9/30/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Life has a way of making us understand that we are only human. Some feel that the bad moments in life are detrimental to our progress, our existence. They believe that a perfect life, a life without blemish, a life without distractions is a life that should be desired, but Jesus might disagree with that understanding. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit.” How can the poor in Spirit be blessed? We have a tendency to look awkwardly at people who are “poor in spirit.” We see them as slightly damaged emotionally. We look at them and condemn them for not being happy and embracing life to its fullest, instead of wrapping themselves up in what seems to be the inconsequential aspects of life. People who are poor in spirit are not damaged. They are simply trying to find an understanding in life. They want to know what has happened, why it has happened, and how it effects them today and in the future. As Jesus says, “Theirs is the kingdom of God,” and that’s because they know that they could not get through this life without the presence and power of God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me get through today. Help me get through the unforeseen. Help me get through what I expect. Help me get through and understand more about myself and more about You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on September 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

9/28/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

The manner is which baptism is acceptable has been a controversial issue for many years. The form used varies from denomination to denomination, but remains the same within scripture. Baptism through immersion is the only biblically acceptable form of baptism. If we were allowed to pick just one example to follow within the scriptures, most of us would pick Jesus. (I don’t know why you would pick anyone else, but some would.) It is through Jesus that we have salvation. It is through Jesus that we have forgiveness of sins. It is through Jesus that we have salvation. Jesus even stated that He was the way, thus His actions must be the determining factor in following that way. When Jesus was baptized, the scriptures state that He came up out of the water. Thus He was immersed, and we should be also.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, thank You for setting up within scripture an irrefutable example for me to follow.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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9/27/13 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 4:4-7 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called ; [5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism; [6] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. [7] But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

“One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.” Religion can be very confusing. Everywhere we turn, in every denomination we explore, almost every Christian has a different take on the many aspects of religion. This can only lead to one end, confusion. Where do we find the answers? Simply stated, the Bible. This is not to say that Christians cannot answer our questions, for all Christians should be able to give a reason for their beliefs, but the Bible should be our final authority. This is not to say that churches cannot give us understanding within all the confusion. For if they can’t, we should refrain from worshipping there, but the Bible should be our final authority. We need to rely on other Christians to guide our lives. We need to rely on the church to enhance our Christian walk, but we must never forget to embrace the Word of God as a powerful tool within our lives.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see that there is a right way to live my life within this world. Help me find this way and adhere to it powerfully.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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9/26/13 Daily Devotion

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is essential for all believers. Some people downplay its importance and/or inclusion within our Christian lives, but that could never be so far from the truth. Baptism is one of the greatest moments within our lives. It is the moment when we have all our sins symbolically washed away. Beyond that wonderful knowledge, however, is this: it is also the moment in which the indwelling Spirit of God comes into our lives. Peter said we need to repent, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling presence of God. People like to go straight to the indwelling and skip the baptism. In other words, they want their cake but none of the calories. But this is impossible, for scripture declares we receive the Holy Spirit as we are baptized. Are you within the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me follow the complete truth as presented within Your scriptures.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on September 26, 2013 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Review, “Real Men Don’t Text,” Ruthie & Michael Dean, Authors

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Real Men Don’t Text: A New Approach To Dating, written by Ruthie & Michael Dean, is a book that centers around dating within the advanced technological/digital age.

Those of us who have flown past a greater number of birthdays over the years can attest to the fact that things have certainly changed within society, and this change comes from the many advances in technology. Technology has infiltrated all areas of our lives in an enormous way, even in regards to dating.

This publication, with technological advancements in mind, deals very well with current dating issues. Within its pages, you will find advice on issues such as, but not limited to, disappearing men, cryptic messages, disappointing relationships, the false intimacy of on-screen connections, purity, body image, and red flags for bad dates.

This publication, primarily written for women, presents its subject matter from a Christian perspective but can very easily be utilized by any person, whether a believer or not. Each chapter closes with a unique summary that is held to “140 Characters Or Less.” This presents itself a great tool for refreshing one’s memory on the chapter or allowing the reader to refer back to the topical matter in the future without feeling the need to read through the entire chapter again.

This book, because of its relevancy within society today, is a recommended read; and for you fathers out there, it would make a great gift for your daughters.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on September 26, 2013 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  

9/25/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Before Jesus left this earth, before He went to be at the right hand of God, He gave some final directives to His disciples, but not every church desires to follow His instructions. Jesus states that we, as Christians, must take His message into all the world, seeking to make disciples, but He doesn’t end at that point. Most churches are carrying the scriptures into the world, striving to reach the lost, in hopes of making disciples, but not all are sharing of the need for baptism. Baptism is an essential part of salvation, or Jesus wouldn’t have mentioned it again before He went to be with God. If we are then to remove the necessity of baptism, why not remove anything that we don’t deem as necessary?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live within the guidelines of Your word, without challenging its purpose within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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9/24/13 Daily Devotion

Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Christ came that we should become His followers. He came to bring us salvation through His shed blood on the cross of Calvary. He came that we might have the opportunity to receive forgiveness of our sins because of His actions. He came that we might have the opportunity to reach for a better life. He came that we might become better people, thus bringing blessing into this world, His blessings. This life we have been given can make such a vast difference within this world if we would just walk within the Word and display it through our actions. So many people are lost, and we can be the light they need to find Jesus. If we will embrace Him powerfully within our own lives, others will follow.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, show me how I can become a guide for others to follow, that they might find and receive You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Bible Review, “The NIV Integrated Study Bible”

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The NIV Integrated Study Bible: A New Chronological Approach For Exploring Scripture, published by Zondervan, is a chronologically integrated Bible that allows it’s readers to experience scripture in what is termed as “real-time.”

My reaction to receiving a new Bible can only be compared to an adolescent that has been given free range of a candy store. To say I was excited about the opportunity to receive and review this publication would be a drastic understatement, for I am grateful to say the least.

While I own numerous Bibles, published in a multitude of versions, there is always room for one more if it has the ability to guide my study of scripture in a unique manner, and this one certainly has this ability. The NIV Integrated Study Bible takes the Word of God and lays it out in such a manner that makes it easier to see, feel and understand the connection of scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

What makes this Bible unique is the manner in which it is laid out. The passages of scripture, as well as individual events, are arranged in their sequential order, but that’s not where it ends. In cases where multiple accounts of an event occur, such as the ones found in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark Luke, and John, these events are laid out side by side so the reader can see the various perspectives of each writer, which allows for a quicker deeper time of study.

While I would not recommend this Bible to become your everyday go to Bible, I do recommend its purchase as a tool that has the power to greatly bless your time of study.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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9/23/13 Daily Devotion

Mark 11:30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”

This is a very good question brought forth by Jesus. He shared this question with the teachers of the law and the elders after they questioned His authority. This question was brought forth to test their understanding of prophecy, as it pertained to His arrival and His abilities. They were stumped, for they could not come up with an answer that would suit the situation because they were fearful of the reaction to their response and/or responses. To be baptized or not is a tough question to be asked. We know we should be baptized, but how do we explain it to others? How do we come across in a manner that demonstrates our understanding of scripture? How do we inform them biblically? There is no easy answer to these questions except, study. The Bible is clear when it states that we should be ready to give an answer for what we claim to believe. Study the scriptures. Study them, know the basic precepts, and understand as much as possible so an answer can be given. If needed, the major verses, those important to that which we believe, can be written down on a card and kept in a wallet or purse, thus giving the opportunity to refer to it when needed without embarrassment.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me retain an understanding of what I believe, so I may be able to share this with others as they so desire to hear.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on September 24, 2013 at 8:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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9/21/13 Daily Devotion

1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Jesus willingly and purposefully went to the cross. He willingly and purposefully gave up His life for mankind. He did this as an expression of God’s love, God’s love for mankind. As Christians, we are called to be Christ like within our lives, but what does that essentially mean? A full understanding might prove to be lengthy for a devotion, but the essence is found within today’s verse. Jesus laid down His life for us, and we should be willing to do the same. This does not mean that we should expect to be crucified as Jesus, but it does mean that our love for others should be comparable to this action. Some will be called to die for the sake of the gospel as they share the good news upon foreign soil, but most of us are simply called to extend that amount of love, the amount that says because of Jesus, I Love You!

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me love others in the same manner that You love me.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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