1/30/14 Daily Devotion

Psalm 102:21-22 So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord.

As we gaze throughout any congregation within this country, we will notice that each has at least one thing in common. Within every congregation, we will find that some of those attending are only a small part of the whole of their family. In other words, within each of our congregations, we worship with some members of families whose families do not join them at church. Some don’t attend a church, some go to other churches, and still others come once every so many years. If we want to have strong families, we must strive to be families that worship together. We must try to do all that we can to bring our families into the fold, into the sanctuary, into the house of God. We must show them the importance of worshiping as a family of God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me show my family the necessity of being part of a church and the impact that it can have on their lives.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/29/14 Daily Devotion

Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

A family that is focused on God is a family that is influential within the lives of others. A family that is focused on God demonstrates that they are not ashamed to live for Him and follow His precepts. A family that is focused on God sets a powerful example that is to be followed. What does your family unit look like? Where is its faith? What is its focus? Is it obvious to others? Is it know within the community? Can others determine what your family stands for without the sharing of your words? It is true that we are Christians individually, but our individuality effects the direction of our families. Is your Christianity influencing Your family’s existence?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me set a powerful example within my family, an example of a life lived for solely You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/28/14 Daily Devotion

Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go,and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Children will learn from any resource that is available. They will gather information from the television, their school, and their friends. They will learn as much information about life, its possibilities, and its purposes as possible from any avenue that crosses their path. Knowing this to be true, why are we, as parents, so hesitant to reach into their lives, striving to guide them upon the correct path? We want them to be individuals, YES. We want them to find their own paths in life, YES. We want them to have a better future than ourselves, YES. In wanting these things, we step aside or in the least back off and allow them to seek their own place within life. But in doing so, we are doing them an injustice. We have a responsibility to them to show them the path to righteousness; for if we do not, someone else will guide them down another.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me do all that I can to show the children within my life the path that leads to righteousness.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/27/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. (23) For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husband and wives, fathers and mothers, as Christians, as servants of God, it is our job to teach the entirety of our families how to be servants of God. It is our job to teach them to be followers of the faith. We need to encourage every member of our household to embrace the powerful presence of God within his life and to utilize this presence to have a positive effect on those who cross his path. We must teach the family to carry this way of life into the church, thus having a powerful effect on the outreach of the church and its presence within the community. If we do not teach them, if we do not show them the way of God, this world will show them another way, another path that can be followed.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me set a powerful Christian example for my family. Help me show them the path that leads to the foot of the cross.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/25/14 Daily Devotion

1 Timothy 3:2-4 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, (3) not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. (4) He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.

Satan is conniving. Satan is sneaky. Satan is an enemy that should not be overlooked. Satan is not a foe that should be ignored. He is and always will be someone who wants to hurt those who love God, someone who wants to hurt God, but he has been defeated. The shed blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary has brought him defeat. The resurrection of Jesus has brought him defeat. We also can bring him defeat. Through the power of God, we are able to stand up to any of his schemes, any of his temptations, any of his attempts to cause us to walk away from our faith. He has been defeated, thus he has no hold on us that we have not allowed him to possess. We need to cover our church, its members, and leaders in prayer. We must pray that each of us obtains the strength to stand up to the powerless presence of Satan.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I lift before you each and every Christian in this world. I pray that You would give each of us the strength we need to live powerfully for You. I pray that we would all stand for what is righteous and never fall for the schemes of the Devil.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/24/14 Daily Devotion

1 Timothy 3:6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.

For some, the idea of serving in church leadership is enticing, so enticing that it may cause them to seek a position before they are ready and/or qualified. Church leaders do not have to have walked through numerous years of life, but they must not be recent converts of the faith. They must be seasoned in their understanding of scripture and the belief/practices of the church. They must not be someone who has recently come to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, nor should they be someone who has spent many years in one denomination and then shifts to another. They should be seasoned in the beliefs of the church, and ready to guide it on the path the church believes to be true.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I pray for the leaders of my church. I pray that their hearts are centered around You and that they have no personal motives or desires they are trying to push.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/23/14 Daily Devotion

2 Timothy 3:9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

When a Christian strays from the truth of God, it becomes noticeable to those around them. When a church leader strays from the truth of God, it becomes noticeable to those around them, but it also causes the focus of the church to suffer. When we go astray, our focus is blurred, so as a church leader looses his focus, as he goes astray, it effects the focus and purpose of the church. As church members, we must pray that our church leaders remain focused on the basic foundations of scripture. We must pray that they seek the truth of the scripture on a daily basis so their focus does not become blurred, so they clearly see God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my church leaders reach for the guidance of Your scriptures, so they may guide Your church into a faithfully focused entity.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/22/14 Daily Devotion

2 Thessalonians 3:2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.

When Christians make a conscious choice to serve God, they anger Satan. In his anger, Satan will do everything he can to keep them from living out their faith, anything he can to keep them from influencing others with the gospel. Church leaders are at greater risk when it comes to the desires of Satan. Church leaders are at greater risk because of the powerful influence they have within the church and upon its members. We, as church members, must pray that our leaders refrain from walking into a trap provided by Satan. We must pray that they will hold firmly to the precepts of the Bible, the desires of God. We must pray that they, if tempted, will grasp onto the hand of God and allow Him to be their strength.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I lift before You the leaders of my church. Please give them the strength they need to walk firm in their faith, to walk within a life focused on You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/21/14 Daily Devotion

Matthew 18:16-17 But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

One of the jobs of a church leader is to deal with the conflict within the church. This task is not one that the average church leader will embrace with joy, but it is a task that they will strive to bring to fruition. Our job as church members is to pray that our leaders willingly embrace this aspect of their positions. Our job is to pray that they walk into these situations without any bias, without already having already chosen a side other than that which is Biblically correct.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me pray for the leaders of my church in such a powerful way that they feel Your presence within their lives.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/20/14 Daily Devotion

1 Timothy 3:5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of Gods church?)

The importance of church leadership cannot be overstated. In order for a church to function properly, in order for a church to follow the path of God, its leaders must be completely focused on God’s will for their lives as well as the church. What, then, can we do as church members? How can we help our church leaders become Godly focused functioning leaders? The two biggest ways we can influence the church leaders is through encouragement and prayer. Encourage them to live out their faith. Encourage them when they go astray, praise them when their walk is strong, and pray for them continually. Our church leaders have a very important job, a job that can bring a certain amount of stress into their lives, and they need our support. They need our encouragement.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become an encourager to the leaders of my church.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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