Week Twenty-six — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — God calls a Prophet — Jeremiah 1: 4, 5

Sunday, June 25

Jeremiah 1: 4, 5 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for all the spokespersons you have sent our way.

Thought for the day: You can learn a lot by listening.

Monday, June 26

Jeremiah 1:6, 7 “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for equipping us for the tasks you call us to undertake.

Thought for the day: God’s message is bigger than our fears.

Tuesday, June 27

Exodus 3: 9, 10 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.  So now, go.  I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.

Prayer:  Lord, may we be the answer to the prayers of those suffering from the ill effects of sin.

Thought for the day: You can be God’s medicine for someone in need.

Wednesday, June 28

Isaiah 6: 8, 9 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?  And I said “Here am I.  Send me!”

Prayer:  Lord, we are available to serve you.

Thought for the day:  God still calls to service those who are listening.

Thursday, June 29

Ezekiel 2: 3,4 He said, “son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn.  Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’”

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks that you would send a word even to the rebellious.

Thought for the day:  With YouTube instructional videos it’s best to start at the beginning.

Friday, June 30

John 3: 17 For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we give honor to you for coming to us in a spirit of love.

Thought for the day: Success coaches remind us that body language communicates our acceptance or rejection of our audience before we speak a word.

Saturday July 1

John 20: 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we humbly acknowledge that you have sent us with your message in peace.

Thought for the day: The healthier and happier choice may be to drop your gun rather  than attempting to draw your gun.
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Week Twenty-five — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Our Heavenly Father — Matthew 6:9

In honor of Fathers’ Day our devotional series this week focuses on the fatherhood of God.

Sunday, June 18

Matthew 6:9 This then is how you should pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, on this day we honor you as the source of life, health, joy, and love.

Thought for the day:  True fatherhood is a badge respected throughout the world.

Monday, June 19

Ps 103: 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him, for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Prayer:  Our Heavenly Father, we praise your endless compassion.

Thought for the day:  Compassion comes fully equipped with perpetual updates.

Tuesday, June 20

Ps 68:5,6 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun scorched land.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank that you have never turned away a child in search of your love

Thought for the day: The family of God is made for the lonely and brokenhearted.

Wednesday, June 21

Ephesians 4:5, 6 There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Prayer:  Our Heavenly Father, you have brought us all together as kindred.

Thought for the day:  God’s children are alike.

Thursday, June 22

John 6:39, 40 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Prayer:  Our Heavenly Father, we give thanks for Jesus’s faithfulness.

Thought for the day: God’s inventory of love is infinite.

Friday, June 23

I John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, knowing your goodness and love we would be children of no one else.

Thought for the day:  A child of God bears a name that never needs changing.

Saturday, June 24

Matthew 6: 32, 33 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Prayer:  Our Heavenly Father, you do know our need better that we know them.

Thought for the day: The potter’s children have no need of paper plates.

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Week Twenty-four — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus’ Church — Acts 2:42

Sunday, June 11

Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostle’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostle.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in reverent obedience we listen to your apostolic word this day, and we observe your Lord’s Supper.

Thought for the day: True maturity confirms the wisdom of our elders.

Monday, June 12

Acts 2: 43, 44 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.

Prayer:  Lord God, we are yet in awe of the miracle of salvation.

Thought for the day: Brotherly love will always be a mystery to the world.

Tuesday, June 13

Acts 2: 45 Selling their possessions and goods they gave to anyone as he had need.

Prayer:  God, thank you for sending and giving your very best for our sakes.

Thought for the day: You won’t find God’s gifts in the dented and out of date department.

Wednesday, June 14

Acts 2: 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.

Prayer:  Lord, we thank you for a heavenly family.

Thought for the day:  Every animal described in the animal shelter advertisement needed a forever home.

Thursday, June 15

Acts 2: 47  praising God and enjoying the favor of tall the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we who are being saved be brought safely to the mansions in heaven.

Thought for the day: Being saved like being married requires work.

Friday, June 16

Ezekiel 37: 26, 27 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant.  I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.  My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for planning long ago to make a new covenant with us.

Thought for the day: The best architecture is timeless.

Saturday, June 17

Acts 5:42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, who else deserves our everlasting thanks but you.

Thought for the day: An old song says, “It is no secret what God has done.  What he’s done for others he’ll do for you.”

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Week Twenty-three — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus’ Promised Spirit — Acts 2: 16, 17

Note: In honor of Pentecost Sunday our devotional readings for the week focus upon the nature of the church.

Sunday, June 4

Acts 2: 16, 17 . . . this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Our sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

Prayer: Lord God, on this Pentecost Sunday, we thank you for the church of the Christ.

Thought for the day: To be owned by the family of God is to know the kinship of the Holy Spirit.

Monday, June 5

John 16: 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may your Spirit guide your church in this, our generation.

Though for the day: When in doubt of the Spirit’s leading, read the owner’s manual, the Bible.

Tuesday, June 6

Ephesians 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we humbly recognize you as Lord of the church.

Thought for the day: A single head gives single-minded leadership.

Wednesday, June 7

Ephesians 5:25, 26 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.

Prayer:  To God be the glory for the sacrificial love of Christ for the church.

Thought for the day:  The “honey-do” list is sweetly done by those who are in love.

Thursday, June 9

Colossians 1: 17, 18 He is before all thing, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church, he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Prayer:  Lord God, we gratefully acknowledge your appointment of your Son as head of the church.

Thought for the day: Some broken spirits and some broken relationships respond best to the super glue of Jesus’ love.

Friday, June 10

I Corinthians 1:2, 3 To the church of God in Corinth to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours.  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we, your church, fulfill our calling to a holy life in the sanctification of your Spirit.

Thought for the day: While humans can build cathedrals for the centuries, God can restore lives for eternity.

Saturday, June 11

Hebrews 12:22, 23 But you have come to Mount Zion to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.  To the church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as firstborn from the dead it is your right to sign us into heaven.  

Thought for the day: The vote of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit has qualified Jesus’ disciples as winners in the final round for a place in the book of life.
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Week Twenty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus’ Ascension — Luke 24:51

Sunday, May 28

Luke 24: 50, 51 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Prayer:  Jesus, we worship you as our Lord who is ascended to God’s right hand.

Thought for the day: Those who can empathize make the very best leaders.

Monday, May 29

Acts 1: 8, 9 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud his him from their sight.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the Holy Spirit that you have sent to accompany us until you return.

Thought for the day:  A best friend will share the consolation of a friend.

Tuesday, May 30

Acts 7:55, 56 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

Prayer:  Jesus, in our hour of trial we turn our eyes to heaven to find the strength of your presence.

Thought for the day: Stephen confirmed what Paul later asserted – to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Wednesday, May 31

Psalm 110:1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right had until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

Prayer:  O Jesus, we declare with all the saints, prophets, and angles that you are Lord.

Thought for the day: When you pick your battles, always pick battles where God is on your side.

Thursday, June 1

Matthew 26:63, 64 But Jesus remained silent.  The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God. Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied, “But I say to all of you: In the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Prayer:  Almighty God, we believe your son comes again in his glory to reign forevermore.

Thought for the day: Believing the truth can prepare you to meet its consequences.

Friday, June 2

Ephesians 4: 9, 10 What does “He ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, to take us to the highest heights you went to the lowest depths.

Thought for the day: The exercise of picking up a penny adds to the wealth of health.

Saturday, June 3

Colossians 3:1, Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we ever find our minds and hearts lost in thoughts of you.

Thought for the day: In God’s master plan, there is a special place for those who are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

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Week Twenty One — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus’ wait time — Luke 24: 49

Sunday, May 21

Luke 24: 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.

Prayer: Lord, we obediently wait upon the promise of the Spirit.

Thought for the day: No anxiety is required for waiting.

Monday, May 22

Psalm 27: 13, 14 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord God, the manifestation of your goodness shall prevail in due season.

Thought for the day: Mothers know how to make red and wrinkled newborns into beautiful babies.

Tuesday, May 23

Psalm 130:5, 6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.  My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Prayer:  Lord God, even more comforting that the first light of day is the thought of your presence.

Thought for the day: Filling wait time with trust or filling wait time with worry is a choice.

Wednesday, May 24

Isaiah 8:17 I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, I will put my trust in him.

Prayer:  Lord God, even in the seasons when it appears that you are hidden, may we find the strength to trust in you.

Thought for the day: Some doors without peepholes just have to be opened in faith.

Thursday, May 25

Micah 7:6, 7 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.  But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

Prayer:  Lord God, when others fail us, we find consolation in knowing you are ever faithful

Thought for the day:  Excessive pessimism about humanity can cause an allergic reaction.

Friday, May 26

Galatians 5: 5, 6 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.  For in Christ Jesus nether circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we must trust you to perfect our righteousness in your time.

Thought for the day: The sculptor does not begin and end his or her work with the same blow.

Saturday, May 27

I Thessalonians 1: 9, 10 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.  They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus who rescues us form the coming wrath.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are waiting for your return from heaven.

Thought for the day: If you reached the number for Heaven in error you may hang up, otherwise please stay on the line.  Your approximate wait time will be forgotten when the operator connects you with Jesus.
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Week Twenty – Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus Cares — John 19: 26,27

Note: This week in recognition of Mothers’ Day we focus upon Jesus care for mothers and women.

Sunday, May 14

John 19: 26,27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is you mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that no hour is so dark that you do not care.

Thought for the day: Anyone can adopt a mother for a day.

Monday, May 15

Luke 7: 14, 15 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for sending one to care in the hours of loss.

Thought for the day:  With God any day can be a family reunion day.

Tuesday, May 16

Luke 8: 47, 48 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.  Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for looking upon us individually with grace and mercy.

Thought for the day: Those who value their ID don’t lose it in a crowd.

Wednesday, May 17

Matthew 15: 27, 28 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman you have great fait! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks for all the times you have shown us grace and mercy.

Thought for the day: God has a recipe for making crumb cake from the scraps of life.

Thursday, May 18

Matthew 26: 12, 13 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.  I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, I memory of her.”

Prayer: Lord God, you are ever watchful, ever loving, ever grateful for the well-deserved honor shown you.  We honor you, O God.

Thought for the day:  The memory of kindness is long savored.

Friday, May 19

Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we join with the women and men who knew you best like your mother in your worship.

Thought for the day: Mothers and fathers must quickly become expert judges of character.

Saturday, May 20

John 20:15, 16 “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying?  Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary.”   She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means teacher.)

Prayer: Lord God, reveal to us the ever-living Christ as he was revealed on Easter morning to the women who followed him.

Thought for the day: As he called Mary by name on the first Easter morning, Jesus will one day call by name his faithful disciples.

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