Daily Devotionals

Acts 12:14

When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate.

Acts 12:14

In Acts 12, Herod goes after the church, killing the apostle James and tossing Peter into prison. While he’s locked up, a prayer group starts at the house of Mary, beseeching the Lord to free Peter. The Lord does exactly that, allowing Peter to miraculously escape from prison and he goes to Mary’s house to show himself. A girl named Rhoda answers the door and is shocked to see Peter standing there, so shocked she forgets to let him in!

There are people that believe God doesn’t answer our prayers unless we have complete faith He’s going to do so. Yet look at this story here. The group prays for Peter’s freedom and yet when he’s free, they’re surprised. It doesn’t sound like they prayed with much faith.

The truth is God’s will is going to be done whether we have incredible faith, a little faith, or no faith. I’m always surprised when God answers my prayers, but not because of a lack of faith, but because the Lord continues to surprise me with how good He is and how much He cares about me. Just like He told Jeremiah, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Show me Your power, Lord!

Pastor Ron Kitchell

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Luke 10:2-3

Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.”

Luke 10:2-3

During His earthly ministry, Jesus spent much time preparing the hearts and lives of His disciples to carry on His work. Several times He addressed the need for them to see the world around them as filled with hearts and lives ready to hear the Good News of Christ.

Here He adds that the work of sharing our faith and the Gospel of our Lord will be carried out on difficult surroundings and circumstances. We will be like lambs among the wolves. Yet He will enable us wherever He sends us, so be encouraged and shared God’s love with someone today!

Good to be a sheep in God’s kingdom!

Pastor Jack Abeelen

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Romans 6:8

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Romans 6:8

I once heard a story about a missionary who left Liverpool, England to go to Africa. When he arrived, there was an outbreak of disease in the area where he was supposed to go. Thousands had died and he devoted his time to helping the sick and sharing Christ with those on their deathbeds.

One day, a slave trader came up to him and said, “Sir, if you stay here, you’ll die.” So that missionary nodded his head and said, “Friend, I died before I left Liverpool. That’s why I’m here.”

In Christ, we are dead to sin and alive to God. The moment we trust in Him, our old self dies and we begin to experience new life. It’s an amazing exchange. Yet many Christians still live as if their old self never died. How tragic!

Instead of living in light of sin and shame, remember the freedom and forgiveness that was given to you the moment you believed in Christ. Stop looking back and recognize the blessing of new life you have today. Don’t expect to lose. Expect to live victoriously in Christ!

Pastor William Del Casale

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2 Corinthians 9:6

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6

In the context of chapter 9, Paul writes this verse to describe the impact of Christian giving, and he likens it to farming. Bringing it closer to home, we could say that our backyard garden bounty is directly proportional to the amount of seeds or seedlings that we plant. The Corinthians are planning to make a large gift to the Macedonians, and Paul has been boasting of their intentions and expects that the Corinthians are sowing bountifully.

The thought behind this verse has a broader application to our Christian walk. God wants to work in us and through us. If we desire to see His fruit in our lives, we must put in the effort, for if we slack off in our work, then only a small amount of fruit will be produced, but if we work hard, then much fruit will be borne out through our lives. As the saying goes, “you get out of it what you put into it.” God, grant us the desire to put the shoulder to the plow, and in so doing may we lead bountiful lives that produce much fruit in your kingdom.

Jeff Mericle

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Proverbs 3:1-2

My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.

Proverbs 3:1-2

Solomon starts this proverb by reminding his son to not forget the law and keep his commandments.

I must have said that to my kids hundreds of times when they were young, “Don’t forget!” “Don’t forget to take your lunch….don’t forget to look both ways before you cross the street…..don’t forget to do your homework.” Don’t forget!

But now I am the one who forgets. Have you ever been asked for your phone number or maybe you needed to fill out a form and put your social security number down and you had to think about it? Not good! You have to remind yourself of what should be obvious to you.

Well, that is true with the Law of God too, we need to be reminded. Which is why we should have quiet time with the Lord each and every day so we won’t forget.

“Don’t forget the law,” Solomon says. Keep the commandment in your heart and it will grant to you length of days, long life, and peace.

Walking in His peace,

Rich Kikuchi

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Isaiah 5:21

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!
Isaiah 5:21

While living in America awards us many freedoms, those freedoms can be taken for granted. Israel wasn’t too different back in its prime. God had awarded Israel with many liberties, the land, and the law to be fruitful and protected as a nation. But as time went on and these freedoms began to be taken advantage of, its citizens began thinking they knew better, that their way of life was better than God’s way.

On a micro level, all of us as individuals have a tendency to fall into dangerous patterns of wrong thinking. We start making decisions without considering God, whether they be financial, relational, or spiritual. You name it, you started charting your own course, playing by your own rules.

May I encourage you to examine yourself and examine yourself often. By examine yourself, I mean put your thoughts, plans, and ideas before the Lord and His Word. See if they line up, see if they are of the Lord or of your own devise. The Lord’s warning to Israel and to all that go after them in thinking they know better, is… Woe! Woe means that trouble and distress are coming your way if you continue down this path.

There is only one way and that’s God’s way.

Pastor Jason Witt

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Philippians 2:14-15

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

Philippians 2:14-15

We need to have the right mindset before we can go out and serve. We start by having the mindset of Christ. Serving not with our own interest but in the interest of others. If we use Jesus as our model for serving, then everything we do is for the interest of others. If we can come together and serve one another, we should do so without complaining so that we can shine as lights in the world.

I get it, it is hard serving people. But if we focus our minds to our Savior and learn to love others the way Jesus loves them and see them the way He did, then we can serve without complaining. When others look at the church, they can see Jesus in the way we serve others making us blameless and harmless, children of God without fault even in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation who is only out for themselves.

Serving others, the way Jesus would.

Joshua Navarro

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Ruth 1:16-17

But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

Ruth 1:16-17

At a time when God had allowed a famine in the land, Naomi and her husband, Elimelech, took their two sons and went to Moab to try to escape God’s judgment. And after Naomi had spent years running from God and experiencing great hardship all the way, it was in her repentance that her daughter-in-law would make the decision to follow her back to Bethlehem and the Lord.

“God chastens those whom He loves,” Hebrews 12:6 tells us and though this famine was severe and people were suffering, God was waiting to deliver them as they returned to Him. Through this, Ruth realized that it was far better to serve a God who cares enough for you to chasten you, than to serve 100 false gods who can do nothing for you. In the same way, our willingness to repent, return, and submit ourselves to the Lord can be a great witness to those who are watching us.

Pastor Doug Hardin

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Matthew 14:29-30

When Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid.

Matthew 14:29-30

The waves were always high and the wind was always boisterous, but Peter did not see them at first. When Peter’s eyes were set on the Lord, he was able to step out in faith despite the storm raging around him. The moment Peter took his eyes off of the Lord and put them on his circumstances, he began to sink.

When the storms of life rage around you, keep your eyes on the Lord and you will walk in victory. The moment you take your eyes off the Lord is the moment you start to sink. If you find yourself taking your eyes off the Lord, like Peter, be quick to call out to a merciful God who is quick to save. Better yet, keep your eyes on the Lord!

For the King,

Pastor Daniel Batistelli

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Ephesians 2:1

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.

Ephesians 2:1

I think it is easy to look at who we are today and forget who we were. Paul reminds the Ephesian church of what we once were before we came to Christ — dead. Plain and simple. Obviously we were alive physically, but spiritually we had nothing to offer and were decayed on the inside.

But Jesus made us alive! Never forget that Jesus is the reason you have life and a renewed mind so you can share the graciousness, love, mercy, and compassion that Jesus showed you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins.

Resting in Him,

Pastor Sean Boehm

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