Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals, Relationships

Rest Stops Mandatory!

We make frequent trips from Louisiana-to-Florida, and take countless stops along the way. Rest room breaks are mandatory. We know locations of state rest areas, and patronize truck stops offering clean restrooms and ample numbers of stalls. Even those blessed with bladder control need to stop, stretch their legs, and get the kinks out. We get weary when we travel.

Jesus covered many miles in his years of ministry. He walked and He grew weary. “So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s spring was there. So Jesus, tired from His journey, was sitting by the spring just as He was. It was about noon (John 4:5-6 Williams NT).”

We tend to forget the man Jesus, in our acknowledgment of His deity. As man, He hungered, experienced thirst and became physically weary. Jesus needed a rest stop. He purposely planned to be at Sychar for a divine appointment with a woman at a well. Never too tired to minister, He spoke to her of living water. (Verses7-26) She rushed away to testify!

“The woman then left her pitcher and went back to town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who has told me everything thing I ever did. He is not the Christ, is He?’ So the people left town and rushed out to see Him (John 4:28-30 Williams NT).” Was Jesus rest period productive? Had he moved people from attention-to-action?

Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, when she said, “He has told me everything I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they kept on urging him to stay with them; so He did stay there two days. Then a much larger number believed in Him because of what He said Himself (John 4:39-41 Williams NT).”

Jesus shared the message of salvation. He took time to talk to a woman. She told others… “and they were saying to the woman, ‘It is not merely because of what you said that we now believe, for we have heard Him ourselves, and we know that He is really the Savior of the world (John 4:42 Williams NT).” His rest stop brought rest to weary souls!

Christian Growth, Devotionals

His Excellency, the King!

“His Royal Highness, His Excellency, the King!” He enters the room, as men bow; women curtsy, and his attendants lead the way. Music plays, cameras flash and hearts pound as he makes his way to his throne. A hush falls over the room, as one of royal rank and privilege, takes his rightful place as ruler.

“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16 NAS).” Unworthy, we worship Him. The Father has firmly established His rule and reign. He invites us to approach His throne. He is accessible. The KING OF KINGS welcomes us.

“Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16 NAS).” We are needy people who serve a kind-hearted King. He favors us with His unmerited mercies. The Royal Majesty ministers to us. Make way for His Excellency, the King!

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Guard Your Valuables

People vigilantly guard their valuables. Homeowners install elaborate alarm systems, in an attempt to protect highly prized collectables and precious heirlooms. Many place smaller items in a home safe, or safety deposit box at respected banks. In the good ole days, owners gave instructions.  “Guard it with your life!”

God the Father chose the Rock of Ages, as the cornerstone.  “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame. Now, to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone (1 Peter 2:6-7 NIV).”  Will I guard my relationship with the Redeemer?




Christian Growth, Devotionals

Impact Once More

Christians today, pattern their local churches, after the early church. The book of Acts reveals the beginnings at Pentecost. We read the message delivered by the Apostle Peter; congregations sense the power of the Holy Spirit inspired spoken word. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do (Acts 2:37 NKJ).”

He began his response with an essential element of salvation. “Repent.” Both John the Baptist, and Christ Jesus preached a message of repentance. Those who proclaim God’s unchangeable word echo Jesus call to turn away from sin. “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3 NKJ).” Looking again at the Acts passage, we find a positive response.

“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them (Acts 2:41 NKJ).” The following verses, (42-47) reveal three dominant characteristics of members of the New Testament church. Believers were committed, connected, and consistent. We can once more impact a world of darkness. “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47b NKJ).”