2/5/14 Daily Devotion

Romans 12:4-5 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

When we consider the marriage relationship, we would agree with Paul that each involved in this union belong to one another, but not many believe this to be true when we consider the church. When we walk into a marriage, we do so with the understanding that we are committing our lives to our mate; and this involves, at least for the Christian, the two becoming one flesh, the two becoming part of the other. When we consider the church, we do believe that we are a necessary part of its existence, but we do not believe that we belong to the members. We understand that as a team of believers we are to work together to fulfill the will of God for the church, but most of us feel that there is a time of disconnect, a time of separation throughout the week. Why, however, would there be a time of disconnect, a time of separation? If we are part of a body, wouldn’t we want to remain part of that body at all times? Why would we want to be disconnected from those we worship? Why would we want to be separated from those that share our faith? If we want to be separated or disconnected from the church and/or it’s members throughout the week, then one must wonder if we feel the same about God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me carry my relationship with You and the members of my church into each day of the week, not just on Sundays.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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1/2/14 Daily Devotion

Romans 12:4-5 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Have you ever been blessed to be part of a functioning group that has no real function? Maybe it was an office that always seemed to be in disarray. Maybe it was a school system that always seemed to be lost within its own actions. Maybe it was a governmental system body that seemed to say one thing and go forth doing something completely different. When the functions of a functioning group do not function properly, can the functions of that group make a difference? A church that runs in circles, a church that has no general direction, a church that has no real purpose, will not succeed. In order for a church to have an impact on the surrounding community, it must have a purpose in mind. It must have a focus that keeps it on the right track. It must have a desire to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus. For if it does not, it will not glorify God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand what I can do to bring about Your will for the congregation I call home.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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10/8/13 Daily Devotion

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Our reactions to moments within another’s life, as Christians, are important; in fact, their presence cannot be understated. Everyone experiences life, but we do so in a manner that is cohesive with our purpose for existing. For everyone, during these difficult moments, we come across the possibility of questioning our purpose, the possibility of questioning of faith. These moments do not demean our faith or give the impression that it is fractured. These moments are times of strengthening, but this should not occur within solitude. Our friendship with another has power. Our companionship has strength. Our stories of struggle can change someone’s life for all eternity. Let us then choose to be a visible tool to be utilized by God within the lives of others for His glory and their restoration.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, use me to help others find You within the circumstances of their lives.

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10/2/13 Daily Devotion

Romans 7:18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[B] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

When we read these words, we can feel the sincerity of Paul’s heart. We can sense his desire to become a true servant of God; but, unfortunately, these words do not flow from the lips of too many others, if any at all. Not many people are willing to openly or privately profess that they have fallen short of God’s expectations. Not many of us, if any at all, are willing to admit that we have a sinful nature that strives to keep us from reaching our full potential as Christians, but this is exactly what is needed. In order for us to progress powerfully into the type of Christians God expects, we must be honest with who we are, where we are, and where we need to go. Truth within ourselves helps keep the impression we bring into this world untainted.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live in such a way that Your are properly displayed as The Lord of 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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9/16/13 Daily Devotion

Romans 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

How often do you consider the day you will stand before God as He determines your eternal placement? Most of us do not spend much time within close proximity of this thought. We surround ourselves with a busy schedule, plenty of family time, and the occasional moments of relaxation, while we refrain from considering what might seemingly happen way off in the distance. The importance of this consideration cannot be understated. This is not to say that we must dwell on the idea or the moment in time, but we must live our lives with that moment in mind. We must live our lives in a manner that will bring a sense of surety into our hearts when the moment of our judgment comes from the future into our present. No one, no one, knows when they will depart from this earth, thus we must do everything we can to be ready for that moment, the moment we are welcomed into eternity with God or sent away from His presence for all eternity.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me prepare for the moment when we will meet face to face.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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7-1-13 Daily Devotion

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

While no one likes to consider himself a sinner, that is exactly what we must come to understand. We are sinners and deserve the results of our choices. We are sinners and deserve the results of our decisions. While the wages of sin is eternal separation from God in the confines of Hell, God does not want us to reside there for all eternity. It is the desire of God for each of us to accept His gift, the gift of eternal life with Him through the shed blood of His Son. Many will reach for and accept this offer, while even more will walk away without any concern about tomorrow, for they are living within the moment, and that is all that matters. They are not worried about the moment their lives will end, because their lives seems to be so vibrant. But to all an end of life will come, and what are we to do then but live the eternity that our life’s choices bring. Where are your actions preparing to take you for all eternity?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me wisely walk within this world, reaching for Your wisdom and seeking Your ways.

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6/21/13 Daily Devotion

Romans 13:9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Society has drastically changed. We were once a society that got involved within each others lives. We were close to our neighbors, not just those right around us, but even those that were blocks away. At one time, we walked around our community and spoke to those around us, but now we stick to a select few people that we call friends. There are many today that do not know their neighbors beyond knowing their names, and this is a sad state of affairs. The Bible calls us to love our neighbors, and in doing so we will show them the presence of God. Why do we hide from our duties? Why do we refrain from walking into the lives of others? We do we not love all of our neighbors as we do ourselves? These questions are good, but the answers can only be personal. Thus we need to discover personally why we are not reaching out any farther than our small, close circle of friends.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me reach out beyond my close circle of friends with Your message of salvation.

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5/1/13 Daily Devotion

Romans 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

Our behavior is a direct reflection of our hearts. What we do comes directly from the desires which we have imprinted within our hearts and upon our minds. Knowing this to be true, we must also know that these imprints are placed within us utilizing erasable ink, thus they can be changed at any moment. We don’t have to live improperly. We don’t have to act improperly. We don’t have to speak improperly; but more often than we should, this is exactly how we choose to live. If we were to examine our motives, in many cases, we would find that we act improperly because of jealousy. We see the attention someone else is receiving. We see their prosperity. We notice their elevated status and decide that is exactly where we want to be ourselves, instead of being happy with the life God has given us to live.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, show me how to be happy with the life You have given me to live.

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4/13/13 Daily Devotion

Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

As we came up out of the waters of baptism, we received the Spirit of God. This Spirit was given to us as a guide, as a help mate, to assist us on our journey with God. The Spirit also serves as a conscience, to help us understand how to determine what decisions need to be made and which should be avoided. The Spirit takes our concerns before God when we cannot put into words the concerns of our hearts. Knowing and understanding the presence and purpose of the Spirit, we should not become overwhelmed with worry. Worry comes when we have not released our concerns to God. Worry comes when we are still holding onto even the smallest aspect of our situations. Worry comes naturally, while releasing it is unnatural, but God has promised to be there for us if we would just trust in Him.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me feel Your presence and release my concerns to You.

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