Daily Walk Devotion

Book Review Replicate

Book Review Replicate

From time to time I like to recommend a book or resource that I believe can help you in your walk with Jesus Christ. The book “Replicate” by Robby Gallaty and Chris Swain is one of those books. Jesus’ last command to the church was to “Go and make disciples, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:19 I wrote a devotion here) Discipleship is the mission of the church. We are to go and make disciples. The book “Replicate” lays out all of the reasons why you and your church should be doing it and a simple plan on how to implement it.

Are You Part of the Family?

Are You Part of the Family?

On our wall, we have several family portraits. They start with our wedding picture to our last one. Each shows our growth in both age and number. When our kids were younger, they would ask why they weren’t in specific pictures. It was hard for them to understand they weren’t born yet. Are you part of the family of God? If there was a family portrait, would you be in it?

‭‭Mark‬ ‭3:32-35

And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jesus was sitting inside of a house, probably Peter’s in Capernaum, teaching His followers. Mom and His brothers show up, asking for Him. Some have speculated that they were coming to take Him home because rumors were swirling that He was doing crazy things.

You Can’t Have Both

You Can’t Have Both

It’s mind-boggling how much people spend on self-improvement. From the books, to the online courses, to personal coaching all to change how we are. Most of it fails because people want new improvements but with very little change in their lives. You can’t have both. Jesus makes that clear in that the new work that He wants to do will take some change. The sooner we prepare ourselves, the quicker it will happen.

‭‭Mark‬ ‭2:22

“No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

If you want things to change, you can’t keep doing it the way you’ve done it in the past. For the Jews, it was adhering to the old system of the law. Jesus came to change things, and the old way of doing things according to the law wasn’t going to work. They had gotten into a spiritual rut and didn’t even know the heart of God anymore.

It’s the Sick Who Need a Doctor

It’s the Sick Who Need a Doctor

Going to see the doctor today can be an adventure. The fear of catching COVID-19 is keeping people away from hospitals and getting the care they need. Add to that the fact that hundreds of people are filled with fear, sure they have the virus taking their places, and it can be frustrating. It’s the sick who need a doctor. The same can be said for those who are spiritually sick. Pastors are inundated with people with made-up problems while the genuinely needy go ignored.

‭‭Mark‬ ‭2:17

“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus had multiple confrontations with the religious people in Jerusalem. These were the people who prided themselves on having it all together, spiritually speaking. Jesus tells theses spiritually elite that He came to minister to those who were sick. These people didn’t think they were part of that group. Self-righteous people think that they are okay, but sinners know they are messed up.

Reverence for God’s Word

Reverence for God’s Word

When a judge walks into his courtroom, the Bailiff tells everyone to rise. When a high ranking officer in the military enters, everyone ranked underneath him stand up, come to attention, and salute. Why is it we don’t have the same reverence for God’s Word? It deserves the same respect of any judge or general.

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭8:5

“Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.”

The Israelites had a reverence for God’s Word. Even after seventy years of exile for forsaking God, the remnant that came back stood when Ezra opened the Law’s book. While it was being read, they stood, and the scribes read it for several hours. I encourage you to read the whole story in Nehemiah 8. By the time that Ezra was done reading, people were weeping. This shows you that there is power in the written Word of God, and it can change our lives.

Always Rejoice

Always Rejoice

Want to know God’s will for your life? Part of it is that you are full of joy and peace. The Apostle Paul tells you how to accomplish God’s will for your life, always rejoice, and pray without ceasing. Focus on this, and you will notice the change.

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Sometimes we need to be told to do things that produce a positive result in our spirit. It’s too easy to focus on what is wrong or what could happen and then sink into a funk because it seems like everything is caving in. As Christians, we are to walk in joy and peace. Those come from us rejoicing and being in constant prayer. A warning, though, don’t take this verse too literally. I knew someone who walked around doing this. He wouldn’t respond to you if you asked him a question. When it says, “without ceasing,” it means consistently.

Walk This Way

Walk This Way

Children all over the world dream of being like their heroes. That could be a sports star like Ronaldo or Messi or an entertainer like Adele. They buy t-shirts with their image on the front, watch every performance, and discuss endlessly with their friends how great...

Can’t You See I’m Busy?

Can’t You See I’m Busy?

It is difficult saying no sometimes. In our heart, we know its not the right thing to do, but we don’t want to disappoint people, so we go along and regret it later. It’s okay to tell people no. Nehemiah was a busy man, and when someone asked for a meeting that would take him away from his work, he replied, “Can’t you see I’m busy?”

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭6:3
“So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

A Full Plate
Nehemiah had a lot of pressure and tree rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem. He got halfway done and ran out of materials. There was only rubble to rebuild. There were also organizing all of the tribes and getting them on the same page. The last thing he needed was the distraction of his enemies. His doubters wanted to him to stop the work on the wall and have a meeting with them. Nehemiah’s response? “Can’t you see I’m busy doing the Lord’s work?”

Don’t Get Distracted
We can learn a lot from Nehemiah. Too many times, we let little distractions take us away from what the Lord is doing. People we hope will respect us will often drag us away from what is most important. We must remain focused on where God has us and have the courage to be able to tell people we are busy. If we don’t we will end frustrated.

Increase in Love

Increase in Love

There are going to be times when you have nothing left to give, and the people around you are demanding more. You will be at your wits' end because you have given so much already. Jesus wants to let you know that you can increase in love. He wants you to abound in it...

Are You Flourishing?

Are You Flourishing?

Ever pulled a stump from the ground? If the tree is dead, it is pretty straightforward, but it is thriving its roots don't let go too quickly. Roots are a good symbol of the condition of our hearts. When we are tapped into streams of living water, we thrive; when we...

Give Your Life Away

Give Your Life Away

One of the joys of ministry is running into someone you ministered to years ago. It's great catching up and seeing what God has done in their lives. You walk away, thankful that He used you for a brief time to guide them. Wherever Paul ministered, the people became...

Symbol of Christ’s Body

Symbol of Christ’s Body

This last Sunday, our church experienced something new. Sure, we met outside in a tent, because we are prevented from meeting inside because of COVID-19, but that isn't it. We partook of communion as a church with individually sealed communion cups. The top layer had...

More Than Words

More Than Words

There is a lot of people talking today; in fact, too much. Everybody has an opinion, and very few people accomplish anything. It seems like it is more important to talk a good game than actually to have one. Serving Christ is more than words. We have to serve in the...

Well Done Faithful Servant

Well Done Faithful Servant

Investing in the Stock Market is risky. You could lose all of your money in a matter of hours and have nothing left. At the same time, you could see your money grow by over 20%. Over the long haul, you can see your initial investment more than double. The same is true...

Season Your Speech with Grace

Season Your Speech with Grace

Do you know what makes a great BBQ? It’s not the fire or the meat; it’s the salt. When the meat is seasoned with something like garlic salt, it brings out the flavor of the meat the fire. People have been seasoning meat for centuries because it preserves it. That is...

Book Review Replicate

Book Review Replicate

From time to time I like to recommend a book or resource that I believe can help you in your walk with Jesus Christ. The book “Replicate” by Robby Gallaty and Chris Swain is one of those books. Jesus’ last command to the church was to “Go and make disciples, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:19 I wrote a devotion here) Discipleship is the mission of the church. We are to go and make disciples. The book “Replicate” lays out all of the reasons why you and your church should be doing it and a simple plan on how to implement it.

Are You Part of the Family?

Are You Part of the Family?

On our wall, we have several family portraits. They start with our wedding picture to our last one. Each shows our growth in both age and number. When our kids were younger, they would ask why they weren’t in specific pictures. It was hard for them to understand they weren’t born yet. Are you part of the family of God? If there was a family portrait, would you be in it?

‭‭Mark‬ ‭3:32-35

And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jesus was sitting inside of a house, probably Peter’s in Capernaum, teaching His followers. Mom and His brothers show up, asking for Him. Some have speculated that they were coming to take Him home because rumors were swirling that He was doing crazy things.

You Can’t Have Both

You Can’t Have Both

It’s mind-boggling how much people spend on self-improvement. From the books, to the online courses, to personal coaching all to change how we are. Most of it fails because people want new improvements but with very little change in their lives. You can’t have both. Jesus makes that clear in that the new work that He wants to do will take some change. The sooner we prepare ourselves, the quicker it will happen.

‭‭Mark‬ ‭2:22

“No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

If you want things to change, you can’t keep doing it the way you’ve done it in the past. For the Jews, it was adhering to the old system of the law. Jesus came to change things, and the old way of doing things according to the law wasn’t going to work. They had gotten into a spiritual rut and didn’t even know the heart of God anymore.

It’s the Sick Who Need a Doctor

It’s the Sick Who Need a Doctor

Going to see the doctor today can be an adventure. The fear of catching COVID-19 is keeping people away from hospitals and getting the care they need. Add to that the fact that hundreds of people are filled with fear, sure they have the virus taking their places, and it can be frustrating. It’s the sick who need a doctor. The same can be said for those who are spiritually sick. Pastors are inundated with people with made-up problems while the genuinely needy go ignored.

‭‭Mark‬ ‭2:17

“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus had multiple confrontations with the religious people in Jerusalem. These were the people who prided themselves on having it all together, spiritually speaking. Jesus tells theses spiritually elite that He came to minister to those who were sick. These people didn’t think they were part of that group. Self-righteous people think that they are okay, but sinners know they are messed up.

Reverence for God’s Word

Reverence for God’s Word

When a judge walks into his courtroom, the Bailiff tells everyone to rise. When a high ranking officer in the military enters, everyone ranked underneath him stand up, come to attention, and salute. Why is it we don’t have the same reverence for God’s Word? It deserves the same respect of any judge or general.

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭8:5

“Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.”

The Israelites had a reverence for God’s Word. Even after seventy years of exile for forsaking God, the remnant that came back stood when Ezra opened the Law’s book. While it was being read, they stood, and the scribes read it for several hours. I encourage you to read the whole story in Nehemiah 8. By the time that Ezra was done reading, people were weeping. This shows you that there is power in the written Word of God, and it can change our lives.

Always Rejoice

Always Rejoice

Want to know God’s will for your life? Part of it is that you are full of joy and peace. The Apostle Paul tells you how to accomplish God’s will for your life, always rejoice, and pray without ceasing. Focus on this, and you will notice the change.

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Sometimes we need to be told to do things that produce a positive result in our spirit. It’s too easy to focus on what is wrong or what could happen and then sink into a funk because it seems like everything is caving in. As Christians, we are to walk in joy and peace. Those come from us rejoicing and being in constant prayer. A warning, though, don’t take this verse too literally. I knew someone who walked around doing this. He wouldn’t respond to you if you asked him a question. When it says, “without ceasing,” it means consistently.

Walk This Way

Walk This Way

Children all over the world dream of being like their heroes. That could be a sports star like Ronaldo or Messi or an entertainer like Adele. They buy t-shirts with their image on the front, watch every performance, and discuss endlessly with their friends how great...

Can’t You See I’m Busy?

Can’t You See I’m Busy?

It is difficult saying no sometimes. In our heart, we know its not the right thing to do, but we don’t want to disappoint people, so we go along and regret it later. It’s okay to tell people no. Nehemiah was a busy man, and when someone asked for a meeting that would take him away from his work, he replied, “Can’t you see I’m busy?”

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭6:3
“So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

A Full Plate
Nehemiah had a lot of pressure and tree rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem. He got halfway done and ran out of materials. There was only rubble to rebuild. There were also organizing all of the tribes and getting them on the same page. The last thing he needed was the distraction of his enemies. His doubters wanted to him to stop the work on the wall and have a meeting with them. Nehemiah’s response? “Can’t you see I’m busy doing the Lord’s work?”

Don’t Get Distracted
We can learn a lot from Nehemiah. Too many times, we let little distractions take us away from what the Lord is doing. People we hope will respect us will often drag us away from what is most important. We must remain focused on where God has us and have the courage to be able to tell people we are busy. If we don’t we will end frustrated.

Increase in Love

Increase in Love

There are going to be times when you have nothing left to give, and the people around you are demanding more. You will be at your wits' end because you have given so much already. Jesus wants to let you know that you can increase in love. He wants you to abound in it...

Are You Flourishing?

Are You Flourishing?

Ever pulled a stump from the ground? If the tree is dead, it is pretty straightforward, but it is thriving its roots don't let go too quickly. Roots are a good symbol of the condition of our hearts. When we are tapped into streams of living water, we thrive; when we...

Give Your Life Away

Give Your Life Away

One of the joys of ministry is running into someone you ministered to years ago. It's great catching up and seeing what God has done in their lives. You walk away, thankful that He used you for a brief time to guide them. Wherever Paul ministered, the people became...

Symbol of Christ’s Body

Symbol of Christ’s Body

This last Sunday, our church experienced something new. Sure, we met outside in a tent, because we are prevented from meeting inside because of COVID-19, but that isn't it. We partook of communion as a church with individually sealed communion cups. The top layer had...

More Than Words

More Than Words

There is a lot of people talking today; in fact, too much. Everybody has an opinion, and very few people accomplish anything. It seems like it is more important to talk a good game than actually to have one. Serving Christ is more than words. We have to serve in the...

Well Done Faithful Servant

Well Done Faithful Servant

Investing in the Stock Market is risky. You could lose all of your money in a matter of hours and have nothing left. At the same time, you could see your money grow by over 20%. Over the long haul, you can see your initial investment more than double. The same is true...

Season Your Speech with Grace

Season Your Speech with Grace

Do you know what makes a great BBQ? It’s not the fire or the meat; it’s the salt. When the meat is seasoned with something like garlic salt, it brings out the flavor of the meat the fire. People have been seasoning meat for centuries because it preserves it. That is...

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