Posts with the category “daily-devotional”
by Jonathan Maddox on June 5th, 2020
One WayActs 4:12We live in a culture of options. We see this in virtually every aspect of our society.However, God has said there is only one way to eternal life.God’s one way to eternal life is through placing our faith in Christ as our Savior.If you have not trusted Christ as your Savior, my prayer is that you trust him today. You can do so by…Admitting that you are sinnerRomans 3:23 (NIV) - for...
by Jonathan Maddox on June 4th, 2020
Daniel 1:9-14GraciousDaniel, the captive, and Ashpenaz, the king’s chief official, could have easily had major conflict. Instead, they were gracious to one another.Ashpenaz treated Daniel and his three friends graciously. In Daniel 1:9 we read, “Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel.” Daniel was also gracious to Ashpenaz. Daniel graciously proposed a ten day diet tes...
by Jonathan Maddox on June 2nd, 2020
Daniel 1:8ResolvedDaniel 1:8 (NIV) -But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.When they were living in Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar assigned Daniel, along with his three friends, royal food and wine.Daniel asked permission from the chief steward to refuse this food and wine because accepting...
by Jonathan Maddox on June 1st, 2020
Daniel 1:1-7OpportunityDaniel, along with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, were carried away to Babylon when Babylon besieged Jerusalem. Their names were changed and they were to be retrained in an attempt to transform them from Hebrews to Babylonians.This did not work.Instead, this situation would actually be an opportunity for God to accomplish his purposes.Are you currently facing a difficult si...
The Lord's Supper
by Jonathan Maddox on May 29th, 2020
The Lord’s SupperI have thoroughly enjoyed our “Memorials” series in our devotionals. Our last in this series of memorials is the Lord’s Supper. Jesus had sent Peter and John ahead to make preparations for the Passover meal. He gave them specific, yet miraculous, instructions on where to go and from whom they should secure a guest room for them to use. Jesus fervently desired to eat this Passo...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 28th, 2020
May 28, 2020The PassoverThe Passover is found in Exodus 12. God commanded the Israelites to take an unblemished lamb, kill it, and take the blood from it and place it on the door frame of the house.Each family member had to stand in the door frame, dressed and ready for travel, and eat the lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.The reason behind this was that God was going to pass through du...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 27th, 2020
RainbowsGood Wednesday morning, church!In Genesis 9:12-17, we read of a different kind of memorial. The memorial is the rainbow, and it is a reminder that God would never again destroy the world by a flood.In these verses, the rainbow is described as a token of the covenant. The word “token” comes from a Hebrew word which means a signal, monument, or evidence of the covenant between God and all ...
Stones of Remembrance
by Jonathan Maddox on May 26th, 2020
May 26, 2020Stones of RemembranceJoshua 4:4-7God realizes that we often forget what He has done for us.In Deuteronomy 6:12, Moses issued a final warning to Israel just before they entered the promised land: “Be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”As we said yesterday, the Hebrew meaning of the word for memorial is “to remember.” Given...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 25th, 2020
MemorialsColossians 1:19-20Today is Memorial Day. This is a day when we honor the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Truly, we are forever grateful for those who sacrificed so much to gain and preserve America’s freedom.A few years ago, I preached a sermon where I showed pictures of war memorials, some famous and some lesser known. I then shifted that fo...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 22nd, 2020
ConfessRomans 10:9After I have admitted I am a sinner and believe Christ is the only Savior, I must confess Christ as my Savior.In other words, it is not enough to believe Christ is the Savior, I must confess him as my Savior.Let me share these verses with you. Each one calls us to personally confess Christ as our Savior.Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 21st, 2020
BelieveJohn 3:16Eternal life is a gift from God that we receive when we believe only in Christ as our Savior.Yesterday we began our brief series on how to have eternal life. You remember the first step to receive eternal life from God is to admit you are a sinner.Scripture tells us our sin separates us from God. If we continue through life not receiving Christ as Savior, we are already separated f...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 20th, 2020
AdmitRomans 3:10-11,23The Bible teaches that there is only one way to eternal life. This one way is through accepting Christ as your Savior.The first step to receive Christ as your Savior is to admit you are a sinner.Scripture teaches that all people are sinners.The simple definition of sin is disobedience to God.This means that all people are disobedient to God.Even the best person or the most re...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 19th, 2020
Philippians 2:9-11LordshipPhilippians 2:9-11 (NIV) - 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Jesus is Lord.Jesus himself taught that he is the Lord. He said, “Yo...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 18th, 2020
Philippians 2:8ObediencePhilippians 2:8 (NIV) – “And being found in humble appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”Obedience follows the example of Christ. It is God’s desire for every Christian.The first step of obedience is to trust Christ as our Savior.I believe your obedience to God is an encouragement to other believers to also obey God. I...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 15th, 2020
Philippians 2:5-7ServantWhen they hear the word “servant”, some people mistakenly think of a person who performs menial tasks that are beneath their dignity.Jesus corrected our misunderstanding of what it means to be a servant.Jesus is our greatest example of a servant. He completely obeyed the Father, even dying on the cross to provide our salvation.So, following the example of Jesus, a servant i...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 14th, 2020
Philippians 2:4ThoughtfulnessPhilippians 2:4 (NIV) - Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.Christians should avoid preoccupation with self to be thoughtful of others. We look for ways we can help others with their interests.This is a great way to build relationships because everyone wants to associate with others who are genuinely interested in...
by Jonathan Maddox on May 13th, 2020
Philippians 2:3HumilityPhilippians 2:3 (NIV) - Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.Humility is vital to the foundation upon which relationships are built, especially among Christians.Humility means we think more of Christ and others than of ourselves.The humble person is more interested in giving credit to others than receiving...
United With Each Other
by Jonathan Maddox on May 12th, 2020
Philippians 2:2United with Each OtherUnity in the church is essential.Because we are united with Christ, we are to be united with our fellow Christians.Paul clearly said we are to be like-minded, have the same love, be one in spirit and purpose.I believe unity in the church is achieved through all believers focusing on the goal of serving and glorifying Christ.I came across a quote years ago. I do...
United With Christ
by Jonathan Maddox on May 11th, 2020
Philippians 2:1United with ChristOver the next several days we will spend some time together in Philippians chapter two which is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.In Philippians 2:1 Paul used the phrase “united with Christ”.We are eternally united with Christ when we receive him as our Savior. Jesus himself said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them...
Joy in Hardship
by Jonathan Maddox on May 8th, 2020
Joy In HardshipOur difficulties are opportunities to choose to live in the joy of the Lord.When Paul and Silas were in the Philippian prison they were praying and singing hymns to God. (Acts 16:25) Paul wrote that the Macedonian churches experienced “overflowing joy” in their trials. (2 Corinthians 8:2, NIV)I believe we will experience God’s joy in our hardships when we remember three things:1. G...
Good News of Great Joy
by Jonathan Maddox on May 7th, 2020
Luke 2:10-11Good News of Great JoyThe media informs us that there is a lot of bad news in our world. Sometimes we let this bad news weigh us down with worry.But, in the midst of the bad news there is good news. This good news is that Christ is our Savior.Knowing Christ as our Savior means that we will live eternally in heaven and that we will live joyfully on earth.If Christ is your Savior then li...
Joy In Our Partnership
by Jonathan Maddox on May 6th, 2020
Joy in Our PartnershipPhilippians 1:4-5Joy is something we experience when we are partners in the gospel.In Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi he wrote, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”. (Philippians 1:4-5)Paul was joyful because he was not alone in sharing the gospel. The Philippian Christians we...
Joy Is a Choice
by Jonathan Maddox on May 5th, 2020
Joy is a choice.Joy is a gift from God but I have the choice to accept or reject it.We cannot choose all of our circumstances. However, we can choose our attitudes in our circumstances. Every believer can choose to exercise God’s gift of joy.The apostle Paul is our example. He experienced difficulty in Philippi (Acts 16) but, when he wrote his letter to the Philippians, he wrote with a joyful hear...
God Gives Joy
by Jonathan Maddox on May 4th, 2020
God Gives JoyIn this week’s devotions we will focus on joy.Scripture has many references to joy. God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, heaven and the early church are all associated with joy.I agree with this quote from Richard Foster: “We should, to begin with, think that God leads a very interesting life, and that he is full of joy. Undoubtedly he is the most joyous being in the universe.”This tells me ...
A Song in the Night
by Jonathan Maddox on May 1st, 2020
A Song in the NightPsalm 42This week we have seen the psalmist’s troubles as he described them in psalm 42.However, in the midst of his troubles, the psalmist had a steady faith in God’s deliverance. This is the greatest lesson we learn from this psalm.Regarding this psalm, G. Campbell Morgan wrote, “Notice carefully the heroism of the man. He makes his trouble and disquietude the occasion of reme...
God's Deep Responses for Our Deep Needs
by Jonathan Maddox on April 30th, 2020
God’s Deep Resources for Our Deep NeedsPsalm 42:7 (NIV) – “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. “All of us, like the Psalmist, have faced times when we felt overwhelmed by the waterfalls, waves and breakers of life. Maybe you are there now.In these times we give our deep needs to our Lord who will meet them with his deep resources.F.B. ...
by Jonathan Maddox on April 29th, 2020
Psalm 42:3, 10SteadfastThe Psalmist was oppressed and taunted by his enemies. They attempted to cause him to doubt God’s presence. The enemies asked him, “Where is your God?”“These men were the Psalmist’s enemies who taunted him to doubt, fear, and despondency about the character of God” (Holman Old Testament Commentary). These taunts caused him much emotional and physical distress. But, even in ...
Thirsty for God
by Jonathan Maddox on April 28th, 2020
Good Morning Church,On next Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:30pm, I will host a group, using the Zoom app. I’m calling this a LifeGroup. This group will be approximately thirty minutes long and will focus on two things: a discussion of the daily devotions and a prayer time. I don’t know if it will be permanent. I will take it on a weekly basis and see how it goes. If you would like to join this group go...
Put Your Hope in God
by Avery Wilhite on April 27th, 2020
MondayApril 27, 2020Psalm 42Put Your Hope in GodThe Psalmist was despondent because he was separated from Jerusalem and not able to publicly worship God. He was experiencing a spiritual depression that some describe as “a dark night of the soul.”He describes his soul as downcast and disturbed. He feels God has forgotten him. He is in mourning. He is oppressed by his enemy. He is taunted by his ene...
What About Him?
by Avery Wilhite on April 24th, 2020
FridayApril 24, 2020John 21:20-23What About Him?After Christ called Peter to follow him, Peter noticed “the disciple whom Jesus loved” following them. This was probably John.Peter, referring to John, asked Jesus, “What about him?” (21:21).Herschel Hobbs, commenting on Christ’s answer to Peter said, “In simple terms Jesus said that what was to happen to John was none of Peter’s business…Peter had a...
by Avery Wilhite on April 23rd, 2020
Good Morning Church, In John 21:19 Christ called Peter to “Follow me.”In Matthew 4:19, we see Jesus issued this same call to Peter and his brother, Andrew. This was the very beginning of Christ’s ministry. This was the first time Christ met Peter and Andrew.“Follow me” was Christ’s consistent call to Peter.“Follow me” is still Christ’s call to us today.“Follow me” is our primary calling in life.“F...
Going Where You Do Not Want To Go
by Avery Wilhite on April 22nd, 2020
WednesdayApril 22, 2020John 21:18-19Going Where You Do Not Want To GoThe resurrected Jesus told Peter that when he is old someone else will, “…lead you where you do not want to go.” (21:18)I believe Jesus referred to death from crucifixion, by which Peter would die. One commentator said, “…he would stretch out his hands preparatory to being crucified and another would gird him and carry him out to...
by Avery Wilhite on April 20th, 2020
MondayApril 20, 2020John 21:15-23Love JesusJesus asked Peter a question. “Simon, son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”Much has been written about what Jesus meant by “these.” I think Jesus was simply asking if Peter loved him more than anything else.I believe Jesus is asking us the same question today.“Do you truly love me more than these?”What is your answer?Expecting God’s Best,Bro...