Thursday, February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020 … Rough Roads Ahead

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 58 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from Jeremy Camp inging … The Answer … poignantly singing of how we, as Christians, have THE ANSWER to all the sudden changes in the road of life; and THE ANSWER is to follow Jesus.

WARNING - Rough Roads Ahead !!

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Highlight Verse[s]: James 4:15 [ESV] ... 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”  
… Instead of worrying or boasting about tomorrow, God, thru James, commands us to follow God’s will and His way on the roads of life.
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Highlight Passage [context]: James 4:13-17 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… God, thru James, warns Christians not to boast or worry about tomorrow.
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Reference Passage : … Psalm 119:105 [ESV] … 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 
… God’s word must be the Christian’s GPS in life, … lighting our path thru the dark and unpredictable roads in life.

Reference Passage : … Luke 9:23 [ESV] … 23 And He said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. …” 
… Jesus commands His followers to deny our way and follow HIs thru life.

Reference Passage : … John 16:33 [ESV] … 33 … “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
… Jesus warns us that the roads of life will be tough; but we need not worry because He is our “Overcomer.”

Reference Passage : … Romans 8:28 [ESV] … 28 And we know that, for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. 
 … No matter what unpredictable road we’re traveling in life; as long as we’re following God’s “GPS,” we’ll be okay!!

Reference Passage : … Ephesians 5:15-16 [ESV] … 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 
… Yes, in these evil days we are to do all we can to wisely plan our way.

Reference Passage : … Philippians 4:6-7 [ESV] … USE THIS LINK
… On all the rough roads of life, we’re not to worry; but rather take our fears or concerns to God in prayer to find peace as we travel the rough roads of life.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Bill Crowder, shows how the road of life can rapidly become unpredictable and rough as we travel thru life, no matter how much planning we do. … The ODB author wrote: In January 1943, warm Chinook winds hit Spearfish, South Dakota, quickly raising the temperatures from –4° to 45°F (–20° to 7°C). That drastic weather change—a swing of 49 degrees—took place in just two minutes. The widest temperature change recorded in the USA over a twenty-four-hour period is an incredible 103 degrees! On January 15, 1972, Loma, Montana, saw the temperature jump from −54° to 49°F (–48° to 9°C). 
Sudden change, however, is not simply a weather phenomenon. It’s sometimes the very nature of life. 

Yes, we know, on the road of life, that we’re going to encounter rough roads and sudden, unexpected changes. However, … God’s word, which is to be the Christian’s “GPS” (“God’s Positioning System”), tells us to follow His road map so as to plan ahead (see Ps. 119:105 and Eph. 5:15-16). But even Jesus, Whom we follow thru life as Christians (Luke 9:23), warns us that we’re going to encounter rough roads ahead (see photo and John 16:33).

But, that last passage from Jesus also promises that HE has overcome those bumps and turns in the road; and His “GPS” [i.e., His Word] also tells us that in expecting and negotiating those rough roads, they will be for our good and His glory (see Rom 8:28). So, … watch out today, and know that the road may be unpredictable; but we don’t need to worry (see Phil. 4:6-7) because we have God’s “GPS” and we’re following THE ANSWER (see linked song).

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My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for showing us THE WAY in life - Your way - no matter how rough they may be.
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My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to diligently follow God’s “GPS,” no matter how unpredictable it may be. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.</ span>

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

February 26, 2020 … Joyful Memories

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 57 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of Sara Groves leading in worship and singing … Joy Is In Our Hearts … poignantly singing of how we, as Christians, can hold onto joy in our hears even in times of trial or peril.

Philippians 4:13 highlighted 

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Highlight Verse[s]: Philippians 4:4 [ESV] ... 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.   … Paul exhorts fellow Christians to always hold joyful thoughts in our hearts; and then in the rest of the highlight passage, he shows how to do that.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Philippians 4:4-9 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… The Apostle Paul shows fellow Christians how to bring up joy-filled thoughts in their minds to spark praise for the Lord.
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Reference Passage : … Psalm 16:11 [ESV] … 11  You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 
… Even in a tough time in his life, David was able to hold onto joy in his heart.

Reference Passage : … Nehemiah 8:10 [ESV] … 10 Then he (Nehemiah) said to them [God’s people], “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 
… Nehemiah, in though times for God’s people, exhorts them to hold on to joy-filled thoughts.

Reference Passage : … Romans 15:13 [ESV] … 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. 
 … Paul’s prayer for his fellow Christians, especially in times of trial or tribulation.

Reference Passage : … James 1:2 [ESV] … 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 
… God, thru Jesus’ brother James, also calls us to reflect joy in our relationship with Christ, … yes, even when we face trials which increase our faith.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Cindy Hess Kasper, tells of special memories from her past which give her great joy upon reflection. … The ODB author wrote: In What We Keep, a collection of interviews by Bill Shapiro, each person tells of a single item that holds such importance and joy that he or she would never part with it. 
This caused me to reflect on the possessions that mean the most to me and bring me joy. One is a simple forty-year-old recipe card in my mom’s handwriting. Another is one of my grandma’s pink teacups. Other people may value treasured memories—a compliment that encouraged them, a grandchild’s giggle, or a special insight they gleaned from Scripture. [See photo] 

One such memory, and the reason the verse Phil. 4:13 will be highlighted in every Bible I have (again see photo), is how God used that verse to save my soul (too long a story for now). But any time someone brings up that verse in Bible study or when I hear it referenced in a sermon, my heart jumps for joy, remembering how God broke thru my angry atheist facade and brought me into the family of God using that verse.

I pray that all reading with me here have memories, as the ODB author wrote about, … memories which spark joy in your heart and bring you closer to the Lord today. If so, … stop right now … and reflect on one of those memories and get a good hug from God’s Spirit.

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My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for giving me thoughts and reflections which give me joy in times of trial.
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My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to dwell on thoughts of joy and praise our Lord, … no matter what our circumstances may be. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.</ span>

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

February 25, 2020 … My All In All

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 56 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from Nichole Nordeman singing … You Are My All In All … poignantly singing of how any Christian can can - and will - find contentment when Jesus becomes our all in all.


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Highlight Verse[s]: 1 Timothy 6:6-8 [ESV] ...  6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  
… We find the key to gratitude and contentment when we’re satisfied and grateful with what God provides for us.
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Highlight Passage [context]: 1 Timothy 6:6-11 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… Paul teaching Timothy (and us) about being content with what God provides.
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Reference Passage : … Psalm 90:14 [ESV] … 14  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
… Moses learned the key to contentment and sung of his thankfulness to God.

Reference Passage : … Matthew 6:19-24 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK … Jesus teaches that we CANNOT serve two masters … God and money!

Reference Passage : … Luke 12:13-21 [ESV] … USE THIS LINK ...  
… Jesus’ parable of the rich young ruler who would not follow Christ because of his attachment to his riches.

Reference Passage : … Philippians 4:11-13 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK
… The Apostle Paul learned - and taught - that the strength he got in life came from an abiding relationship with Christ and not from worldly gain.

  Reference Passage : … Hebrews 13:5 [ESV] … Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 
… God’s word clearly declares that Jesus’ promise to be there for us ALWAYS is all we need to be content in life.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Patricia Raybon, relates a personal story about her parents to illustrate how Jesus is the key to our contentment in life. … The ODB author wrote: Growing up during the Great Depression, my parents knew deep hardship as children. As a result, they were hard-working and grateful money stewards. But they were never greedy. They gave time, talent, and treasury to their church, charity groups, and the needy. Indeed, they handled their money wisely and gave cheerfully. 

My dear fellow Christian; … if you’ve listened to the linked song and taken in the devotional, especially meditating on the truth of Gods’ word above, any reader has gotten God’s message on the key to contentment and gratitude in life.

So, the question almost screams at us … Are we living for Christ or for personal gain?Enough said?!!

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My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for giving me all I need in life. 
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My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to express our gratitude to our God for being our ALL in all !! Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.</ span>

Monday, February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020 … Free At Last

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 55 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from Nichole Nordeman singing … Finally Free … poignantly singing of how any Christian can walk free from past chains of bondage to self and Satan by a deep and abiding relationship with Christ.

Free at last in Christ !!! 

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Highlight Verse[s]: Mark 5:20 [ESV] ...  20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. 
… The man, freed by Jesus of demon possession, joyfully witnessed to his freedom to others. 
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Highlight Passage [context]: Mark 5:1-20 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… Mark tells of Jesus releasing a man to freedom from demon possession.
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Reference Passage : … John 8:36 [ESV] … 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 
… John declares that God’s Son, our Savior, can - and will - set any true disciple of His free from past bondage to sin.

Reference Passage : … 2Corinthians 3:17, 5:17 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK
… As newly born disciples of Christ, His Spirit dwells in us; and where God’s Spirit resides there is freedom from past sin.

Reference Passage : … Galatians 4:3-7 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK
… God, thru Paul, helps Christians realize that we are no longer slaves to sin; but filled with God’s Spirit in Christ, we can walk free from our past bondage to sin.

Reference Passage : … Galatians 5:1 [ESV] … 1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.  
… Paul calls fellow Christians to stand fast in the freedom we have from the yoke and slavery to sin.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Arthur Jackson, relates a story of a young man who was able to be freed from his past bondage to drugs by his newly found and developed relationship with Christ. … The ODB author wrote: “I lived with my mother so long that she moved out!” Those were the words of KC, whose life before sobriety and surrender to Jesus was not pretty. He candidly admits supporting his drug habit by stealing—even from loved ones. That life is behind him now and he rehearses this by noting the years, months, and days he’s been clean. When KC and I regularly sit down to study God’s Word together, l’m looking at a changed man. 

Can my readers relate? I sure can !! I spent over two decades of my youth in bondage to compulsive/addictive sexual sin; but when I surrendered to Christ’s pursuit and decided to follow Him, … His Spirit, residing in me, allowed me to experience what Nichole Nordeman sings in the linked song … “Finally Free!!”

And my prayer today is that all reading here are walking in the freedom Christ offers in the Scriptures above; because if you aren’t, feel free to email me (@ billb13@bellsouth.net ) and I’ll help you find that freedom.

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My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for the freedom I, and any born-again Christian, has in our surrender to follow You.
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My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to yoke ourselves with Christ and walk free from Satan, the world, and the flesh. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.</ span>

Sunday, February 23, 2020

February 23, 2020 … Nail-pierced Hands

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 54 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from Scott Carpenter singing … This Is Love … poignantly singing of God’s sacrificial gift to mankind as God’s Son was pierced for our iniquities on a Cross.


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Highlight Verse[s]: Isaiah 53:5 [ESV] ...  5 But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. 
… God’s prophesy of His greatest gift of love to mankind.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Isaiah 53:1-5 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… Isiah’s prophesy of God’s greatest act of love.
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Reference Passage : … John 3:16 [ESV] … 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. … 
… Jesus’ declaration of God’s greatest gift of love to mankind.

Reference Passage : … Philippians 2:8 [ESV] … 8 And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  
… God, thru Paul, explains just how far God, the Father, was willing to go to save mankind from our sin nature.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Elisa Morgan, relates a story of modern day love and sacrifice to illustrate what God gave up, sacrificing His Son on the cross to save us from our sin. … The ODB author wrote: She’d called. She’d texted. Now Carla stood outside her brother’s gated entry, unable to rouse him to answer. Burdened with depression and fighting addiction, her brother had hidden himself away in his home. In a desperate attempt to penetrate his isolation, Carla gathered several of his favorite foods along with encouraging Scriptures and lowered the bundle over the fence. 
But as the package left her grip, it snagged on one of the gate spikes, tearing an opening and sending its contents onto the gravel below. Her well-intended, love-filled offering spilled out in seeming waste. Would her brother even notice her gift? Would it accomplish the mission of hope she’d intended? She can only hope and pray as she waits for his healing. 

The ODB entry today is a good story of great sacrifice of one’s love for another; but really in an attempt to illustrate the greatest act of love in history, … Jesus being pierced for our iniquity on a cross, … the story pails in comparison, doesn’t it? But perhaps it brings into human focus just how far God, the Father, went, as prophesied by Isaiah 700+ years before it happened (see highlight passage), to save me (and you) from my (our) sin.

I pray we stop to recognize God’s sacrifice and, … as it is Sunday, … let’s make today a special day of worship, thanking our Lord and recognizing His love-sacrifice for us all.

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My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for what You did on the cross because You loved us just that much.
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My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to stop, on this Sunday, and recognize what our Lord did on the cross to save us from ourselves and give us access to eternal life. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.</ span>

Saturday, February 22, 2020

February 22, 2020 … God’s Blessings

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 53 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from the Altar of Praise Chorale singing … The Lord Bless You and Keep You … poignantly singing the Old Testament priestly benediction from Numbers 6.

Amulet Silver Old Testament Scrolls

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Highlight Verse[s]: Numbers 22, … 27 [ESV] ...  22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, … 27 “So shall they put My name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” 
… God, thru Moses placing His blessing and His Name upon His people.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Numbers 6:22-27 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… God’s Priestly Blessing over His people.
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Reference Passage : … Romans 1:7 [ESV] … 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: … Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
… God, thru Paul, blesses the saints and Paul’s fellow Christians in Rome.

Reference Passage : … Hebrews 13:20-21 [ESV] … USE THIS LINK
… God, thru the Author of Hebrews, places His blessings on His New Testament saints.

Reference Passage : …2 Peter 1:2 [ESV] … 2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 
… God, thru Peter, conveys His blessing of peace/grace upon those Christians to whom Peter was writing.

Reference Passage : … Revelations 1:4-5 [ESV] … 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: … Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. 
… God’s revelation to the Apostle John gives the Lord’s blessing upon all who’ve come to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Amy Boucher Pye, uses an archeological reference to show how the oldest copy of the Old Testament showed God’s blessing His people. … The ODB author wrote: In 1979, Dr. Gabriel Barkay and his team discovered two silver scrolls in a burial ground outside the Old City of Jerusalem. [See Photo] In 2004, after twenty-five years of careful research, scholars confirmed that the scrolls were the oldest biblical text in existence, having been buried in 600 bc. What I find particularly moving is what the scrolls contain—the priestly blessing that God wanted spoken over His people: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you” (Numbers 6:24–25). 

To me the archeological and historical fact that the oldest discovered copy of the Old Covenant, dated from 600BC and discovered in 1979 [again, see photo], has God’s benediction and priestly blessing (from Numbers 6). It’s like God is putting His seal of blessing upon His word and speaking thru it to God’s chosen people. And that, my fellow Christian, is not only the ancient Jews, but you and me as modern day believers as well.

And then, we read from God’s word in the New Testament, from several separate authors (see Reference Scriptures above), that God desires to offer His benediction of peace, grace, and love upon all who’ve received Christ as Lord and Savior. And as I listen to that OT benediction in the linked song, I’m uplifted, … knowing that my God wants to bless me today. And I pray you are blessed as well by His benedictions thru His word.

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My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for Your blessings of peace and grace upon us today.
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My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to rest in the blessings offered to us by our God thru His word. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.</ span>

Friday, February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 … New Hope in Christ

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 52 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from Crowder, with Tauren Wells, singing … All My Hope … poignantly singing of how we, as Christians, walk onward with the hope we have in our Savior, King Jesus.

Looking to glorious hope in Christ 

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Highlight Verse[s]: Ephesians 3:20-21 [ESV] ...  20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.. 
… Paul’s prayer - and our hope - for a new future - IN CHRIST - is far greater than we can imagine. 
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Highlight Passage [context]: Ephesians 3:14-21 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… Paul exhorts fellow Christians with the hope we have for building or rebuilding our lives in/with Christ.
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Reference Passage : … Isaiah 40:29-31 [ESV] … USE THIS LINK
… Our God is the hope to give us the power to rebuild our lives

Reference Passage : … Jeremiah 29:11 [ESV] … 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 
… God’s promise to His people in their time of devastation and ruin is the promise we hold to from our Lord as well.

Reference Passage : … Philippians 1:6 [ESV] … 6 And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 
… We can be certain in the hope that God’s Spirit is rebuilding all the lives of those in Christ into the newness of His image.

Reference Passage : … 1 Peter 5:10 [ESV] … 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 
… Even from a past of suffering and trial, our God is the promise of strength and hope to move on for HIs glory.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Anne Cetas, uses a story of a young family blended from the disaster of loss to illustrate the hope we have in Christ to build or rebuild our lives into something for God’s glory that we can’t even imagine. … The ODB author wrote: Some years after the tragic loss of their first spouses, Robbie and Sabrina fell in love, married, and combined their two families. They built a new home and named it Havilah (a Hebrew word meaning “writhing in pain” and “to bring forth”). It signifies the making of something beautiful through pain. The couple says they didn’t build the home to forget their past but “to bring life from the ashes, to celebrate hope.” For them, “it is a place of belonging, a place to celebrate life and where we all cling to the promise of a future.” 

The ODB story of a couple rebuilding their lives (see photo) on the hope of their mutual faith in Christ is a poignant illustration of the hope we all have in our relationship with Christ. But no one can know that reality any more than this writer, … having come from the ash heap of a life as an angry atheist, buried in my own ashes of long-term addictive sexual sin … to a place today where my rebirth in Christ has led me to become an Elder and an Ordained Minister in the body of Christ.

So, no one can sing of the hope we have in Christ, as does Crowder in the linked song, with any more belief than do I. And, … it is my prayer that all reading here are looking forward to the glorious hope we have, walking into our future as God’s Spirit remakes us into the image of our Lord. That’s what believing and meditating on the Scriptures above will bring. So, I pray all readers here do just that. 

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My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for Your promise of a future rebuilt for Your glory.
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My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me today, to languish in the wondrous hope we have in Christ. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.</ span>