genesis 49-50; Psalm 8; Luke 20

S - Luke 20:18 "Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but anyone on whom it falls will be crushed."

O - Jesus is speaking of Himself as the rock. Those who fall on Him are so much better off than those whom He will crush.

A - I'd rather be broken than crushed. Psalm 51:17 says that God will not despise a broken and contrite heart. But, I suppose if we aren't willingly broken, then the crushing will happen. There is so much that needs to be broken in order for God to do a mighty work in our lives - pride, fear, laziness, self-righteousness. It's all ugly and has no place in God's Kingdom. 

P - I am broken before You, Lord, and not crushed. Put the pieces of my life together, Jesus, as You see fit. I am Yours.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - Genesis 47-48; Psalm 10; Luke 19

S - Psalm 10:4 In their pride the wicked do not seek him; in all their thoughts there is no room for God.

O - David is making an observation about those wicked people who seem to get away with everything. They don't even think about God.

A - I cannot even fathom a day when I don't even think about God. But, I used to have plenty of those days, so I do remember what it was like before I finally saw my salvation. It seems as if Jesus occupies my every thought sometimes and I cannot even imagine a day without Him. But the wicked are so consumed with their own pride and their own sin that they don't allow God to have even one of their passing thoughts. And how hopeless their lives seem to me. What do they live for? Money? There is never enough. Food? Their stomachs always ask for more. Possessions? There are always more to acquire. There is never peace for these people. They will never have it all.

P - Thank You, Jesus, that You are ALL to me and You give me peace. You give me satisfaction everlasting. Use me somehow, Lord, to show others that they can always make room for You.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 1/18/11 Gen 44-46; Luke 18 - BE HUMBLE!

S- Luke 18:9,14 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable (the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector)...    “I tell you that this man (Tax Collector), rather than the other (Pharisee), went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

O - Jesus described how the Pharisee bragged about his attitude- being thankful he wasn't like others, how he fasted and tithed.  The tax collector cried out as a sinner for God's mercy.  Jesus was emphasizing the point that we may think we know everything, but that attitude isn't productive nor honored by God.  The attitude that God blesses is one of humility.

A- Oh boy, how many times have I thought I knew what was right? How often have I been confident in my opinion?  Do you struggle with that as well? I remember going to a cemetery once, writing the phrase "Self Righteous" on a piece of paper and burying it in the ground! Thats how bad it was. It also helped growing older and becoming more forgetful - because I can't rely on myself and "my knowing" as much as I used to!

P - Father, you cherish a humble attitude.  Sometimes we think we know what is right in a scenario.  Sometimes we become stubborn in our "rightness."  Today I choose to be humble and admit I don't know everything and I don't have my act totally together.  That's why I need You!

Monday, January 17, 2011

"Go Jump in the Lake!"

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 1/17/11 – Genesis 42,43; Psalm 5; Luke 17 - “Go Jump in the Lake!”

S – Luke 17:5-6 – “The apostles came up and said to the Master, "Give us more faith." But the Master said, "You don't need more faith. There is no 'more' or 'less' in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it would do it.” [from the MESSAGE Bible]

O – Jesus is stating that we already HAVE faith…and there is great power in the faith that we do have. The tree he speaks of not only bears much fruit all year, but if a branch of this tree is planted in the ground and watered, it will root itself and rapidly become a new tree. This tree has an amazing root structure; growing both deep and wide. And Jesus is saying that our faith can pluck this steadfast tree up by the roots and go where we declare.

A – Wow!! Why do we make this issue of faith so complicated? It is what He says it is. Period. It is powerful, and it is within God’s children. This goes with Matthew 17:20 – “With God nothing is impossible, all things are possible to him that believes.” So the problem does not lie with the circumstance, the problem does not lie with the promise, the problem it seems, lies within our exercise of faith! Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day. I just read a quote by him that says “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

P – Lord, today we believe what Your Word says. We HAVE faith. Today, let us take the first step, even when we don’t see the whole staircase… Today we choose to exercise our muscles of faith, that what may seem impossible, crashes into the reality of heaven’s infinite possibilities!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

God knows your heart

S: Luke 16:15: And He said to them “You are those who justify yourselves before men but God knows your hearts.
O: You can make things look good to the world but God knows what is in your heart.
A: God is not distracted by appearances. He gets right to the heart of the matter. There was a time in my life when I lived by appearances. I did a lot of things not because I wanted to but because it’s what I thought other people expected of me. I did kind things but my heart was not full of kindness. If you had looked at my life from the outside things would have looked fine. Husband, kids, house, job. But I was dying on the inside. My heart was broken and things like resentment, offense and self-hatred had taken root. I was walking, talking, breathing and smiling and putting on a good show but it didn’t fool God. In His love he tore the mask off and began healing all my broken places. Today I no longer desire to be a people pleaser….today I want to be a God pleaser. My life isn’t perfect. I’m not perfect. I struggle with sin just like everyone else. Today I don’t feel a need to be perfect. I only need to be me. That’s all my father asks of me.
P: Father God thank you for loving me during the times in my life I could not love myself. Father God my heart’s desire today is to please you. I don’t want to be a pleaser of man but a pleaser of God. Give me courage today Lord to share my struggles as well as my victories; to just be real. Let my heart be filled with you so that you can flow from me into the lives of everyone I meet today. Amen.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holding on to our Dreams

S - Gen. 37: 19-20 - "Here comes that dreamer?" they said to each other. "Come now, let's kill him..."

O - A young man, a dreamer, favored by his Father experienced rejection, betrayal and cruelty by his brothers. In Genesis 37, we see that a father's favoritism and a unique call bred jealousy and hatred in Joseph's brothers. This almost resulted in murder, and created much suffering for Joseph and his father. Despite it all, God protected Joseph from murder and was with him, on his difficult journey to the fulfillment of his God-given dream. He kept Joseph's faith intact and used what was meant for evil to help save a nation which would prduce the Savior of the world.

A - Joseph tells me that life is tough and that I must hold on to my integrity,my dreams and my faith in God, despite the sin,sadness,evil and the disappointments and struggles of life.

P - Father, may your kingdom come and your will be done despite the sins and failings of your people. May we stay strong in faith till the dreams that you have given us are fulfilled despite resistance and opposition. Amen.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011 Gen. 31-33 Luke 13 "Thou art Loosed"

January 13, 2011
Gen. 31-33 Luke 13
"Thou art Loosed"
S- Luke 13:12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."

O-Jesus was in the synagogue on the Sabbath, with lots of people gathered around, when a woman with a crippled up, hunched over body captured His attention. She did not ask for healing, yet His heart of compassion, and His eyes of love could see the pain she was in. Jesus calls her over and says "You are Free from your Infirmity" and laid hands on her. She immediately stood straight up, giving Glory to God.

A- The first time I read this, I read it as an "infirmity" being a sickness, and have always pictured an old woman crippled over. The scripture doesn't say she is old. It says, She is crippled over and has been for 18 years. In my life, I realize that
the meaning infirmity can be anything that cripples us, addictions, unforgiveness, sickness, depression, hate, jealousy all these sins and more can cripple us from being the woman or man of God that we are to be. This scripture doesn't say she went running towards Him for a healing....but she did go into His presence of where He was....He noticed her and He healed her. He knows our end from our beginning and everything in between. When I am crippled by sin, I am not standing or walking where God has called me to walk, because I am in need of God's presence, and healing touch. Healing touch does not mean, just for sickness. He knew what she needed, and healed her. If there is something crippling us, He can heal it and set us free....just by being in His presence and wanting healing. It's way more fun to a woman that is loosed, than bound....... He did it for me:)

P- Father, you are so good. You know us from the inside out, and everything in between. You know when we our bound and you have just what we need to be set free! Thank you that your heart of compassion and the love in your eyes for us, knows and see's all and your have Mercy & Grace that is new every morning. You know our every need and you are Faithful to us and love the heart of our very being, even when it is afflicted with bondage and disease. Thank you Lord that we can walk in Freedom, because of your love for us. Amen.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday - January 12, 2011 - Genesis 29-30; Luke 12 - DO NOT WORRY

S - Luke 12:23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

O - Jesus was admonishing His disciples to not worry about food and clothing - that God will provide.

A - I've been there. As a young mother I worried about having enough food for my child to the point that I made myself sick and resented my husband for being the opposite of a good provider. But, during those hard times, if you had gone through my pantry and my refrigerator and my freezer you would have found more than enough. Even when I was an unbeliever, He provided for me. I've obsessed over food, eating too much and then restricting the "bad foods" in an attempt to lose weight. But life is about so much more than food. I know someone who spends hours and hours being upset because she thinks someone wants to eat her food (that she does not even have the physical capacity to eat herself) and she is not very pleasant to be around.

P - Lord, thank You for life and sustenance. Help me to teach others this message, not by neglecting their physical needs, but by always pointing to You, the provider of all things.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 1/11/11 Gen 27,28; Psalm 4; Luke 11 - THE HEART OF A LOVER

S - Luke 11:5-8 JBP - Then he added, "If any of you has a friend, and goes to him in the middle of the night and says, 'Lend me three loaves, my dear fellow, for a friend of mine has just arrived after a journey and I have no food to put in front of him'; and then he answers from inside the house, 'Don't bother me with your troubles. The front door is locked and my children and I have gone to bed. I simply cannot get up now and give you anything!' Yet, I tell you, that even if he won't get up and give him what he wants simply because he is his friend, yet if he persists, he will rouse himself and give him everything he needs."

O - Jesus was sharing a story with his disciples after one of them asked Him to teach them how to pray.  This  illustrates the willingness of our Father to answer prayer - especially when we are persistent.  But this story  really reminded me of my brother, who has a very kind, giving heart.

A - My brother unexpectedly was returning to his camp when he happened upon 4 people from Canada whose van had broken down. This was recently in cold Vermont; they were here ice climbing on Mt. Pisgah.  He gathered them up into his small truck, took them home to his warm camp, fed them a wonderful dinner, offered them showers and a bed for the night!  He was nothing like the neighbor in this scripture!! In the middle of the night, a phone call awakened him - the woman driving from Montreal coming to get some of them was stuck in the snowbank several miles away.  Back into the truck they went to rescue her - all in the middle of the night before he had to get up for a hard physical workday as a stone mason. I love my brother's heart.

P - Father, may we be lovers - lovers of you and lovers of people. May we respond to the needy without a blink of an eye. May we show your heart by the way we welcome others into our home, smile and embrace people in the market place, give out hugs where ever we go!  Cause us to be extravagant lovers - like my brother.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Only One Thing is Needed

Diana Kriesel

Monday, 1/10/11 – Genesis 25 26; Luke 10 - “Only One Thing is Needed”

S – Luke 10:41-42- "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

O – Each time you find Mary of Bethany in the gospels, she is in the same place: at the feet of Jesus. It was not wrong for Martha to prepare a meal because people need to eat. What Jesus was addressing was that it was wrong for her to be so preoccupied with her ‘tasks’ that she was missing the most important part. Mary was focused on Jesus; Martha was focused on what needed to be done.

A – I love this passage because it always reminds me that what we do WITH Christ is far more important that what we do FOR Him. Our “to be” list must surpass our “to do” list. I want to know Him more. And the only way to know Him more is to spend more time with Him. Our “to do” list will always be there, however what we do should never take our attention AWAY from “being” with Him…focused on Him…for that is the “one thing” that Jesus is calling us to do. Everything else will fall into place.

P – Lord, draw us closer, so that even when life presses in on us and the tasks and needs around us try to swallow up our attention, we will first and foremost find the place of the “one thing” that is most important of all, and necessary to our lives, and that is finding that place at Your feet. From that place, and that place only, will we find the strength to do all else.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

You Give Them Something to Eat

S: Luke 9:13 – He replied “You give them something to eat”.
O: The disciples were urging Jesus to send the crowd away so they could go to nearby towns and find food. Jesus replied that they were to feed the crowds.
A: This passage is talking about food for the crowds to eat but it spoke to my heart in the context of spiritual food. Am I feeding those around me or am I urging someone else to do it for me? If God has put someone in my life – it’s for a reason. I must choose whether this will be another missed opportunity or if I am going to go for it – offer them some spiritual food. Take a risk or play it safe. Because of what Jesus did on the cross for me, I have been giving a second chance, a “do-over”. I am not the person I used to be. It has been a journey with many twists and turns and some set-backs but along the way God had planted people with spiritual food to offer me. Where would I be today if those people had played it safe? If they hadn’t taken a chance on me; if they hadn’t taken the time to deposit some spiritual “food” into the broken, hurting person in front of them? I don’t want to stand in front of my Savior one day and regret all the times I could have fed the one in front of me but didn’t. Instead, I want to rejoice with him over those I fed. I may never see the effect of my efforts here on earth but I want to be able to say “I gave them food when they were hungry”.
P: Father God I ask right now for the willingness and desire to feed those around me – even when it’s not convenient. Father God equip me with the “spiritual food” that those around me need and remove my fear of what other people might think if I take that risk and offer them “food”. Use me Father. Let me be your voice, your hands, your feet, your heart. Let me make a difference in just one life today. Amen.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


by Cathy Weymouth

Saturday 1/8/11  Genesis 20-22; Luke 8 - ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORM

S - Luke 8:22,26,27,35, One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out...  They sailed on to the country of the Gerasenes which is on the opposite side of the lake to Galilee. And as Jesus disembarked, a man from the town who was possessed by evil spirits met him. He had worn no clothes for a long time and did not live inside a house, but among the tombs... These people came out to see what had happened, and approached Jesus. They found the man, whom the evil spirits had left, sitting down at Jesus' feet, properly clothed and quite sane. That frightened them.

O - Jesus announced to his disciples that they were going to the other side of the lake.  When the storm came up, they were frightened... apparently they forgot what he had said!  He had a destination in mind. He had an assignment on the other side of the lake - that would be told for centuries.  The man with the legion of demons was waiting there needing a divine appointment and miracle!

A - This is the thing about faith - we don't know where it's going to lead us!  We don't know the full story yet of what the Lord has in mind.  I wonder if the disciples looked back at the storm-tossed experience and saw that this divine appointment was dependent upon them making it through the storm to the other side?!  Wow, Lord, we have appointments like that waiting for us as well.  

P - Lord, Calm the seas in our life, increase our faith, help us move on all the way through to the other side of the storm where your plans are waiting for us.  May there be people there waiting for us to get through - waiting for the deliverance you have for them - which will come through us as your sons and daughters.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thursday Jan. 6, 2010 Gen. 15-17 Luke 6 "Take Initiative"

Thursday Jan. 6, 2010

Gen. 15-17 Luke 6
"Take Initiative"

S- Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

O- Jesus is telling us how He wants us to treat ALL people.....referring to not just those we like, but those who have offended and hurt us.
It's by loving them, and treating them as you would want to be
treated. His word for us is that it is easy to love those who love you, but to love those that hate you....that it the true test of love.
A- When someone judges you are wrongly accuses you of something
it's our nature to shun them or to disassociate yourself with that person. When we choose to love, despite how we may feel, that is when God
will develop our character to be more like His. This is where God's word becomes our foundation, and not what others say about you, or accuse you of. It is actually freeing to your mind and soul, to take the initiative and forgive those that wrongly accuse
and hurt you, then to hold on to that hurt, and shun them.

P- Father in heaven, thank you for your words that are so freeing to the soul. Help me to love those that are difficult to love, and those that do not love me.
I give you my heart to be an initiator of treating others how I would want to be treated, especially to those that hurt me. Use me as an Initiator. Thank you Lord, that your
grace is all that I need, and help me to extend that to others. Thank you, Father.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - January 5, 2011 - Genesis 12-14; Luke 5

S - Luke 5:39 And none of you after drinking old wine, wants the new, for you say, 'The old is better.' "

O - Jesus is admonishing the Pharisees and teachers of the law for being so stuck in their ways that they don't see the new thing that God was doing.

A - Old wine is good. It's more expensive and aging is preferred. But, if someone always drinks the same vintage they could possibly miss out on something new and exciting - like Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine made from the current season's harvest. And there are some that prize it for its nuances of flavor that never show up in old wine. And there are others that refuse to taste it because they believe that there can be nothing good about it since they prize the old wine so much.

P - Lord, I praise You for the newness You bring each morning. Help me to always be open to what new thing You have for me, even as I prize the old things You have done.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 1/4/11 Gen 9-11; Luke 4 - SPEAKING GRACIOUS WORDS

S - Luke 4:22 NLT, Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips.  "How can this be?" they asked.  "Isn't this Joseph's son?"

O - Jesus's ministry was just beginning. He spoke in the synagogue in Nazareth, the town in which he had grown up. He declared that day that he was sent to fulfill the mission described in Isaiah 61 - to preach the good news, proclaim freedom, release the oppressed, etc.

A - I love the description, "the gracious words that came from his lips."  In the new year, I want to speak gracious words too.  The Greek word for gracious here is Charis - joy, favor, acceptance, a kindness granted; a favor done without expectation of return (Zodhiates). And where there is Grace, there is joy and thankfulness, as these are included in this Greek word.

P - Father, help us to speak words of grace this year to those we encounter.  May we bring joy and thankfulness to the atmosphere where we live and travel.  May others see whose son/daughter we are as we speak these words of Grace.

Monday, January 3, 2011

"Prepare the Way of the Lord!"

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 1/3/11 – Genesis 6-8; Luke 3 - “Prepare the Way of the Lord!”

S – Luke 3:4 – “As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.”

O – It was customary that when a king was going on a journey, people would be sent two or three days ahead of them to command the inhabitants to clear the way, especially when there were no roads, so that all hindrances would be removed. In Luke 3, the leveling of the land was a figurative expression, denoting that the way of the Messiah would be made smooth because through John many were ready to receive Jesus’ message. John the Baptist wanted a way to be made in the hearts of the people for the message of Christ.

A – Not only do we need to keep the road to our own heart clear and free from hindrances, but it is important that we are careful to help the way be prepared for others. So often our words and actions can become a stumbling block to others. It is our privilege as well as our responsibility to represent Jesus in such a way that people are drawn to His Love and His saving grace. We need to keep in mind that we can be “ON the way” for people to come to Christ, or “IN the way”, blocking people from coming to Christ. Which will we be?

P – Lord, keep us mindful of Your heart for people and that everything we do either represents You well, or can hinder people from seeing You in our lives. Teach us to “prepare the way of the Lord!”

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Set me Free

S: Genesis 4:7. …And if you do not do well sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you but you should rule over it.
O: The Lord is telling Cain that sin is at the door but that he should resist his urge to sin.
A: Sin is always at the door. It’s my choice today whether to open that door or to keep it firmly closed. Jesus shed his blood for my sin. He gave me the greatest gift of all. Yet despite this incredible gift I will still need to be accountable for the way I have lived my life. Not just my actions but my thoughts and motives and those things hidden in my heart. Truth is, some days those thoughts and the condition of my heart are not so pretty and if I let them take up residence in my mind and in my heart they infect the entire neighborhood. Constant vigilance is the key. Justification creeps in and before I know it I have sin dressed up and looking good. I can’t battle the sin in my life alone and I can’t keep it a secret. I must bring it into the light, share it with someone I trust and then take it to my Lord and Saviour. He alone has the power to enable me to turn from my sin and wash me clean.
P: Father God I thank you for the ultimate gift – your son Jesus Christ – who gave up his life for me, a sinner. Father my heart’s desire is to walk in your ways. Give me strength to resist temptation of all kinds. Give me the courage to face off with the sin in my life, to get real. Wash me clean Lord that my life, my thoughts, my heart will be a pleasing fragrance to you. Amen.