Week Twenty-Four — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophets: Joel

Week Twenty-Four – Verse by Verse Devotional — The Prophets: Joel

Note: This week our readings are from Joel, the prophet who spoke of the locust storm. The locust storm reminded the children of Israel that their lives and wellbeing was always at risk. Perhaps such storm seem to threaten your life. If so, read the prophesy of Joel.

Sunday, June 14

Joel 1:4 What the locust swarm has left the great locust have eaten; what the great locust have left the young locust have eaten; what the young locust have left other locusts have eaten.
Prayer: Lord, may we so live that we are spared from your judgment.
Thought for the day: Grasshoppers were clean food for the Israelites. However, their legs would have to be removed to avoid the spurs.

Monday, June 15

Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the lord you God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Prayer: Lord, as we look within ourselves, we come humbly before you asking for your mercy.
Thought for the day: When the church secretary read the account of all the trials and tribulations we were spared in a day’s time like avoiding a traffic fatality, we were reminded to be grateful for God’s help.

Tuesday, June 16

Joel 2:23 Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you a teacher for righteousness. He sends you abundant showers both autumn and spring rains, as before.
Prayer: Lord, if every blessing from you were a raindrop, we would never suffer drought.
Thought for the day: If we can make a choice to be glad, and we can; why don’t we choose to be glad in the Lord?

Wednesday, June 17

Joel 2:28 And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
Prayer: O God, pour forth your Holy Spirit upon us, we pray.
Thought for the day: On several occasions President Lincoln dreamed of his assassination.

Thursday, June 18

Joel 2:32 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for making salvation available to people of all the nations including ours.
Thought for the day: Ever notice how God never forgets the people he has chosen to bless?

Friday, June 19

Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!”
Prayer: God, in you we will find strength to meet the battles of this day.
Thought for the day: As he prepared to face his Goliath David knew no more reliable armament could be found than the blessing and covering of the Lord.

Saturday, June 20

Joel 3:16 The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
Prayer: Dear God, we would humbly find our hiding place within Thee.
Thought for the day: When a tornado struck the campus of Shaw University several trees perhaps centuries old were downed. One volunteer for the cleanup found great consolation in knowing that the trees fell clear of the graves of Henry Martin Tupper and his wife.

Prophet Joel

Verse by Verse Studies — Week Twenty-two — Honoring the Trinity

Week Twenty-two – Verse by Verse Studies – Honoring the Trinity

Note: In honor of Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015, readings for the week focus upon the trinity.

Sunday, May 31

2 Cor. 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Prayer: Lord we want it all – grace, love, and fellowship – and in wanting it all we want all of You.
Thought for the day: Our experience of God is conditioned by our three-dimensional experience of time: time past, time present, and time future.

Monday, June 1

Matthew 28:19 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.
Prayer: May you, God, in all your holy forms in all your holy ways appear in all of our lives.
Thought for the day: If our parents have a double claim to our lives, then our God has a triple claim on our lives.

Tuesday, June 2

Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Prayer: God, we give thanks for the giving of yourself in giving the Christ child.
Thought for the day: Luke has a way of telling the Christmas story so that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all included.

Wednesday, June 3

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for sending the counselor for us.
Thought for the day: To have and to lose the presence of Jesus would have been more than the apostles could bear. Can you say the same?

Thursday, June 4

Acts 2:33 Exalted to the right hand of God he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Prayer: God, our Father, we thank you for the convicting power of the Holy Spirit who reminds us of our relationship to Christ Jesus.
Thought for the day: Even if some suppose conviction to be a thing of revivals long past, conviction remains the work of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, June 5

I Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Prayer: Jesus, we give thanks that you gave yourself to bring us back to the Father through the Spirit.
Thought for the day: All of God sought to redeem all of humanity.

Saturday, June 6

Ephesians 4:4-6 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: O God, we give thanks that we know you though the loving Spirit of Your Son.
Thought for the day: Where the Spirit of God is, no division can remain.

Pentecost 61 ~ The Holy Spirit

Verse by Verse Devotional — Week Twenty — The Age of the Spirit: Fruit of the Spirit

Week Twenty – A Verse by Verse Devotional – The Age of the Spirit: Fruit of the Spirit

Sunday, May 17

Galatians 5:22, 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Prayer: O Lord, may our lives bear the fruit of the Spirit for the betterment of all.
Thought for the day: Ben Franklin’s self-improvement program aimed to eliminate vice, while the life of the Spirit aims to produce virtue.

Monday, May 18

Galatians 5:22, 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Prayer: Jesus, as we develop the fruit of the spirit in our lives may the harmony of our lives be evident to all.
Thought for the day: A hybrid plant will produce hybrid fruit, but the seed of a hybrid fruit will not produce a natural plant during the next season..

Tuesday, May 19

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Prayer: O God, may we be the bearers of good fruit for your kingdom.
Thought for the day: Even if a nursery mislabeled a fruit tree, you will know the species of the tree by its fruit.

Wednesday, May 20

Galatians 5:16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Prayer: God, may our living by the Spirit occupy our entire being.
Thought for the day: Once upon a time grandparents created busy work for young folk lest idle hands can become idol hands.

Thursday, May 21

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Jesus, may we grow in our knowledge of you and your ways.
Thought for the day: To grow in knowledge is to get more knowledge, and to grow in grace is to give and receive more grace.

Friday, May 22

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Prayer: God, we commit our spiritual fruit bearing to you.
Thought for the day: For the Christian personal success follows from personal commitment to the Lord.

Saturday, May 23

John 3:34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for being there for us as one whose life was filled by Spirit, led of the Spirit, and fruitful for the Spirit.
Thought for the day: In Jesus’ life the fruit of the Spirit was never an obstacle to the saving of souls.
Holy Spirit dove window

A Verse by Verse Life of Christ in Luke’s Gospel — Week Six

Week Six

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Prayer:  God, may we both give and receive the care needed to pass safely along the way.

Thought for the day: The Samaritan needed no title or fanfare to serve his God.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Luke 10:42 Only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

Prayer: O Jesus, help us to make time with you our best choice of the day.

Thought for the day: All times are good times for prayer time with God.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Luke 11:2 He said to them, “When you pray, say; “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.”

Prayer: Our Father, we your children honor your name.

Thought for the day: If God is our father, then we replaces us-and-them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Luke 11:13 If you then though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, ho much more will you Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Prayer:  O God, we are grateful to you for sending the Spirit as Comforter.

Thought for the day: God is even more committed to your care than a soccer-mom is committed to seeing her child win.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Luke 11:20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

Prayer: Jesus, we find hope in knowing no power of evil can resist your command.

Thought for the day:  Like spices that flavor our food are spirits that set the mood at home and abroad.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Luke 11: 29  As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation.  It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.”

Prayer: O God, forgive us when we become sign seekers.

Thought for the day:  When Jonah found his remote control, he changed the channel.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Luke 12:7 Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Prayer:  O God, creatures great and creatures small you made them all.

Thought for the day:  God must have loved birds to make 9,956 species of birds.

Jesus in Prayer 19