Hope For The Prisoner

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

O-bservation:

This is a story about King Herod wanting to shut the expansion of the Christian gospel down. He had St Peter thrown in prison with a substantial number of guards surrounding his holding area. But for Peter, the Bible says, “The church was earnestly praying for him.”

A-pplication:

Whatever battle you’re facing today, it might be that you’re a prisoner to your challenge. What is “The Prisoner’s Hope?” It’s found in this passage. Get your church praying for you! Peter was miraculously delivered by an angel of the Lord because of prayer. I am presently in a battle for my life with a stem cell transplant. But God is with me. Daily, I receive scores of messages from people not only locally but from everywhere, telling me they’re praying for me. That’s the church. I will declare here and now, “I’m coming out of this prison in Jesus name, and you will too!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your church. It’s because of your church that I have a prayer team behind me this am. I’m always grateful. Amen
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The Ministry Of Deacons

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 6:3-4 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.

O-bservation:

This was the beginning of the ministry of Deacons in the early church. It was such an important ministry that most evangelical churches still practice this ministry in some form today. The deacon was originally appointed by the Apostles to take care of the ongoing needs of the Saints in the church. They were to be God-fearing men, full of the Holy Spirit.

A-pplication:

Actually, 1 Timothy 3:8-13 gives us the biblical qualifications of a New Testament Deacon. What amazes me about these wonderful leaders is their capacity and desire to serve. But what is even more interesting is that the first Christian martyr in the New Testament was a DEACON named Stephen. Stephen was a powerful preacher and defender of the faith as he served God’s people. One of the first evangelists in the New Testament was Philip, another original DEACON. We often relegate “The Ministry Of Deacons” to the business of the church and the service side alone, but the true New Testament deacon could do it all for Jesus. I’d love to be a deacon someday.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m grateful for the leaders in the church I serve who have given their lives as DEACONS. They’ve blessed your people, but they’ve surely blessed me as well. Amen
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All The Church Needs Is A Little Fear

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 5:11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

O-bservation:

The Bible tells us that Ananias and his wife Sapphira had lied to the church concerning a real estate deal and had fallen dead before the congregation. Because of this event, great FEAR fell upon the church.

A-pplication:

You would think that such a shocking event taking place on a Sunday morning would leave a group of “Jesus Followers” not just scared but having a feeling of “I’ll Never Go back!” Yet, because of this event, verse number fourteen tells us, “Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.” (Vs. 14) You see, even though God struck two members down for lying, he also used his people on earth to heal many people and work miracles. The FEAR got their attention, but the miracles turned the fear-mongers into BELIEVER’S. The challenge for the church today is, will we let God have his complete way, as in judging us for our wrongdoing, or will we demand spectacular miracles only? People can get tired of a winning show, but if you throw a little fear in there, I believe the folks will just keep on coming. “All The Church Needs Is A Little FEAR!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know the FEAR of what happened in the house of God when Ananias and Sapphira fell dead that Sunday morning - in time — brought about great revival. Please, Lord, keep us dependent upon you! Amen
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Kids First

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Timothy 3:5 If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?

O-bservation:

In writing to Timothy, St. Paul said anyone who desires to lead people within the Church must be able to first of all manage and lead their own family. Paul asks, “How can they lead the church if they can’t lead their own family?”

A-pplication:

Even in this short forum, through the years I’ve said that the Church, in its purest form, is a mom and dad and some kids. That’s where a man and a woman first learn to lead anyone. Unlike employees, kids will push back on any directive a parent gives them from DAY 1! From that workplace, a mother and a father learn how to manipulate the “push back” to work in their favor. Those who don’t watch their kids manipulate THEM into a place of submission. That means the kids now run the place. Words like spoiled, brats, insolent, rebellious, and finally, prisoner are used to describe a child a parent has failed to lead. Now, if that person aspires to lead God’s people, the question pops up … “HOW?” If they can’t lead their kids, they can’t lead the church. That’s why those who desire to lead in the house of God must put their “Kids First!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that right after our relationship with You, You enabled Robyn and me to lead our kids FIRST. In time, You’ve helped us lead in Your house. It’s been the highest privilege! Amen
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It’s ALL Under His Feet!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ephesians 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

O-bservation:

Paul the Apostle writes that God has placed all things concerning the Church under the authority of Jesus. Beyond that, “It’s ALL Under His Feet!”

A-pplication:

“It’s ALL Under His Feet” is a way of saying that not one thing escapes the knowledge, the wisdom, and the authority of Jesus on this earth. The CHURCH is “The Bride of Christ.” Consequently, anything within the CHURCH or outside of the same that would in anyway try to harm the “Bride Of Christ” will be dealt with by Jesus himself. Nothing goes unnoticed by the King of Kings. Sometimes it appears that those who are antagonists of the Church go undisciplined; however, none of us know the whole story, and IN TIME any injustice done to the Body Of Christ will be rectified. Why? Because ... “It’s ALL Under His Feet!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I am so thankful that nothing that harms Your followers, or Your CHURCH, on earth goes unnoticed by You. I know that you will bring justice in Your way and in Your time. Amen
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