Month: June 2017

Why Are Stories In The Bible?

I want to introduce to you an ongoing series of posts that will focus on stories of people of faith. You will be familiar with many of the names, like Noah, Moses, Rahab and David. Other biblical characters will be less renowned, like Enoch, but still with important stories to tell. I will also write about men and women outside of the Bible who have influenced church history, like John Owen and Martin Luther, and finally, I will dedicate some of these posts to individuals who have had a deep…

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Bread – Praise

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Psalm 67

Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!  The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.  God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!” Ps. 67:5-7

The first verse of these three verses ends in “praise You” and the last verse ends in “fear Him.”  There is a structure here, like two bookends between which is repeated twice, “God shall bless us.”

We normally connect the word “praise” with joyful outpouring of emotion in a happy, exuberant way; and we normally connect the word “fear” with the exact opposite, where we shrink or run away in terror.  With praise we approach the throne of God in our minds; with fear we run away from the throne of God, again in our minds.

We praise either in thanksgiving for our blessings or in…

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Lessons from the Ascension of Jesus

The Potters Touch

After Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, he didn’t go about in hiding. He rather showed himself to his disciples at different times and places to confirm he had truly risen from the dead. Scripture has recorded several proofs of his existence. Let us see a few; Acts 1:3. “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God”. Let us also remember here that in Matthew 28:9-10, Jesus appeared to the women near the tomb he was buried. To His disciples in Luke 24:36-43, and to more than 500 others as recorded in 1 Corinthians 15:6. In the days following His resurrection, Jesus taught His disciples about the kingdom of God.

The ascension took place forty days after his resurrection on Mount Olivet, near…

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Lessons from Pentecost

The Potters Touch

Jesus died and rose again on Easter Sunday. He spent 40 days on earth with His disciples.
And He was taken up before their very eyes – that was His ascension. Jesus specifically asked them to “wait for a gift my Father promised” (Acts 1:5) and this gift is the Holy Spirit. Ten days later – the day of Pentecost, they received the gift as promised.
Today is Pentecost sunday – 50 days after Easter. We remember the gift – the Holy Spirit – that God poured out upon the Church.
This is important because on Pentecost day, the Church began. Pentecost day made the headlines. Pentecost was a once-in-history event, and we can learn a lot of lessons from this event.
(1) THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED BY GOD.

The coming of the Holy Spirit, was an act of God and not man. Pentecost day was not an institution of…

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Job Discription

Ginrich's Devotional Blog

Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Al (NIV)

 This is the first sermon or teaching of Jesus.  This was His job description.  It is also our job description.  What does it say we are to do?  We are to proclaim the good news.  The good news is forgiveness of sins and salvation to eternal life with God through His Son, Jesus.  We are to proclaim this to the poor.  This doesn’t limit to financially poor people.  We are all poor in our lives, minds and hearts without experiencing…

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Come Holy Spirit

Sufficient Grace

I know today is Pentecost, but the Bible opened to the Ascension and Jesus’ words about the timing of when we will receive the Holy Spirit:

When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them,  “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:6-8

As a control freak, it is hard to not know when the Holy Spirit will come.  I need a schedule, a date, a time.  I need to make plans… don’t I?  No — just one more reminder that it is not about my plans — I need to relinquish to God’s…

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