7-23-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 22, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Sunday, Jul. 23

Romans 11:25-36

Do you remember being a child and those little fights you would have with friends or siblings? They were the kind of fights you can’t remember what the fight was about, but you clearly remember the other person saying or doing something that really upset you. They were the kind of fights that caused you to blurt out some words or say no words. They were the kind of fights that caused you to turn and walk away with no thought of ever speaking to that person ever again in your life. That hurtful moment was the moment you were sure that your relationship was over forever. You may have even vowed that you would never ever ever ever step foot near that other person again.

When we are children and we have those moments, parents often try to help in navigating us toward healing whatever division seemed to bring about this schism. The hope is that we can “get over” whatever it is and move on. Some can and some cannot.

When we become adults, we have our own guidance at the forefront. We may feel justified in our own minds justifying our own actions. We may slam the door shut on all who resemble or even remind us of the person who has hurt us.

11:25 I want to lay all this out on the table as clearly as I can, friends. This is complicated. It would be easy to misinterpret what’s going on and arrogantly assume that you’re royalty and they’re just rabble, out on their ears for good. But that’s not it at all. This hardness on the part of insider Israel toward God is temporary. Its effect is to open things up to all the outsiders so that we end up with a full house. 26 Before it’s all over, there will be a complete Israel. As it is written,      A champion will stride down from the mountain of Zion; he’ll clean house in Jacob.

27 And this is my commitment to my people: removal of their sins.

28 From your point of view as you hear and embrace the good news of the Message, it looks like the Jews are God’s enemies. But looked at from the long-range perspective of God’s overall purpose, they remain God’s oldest friends. 29 God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.

30 There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God. But then the Jews slammed the door on him and things opened up for you. 31 Now they are on the outs. But with the door held wide open for you, they have a way back in. 32 In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in.

33 Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

34 Is there anyone around who can explain God?

Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?

35 Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice?

36 Everything comes from him;

Everything happens through him;

Everything ends up in him.

Always glory! Always praise!

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Paul warns the Gentiles not to become proud, but to trust God’s wisdom and to believe God’s plan. Christians must love the Jews as friends, because God loves them. Paul has shown that there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles. They all have sinned and they all can receive God’s salvation. Now Paul adds that all people are like prisoners because they are unable to obey God. Until they receive God’s salvation, sin controls their lives. God’s mercy can make free everyone who trusts him.

Who are some people you know who want to take total charge of everything they get their hands on? When have you seen this become problematic? Have you witnessed a time when their take-charge personality really helped out in a specific situation? When do you feel that you have tried to communicate with a totally take charge person only to find that you were not being heard? Do you know for sure how you come across to others? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you why it is good to share with others

Remember in Prayer: John, Season, Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

Prayer Update:  John is moving around well and is feeling some pain that is expected at the 72 hour mark. He reports that he is happy to not be experiencing the pain he was feeling before surgery. Prayers that he keeps up with his moving about and physical therapy to strengthen his new knee. Thanks for all of your prayers.  Lucia

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Dave, Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer: Holy God, this is the day you have made; the day you have placed before us. May we honor you in each person we meet this day. Guide our words and our actions. Keep us focused and centered in you and your care. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

 

 

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7-22-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 21, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Saturday, Jul. 22

Acts. 13:26-43

When I served as an on-call chaplain at the hospital, I was amazed at the kind of things that can happen to people within a short amount of time. … especially the things that become emergencies that need medical attention. Some of the most difficult things to witness were the accidents involving children.

Because I worked at a Trauma 1 hospital, there were many Lifeline transports to the hospital. Often I would meet with the families in the ER while the medical staff attended to the needs of their loved one. The  family members would process details of the accident. I knew that they were often in shock and overwhelmed with emotions.

We all know people who have received a call in the middle of the night and that call  throws the adrenaline into high gear. They receive news of an accident, a death, or some unbelievable bit of information that doesn’t seem possible. The emotions are all over the map.

A friend or loved one standing with a person in the time of crisis and shock feels unprepared in what to say. In their own way, ,they are still processing the new information they’re receiving.

When I met with families in ER, I often found myself just listening while family members told the story and processed through what had happened.

Those family and friends trying to process what has happened may even try to apply their beliefs. They may say things like, “The Bible says that the good Lord doesn’t give us more than we can handle. The good Lord must have thought I could handle a lot more than I think I can handle.” Many times people have asked me why God would do something like this to them. For such questions, I have no answers other than God is bigger than all these things and will guide us thru if we seek God’s leading.

13:26 “Dear brothers and sisters, children of Abraham, and friends of God, this message of salvation has been precisely targeted to you. 27 The citizens and rulers in Jerusalem didn’t recognize who he was and condemned him to death. 28 They couldn’t find a good reason, but demanded that Pilate execute him anyway. 29 They did just what the prophets said they would do, but had no idea they were following to the letter the script of the prophets, even though those same prophets are read every Sabbath in their meeting places.

“After they had done everything the prophets said they would do, they took him down from the cross and buried him. 30 And then God raised him from death. 31 There is no disputing that—he appeared over and over again many times and places to those who had known him well in the Galilean years, and these same people continue to give witness that he is alive.

32 “And we’re here today bringing you good news: the Message that what God promised the fathers 33 has come true for the children—for us! He raised Jesus, exactly as described in the second Psalm: My Son! My very own Son! Today I celebrate you!

34 “When he raised him from the dead, he did it for good—no going back to that rot and decay for him. That’s why Isaiah said, ‘I’ll give to all of you David’s guaranteed blessings.’ 35 So also the psalmist’s prayer: ‘You’ll never let your Holy One see death’s rot and decay.’

36 “David, of course, having completed the work God set out for him, has been in the grave, dust and ashes, a long time now. 37 But the One God raised up—no dust and ashes for him! 38 I want you to know, my very dear friends, that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised. 39 He accomplishes, in those who believe, everything that the Law of Moses could never make good on. But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God.

40 “Don’t take this lightly. You don’t want the prophet’s sermon to describe you:

41 Watch out, cynics; Look hard—watch your world fall to pieces. I’m doing something right before your eyes that you won’t believe, though it’s staring you in the face.”

42 When the service was over, Paul and Barnabas were invited back to preach again the next Sabbath. 43 As the meeting broke up, a good many Jews and converts to Judaism went along with Paul and Barnabas, who urged them in long conversations to stick with what they’d started, this living in and by God’s grace.

Justification is a legal term meaning “declared innocent.” It is by justification that a person is righteous and acceptable to God. The death of Christ was the payment of our sin debt, so that we might be forgiven.

What things do we learn from people who have made it thru incredibly difficult times? What is one of the difficult times you have been thru in life? What were some of the things that helped you thru? If it was your faith in God that got you thru, would you tend to be more trusting of God’s help in the future? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you what they do when they get worried

Remember in Prayer: John, Season, Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

Prayer Update:  John is moving around well and is feeling some pain that is expected at the 72 hour mark. He reports that he is happy to not be experiencing the pain he was feeling before surgery. Prayers that he keeps up with his moving about and physical therapy to strengthen his new knee. Thanks for all of your prayers.  Lucia

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Dave, Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:  O God, you place before us the gift of this day. We give you thanks for your love and your presence with us. Help us thru each thing we are faced with this day. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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7-21-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 20, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Friday, Jul. 21

Acts 13:13-25

In almost every church I’ve been a part of, there seem to be a few people in the church family who fall into some black hole in time, never to return.

Usually, these names surface when we are remembering the church’s story. It may be by way of a timeline exercise or just when we’re sitting around telling the story of how the church came into existence.

In the churches with more than a hundred years of history, the story is a bit hazy about the first years of existence. There’d have to be some very old members of the church left to tell of those days.

As the story of the church moves along through history and there are more people to recount the history with more clarity, previously forgotten ones are remembered as more people share memories. That’s when I begin to notice some names I’ve never heard of before that moment. When I ask questions of what happened or where the people went to, there are often questioning eyes greeting mine. Many people shake their heads and say they never heard of what happened, just that the people were no longer around.

I’ll admit that people come and go in the life of the church, but usually those people are connected to someone else in the church membership. When a person becomes a member of a church, they are usually doing that because they want to be a part of the church family. They desire to work together with the other parishioners and add their gifts to the life of the church.

For members who are quite active in the church at one point in time and then they are totally gone, signals that something happened. It could be that there was some infighting in the church. It could be that they felt like they were being saddled with the brunt of the work and they thought it would was going to be a shared endeavor.

It could be that someone else said something and the people were offended and left the church. There are people like this who fall off the face of the church map and no one seems to care or ask questions. I suspect that they’ve found their way in life, with or without a new church family.

At times we don’t operate much like a caring family.

13:13 From Paphos, Paul and company put out to sea, sailing on to Perga in Pamphylia. That’s where John called it quits and went back to Jerusalem.  14 From Perga the rest of them traveled on to Antioch in Pisidia. 

 On the Sabbath they went to the meeting place and took their places.  15 After the reading of the Scriptures—God’s Law and the Prophets—the president of the meeting asked them, “Friends, do you have anything you want to say? A word of encouragement, perhaps?” 

16 Paul stood up, paused and took a deep breath, then said, “Fellow Israelites and friends of God, listen.  17 God took a special interest in our ancestors, pulled our people who were beaten down in Egyptian exile to their feet, and led them out of there in grand style.  18 He took good care of them for nearly forty years in that godforsaken wilderness 19 and then, having wiped out seven enemies who stood in the way, gave them the land of Canaan for their very own—  20 a span in all of about four hundred fifty years. 

 “Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them.  21 But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years,  22 God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: ‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ 

23 “From out of David’s descendants God produced a Savior for Israel, Jesus, exactly as he promised—  24 but only after John had thoroughly alerted the people to his arrival by preparing them for a total life-change.  25 As John was finishing up his work, he said, ‘Did you think I was the One? No, I’m not the One. But the One you’ve been waiting for all these years is just around the corner, about to appear. And I’m about to disappear.’

There was a little mention of John Mark leaving the team before he reminded the Jews of their history; that God had chosen, protected, and looked after them. God had given their ancestors the country God promised, the judges who would guide them, and a warning that it would be bad for the people to have a king. While Paul mentioned John the Baptist, he only did this to show them that John was the forerunner to Jesus and that Jesus was the most important.

Who is a person from your past with whom you have had a falling out? How were things left when you last spoke with that person? What do you say or not say about that person now? When have you asked another person about a friend you have lost track of and you were greeted with a non-answer to the question? What do you think may have led to the lack of an answer? Why do we not share what really happened? Have a Day! 

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about a friend of theirs and why they like each other

Remember in Prayer: John, Season, Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Dave, Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    We give you thanks, O God, for this day. We thank you for the gift of relationship. Thank you for the times we are good friends to others. Help us to learn from our mistakes and move on. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia 

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7-20-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 19, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Thursday, Jul. 20

Acts 13:1-12

Have you ever observed a family and wondered how they cornered the market on good looks, or smarts, or multiplicity in talents? Especially in my younger years, I wondered about things like this.

In school, I could guess which student the gym teacher would pick when she needed an example of how something was to be done the right way. It was no wonder that this student was on all of the teams possible and would often be the team captain. The teacher’s pet just looked the part. All of us knew that the other children in the “chosen” student’s family would also have the way paved for them.

I always felt that the gym teacher’s questioning the class, by show of hands, who would like to be on the team, was a futile exercise. I am quite sure that she had the members of her dream team chosen before anyone raised their hand. Can we say rhetorical question?

At the other end of the spectrum, when the gym teacher would choose a student to show how something wasn’t done properly, she would often choose a poor soul who was lacking in athletic ability. She chose me once to be an example of how not to hit the volleyball with the fist. I guess she thought that we were supposed to be thankful to her for singling us out and drawing attention to what not to do. After that, I just faded into the background. In today’s world, that teacher would have lost her job in a snap.

At the beginning of each school year, the teachers would make seating assignments. As they went down thru the roster of students, they would see a familiar last name and ask a student if so-and-so was their older brother or sister. If the older sibling excelled as a student, this usually meant that the younger brother or sister was in good standing with the teacher from the get-go. If the older sibling had been a troublemaker, the younger brother or sister was already being labeled as a troublemaker.

We’ve moved past these kind of things, right?

13:1 The congregation in Antioch was blessed with a number of prophet-preachers and teachers: Barnabas, Simon, nicknamed Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, an advisor to the ruler Herod, Saul.

2 One day as they were worshiping God—they were also fasting as they waited for guidance—the Holy Spirit spoke: “Take Barnabas and Saul and commission them for the work I have called them to do.”

3 So they commissioned them. In that circle of intensity and obedience, of fasting and praying, they laid hands on their heads and sent them off.

4 Sent off on their new assignment by the Holy Spirit, Barnabas and Saul went down to Seleucia and caught a ship for Cyprus.  5 The first thing they did when they put in at Salamis was preach God’s Word in the Jewish meeting places. They had John along to help out as needed.

6 They traveled the length of the island, and at Paphos came upon a Jewish wizard 7 who had worked himself into the confidence of the governor, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man not easily taken in by charlatans. The wizard’s name was Bar-Jesus. He was as crooked as a corkscrew.

The governor invited Barnabas and Saul in, wanting to hear God’s Word firsthand from them.  8 But Dr. Know-It-All (that’s the wizard’s name in plain English) stirred up a ruckus, trying to divert the governor from becoming a believer.  9 But Saul (or Paul), full of the Holy Spirit and looking him straight in the eye, said, 10 “You bag of wind, you parody of a devil—why, you stay up nights inventing schemes to cheat people out of God.  11 But now you’ve come up against God himself, and your game is up. You’re about to go blind—no sunlight for you for a good long stretch.” He was plunged immediately into a shadowy mist and stumbled around, begging people to take his hand and show him the way.

12   When the governor saw what happened, he became a believer, full of enthusiasm over what they were saying about the Master.

In today’s text, the prophet-preachers we hear about were probably the leaders of the church in Antioch. Barnabas and Saul were the most famous ones, but the other leaders were also important in the early church.

Could you imagine what it would have been like to be one of those early leaders in the church? Are there some people you know who are just a natural for a particular kind of work? Have you known that a little child who was born a leader? What are the skills you notice in natural born leaders? Who do you see as leaders in your community, in your work place, in your groups, in your family? Do you see yourself as a leader? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about a person they want to be like when they grow up

Remember in Prayer: John, Season, Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Dave, Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:     You give us this day, O God, and we desire to be  in it in ways that are pleasing to you. Help us to follow your leading today and be the person you need us to be today.  Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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7-19-17 Dialy E-Votional

Posted July 18, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Wednesday, Jul. 19

Acts 12:18-25

It seems that all too often we are hearing about someone who just seems to be mean-spirited, evil, or just rotten to the core.

Our news is packed full of bad news with very few reports of the good things. We really have to dig if we want to find good news. It is the bad news that gets us stirred up, draws us in, and captures our attention and the media experts know this about us.

I could list people from our world, our nation, and our community, and I know those names, and just listing those names, would stir up negative emotions within you. Even hearing those names in a conversation brings a palpable angered response in so many. Maybe the names remind us that evil is all too present in our world.

While I cannot explain how some people seem to be rotten to the core, I believe that they were little babies once and didn’t have rotten ideas on their mind. I’m sure that the brain science experts know much more about this than I do. Somewhere along the journey, things make a turn.

12:18   At daybreak the jail was in an uproar. “Where is Peter? What’s happened to Peter?”  19 When Herod sent for him and they could neither produce him nor explain why not, he ordered their execution: “Off with their heads!” Fed up with Judea and Jews, he went for a vacation to Caesarea. 

20 But things went from bad to worse for Herod. Now people from Tyre and Sidon put him on the warpath. But they got Blastus, King Herod’s right-hand man, to put in a good word for them and got a delegation together to iron things out. Because they were dependent on Judea for food supplies, they couldn’t afford to let this go on too long.  21 On the day set for their meeting, Herod, robed in pomposity, took his place on the throne and regaled them with a lot of hot air.  22 The people played their part to the hilt and shouted flatteries: “The voice of God! The voice of God!” 

23   That was the last straw. God had had enough of Herod’s arrogance and sent an angel to strike him down. Herod had given God no credit for anything. Down he went. Rotten to the core, a maggoty old man if there ever was one, he died. 

24   Meanwhile, the ministry of God’s Word grew by leaps and bounds. 

25   Barnabas and Saul, once they had delivered the relief offering to the church in Jerusalem, went back to Antioch. This time they took John with them, the one they called Mark. 

The Jewish historian Josephus provides an account of this incident and he informs us that in an attempted appeasement of the king, the people confessed that he (Herod) was “more than a mortal.” Herod, instead of rebuking the address of deity, enjoyed the adulation-until he discovered the consequence of such blasphemy.

Who is someone you have wanted to hide from in life? What do you think you would do if you had control over a smite button? Do you think people, if given a smite button, might get too eager to smite another person? If there was one smite button to be controlled, who do you think would most try to be in control? What is one reason you are glad there is not a smite button? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you why it’s good to try and give people a second chance

Remember in Prayer: John, Season, Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Dave, Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    O God, we begin this day in hopes of pleasing you. We know that there are times when we seem to just look at the things others are doing wrong. Help us to focus on the opportunities we have to bring the best out of the others we meet. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

 

Your E-Votional Servant

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7-18-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 18, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Tuesday, Jul. 18

Acts 12:1-17

I guess I was like many other classmates in middle school in that I worried about what I was wearing. Wardrobe was something that was pointed out to me each day, multiple times. The thought of what I would wear to school had not really crossed my mind before that time in my life.

When I wore something that was not approved of, others would giggle or point and make fun of whatever it was they disliked. I was a quick study on such things. I didn’t know what to do about it, but I caught on that what I wore seemed to make all the difference in the world to those who observed me and observed my wardrobe selection du jour.

I attended school with a well dressed crowd and they knew their brands and they knew when something wasn’t the real deal. They knew knock offs before there were knock offs. I learned about their keen noses for style when I tried wearing my father’s penny loafers to school one day. Fortunately I wore the shoes for only half a day, but my feet were killing me after that nonsense. I guess I thought that the tissue padding I placed inside the toe box of the shoes would hide the fact that the shoes were two inches too big for my feet. I wish I had a video of that time. No, on the other hand, maybe not.

After I realized that my parents would not be purchasing the kind of clothing I needed to make a favorable impression with the “in”-crowd, I had to find a way to move on and try to fit in somewhere else.

If a person doesn’t dress like a person who is part of the “in”-crowd, there is still a place to fit in, but it’s not as well defined. That led me to the knowledge the if I was not part of the “in”-crowd, they didn’t want to be anywhere near me.

The “nothing less than defiant” part of me decided I would start a new fad by wearing my father’s winter liner from his trench coat. I have no idea where I came up with the idea, but it seemed wild and crazy. It was a long vest type garment that looked pretty weird, but I must have thought that it looked like something radical. Also, the vest had an annoying zipper all around, not functioning like other zippers and it kept catching on things. Some days later, there were a few other students who wore their parent’s coat liners and then we were all into some other fad.

Throughout that short-lived fad time, I became friends with a few other students who seemed pretty middle-of-the-road kind of people. We ended up staying relatively connected in high school. Unlike the “in-crowd,” our group seemed to keep welcoming all kinds. I’m especially thankful that there was a welcome for me.

12:1 That’s when King Herod got it into his head to go after some of the church members.  2 He murdered James, John’s brother.  3 When he saw how much it raised his popularity ratings with the Jews, he arrested Peter—all this during Passover Week, mind you—  4 and had him thrown in jail, putting four squads of four soldiers each to guard him. He was planning a public lynching after Passover. 

5 All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jailhouse, the church prayed for him most strenuously. 

6 Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances! 

7 Suddenly there was an angel at his side and light flooding the room. The angel shook Peter and got him up: “Hurry!” The handcuffs fell off his wrists.  8 The angel said, “Get dressed. Put on your shoes.” Peter did it. Then, “Grab your coat and let’s get out of here.”  9 Peter followed him, but didn’t believe it was really an angel—he thought he was dreaming. 

10 Past the first guard and then the second, they came to the iron gate that led into the city. It swung open before them on its own, and they were out on the street, free as the breeze. At the first intersection the angel left him, going his own way.  11 That’s when Peter realized it was no dream. “I can’t believe it—this really happened! The Master sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s vicious little production and the spectacle the Jewish mob was looking forward to.” 

12 Still shaking his head, amazed, he went to Mary’s house, the Mary who was John Mark’s mother. The house was packed with praying friends. 13 When he knocked on the door to the courtyard, a young woman named Rhoda came to see who it was. 14 But when she recognized his voice—Peter’s voice!—she was so excited and eager to tell everyone Peter was there that she forgot to open the door and left him standing in the street. 

15 But they wouldn’t believe her, dismissing her, dismissing her report. “You’re crazy,” they said. She stuck by her story, insisting. They still wouldn’t believe her and said, “It must be his angel.”  16 All this time poor Peter was standing out in the street, knocking away. 

 Finally they opened up and saw him—and went wild!  17 Peter put his hands up and calmed them down. He described how the Master had gotten him out of jail, then said, “Tell James and the brothers what’s happened.” He left them and went off to another place. 

To gain popularity with the Jewish leaders, Herod had James killed and he put Peter in prison with special security so he could not escape. All of the fellow believers prayed continuously for Peter. An angel visited Peter who walked him out of the prison and safely to a house where Christians met. The people inside were praying so intently that it took some time for them to actually realize Peter was there and needed a place to hide.

What things have you done to try to fit in with others? What are a few ways you have tried to impress another person or persons? How important is it now for you to impress others? In what ways have others tried to impress you? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what their parents like best about them

Remember in Prayer: John, Season, Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

Prayer Request: prayers for John as he has his knee surgery today. Prayers for all medical personnel and procedures!!

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Dave, Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    O God, you give us this day and we give you thanks. Thank you for the gift of Christian community. Help us to learn more about supporting each other especially in times of need. Amen

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7-17-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 16, 2017 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Monday, Jul. 17

Mark 1:29-45

What a cool date, right? 7.1.7.1.7

Guidance. Whether we like it or not, we all need guidance at times in our lives. Our parents do this for us when we are growing up. They try to guide us to be around friends who are good examples. They try to help us with homework and with our helping around the house.

Our teachers guide us in the ways we might best understand the subjects, the concepts, the tables, and all the information that is stuffed into our minds.

Many adults in our lives guide us in how we are to behave as we move about in our society. We are guided in good citizenship, in a particular sport or hobby or talent, and in what it means to be a neighbor. As we mature, we may even seek out guidance in matters of relationship, finance, career, and in spiritual matters. We may even find that people come to us for guidance.

What I know is this. There are a lot of avenues we can go down to seek guidance, but going to God for guidance is of the utmost importance. I can remember so many times in my life when I have called upon God to guide me in situations I was facing or decisions I needed to make.

Let me be clear in saying that I don’t have this big Hollywood moment where the symphony cranks up and I hear clearly the direction I am to go. Even though that would be kind of cool, I don’t expect anything like that to happen. What usually happens when I go to God for guidance, someone seems to venture into my life or I’m drawn to a person and something in what they say is just the guidance I needed. And I trust that God will provide the guidance I need.

29   Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John

30 Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus.  31 He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them.

32 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him,

33 the whole city lined up at his door!

34 He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.

35 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed.

36 Simon and those with him went looking for him.  37 They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.”

38   Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.”  39 He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.

40   A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.”

41   Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.”  42 Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy.  43 Jesus dismissed him with strict orders:  44 “Say nothing to anyone. Take the offering for cleansing that Moses prescribed and present yourself to the priest. This will validate your healing to the people.”  45 But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone he met what had happened, spreading the news all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over.

Jesus knew that his first task was to preach. He needed time to invite people into his kingdom and teach as many people as possible. When the cured man began telling everyone about his healing, Jesus knew it was time to move on.

What are some of the ways you remember most receiving guidance as you were growing up? Who are some of the people you remember who have given you guidance in life? When has someone come to you asking you for guidance? What areas of life do you believe most people need guidance? How likely is it that you would go to God in prayer for guidance? In what ways have you felt God guiding you?  Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you who they go to when they need to know how to do something

Remember in Prayer: Season, Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Dave, Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer: O God, we thank you for this day. We thank you for your love and your guidance. We know that you have a plan for each of us. Help us remember to come to you, seeking your guidance, as we move thru each day of life. Guide us in all that we do and say today. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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