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The Lord Is My Support

They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. ~ Psalm 18:18 READING: Psalm 18:1-19 Those of us who raise support to fund church planting projects find ourselves in a curious position of depending on the faithfulness of many people to sit down every month and write a check, [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:58:03+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on The Lord Is My Support

Despising Small Things

For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice... ~ Zechariah 4:10a (ESV) READING: Matthew 13:31, 32 Church planting often starts small. Most new churches do not grow to become “megachurches.” There’s a danger in measuring God’s blessing by the scale of attendance or conversions or baptism. Is not every work of God [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:58:17+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on Despising Small Things

Shaking Off the Dust

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off of your feet when you leave that home or town. ~ Matthew 10:14 READING: Matthew 10:1-16 When Jesus sent out the Twelve on their first preaching tour, He gave them sound instruction that can free us from much angst about [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:58:30+00:00 December 21st, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on Shaking Off the Dust

Every Tribe and Language and Tongue and Nation

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” ~ Revelation 5:9 READING: Revelation 5:1-14 One Easter Sunday morning our worship service began [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:44:06+00:00 December 20th, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on Every Tribe and Language and Tongue and Nation

Priceless

Instruct them to...be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. ~ I Timothy 6:18, 19 (NASB) READING: Philippians 3:7-21 Bernie Madoff was a financial assets manager who was convicted of embezzling millions [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:44:16+00:00 December 19th, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on Priceless

To Die Is Gain

For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. ~ Philippians 1:21 READING: Acts 7:54-8:8 A few years ago I was shocked to read the story of a young pastor who was electrocuted during a baptismal service. He left a wife and small children, and a growing church. Most of us church planters [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:44:36+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on To Die Is Gain

To Live Is Christ

For to me to live is Christ... ~ Philippians 1:21a READING: Philippians 1:12-26 How would you complete this sentence: “For me to live is ________.”? Suppose your spouse, children or a close friend were to answer for you. What would they say is your reason for living? Most church planters are driven by a vision [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:44:46+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on To Live Is Christ

Giving

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ~ Luke 6:38 READING: II Corinthians 8 Times are tough economically. Pastors are telling me that giving is down [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:45:13+00:00 December 16th, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on Giving

This Side of Heaven

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God... Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. ~ Psalm 84:2, 5 READING: Philippians 2:12-21 Although human beings are made by God and for God, on [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:45:30+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on This Side of Heaven

Problems

But he told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ’s power will live in me. Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It’s clear that when I’m weak, I’m [...]

By | 2015-12-03T00:45:43+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Devotional|Comments Off on Problems