11/29/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

In the days of the Bible, salt was used as a preservative to help keep food fresh longer. After its usefulness was over, the salt was thrown out on the road, where it was trampled into the ground by those passing. This analogy of Jesus was used to demonstrate how we, as Christians, are to live. We are the salt of this world; we are the preservers of this world. We are to live our lives with such focus, with such purpose, that we help set an example that is to be looked upon in a positive light. On the opposite end of this, we find a serious truth. If we are not living our lives to the glory of God, we are then considered useless. For that, we shall not receive a favorable judgment.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, utilize me as an example to be followed, and use others to enhance my example.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/28/13 Daily Devotion

Acts 13:47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.

God transformed the life of Paul into something magnificent. He transformed him from a Christian persecutor into a tool utilized in the transforming hearts and minds for the sake of the gospel. He became a light within a dark world, a light that is still shines brightly as a beacon of hope, a light that shines as a guide to the cross of Christ. We are also called to be this light, this guide. We are to purposefully live our lives for Christ out loud, that we might become a light within this world, a light that help others find salvation, a light that will help others find forgiveness, a light that will help others find Jesus.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become a shining light that will lead others to the foot of the cross where they will find salvation.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/27/13 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

To live within the ideology of the world is to be caught in darkness, even as the light shines. To put it this way may seem odd, caught in darkness even as the lights shines, but it perfectly describes so many people who have been captured by the ways and mannerisms of the world which are under the spell/control of the darkness of Satan. The darkness of the world captures our hearts, which in turn, captures our thoughts and actions, transforming them into something contrary to the gospel, contrary to the will of God and demeaning to His kingdom. If we call ourselves Christians, it is imperative that we act as if that statement were true; otherwise, we should stop making the claim.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become as I claim, Your servant.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/26/13 Daily Devotion

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

We are in the habit of using salt on food products to enhance the flavoring. We shake some on our fries, our steaks, our burgers, our veggies, or just about everything we eat. We add a shake or two of salt. Salt seems to make the already good tasting food come out better. Paul tells the members of the church at Colosse to season their conversion with salt. Now this was, of course, a figurative statement, not a literal one. Paul wanted them to preserve his teachings and their conversions, in order that they could be utilized to better explain their decision of faith. The same holds true for us. As we engage in Bible studies, as we absorb the message on Sundays, we must do so striving to preserve our understanding of the gospel of Jesus, that we might be able to give an account for the reason of our faith.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, preserve in me my faith and beliefs, that I may be able to share them at any given moment.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Bible Review, “The NIV Ragamuffin Bible”

NIV Ragamuffin Bible cover

The NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations For The Bedraggled, Beat-Up & Brokenhearted, Published by Zondervan, is a Bible centered around the NIV text with inspirations from Brennan Manning.

The NIV Ragamuffin Bible contains one hundred four devotions, two hundred fifty reflections, and one hundred fifty quotes from the life works of Brennan Manning. These writings to draw the reader closer to God and His Word, while encouraging them to grow stronger within their Christian walk/relationship with God.

While many might have mixed feelings about Brennan Manning, none can deny his dedication to God, as a priest, and the people of God. Brennan sought to reach to masses with the message of Christ, and this Bible seeks to do the same utilizing Brennan’s passionate writing and straight forward presentation of the Word.

The text used for this Bible is the easy to understand NIV version. This version offers a presentation of the gospel that is bound to touch its readers’ life. While there is a great debate about its accuracy and depiction of the original intention of the scriptures, I, for one, am glad of its existence.

The NIV text of the Ragamuffin Bible, combined with Manning’s inspiration, make this a Bible to own. Thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/25/13 Daily Devotion

Leviticus 2:13 Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.

Salt was an important part of the sacrificial offerings of God’s people. Salt represented purity and preservation. Often we are, within the scriptures, compared to or equated with salt. As salt was a preservative back within the days of the Bible, so are we to be today. We must adhere to or preserve the ways of God. We must live within the precepts outlined within the Bible and prescribe them as correct within society. As salt is a seasoning today, we must have a zest for the our faith and a zeal for the presence of God within our lives. The sacrifices of the Old Testament came to a culmination with the final sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. As salt clung to the sacrifices in the Biblical days, so must we cling to the sacrifice of Jesus, for it is our way to forgiveness and salvation.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me come realize the power present within Your sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of my sins. Help me to live a life that shows You my gratitude for that which You have done so willingly for me.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/23/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

When we are being insulted or persecuted, we don’t feel blessed. When others are spreading lies about us, we don’t feel blessed. Even though we do not feel blessed, we should be rejoicing. If people are coming against us because of what we believe, we are blessed. We are blessed because that means we have made claims and backed them up with our lives. That means we have become living, breathing examples of a servant of God, and for that we should be rejoicing.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, because of You, my life is filled with blessings. For that, I am forever grateful.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/22/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Have you ever been persecuted because of your faith? We might not answer yes to this question, but there are times when we are and don’t realize that it has or is happening. If there was any moment when your faith came into question, if there was any moment when you were laughed at because of church or church attendance, if there has been any moment when you were ridiculed because of your refusal to participate in an activity forbidden by the Bible, then you have been persecuted because of your faith. For some, it is minor, and yet for others it can be pretty drastic. But for all Christians, there will be persecution, and that’s a promise from Jesus. Those who are persecuted are those who stand up for their beliefs, and, because of their willingness to take a stand, theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, find me daily living a faithful life, even in the midst of any trials or tribulations.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/21/13 Daily Devotion

Psalm 119:86 All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for men persecute me without cause.

We often walk through this life wondering, whom can we trust? We have friends that have quickly become foes. We have family members who have become enemies. We have children who have taken a stand on the other side of the line. Our hearts are broken, our direction is lost, and our purpose is dimmed. It seems as if we have been defeated by the frailties of this world, but we have not. God is trustworthy. His Word is trustworthy. His ideology is trustworthy. Everything about God is trustworthy. God is there to guide us through the troubles. He is there to carry us through the persecutions. He is there to help us through this journey called life. God is worthy of your trust.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me to trust You in every aspect of my life, knowing that You will not leave me to endure anything, anything, alone.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/20/13 Daily Devotion

2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Those words bring to us so much comfort, NOT! While the idea of being persecuted because of our faith is, well, revolting, it is a reality. For those who are willing to stand firm on their faith, there will be persecution. For those who are willing to live within the precepts of the Bible, there will be hardships. For those who are willing to strive to live a righteous life, there will be turmoil. This is not a possibility; it is a reality. But this is also an honor. For if we are persecuted because of Jesus, we are living our faith out loud.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live my faith intently within all circumstances.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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