Monday, October 31, 2011

Clean Within

October 31, 2011 Job 22, Mark 7, 8

S: Mark 7:23 - “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.’

O: Jesus explained to His disciples that unclean comes from within a person, not from an unwashed hand or utensil. The evil and viciousness that is expressed by human nature doesn’t come from lack of hygiene, it can be harbored inside and that makes the person unclean and therefore defiles a man or woman.

A: Oh how well I know that the worse thing anyone said to me has come from my own thoughts, feelings or words! I can be my own worst enemy – and doesn’t our enemy love to use that against us to make us even more despicable within. I also know that all my terrible thoughts about another do nothing to anyone, but they certainly affect me. As a human I am weak; the evil and ugly come from within me. It can destroy me and my relationship with God and with those I love just as effectively as if I drank a cup of poison. But, as a child of God – I have His love, the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to protect me and keep me strong to fight off the filth of darkness.

P: How blessed I am to be a child of God! Father I am grateful that Your Word, Your Son and Holy Spirit are there for me every minute of my life. Help me to keep it all in my heart so that I can shine from within. Amen.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Sunday, October 30, 2011: Job 21; Mark 5 & 6

S: Mark 6:37 – But he answered and said to them “You give them something to eat”…..

O: The disciples seeing the size of the crowd suggest to Jesus that he disburse the crowd to go find food for themselves. Jesus responds “you give them something to eat”

A: Its so easy to look around at the enormity of the needs around us and determine it is easier to just let someone else take care of them. Everywhere you look there is poverty, sickness, broken families, broken people. Let someone else feed the hungry. Let someone else set the prisoner’s free. Let someone else spread the gospel. Let someone else wade into the mess of someone’s life in order to give them new hope. Or even better – let them take care of themselves. We hide behind our phones, our computers, our roles as mother, father, our jobs, our ministry, our committees, our “busy-ness”. Jesus had an entire world to reach yet he took the time to talk to the woman at the well, to heal a blind man on the side of the road, to teach and equip those that would carry on when he was no longer with us. What if God doesn’t want to use someone else? What if He wants to use you? Right where you are. In your family, in your workplace, in the check-out line at the grocery store, at a concert, at lunch with a friend, over a cup of coffee ……….. We all have a story to tell. We all have gifts that God wants to use to set the rest of the world free. Woah………….that’s scary stuff. Yes it is. I will not lie. There’s risk involved. It requires us to step outside of our comfort zones. To try new things. To learn new things – sometimes from people we don’t think have anything to teach us. To look a little funny sometimes. To fail. I fail a lot and it hurts sometimes. But it’s not my job to worry about results. It’s my job to take the action. God has the rest of it. I’m willing to look a little silly for my God. I’m willing to fail. I’m willing to cry and get frustrated and discouraged and then get back up and try again. Why? Because God never fails. Maybe I’m just planting a seed. All I have to do is position myself so that God can use me and go when he says “Go”. After all He has a plan.

P: Father God help me to “give them something to eat”. Some days the only thing I have to give is you. That is more than enough. Help me to see this world as you see it. Every broken person I encounter is an opportunity. Give me courage Lord. Give me your truth. Give me your loving heart. Use me Lord as imperfect as I am today.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

He Who Has Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear!

October 29, 2011 Job 20; Mk. 3,4

S = Scripture O = Observation A = Application P = Prayer

S - Mark 4:9 ~ And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

O - Jesus is speaking to a great multitude His teaching was about the Parable of the Sower. The
seed being the Word of God, some seed fell by the wayside, some fell on stony ground, some
thorns and some on good ground. After the telling of the parable Jesus cries out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

A - Every time I hear the Word of God being imparted to me, I want those seeds to fall on "good ground" so that I will become Christ like in character and produce a harvest for the kingdom,
but I know there have been times when the Word being ministered to me
fell by the wayside (that message was for someone else not me), the seed fell onto stony
ground (my heart was hard and I didn't want to receive it), the seed fell into thorny places
(that message angered me today, ouch!) Jesus is fully aware that I have ears to hear with
but He is also fully aware of distractions that may have occurred, or an irritation that came
my way right before the pastors message. His words "He who has ears to hear, let him
hear!" is His" hearts cry" to each of us throughout the generations to prepare our hearts and make ready (good soil) to receive the Words of His teaching by His Spirit. It only takes a
moment for me to bow my head and ask the Lord to prepare my heart before any message,
sermon or teaching is about to be sown into my heart. It only takes Him a moment to
prepare my heart to receive and to make sure that the seed falls onto good ground.

P - Lord Jesus, may my heart always be prepared in readiness to receive the seed that you
want to sow and may it always fall onto good ground because your Word is nourishment
and life to my spirit.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Job 19; Mark3-4


S-Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

O-We are reading about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry here on earth.

A-Though Jesus was fully man and fully God…He still found it necessary to pray…it says:

1. He got up very early;

2. He found a solitary place,

3. And He prayed

What an awesome example of how we (who definitely are not God) should pray. Early in the morning is a good time we can meet with God before the distractions of the day, while we are fresh; seeking God to know His will for us today and to give us strength to live our lives for Him. If Jesus (who is fully God) needed to start His day seeking the Father…how much more do we as mortal men/women need to hear from the Father.

P-Oh God, help me to overcome my laziness, help me to seek Your face and Your will for my life every day.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cause God Said So

October 27, 2011 – Job 18, Acts 27, 28

S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer

S: Acts 27:25: ‘Therefore take heart men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.’

O: Paul, other prisoners and crew on the ship are very nervous about their safety because of stormy seas. Paul admonishes all for not listening to his earlier warning, and asks them again to please listen now because God has a plan.

A: God spoke to Paul thru an angel. Paul believed the message simply because God said it would be so. He didn’t question the message, nor did he ask the five “Ws” – who, what, when, where and why. Paul just accepted what the angel told him and trusted because God said it would be. So why can’t I do the same thing?! I can hear God’s message, but I sometimes – well almost always - over analyze it trying to figure out what I think it really means. I need to discipline myself to stop asking those questions and act on faith – the faith that if God says so – then it will be and that is good enough for me.

P: Father, I am sorry when I keep asking why – I’m not two years old anymore and know better. I ask for the discipline to act on faith alone – Your word is all I need. Amen!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Wednesday - October 26, 2011 - Job 17; Acts 24-26

S - Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?"

O - King Agrippa is listening to Paul give his testimony and he is astounded that Paul is thinking to convert him in a short period of time.

A - Paul's answer is perfect. Basically he says he doesn't care how long it takes, he just wants them saved!  There's no quota to fulfill, no numbers to reach, no time frame to work in.  The desire to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is the most important thing.  It's a heart issue!   Are you in this just for yourself?  Or has your heart matured to the point that you want to bring others with you?

P - Lord, give me Your heart for Your people that I would desire even more to make You known to them.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We Need Each Other!

By Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 10/25/11 Job 16; Acts 21-23

S – Acts 21:1,3-5,7-8, After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea... We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. Finding the disciples there, we stayed with them seven days. But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. We continued our voyage and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them a day. Leaving the next day … we stayed at the house of Philip.

O – On their journey back to Jerusalem, Paul and his buddies stayed with various Christian brothers and sisters where they found encouragement and sustenance.

A – It is a glorious thing to fellowship with Believers! I am here in Barbados for a concert, staying in the home of a friend, meeting the family and being greatly encouraged by his mom. How inspiring it is to hear testimonies of God's faithfulness in the lives of other Believers! God is Faithful and He created the body so that we could inspire and encourage us to continue walking in the faith. We need the insight and wisdom that others have to share.

P – Father, thank you for family, our natural families and our spiritual families. Thank you that even when we meet strangers in the faith, they immediately feel like family to us. This is a special gift you have given us. You are so about relationships! May we be faithful about meeting together to encourage each other. Amen.

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's My Watch

October 24, 2011 Job 15, Acts 19, 20
S=Scripture O=Observation A=Application P=Prayer

S: Acts 20:28 “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseer, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

O: Paul is giving words of wisdom, advice and instruction to the disciples before he departs. Paul tells them that they are charged with watching over the flock – God’s church.

A: Not only are the disciples to spread the Gospel, they are now to be the shepherds and watch over the people of God’s flock. The power of the Holy Spirit enables them to do so and it will be even more important as the flock comes under attack from predators looking to destroy it, regardless of the attackers’ motives. Am I ready to be an overseer / shepherd? I know I am capable of taking care of those I love, that’s a given. But as I grow in faith and mature as a Christian, it is my responsibility to help with the flock, especially since I “know better.” And only with the help of the Holy Spirit can I do this. Jesus paid in blood for our lives so I need to step up to the plate and do my part. I can watch for opportunities to minister in Christ’s name. I can live my life as an example to others who do not know Christ. I can reach out to followers and non-believers alike to help meet their needs. I can get out of my comfort zone and give testimony to help increase the flock.

P: God you are so good to us. You gave us Jesus who died for our sins, the Holy Spirit to empower our lives. God open my ears, my eyes and my heart so I may be one of your overseers that cares for Your flock here on Earth until Jesus comes. Get let it be Your way and not mine! Amen

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Sunday, October 23, 2011 – Job 13, 14; Acts 17, 18


S: Acts 18:9 – Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision: “Do not be afraid but speak and do not keep silent; for I am with you and no one will attack you and hurt you; for I have many people in this city.

O: Paul had literally been “run out of town” on several occasions for trying to preach Jesus Christ. God is encouraging him to continue to share the good news.

A: Poor Paul. Everywhere he went he seemed to leave running for his life. There were certain people who Paul had taught who were blind to the truth and instead stirred up people against Paul. Yet these very people are partially responsible for the spread of the gospel. If Paul had not had to flee to another city he might have gotten comfortable and decided to stay for a while. It was the persecution that threatened Paul at every step that in essence propelled Paul from place to place preaching the good news along the way. This has been true in my life too. Now I have not been “run out of town” as Paul was but there have been times when I have gotten “comfortable” and would have stayed in that place for a while if it were not for some unforeseen circumstances that shot me out of that “comfort zone” like a scalded cat. There has been not one circumstance in my life that God has not been able to use to his glory. God has not called me to give up when things get tough but to keep putting one foot in front of the other and “speak and not be silent”. God does not give me the courage and strength to walk through my circumstances in advance. I am never “ready”. I find strength from walking through whatever situation I face with my eyes on God and God alone.

P: Father God I thank you for all the circumstances I used to complain about. The events and situations in my life that have propelled me forward. Give me your words to speak Lord that as long as I have breath in my body I will continue to fall forward and speak boldly of you as Paul did. Amen.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Saturday, 9-22, 2011 – Job 11,12; Acts 15,16

S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer

“What must I do to be saved?”

S – Acts 16:30 “And he brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

O – Thinking that Paul and the prisoners had escaped from the jail after a large earthquake the Jailer was about to take his own life when Paul cried out. “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Seeing they were all there, the jailer asked the question, “What must I do to be saved?

A – Every time I read this story about Paul, Silas and the Jailer and excitement rises up in me. I never grow tired of reading it. I can almost see myself standing there watching the story unfold. It is one of the great love stories of the Bible. The Philippian jailer asking the question,” What must I do to be saved?” Paul answering, Only believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Just that simple. I need to be reminded once in awhile that it is just that simple to tell others about Jesus and not to overwhelm them with details. Paul recognized that the Holy Spirit had already prepared the jailers heart. I wonder if at times I get in the way by making salvation so complicated for the hearer? By recognizing that the Holy Spirit has already prepared their hearts all I need to do is tell them to believe on the One who died on the cross for their sins and they shall be saved…..and their loved ones too!

P- Lord I love when others come to know You as their Lord and Savior. As you prepare their hearts help me to see and know that You have already done the work and all I need to do is humbly and gently lead them in a prayer of salvation.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Job 9-10; Acts 13 & 14

S=Scripture, O=Objective, A=Application, P=Prayer

S- Acts 13:22b “I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart he will do everything I want him to do.”

O-Paul is sharing history with the people and he is telling them what God said about His servant David.

A-What better compliment can we get than to hear God say that I am a woman after His own heart. Wow! What made David so special to God. He was not perfect, though he did mighty things, he also did some sinful things. The Word says “he will do everything I want him to do.” So despite David’s frailties…he loved God and was obedient. I want God to say of me, that I am a woman after His own heart. Though I am nothing like David, and will never accomplish David’s greatness…I can be obedient and do what God wants me to do.

P-Oh God, forgive me for my frailties, and help me to be an obedient and loving daughter…I want to please You …I want You to be able to say of me “She is a woman after my own heart.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Be Ready

Job6-8; Acts 12

S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer

S: Acts 12:8 “Then the angel said to him, ‘Gird yourself and tie your sandals;’ and so he did. And he said to him, ‘Put on your garment and follow me.’”

O: Peter’s been imprisoned and scheduled to be executed. He is chained to two soldiers, one on his left and one on his right. Guards are standing by outside the door watching over the prison. There is no human way to escape. The Lord sends his angel who tells Peter to get ready and follow him. The angel leads Peter to freedom.

A: Peter was sleeping when the light from the Lord appeared. He actually had to get ready to leave the prison cell. Once Peter awoke though, he did as directed and it led to his freedom. I think I need to ‘gird’ myself with the light of our Lord, to put on my shoes and be ready to walk down His path, and to clothe myself in the Word. I don’t know when Jesus will be coming, but I don’t want to get caught sleeping. I want to be ready to escape from this world into the eternal life promised by our Father. It’s a simple matter actually – Jesus asked us to follow Him; no one can get to the Father except through Him. We can escape our sins and enjoy the freedom of forgiveness by having a relationship with Jesus.

P: Lord by your goodness and mercy, I have every opportunity to follow You always. I ask that I not only prepare myself, but show me how to help others to be ready and not be caught sleeping when Jesus comes for us. Amen.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - Job 5; Psalm 108; Acts 10,11

S - Psalm 108:4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

O - David is praising our God.

A - Love and faithfulness - isn't that what we all ultimately desire?  We long for others to love us unconditionally, to be faithful to us to the end, but they more often than not fail us at one point in time or another - because they are human.  We all fail at times; we're not perfect, but God is.  We need to trust in the One who never changes, never withdraws His love, never leaves us.

P - Thank You for Your love and faithfulness, Lord.  Enable me, Jesus, to exhibit this same love and faithfulness to those around me.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jesus Changes Lives!

by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 10/18/11  Job 3,4; Acts 8,9 - Jesus Changes Lives

S=Scripture O=Observation A=Application P=Prayer

S- Acts 9:3-5 JBP, But on his (Paul's) journey, as he neared Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly blazed around him, and he fell to the ground.   Then he heard a voice... "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting... Now stand up and go into the city and there you will be told what you must do."

O - As I read the book of Acts, I see lives that are tremendously changed.  One day they are living as they have, possibly for years, and the next minute they have an entirely different life ... Saul persecuting Christians, the lame man from birth healed at the Beautiful Gate, Stephen proclaiming Christ and being stoned to death for it, a magician converted, etc.

A - Wow. I am trying to really imagine what it would be like for a lame man from birth to suddenly be able to walk, leap, praise God.  How did his life change for the remainder of his days?  What was his experience and his countenance?  And what about Saul/Paul ... fervently persecuting and killing Christians "for God" and then standing in the Temple preaching Jesus?! It was a complete about-face!  Jesus changes us.  What existed in the pre-Jesus days is abruptly changed and our experience from then on is different.  And we have a testimony to share - that would really interest people.

P - Father, thank you for Jesus!  May we not forget how are lives are changed because of His Presence, your Presence in our lives.  May we be ready to tell others - this is what it was like for me before, BUT... this is now my life.  I am changed.  Amen.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fair Weather Belief

October 17, 2011
Job 1, 2; Act 6, 7

S=Scripture O=Observation A=Application P=Prayer

S: Job 2:10(k) "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”

O: God allowed Satan to affect Job’s health with an attack of boils. This comes right after Job has lost his children, his animals and possessions. Satan was working extra hard to get Job to sin against God.

A: We all have “fair-weather” friends, hopefully we’ve not been such, but it happens. Then there are those friends who stick by us through thick and thin, sticking by you when you may be about a popular as a smelly skunk. Job praised and worshipped God during his prosperity; Satan couldn’t believe that Job would still love God when all was gone and his life was miserable. Satan succeeded in turning Job’s wife who verbally accosted Job and asked Job why, what did he have to praise God for now? Job responded and told his wife to not be foolish. Job continued to praise God, even in adversity. He accepts the good and the bad. Job understood that God’s will was the only way – he was true to God and his faith – regardless of circumstances.

P: Father, how quickly I have lashed out at you when things haven’t gone my way. Let me understand and accept the ups and downs, that there will be good and bad things happening in my life. But always I should look up and turn to You – always!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Refiner's Fire

Sunday, October 16, 2011: Malachi 3-4; Psalm 148; Acts 5


S: Malachi 3:2-3 – But who can endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when He appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi And purge them as gold and silver. That they may offer to the Lord an offering of righteousness.

O: The Lord will purify and refine the sons of Levi so that their offering will be an offering of righteousness.

A: Refiner’s fire. Launderer’s Soap. Purify. Purge. These are the words used to describe the process necessary to offer an offering of righteousness. My first thought when I read this was that this is going to be unpleasant and painful. But does it have to be? I am not the person I used to be and Jesus gets all the credit for that. I have honestly had very little to do with that. I have been taken through seasons and circumstances that have “purged” and “refined” me. I know that some of the seasons I have walked through were painful and difficult. But in all honesty I can’t remember what most of them were all about. I also know that I am still not the person I want to be when I am presented to my Lord. I need more fire. I need more soap. I also know that whatever process the Lord will lead me through he will do so in love. Our seasons & circumstances are not a punishment but a process. A silversmith must sit with his eyes steadily fixed on the furnace for if the time necessary for refining is exceeded even by a minute the silver will be injured. While I walk through my refining fire and my laundering the Lord has his eyes fixed upon me the entire time. His love and wisdom will be fully engaged in my process. A silversmith knows when the process is complete when he sees his own image reflected in the silver. The Lord will know my process is complete when he can see his own image in me. Worth it? Oh yes!

P: Father God I submit myself to your care. Mold me. Refine me. Purge me until I reflect you in this world and that when I see you face to face you will be pleased with my offering. Amen.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Being With Jesus

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 – Neh. 13; Mal. 1,2; Acts 4

S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer

Being with Jesus

S – Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”.

O – Peter and John are boldly speaking out to the Sanhedrin about Jesus and the things of God.

A – Boldness…I don’t always seem to have it. There are times when I am in a store or some public place where I would feel the need to share the gospel to some stranger, but then I would shy away. Maybe the missing person here is the Holy Spirit. Did I take the time that morning to be in His presence and be refilled by His power in preparation of the day? He doesn’t require me to stand on a box shouting out to a crowd (although maybe someday He may) but, He does desire that I extend the love of God towards those that He died for and if possible share the gospel to those who will listen. Not everyone is called to be an evangelist, but everyone who is called by His name needs to receive the power of His Holy Spirit to boldly proclaim His name, and this kind of power and boldness can only come from daily walking and being with Jesus through the presence of Holy Spirit.

P – Lord I need to walk with you daily. I ask for a closer walk with you. I ask that I be empowered by your Holy Spirit to proclaim to all men the goodness and salvation of God. There are so many false gods and teachings in the world. Give me the boldness I require to share the gospel of Jesus Christ so that all will know that you are the One True God and there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Amen.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Nehemiah 11,12; Psalm 1; Acts 3
S=Scripture, O=Objective, A=Application, P=Prayer

S-Psalm 1-3 “He is like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season…Whatever he does prospers.”

O-David is talking about making choices…choose to hang with the wicked, sinners, or mockers, and eventually perish; or choose to delight in the Lord and to meditate night and day on His Word, and prosper.

A-The promise to those who delight in the Lord is that they will bear good fruit and prosper. It is not always easy to live a life that glorifies God. We often want our own way…the path seems easier. But God can strengthen us and encourage us when times are tough. I want to “bear good fruit,” I want my children to be able to follow my teachings and to “arise and call her “Blessed.”

P-Lord, forgive me for being lazy about meditating on Your Word night and day. Help me to hunger after You and Your will for my life. Thank You for giving me wonderful children, who love and serve you.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Promise

October 13, 2011 Nehemiah 9, 10; Acts 2

S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer

S: Acts 2:39 “For the promise is to you and your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.

O: Peter is pleading with the people to repent of their sinful ways, to turn away from that type of life. He wants them to turn to God by accepting Jesus, by being baptized in His name, and receiving forgiveness and the Holy Spirit. Peter tells them this is a promise not only for them, but for their children and any who heed God’s call.

A: What a promise God has made to me! I am sure I don’t deserve it. How many times have I said I won’t do that again, or this is definitely the last time for this – only to find myself doing it – again! Our God is awesome and He is so good to us. He forgives! He loves! He calls us and He promises and he does not break His promises. I’m sure I’ve broken a promise in my lifetime. How wonderful for me and you that we can be forgiven and have His promises! Just answer the call.

P: Father, You have promised me forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit. I promise my love and devotion to You and Your son. Please forgive me when I fail to remember my promise, for I am only human. But for the blood of Your son Jesus – I am saved! Amen.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - Nehemiah 7,8; Act 1

S - Nehemiah 8:10b This day is holy to our Lord.  Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

O - The Israelites were upset because God's Word was read to them and they realized they had been sinning greatly.  Nehemiah told them it wasn't a time to be sad.  God was happy that they finally understood.

A - God rejoices when we repent.  Yes, we are supposed to know that we have done wrong and we are supposed to regret it.  This can be painful when our eyes are opened to our own sins.  But, God has made a way for us to have our mourning turned to joy.  He loves it when we finally wake up!

P  - Lord, I thank You that You sent Your son to bear the punishment for my sins and that You forgive me and rejoice that I am yours!  Help me to point others to You.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Way to Go, Peter!

by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 10/11/11  Nehemiah 5,6; Psalm 146; Luke 24 - Way to Go, Peter!

S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer

S - Luke 24:9,11,12 JBP, Then they did remember what he had said, and they turned their backs on the tomb and went and told all this to the eleven and the others who were with them... But it struck them as sheer imagination, and they did not believe the women.  Only Peter got up and ran to the tomb.  He stooped down and saw nothing but the linen clothes lying there...

O - The women witnessed the empty tomb and the two angels who reminded them that Jesus had said he would be crucified and rise on the third day.  Only Peter, out of all 11 apostles, even was curious enough to go check out their story!

A - Wow, this amazes me!  I don't think anything could have held me back from checking out the womens' report of the empty tomb.  Is it really true that only Peter went to check it out?  I really like Peter!  He didn't always handle things properly, but he sure had passion!!  He lived a large life - full of convictions and curiosity and passion.

P - Father, spur us on with fire and passion for your Kingdom and your ways. May we be child-like, full of curiosity and wonderment. May we never grow dull in expectation of what You can and will do!  Amen.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Call to Arms

October 10, 2011
Nehemiah 3, 4; Luke 23

S: Nehemiah 4:14 “And I looked and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders and to the rest of the people, ‘Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

O: Nehemiah is rallying his people against their enemies who want to destroy them and their plans to rebuild. He tells them all are needed to stand tall and fight together, to think of God and His mightiness and to put it all on the line for everything that matters.

A: Our Christian lives here on Earth are beset by a common enemy – satan himself. He perpetuates gloom and despair, he can set family and friends against one another in order to conquer and divide. The enemy wants us weak and singled out – like the wolf going after the young and weak sheep in a flock. What happens though when we stand together, when we fight for our families and friends? We become a powerful force that the enemy will have a really tough time defeating. Our differences melt away when – with our Lord’s awesomeness and might – we stand together. Just like the game we played as children – Red Rover. The game could only be won when we linked ourselves together and doubled our strength.

P: Father, your great might and power is our strength. It is our shield against a common enemy. Help us to set aside trivial differences to stand together and defeat our enemy. Amen

Sunday, October 9, 2011

United or Divided?

Sunday, October 9, 2011 – Nehemiah 1, 2; Psalm 133-134; Luke 22

S: Psalm 133:1 – BEHOLD how good and how pleasing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

O: It is good and pleasing to God when man lives in unity.

A: Unity has been on my heart lately. God designed us to need each other. To live together. To work together. To serve together. We were not intended to live alone. We were created to need one another. To love one another just as our Creator loves us. The Bible is full of illustrations of how the body of Christ is to work together in unity – different giftings, different talents, different abilities – all working together for one purpose – to spread the gospel. To grow up in Christ. To love each other through the growing pains; through life. Too often when I look around at the world today I see people judging one another, gossiping about each other, tearing each other down, vying for position and power. And to be honest is the church all that different? Even in our churches there seems to be an epidemic of negativity. Ministry vs. Ministry. Vying for money, for power, for position. Let’s be honest – ministries are made up of people – full of gifts and flaws. I suppose it’s only natural. After all the goal of the Enemy is to distract the body of Christ from it’s purpose. Judgments, gossip, money, power, position. These are the tools of the Enemy. It may be natural for the world to succumb to them but I don’t serve a natural God. I SERVE A SUPERNATURAL GOD. And so does the Church. I may be only one person but I can change the atmosphere of negativity into one of UNITY. How? By not letting the spirit of division work in me and through me. Jesus suffered and died that I could live. But I have to choose to live. Just as I can choose death instead of life - I can choose division instead of unity. Today I am choosing unity. Once my eyes are open to the battle I can choose a side. Every word I speak against another ministry or another member of my church is ammunition for the Enemy. Jesus came to bring love to a hurting world. Now it’s my turn. Am I spreading the message today or spreading the disease?

P: Father God forgive me for all the times I have spoken any form of negativity about my church – it’s leadership, its ministry heads or another member of my church family. Forgive me Lord. It is not my heart to sew seeds of division but of unity. Teach me how to bring unity to a divided world. Use me to open the eyes of others that the battle is at our doorstep. Nothing is impossible with you God. Teach us how to be united in spite of our differences. To love this world as you loved it. To reach the lost. To restore hope to the hopeless. To set the prisoner’s free. United we can change the world!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Widow's Two Mites

S – Luke 21: 2 “And he saw a poor certain widow putting in two mites”.

O – Jesus takes notice to a poor widow walking up to the place where offerings are being given and he sees she has placed in her two mites.

A – It’s funny how I can have some preconceived notions when I read some of the stories in the Bible. When I first read about the poor widow and her two mites I imagined this little old lady, hunched over, walking slowly up to where they were taking the offerings and then tossing in her two little, tiny, copper coins, saying this is all that I have, not worth much, might as well just throw it in. Then Holy Spirit comes along and paints me a new picture and tells me….She wasn’t saying this is all I have, this is all that I’m worth. She was saying ,” He is worth all I have!” “ He is worth all I can give of me!” Her focus wasn’t on what she “didn’t have” but “ what she had to give.” She could have looked at what the others were giving grown discouraged and decide not to give her two little mites, but because her focus was on God and His Kingdom she gave extravagantly! So, I have to ask myself in light of this story….. Am I serving and giving with a heart that is focused on Him and the Kingdom of God? When I give all of me whether in offerings or servitude, whether big or small, if I give with a heart that says, “He is worth all I have! He is worth all of me!” Jesus takes notice.

P – Father help me to see that it isn’t about what I don’t have, but what I do have. May my hearts attitude be that You are worth all I have! You are worth all of me! Amen.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Ezra 7,8; Luke 20

S=Scripture=Objective. A=Application, P=Prayer

S-Ezra 7: 6b “The king had granted him (Ezra) everything he asked; for the hand of the Lord, his God was on him.”

O-Ezra was granted favor from the king, he gave him supplies, silver, gold, food, and people. Ezra was a teacher and was well versed in the Law of Moses.

A-Ezra had a calling on his life, to lead and to teach and uphold the law of Moses. He was faithful in this calling and God granted him much favor. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a plan for our lives and that His plan is good. When we are obedient in following God’s plans for us, we then walk in His grace and power…God’s desire is pour out favor on us and on our families.

P-God is good…all the time and He desires to bless His people. Help me Lord to walk in your ways and thank You for all the favor You have given to me and my family.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Doing Business

October 6, 2011

Esther 9, 10; Luke 19

S: Luke 19:26 “For I say to you, that to everyone who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

O: Jesus had just finished telling the parable of the minas. The last servant did nothing with his mina, which back then was a sizeable sum. The others multiplied the original sum for their master and in doing so, earned other rewards. The one servant who did not, lost the mina and anything else that may have come in the future.

A: God has given us many gifts. Jesus died for us – the ultimate gift! When I use my God-given gifts for God’s glory, I generate the opportunity to be rewarded with more. The more in my mind is everlasting life in the Kingdom of God. When I allow the light of Christ to water these gifts, I can grow like a weed; but if I stay in the dark, I will wither and dry out. I must take care of what God has already given me so that I can be prepared for the rest of what He has to offer me. I think it must be hurtful to Him when I don’t.

P: Father, there are times when I am wasteful and dishonor Your gifts to me. Please forgive me. I pray that I use my gifts to do Your will and receive Your blessings, all for the glory of Your Kingdom, to bless my life and others. Amen.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - Esther 3-8; Luke 18

S - Esther 4:14b And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?

O - Mordecai is telling Esther that she may have attained her royal position just to save the Jews.

A - I was thinking today of the many times I could have died, but didn't. Let me tell you, it's more times than I care to admit. Many times I ask why. Why me? Why do I have the job I have, the children I have; why am I at my church? Is there something significant I must do with courage for the Lord?

P - Lord, help me to find my purpose in You!

Monday, October 3, 2011

It Matters

October 3, 2011

Ezra 5, 6; Psalm 138; Luke 16

S: Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in what is lease is faithful also in much, and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”

O: Christ is talking with His disciples. He is telling them that it is how one treats the little, mundane matters with faith and justness that show how we will be with the big stuff.

A: How many things do I do during the day that I don’t even think about? If I’m late for work and driving along, will I stop to let someone cross the street or will I run the red light just to gain a few seconds? When I am shopping and decide I don’t want the ice cream, do I just put it down wherever I may be in the store or do I go back and put it in the freezer? Do I set aside my tithe first or go spend that on something frivolous? These are the daily tests that are set before me that I must pass. If I can’t handle the “small stuff” how can I expect God to use me for what matters to Him? How will I learn His plan for me if I can’t successfully tackle the little daily affairs set before me? I want Him to be able to use me for His purposes. I need to be faithful – do what I am to do and know that it matters to Him.

P: Father, I don’t do things to please others; I do to please You. I pray that my faithfulness in the least of what matters will bring me to serve You in Your plans and purposes. Amen.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

What kind of Shepherd am I?

Sunday, October 2, 2011 – Zechariah 13-14; Psalm 147; Luke 15

S – Luke 15:4 - What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does he not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?
O: Jesus, through this parable, is sharing God’s heart for the lost. The missing sheep are those who are lost. Each one of us should be caring for the people around us as the shepherd cares for his flock.
A: What an awesome glimpse into the heart of the Father for the lost! The Word tells us that his desire is that “none should perish” but we should all have eternal life. I love Luke 15 and all the stories of “lost” things. Maybe it’s because I was lost once & I wasn’t sure I would ever find my way out. I didn’t. God found me. But what struck me this morning was not the lost sheep but the action of the shepherd. The shepherd didn’t simply moan and lament that his sheep was lost but he left the comfort and safety of his “flock” and struck out into the wilderness to find the lost sheep. He left his “comfort zone” and struck out into the unknown all to find one little lost sheep. He had 99 others at home……….so why leave the comfort of “home” to find just one? Because the one matters! The one matters. So how many times this month have I left the comfort of “home” or “church” or my “workplace” or my “social circle” to reach out for the one? It’s so easy to think someone else will go after my lost sheep or that “they” are better at this kind of stuff than I am anyway. I can even become resentful that “they” aren’t going after my sheep while I keep my feet firmly inside of my comfort zone. But what about the Father’s Heart? It is HIS heart that NONE should be lost. Once I was found I became part of His team. That means, like it or not, I am the shepherd in the parable and it’s my job to search out the lost. Like it or not there is someone out there who is lost that only I have the words to draw him or her into the flock. They’re not my words. They are the words God put in my heart just for this lost soul. I’m tired of being comfortable anyway!
P: Father God stretch me today Lord. I want my heart to be a reflection of yours in every area of my life. I want to be used by you Lord to bring one person back to the flock. Forgive me for all the times I walked by with blind eyes or pretended not to see. Give me courage to chase my lost sheep. Give me words to tell them about you. I want to hear the angels rejoicing Lord.! In Jesus name, Amen.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sowing Tears

Saturday, 1-10, 2011 – Zech. 10-12; Ps. 126; Lk. 14

S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer

Sowing Tears

S – Psalm 126:5 Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.”

O – The Psalmist is saying the sowing of tears will bring forth a harvest of joy.

A – The concept of sowing and reaping is not a new one. The Lord speaks of sowing and reaping in His word throughout the scriptures, but one I hadn’t thought about in a long time is the sowing of my tears. In the physical realm tears are very important, they keep your eyes from becoming dry. When the eyes are dry we are unable to see clearly. Our vision is blurry and things aren’t visualized clearly. If we get some form of dirt or debris in our eyes, tears begin to form to cleanse the eye and wash the debris away. Tears are physically important. Then there are our tears that have spiritual importance. Tears are a language in of themselves and are understood by the Lord. Spurgeon call tears “liquid prayer”. We cry tears when we are sorrowful, repentant, desperate, travailing in prayer, and yes even joyful. I would venture to say the Lord leans forward a little closer when tears are present in prayer. How important are your tears? The Word tells us they are so precious He gathers them up and places them in a vile. Speaking for myself I find the tears that I have sown in times past brought forth many healings, cleansings, and maybe the most important of all to me was the salvation of my loved ones and friends. A harvest of “joy”? You betcha!

P – Heavenly Father thank you for showing me the value of my tears. When I can’t speak or form into words what I want to say my tears are understood and known by you and speak for me in ways that only you can understand. What an awesome God you are. Amen.