Our Daily Bread
The little Bible college in northern Ghana didn’t look impressive—just a tin-roofed cinder-block building and a handful of students. Yet Bob Hayes poured his life into those students. He gave them leadership roles and encouraged them to preach and teach, despite their occasional reluctance. Bob passed away years ago, but dozens of thriving churches, schools, and two additional Bible institutes have sprung up across Ghana—all started by graduates of that humble school. During the reign of King Artaxerxes (465–424 bc), Ezra the scribe assembled a band of Jewish exiles to return to Jerusalem. But Ezra found no Levites among them (Ezra 8:15). He needed Levites to serve as priests. So he commissioned leaders to “bring attendants to us for the house of our God” (v. 17). They did so (vv. 18–20), and Ezra led them all in fasting and prayer (v. 21). Ezra’s name means “helper,” a characteristic that resides at the heart of good leadership. Under Ezra’s prayerful guidance, he and his protégés would lead a spiritual awakening in Jerusalem (see chapters 9–10). All they had needed was a little encouragement and wise direction. That’s how God’s church works too. As good mentors encourage and build us up, we learn to do the same for others. Such an influence will reach far beyond our lifetime. Work done faithfully for God stretches into eternity.
Isaiah 55:6-7 (NIV)
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord , and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Do you stand for what you believe in, or are you pleasing others?
Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were... The post Do you stand for what you believe in, or are you pleasing others? appeared first on Rhetorical Jesus.
Thoughts about God
Whatever happens in 2021, I know this to be true and I can cling to it. This is not my home, and this life is not all there is. There is an eternity waiting for me. An existence basking in the love of God, praising the Lamb for His sacrifice, and never experiencing pain, grief, illness, or rejection again. The post Hope 2 can be found online at Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God.
Every Day With God
January 24 – The Core 24 – Love
Welcome back to our series on The Core 24! So far we have gone through our 10 core theological beliefs as well as our 5 values as a church. Each one of these is part of the core 24 beliefs … Continue reading →
- Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Friday, January 22 January 22, 2021“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” – Hebrews 12:1-2a Don’t Give Up […]
Marjorie Dannenfelser: Life is Winning
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We may forget at times but one thing is true - this world is a battlefield.
A Prayer to Remind You of Your Worth - Your Daily Prayer - January 23
I had secretly thought that if I accomplished enough I’d be accepted and worthy.
A Prayer for Victory - Your Daily Prayer - January 22
Give me a measure of your strength so that I might not give into discouragement, deception and doubt!
Working Forgotten Muscles - Crosswalk the Devotional - January 24
Why do you work out your spiritual muscles?
When God Shakes Things
The Bible tells us how to stay grounded even when our world is all shook up.
A Fickle Generation
Jesus wasn’t talking randomly. He wasn’t being rude in His criticism. He was making a point about how people inconsistently judge the things of God.
Soap Bubbles for the Soul
How are our souls cleansed from the grime that comes from daily life?
A Purse with Holes in It
The key to experiencing financial freedom.
Don't Hold It In
I have tasted God's Word. It has been sweet to my soul, bringing comfort, joy, healing, and peace. But it couldn't stay there.