Posts with the category “daily-devotional”

About Authority
by Jonathan Maddox on April 12th, 2021
Matthew 28:18 (NIV) - Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Some people exert authority over us.Other things such as habits, thoughts, past events, and even anxieties over our futures, also claim authority over us.Some people say they are their only authority.Christians understand Christ is our highest authority.In the noise of the competition...  Read More
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Resurrection Task
by Jonathan Maddox on April 9th, 2021
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) - 18  Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, 20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."Before Jesus ascended...  Read More
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Resurrection Worship
by Jonathan Maddox on April 8th, 2021
Matthew 28:9 (NIV) - Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Joses, went to Jesus’ tomb.An angel appeared to reveal that his tomb was empty.As they were hurrying away to tell his disciples, Jesus appeared to these women.They fell to worship him.These two women gave the one appropriate respo...  Read More
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Resurrection Relationship
by Jonathan Maddox on April 7th, 2021
John 21:12-13 (NIV) - 12  Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.After his resurrection, Jesus remained on earth for forty days.During this time, he maintained his relationship with his disciples.Among other things Christ ate with...  Read More
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Resurrection Fire
by Jonathan Maddox on April 6th, 2021
Luke 24:32 (NIV)  - They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"Two disciples met Jesus on the road to a village named Emmaus.Scripture says they were kept from recognizing him.They did, however, recognize Christ after he ate with them.Jesus then disappeared from them.After Jesus disappeared, “They asked each ot...  Read More
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Resurrection Joy
by Jonathan Maddox on April 5th, 2021
Matthew 28:8 (NIV) - "So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples".At the empty tomb, an angel appeared to Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Joses, to announce Christ’s resurrection.Even though the women were afraid following this announcement, they were “filled with joy”.Christ’s resurrection fills us with joy today.It is a jo...  Read More
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The Supper
by Jonathan Maddox on April 1st, 2021
ThursdayApril 1The SupperIn Luke 22:7-23 we read the account of the Passover meal Jesus observed with his disciples.Jesus told his disciples that he earnestly desired to eat this Passover with them before he suffered.Jesus knowingly broke bread with Judas, who would soon betray him for money.Jesus would also eat with Peter, the disciple who would deny him three times in less than 48 hours.What doe...  Read More
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The Prediction
by Jonathan Maddox on March 31st, 2021
WednesdayMarch 31The PredictionJohn 12:27 (CSB)—“Now my soul is troubled.  What should I say—Father, save me from this hour?  But that is why I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name.”Jesus’ soul was troubled because he was about to experience an excruciating death.Facing all that was to come, his focus was on the glory of God.He knew the stakes, and he understood the cost.And still he said...  Read More
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The Betrayal
by Jonathan Maddox on March 30th, 2021
Mark 14:10-11 (CSB)—Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.  And when they heard this, they were glad and promised to give him money.  So he started looking for a good opportunity to betray him.Judas went to the chief priests actively looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.This was not a betrayal of convenience that just fell into Judas’ lap.I...  Read More
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The Cleansing
by Jonathan Maddox on March 29th, 2021
Matthew 21:12-13 (CSB)—Jesus went into the temple and threw out all those buying and selling.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves.  He said to them, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves!”The money changers in the temple had turned the temple into a den of thieves.They were taking advantag...  Read More
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Salvation
by Jonathan Maddox on March 26th, 2021
John 3:3 (NIV) - In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."Jesus taught the only way to heaven is to be born again.This means to receive Christ as Savior.When we receive Christ, we begin a new life.We are born again.If you have already received Christ as your Savior, celebrate your victory over Satan by living daily for Christ.If you...  Read More
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Be a Neighbor
by Jonathan Maddox on March 25th, 2021
Luke 10:36-37 (NIV) - 36  "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" 37  The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."Our neighbors include, but are not limited to, those who live close to us.In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus taught us that anyone in need is our neighbor.  So, ou...  Read More
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Love One Another
by Jonathan Maddox on March 24th, 2021
John 13:34-35 (NIV) - 34  "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."Christ said the evidence that we are his disciples is that we love one another.I am very thankful that East Pointe Baptist Church is a loving fellowship.I am also thankful that God adds others to ...  Read More
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Knowing God Means Trusting God
by Jonathan Maddox on March 23rd, 2021
Psalm 9:10 (NIV) - Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.God is trustworthy.He has made himself known to us in many ways such has his character, his names, his actions, and his personal work in our lives.All of Scripture is a record of God’s revelation of himself to us.As we study Scripture, we know God more.As we walk with God, we know h...  Read More
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Majestic and Caring
by Jonathan Maddox on March 22nd, 2021
Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV) - 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4  what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?This Psalm declares God’s majesty.His majesty is clearly seen in his creation of the heavens.Despite God’s majesty, he cares for us individually.It is amazing that such a majestic God is s...  Read More
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Our Greatest Enemy
by Jonathan Maddox on March 19th, 2021
This week we have been focusing on Psalm 17 which describes David’s persecution by his enemies.Our greatest enemy is Satan.He does everything possible to keep us from following God.His strategies and tactics are constant in our lives.Satan is defeated when we place our faith in Christ as our Savior.If you have already received Christ as your Savior, celebrate your victory over Satan by living dail...  Read More
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Unseen Enemies
by Jonathan Maddox on March 18th, 2021
Psalm 17:9 (NIV) - from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.David faced flesh and blood enemies.Like David, sometimes our enemies are people.But sometimes our enemies are not so obvious.Sometimes they may lurk in the shadows.They may be unseen.They may be things like our own harmful habits, attitudes, emotions or thought patterns.Satan is clever.He will send any and ev...  Read More
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The Wonder of God's Great Love
by Jonathan Maddox on March 17th, 2021
Psalm 17:7 (NIV) - Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.As David faced persecution, he could still recall the wonder of God’s great love.God’s love is a steadfast love.God loves us all the time, in every circumstance.God’s love is a wonder.Are you, like David, enduring a difficult season?Maybe even persecution by your enem...  Read More
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Satisfied
by Jonathan Maddox on March 16th, 2021
Psalm 17:15 (NIV) - And I--in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.David may have been writing about his eternity with God.Maybe, instead, he was referring to walking with God through his current persecution.Either way, David expressed satisfaction in God.What satisfies you?Seeking satisfaction in the world is futile.Trying to be filled by...  Read More
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Prayer in Our Problems
by Jonathan Maddox on March 15th, 2021
Psalm 17:8-9 (NIV) - 8  Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings9  from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.When he wrote this Psalm, David was being persecuted by his enemies.David turned to God for help and protection in this difficult time.What difficulty are you facing?Prayer is our greatest resource as we face all types of hardship.Ask...  Read More
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Salvation is from God
by Jonathan Maddox on March 12th, 2021
When it comes to our eternal salvation, we can do nothing to help ourselves.Praise God, he has already done everything necessary for salvation in Christ.If you have not received Christ as your Savior, my prayer is that you trust him today by:Admitting you are a sinner      Romans 3:23 (NIV) – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”Believing Christ is the only way to salvation     ...  Read More
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Help by Prayer
by Jonathan Maddox on March 11th, 2021
2 Corinthians 1:11 (NIV)  - as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.The Corinthian Christians helped Paul through their prayers.Sometimes we are not able to physically help someone.At other times we don’t know what to do to help someone.We can always help others by praying for them.It is a great hel...  Read More
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Help in Adversity
by Jonathan Maddox on March 10th, 2021
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) - A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.It is important to develop and nurture friendships. God helps us through our friends.One way friends help us is through their loving presence in our lives, especially in our times of adversity.If you have a friend going through adversity, I encourage you to let him know you are praying for him.If you are going ...  Read More
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Our Sustainer
by Jonathan Maddox on March 9th, 2021
Psalm 54:4 (NIV) - Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.God helps us through sustaining us.He supplies our every need in every situation.His supply is always more than enough for us.What are you currently facing?Are you depending on God’s help?Are you trusting in God to sustain you?My prayer for you today is that you are trusting in God to sustain you.Expecting God’s Best,Bro...  Read More
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Thank Your Helpers
by Jonathan Maddox on March 8th, 2021
Psalm 63:7 (NIV) - Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.I like this story from Alex Haley.Alex Haley, the author of “Roots,” had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When asked, “Why is that there?” Alex Haley answered, “Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words and think that they are ...  Read More
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One Thing is Needed
by Jonathan Maddox on March 4th, 2021
Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) - 38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by...  Read More
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Distractions
by Jonathan Maddox on March 3rd, 2021
Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) - 38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by...  Read More
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The Better Choice
by Jonathan Maddox on March 2nd, 2021
Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) - 38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by...  Read More
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Open Your Home to Jesus
by Jonathan Maddox on March 1st, 2021
Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) - 38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by...  Read More
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Believe and Be Saved
by Jonathan Maddox on February 26th, 2021
As Paul and Timothy traveled throughout Europe, their travels had a singular purpose: spreading the gospel of Christ to as many people as possible.As they shared with a group of women, the Lord opened the heart of Lydia to receive the gospel and believe in Jesus.When Paul and Silas were in the prison earthquake, the jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?”  Our world needs Jesus more than ever....  Read More
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Our Greatest Mission Field
by Jonathan Maddox on February 25th, 2021
In Acts 16, we see two accounts of individual people being led to Christ, Lydia and the jailer.There’s a small detail that you may miss if you don’t pay close attention to it.The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to respond to Paul’s message.After she AND HER HOUSEHOLD were baptized, she pleaded with Paul and Timothy to stay at her home.After the jailer was saved from taking his own life and led to Christ...  Read More
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Obedient to the Holy Spirit
by Jonathan Maddox on February 24th, 2021
In Acts 16, Paul and Timothy were traveling around teaching the gospel.They desired to go into Asia, but the Holy Spirit did not allow them.I often wonder why.  Honestly, I don’t know, other than God had different plans for them.God gave Paul a vision of a Macedonian man standing and pleading with him, “Cross over to Macedonia and help us!”While Paul and Timothy desired to preach the gospel in Asi...  Read More
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One Decision
by Jonathan Maddox on February 23rd, 2021
In Acts 16, as Paul and Silas were praying and worshiping God, there was a violent earthquake.This earthquake shook the foundations of the jail, the doors were opened, and the chains were loosened.The jailer knew that if the prisoners escaped, he would be blamed, so he drew his sword to take his own life.Paul assured the jailer that all of the prisoners were present.The jailer ran to Paul and Sila...  Read More
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Praising God in the Prison
by Jonathan Maddox on February 22nd, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021Praising God in the PrisonIn Acts 16, Paul and Silas were flogged and imprisoned.This was not an unusual situation for Paul.About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises when an earthquake shook the jail and loosed all the prisoners’ chains.Sometimes we may feel imprisoned by our circumstances in life, whatever they may be.Even in our worst moments, God i...  Read More
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Saved from Judgment
by Jonathan Maddox on February 19th, 2021
Genesis 19:29 (NIV)  - So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.It was time for God’s judgment to fall on Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin.Lot was rescued from judgment because he was righteous (2 Peter 2:7-8).Scripture teaches that there will be final judgment for all people...  Read More
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A Lesson in Intercession
by Jonathan Maddox on February 18th, 2021
Genesis 18:23 (NIV) - Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?It was time for the Lord to judge Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin.When Abraham learned of God’s impending judgement, he interceded to God for them.Do you know a person who is living a sinful lifestyle?Do you know a person without Christ?I think we all do.Let’s learn a lesson from ...  Read More
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A New Name
by Jonathan Maddox on February 17th, 2021
Genesis 17:5 (NIV) - No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.Genesis 17:15-16 (NIV) - 15  God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16  I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of p...  Read More
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Reassurance
by Jonathan Maddox on February 16th, 2021
Genesis 17:1-2 (NIV) - 1  When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless.2  I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers."Abram was ninety-nine years old.He still had no son with Sarai.He was possibly wondering if God would still fulfill the covenant.God confirmed his covenant with...  Read More
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A Crisis of Faith
by Jonathan Maddox on February 15th, 2021
Genesis 16:1-2 (NIV) - 1  Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2  so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said.Abram and Sarai had a crisis of faith.They still did not have children according to God’s promise....  Read More
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Righteous Through Faith
by Jonathan Maddox on February 12th, 2021
Genesis 15:6 (NIV) - Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.Abram was made righteous with God only because he believed God’s promise.This is still true today.We are made righteous in God’s sight only through our faith in Christ.If you have received Christ as your Savior, my prayer is that you are growing in your faith and sharing him with others.If you have not receive...  Read More
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