12/29/12 Daily Devotion

Colossians 1:12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

Through the shed blood of Jesus, we have been qualified to share in the inheritance of the kingdom of God. Because of our faith and trust in God, we have been qualified to share in the experience of an eternity with God in Heaven. What an awesome God we serve that He would see to it that we, through the shed blood of His Son, have the opportunity to stand at His side for all eternity. God’s love for His children cannot be more real; it could not be more real. He loves us so much that He has seen to a glorious eternity for each of us. Praise and glory be to God, for within His love He brings to us the blessings of life upon earth and life eternal.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, Your love for me is so undeserving, but You still offer it freely. Help me demonstrate my gratitude with my life.

Published in: on December 30, 2012 at 1:17 am  Leave a Comment  

12/28/12 Daily Devotion

Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

Before we gave our lives over to God, we were slaves to sin. The clutches of sin casts its evil existence as often as necessary to keep us walking incorrectly, to keep us waking on the path that leads to eternal damnation. The force of sin is powerful, but not more powerful than God. As we release control of our lives over to God, He provides us with the power to overcome our propensity towards sin, He provides us with the power we need to stand in the face of sin and refuse to allow it power within our lives. Our allegiance to God brings about great blessings within our lives. Have you lined your life up within the will of God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, fill me with the power that is necessary to conquer the sin within my life.

Published in: on December 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

12/27/12 Daily Devotion

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Defeat is not a word that many adore. It is not a word that we hope to describe who we are or who we have become. It is a word that is synonymous with failure. It is a word that brings shame and heartache. While we all have experienced some type of defeat within our lives, we can be assured of victory over sin through our Lord Jesus Christ. For this gift, for this victory, are you grateful? Have you thanked God for this victory? Have you thanked Him for the sacrifice of His Son? Have you shown Him your gratefulness through your daily life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, for all that You have done for me, for the love You have expressed through Your Son, for the forgiveness You have given to me, I will forever be grateful.

Published in: on December 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

12/26/12 Daily Devotion

Psalm 30:11-12 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, [12] that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Christmas 2012 is a moment in the recent past. As each day comes and goes, it will fall farther from the present and grow deeper into the past. While Christmas fades, the meaning of it must remain forever in the forefront of our minds. We must be grateful for the MANY ways God has brought blessings into our lives. Our gratefulness must not be silent or silenced. Our gratefulness must be heard through our lives. Our gratefulness must be sensed through our actions. This world must hear and experience our gratefulness, if we are truly grateful. Forever grateful is what we need to be; forever grateful is how we need to act.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I will be forever grateful for Your presence within my life.

Published in: on December 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

12/25/12 Daily Devotion

Revelation 7:12 saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

Praise, Glory, and Honor be to God for the gift of His Son. Today we must celebrate the entrance of Jesus into this world. Today we must celebrate the entrance of Jesus into our lives. Today we must celebrate our forgiveness. Today we must celebrate our salvation. As we share this day with our families and friends, we must not forget to share and celebrate the reason for this day. If Jesus has changed our lives, then this day should be used to bering Him the Praise, Glory, and Honor He so deserves. Celebrate, remember, and cherish the gift of Jesus within your life.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I pray You find me celebrating, remembering, and cherishing Your presence within my life.

Published in: on December 26, 2012 at 12:34 am  Leave a Comment  

12/24/12 Daily Devotion

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Families are gathering around the table. Trees are trimmed and brightly lit. Presents are beautifully wrapped under the tree. Christmas is coming. It’s only a few short hours away. The children are getting excited, as their parents prepare to see the excitement upon their faces. The main focus is centered around family, gifts, and food, but is this where it should be directed? Yes, we should be focused on our families, our gatherings, and the sharing of gifts, but we should not neglect to spend time considering the greatest gift of all, the gift that is literally indescribable. All the meaning behind the entrance of Jesus within this world, all the purpose behind His life, all the love that He expressed on the cross, it is all indescribable. We can try to formulate words. We can try to completely understand. We can try to describe our feelings to others, but most of the time what we feel, the real presence of Christ, is indescribable. As we gather with our families and friends, may we spend considerable time remembering all that Jesus has done and all that He will continue to do for us in the future.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, may I focus daily a considerable amount of time to remember Your sacrificial love.

Published in: on December 25, 2012 at 12:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Book Review, “Finding God In The Hobbit,” Jim Ware, Author

With a simple hobbit named Bilbo, within a simple hobbit-hole home, J. R. R. Tolkien changed the world forever. Through his book, The Hobbit, Tolkien took captive the imaginations and hearts of millions of people of all ages throughout the world. For those whose hearts have been enchanted, The Hobbit is much more than ghoulish goblin attacks. It is more powerful than Smog, the dragon. It is much more mysterious than riddles with Gollum in the dark. It’s a journey that changed the life of an unadventurous hobbit, Bilbo, as he walked upon a path he didn’t know he wanted to take.

Jim Ware, in his book, Finding God in The Hobbit, brings to light some of the biblical mysteries of Middle-earth. He shares, through his vast biblical knowledge, insightful reflections on scenes and characters from The Hobbit. As each reader travels, side by side, through Middle-earth and scripture, they will begin to discover some of the ways God can utilize them on the adventure called life.

For those who love The Hobbit and God, this book is a recommended read.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on December 23, 2012 at 12:43 am  Leave a Comment  

12/22/12 Daily Devotion

John 1:41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

What caused Andrew to move with such excitement? What caused him to seek out his brother as quickly as he could? The simplicity of the answer is Jesus. Andrew was a follower of John and understood from him that the Messiah was coming, and that had to bring excitement into his life. Then, in a moment’s notice, John says, “Look, the Lamb of God.” Andrew was looking directly at the awaited Messiah. He had heard the promises brought forth from scripture. He had heard of the hopes and dreams of all those waiting for their leader, and now he was looking directly at Him. We can only imagine what he was feeling. We can only imagine the excitement as he walked behind Jesus. We can only imagine the elation he felt when Jesus turned and spoke to him. We can only imagine, but one day we will completely understand. When we walk into the presence of Jesus, we will know exactly how Andrew felt. Are you ready for this meeting?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, as I await the moment that I will meet You face to face, help keep me focused on my purpose within Your kingdom upon this earth.

Published in: on December 23, 2012 at 12:34 am  Leave a Comment  

12/21/12 Daily Devotion

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,

The Christmas season is centered around the birth of Jesus, as it rightly should, but there are other underlying moments within the life of Jesus that should be thought of, remembered, and shared. These moments of reference refer to the trial, mocking, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Why would we want to remember these moments in the life of Jesus during the Christmas season? Simply stated, because they are the reasons He came into this world. Jesus came and died to bring us the opportunity to receive salvation, and without salvation this world would be lost. Our sins have been released through His shed blood on the cross, and for that we should be forever grateful and forever willing to serve Him.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, You have done so much for me. May I live in such a manner that my life brings You glory.

Published in: on December 22, 2012 at 12:10 am  Leave a Comment  

12/20/12 Daily Devotion

Luke 1:68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.

Jesus came into this world because this world needed a redeemer. Since the inception of sin within the garden of Eden, this world took a turn from the magnificent creation God had originally brought into existence. As time passed, sin continued to rampantly progress within the daily lives of those who walked upon this earth. At one point, the sinfulness of man was so bad that God decided to begin again, thus the creation of Noah’s ark. Even after this, the vast majority of new inhabitants proved to be just as religiously unreliable. The last chance for society was a redeemer that would become the final sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Jesus, the Son of God, became this redeemer by shedding His blood on the cross of Calvary. Praise be to God for the love He has shown us through the offering of His Son. May our lives be worthy of this sacrifice.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, may my life sacrificially honor You because of Your sacrifice for me.

Published in: on December 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment