12-31-18 E-Votional

Posted December 31, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Monday, Dec. 31

Psalm 100

Happy New Years Eve!!

The end of this day brings the end to another year.

Today also brings an end to the E-Votionals. Well, it brings an end to the E-Votionals as we have known them.

While I’m still not exactly clear what new thing God wants to do through me, I am clear that it’s time to conclude this specific ministry. I will wait for God’s leading me to the next thing. If you have signed up to follow me on my blog, you will get an alert the next time I post.

I end with the 100th Psalm. While this Psalm is not a prescribed lectionary reading for this day, it’s the one I chose. I think I most like it because it’s one of the first scriptures I was to memorize in Sunday School.

Psalm 100 is a psalm of rejoicing and I rejoice that God formed this ministry and blessed it in wonderful ways. I have met so many people from all around the world and some of the stories the readers have shared with me have been amazing. They truly have blessed me.

Over the years we have prayed for so many and the power of that prayer has been mightily felt by so many.

I will take some weeks to listen to God’s leading to the new ministry God has in store for me and for each of us.

For this day, for this year, for the almost 19 years of the Evotionals, I make a joyful noise to God…. for God is Good. All the Time.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

We give you thanks, O God, for the new things you do within each of us. We trust you will lead us into the new year with direction and purpose and a song upon our hearts.
We lift up to you all those who read your Word and are led by its’ truth. We pray for those who are hurting in mind, in body, in spirit. We ask your presence to surround each and guide our hearts into service you each day.
May you guide each of us to be bold and share your Word with others. Amen.
Your E-Votional Servant
Lucia
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12-30-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted December 29, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Monday, Dec. 30

Psalm 36

Learning the difference between right and wrong is an important part of our development. Hopefully parents and other adults help us in this area.

When I was in second or third grade, a friend and I walked to the drugstore. As we looked around in the store I mentioned that there was something that I wanted but couldn’t have until I saved up enough money. My friend said that I could have it then if I just was sneaky and put it in my pocket. I took a little notebook and placed it in my pocket without paying for it. I suppose I thought that if my friend had no problem taking something, the same would follow for me. I must have convinced myself that the owner wouldn’t notice the absence of a small little notebook. My friend told me to try to not look obvious. Even though she made it sound really easy, there was a nagging fear in my heart that I couldn’t shake. It’s pretty obvious that the nagging that continued on was my gut telling me I wasn’t supposed to do what I was planning to do.
Even though I knew that stealing was wrong, my biggest fear was getting caught. Fortunately, I did get caught and the message I received from the store owner and from my mother matched up with what my heart was trying to say to me. So there is something to remember right there. If I go to the store today to buy something, I don’t have fear in my heart because I plan to look at what I want and I plan to pay for everything I choose to purchase. We have an internal alarm system that tells us, for the most part, not to do something that we know we shouldn’t do. The sinner flatters himself/herself that he/she “gets away” with sin.

36:1  The God-rebel tunes in to sedition— all ears, eager to sin.

He has no regard for God, he stands insolent before him.

2        He has smooth-talked himself into believing that his evil will never be noticed.

3        Words gutter from his mouth, dishwater dirty.

Can’t remember when he did anything decent.

4        Every time he goes to bed, he fathers another evil plot.

When he’s loose on the streets, nobody’s safe.

He plays with fire and doesn’t care who gets burned.

5          God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic,

6        His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic.

Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.

7          How exquisite your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings,

8        To eat our fill at the banquet you spread as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.

9        You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.

10          Keep on loving your friends; do your work in welcoming hearts.

11        Don’t let the bullies kick me around, the moral midgets slap me down.

12        Send the upstarts sprawling flat on their faces in the mud.

David had seen a good deal of life and knew what human nature was like. He knew his own heart as well. He shares this interesting and very basic thing about humankind. In contrast to the sinner, David tells us that God will always do what is right.

When have you tried to convince yourself that something that was wrong was right so that it would serve your own interests? Why do you think we would even want to deceive ourselves? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you how people learn the difference between right and wrong

Prayers for Healing in our world: Victims of California fires, racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Heidi, Eric, Darlene’s family, Katherine, John, Peg, Sarah, Wanda, Kezzie, Emily, MaryAnn & Corky, Barb, Roger, Richard, Jason, Laurie, Judy, Shirley, Susie, Jayne, Janice, Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Heidi S., Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Tim, Darlene, Roberta, Barb, Wayne, Tim, Brandon, Mike, Margie, Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy

Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for this day. Thank you for knowing us and loving us. Guide us in your ways and protect us from ourselves. Keep the intentions of our hearts in your care. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

 

12-29-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted December 28, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Saturday, Dec. 29

Isaiah 12:1-6

Fear.

Do Not Be Afraid.

The angels seem to bring messages; “Do not be afraid.” We might wonder if an angel has ever lived a real life and felt the constraints of fear. Has an angel walked around in the world we experience day after day?

In our moments of fear, when our fear consumes us and grabs us by the throat and wants to take us down, what brings us back?

Has the message of an angel ever calmed your fear?

What good does it do you to hold on to your fear?

12 And you will say in that day, “I thank you, GodYou were angry
    but your anger wasn’t forever. You withdrew your anger
    and moved in and comforted me.

“Yes, indeed—God is my salvation. I trust, I won’t be afraid. God—yes God!—is my strength and song, best of all, my salvation!”

3-4 Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation.
And as you do it, you’ll say, “Give thanks to GodCall out his name. Ask him anything! Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done,
 spread the news of his great reputation!

5-6 “Sing praise-songs to God. He’s done it all! Let the whole earth know what he’s done! Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion! The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel.”

In today’s text, Israel’s punishment is now over and God’s anger has ended as God promised. One of Isaiah’s important messages to his hearers was ‘Do not be afraid! These words remind each of us that God has us and we don’t need to be afraid.

What are some recent moments you have experienced fear? What things bring you most comfort when you are afraid?

Prayers for Healing in our world: Victims of California fires, racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Heidi, Eric, Darlene’s family, Katherine, John, Peg, Sarah, Wanda, Kezzie, Emily, MaryAnn & Corky, Barb, Roger, Richard, Jason, Laurie, Judy, Shirley, Susie, Jayne, Janice, Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Heidi S., Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Tim, Darlene, Roberta, Barb, Wayne, Tim, Brandon, Mike, Margie, Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy

Prayer: We thank you for this day, O God. You know those things in our lives that are causing fear in us. Please bring peace and comfort to our hearts and take away the fear we forget to hand over to you. Amen.

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

 

12-28-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted December 27, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Broad Ripple H. S. Friday, Dec. 28

Isaiah 49:13-23

It’s difficult to hold a conversation with a person when you know you’re supposed to be remembering the person who is speaking to you, but you can’t place your previous connection? It could also go the other way and you are speaking to another person and they don’t remember you.

Ever had moments like that at a high school reunion? You see a classmate you knew fairly well. You check out their name and make sure and you launch into the “do you remember the time when…?” questions and the other person is clueless. You try to paint a picture and the other person clearly moved on in life. You want the other person to remember and connect and there’s no longer a connection.

49:13   Heavens, raise the roof! Earth, wake the dead! Mountains, send up cheers! GOD has comforted his people.

He has tenderly nursed his beaten-up, beaten-down people.

14          But Zion said, “I don’t get it. GOD has left me. My Master has forgotten I even exist.”

15          “Can a mother forget the infant at her breast, walk away from the baby she bore?

But even if mothers forget, I’d never forget you—never.

16        Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands. The walls you’re rebuilding are never out of my sight.

17        Your builders are faster than your wreckers. The demolition crews are gone for good.

18        Look up, look around, look well! See them all gathering, coming to you?

As sure as I am the living God”—GOD’S Decree—

“you’re going to put them on like so much jewelry, you’re going to use them to dress up like a bride.

19          “And your ruined land? Your devastated, decimated land?

Filled with more people than you know what to do with! And your barbarian enemies, a fading memory.

20        The children born in your exile will be saying, ‘It’s getting too crowded here. I need more room.’

21        And you’ll say to yourself, ‘Where on earth did these children come from?

I lost everything, had nothing, was exiled and penniless.

So who reared these children? How did these children get here?’”

22          The Master, GOD, says: “Look! I signal to the nations, I raise my flag to summon the people.

Here they’ll come: women carrying your little boys in their arms, men carrying your little girls on their shoulders.

23        Kings will be your babysitters, princesses will be your nursemaids.

They’ll offer to do all your drudge work— scrub your floors, do your laundry.

You’ll know then that I am GOD. No one who hopes in me ever regrets it.”

The prophet Isaiah tells about Jesus Christ as servant. The nation’s return to the land was a picture of their final return when Messiah comes. Isaiah shares some powerful words about God’s always remembering God’s children.

When have you had someone come up to you and you couldn’t figure out for the life of you, who they were? What do you do when while you are trying to remember who they are? What is the best way you know to be in conversation with someone whose name you have forgotten? When have you been sad that someone has forgotten you in their life?  Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you something they remember about a long time ago

Prayers for Healing in our world: Victims of California fires, racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Heidi, Eric, Darlene’s family, Katherine, John, Peg, Sarah, Wanda, Kezzie, Emily, MaryAnn & Corky, Barb, Roger, Richard, Jason, Laurie, Judy, Shirley, Susie, Jayne, Janice, Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Heidi S., Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Tim, Darlene, Roberta, Barb, Wayne, Tim, Brandon, Mike, Margie, Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy

Prayer: We thank you for this day, O God. Thank you for the gift of your son. Help us in this day to accept the responsibility of being one of your children. May we be reminded of you in every face we see this day. May our words and actions be pleasing to you. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

 

12-27-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted December 26, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Thursday, Dec. 27

1 John 5:1-12

When I was a child, there were a few times when I liked being at the front of the line. You remember how it was in grade school? The teacher would need to transport the class and she/he would ask for a volunteer. Sometimes, they wouldn’t even ask for a volunteer because they would have chosen a person to lead. When our class would need to walk to another room in the building, the teacher would ask for a line leader. Once you took that leadership position, things were in your care and they could go wonderfully well or they could go south in pretty short order. There were some classmates of mine who did a fine job of leading. You could see the pride in their body language as their chin would be up just a bit higher than those of us who were following behind.

When the teacher chose some of the class leaders, she would be at the end of the line to make sure everyone got where they needed to be. She could also see if everyone was doing what they were supposed to do. I think that I wanted to lead sometimes, but it took me awhile to get the hang of things. I liked to switch things up a bit and throw in a little hop now and again and see if those who were following me would follow my lead. I’d also change the speed in which the line was moving. If I just hesitated a moment, it would cause a certain train wreck effect somewhere in the line of children.

Needless to say, there were times when I’d feel the firm commanding grip of my teacher’s hand on my shoulder. I guess I don’t need to say that my days of being a line leader were short lived.

5:1   Every person who believes that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One who conceives the child, we’ll surely love the child who was conceived.  2 The reality test on whether or not we love God’s children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his commands?  3 The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.

4   Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.  5 The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.

6   Jesus—the Divine Christ! He experienced a life-giving birth and a death-killing death. Not only birth from the womb, but baptismal birth of his ministry and sacrificial death. And all the while the Spirit is confirming the truth, the reality of God’s presence at Jesus’ baptism and crucifixion, bringing those occasions alive for us.  7 A triple testimony:  8 the Spirit, the Baptism, the Crucifixion. And the three in perfect agreement.

9   If we take human testimony at face value, how much more should we be reassured when God gives testimony as he does here, testifying concerning his Son.  10 Whoever believes in the Son of God inwardly confirms God’s testimony. Whoever refuses to believe in effect calls God a liar, refusing to believe God’s own testimony regarding his Son.

11   This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son.  12 So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life.

Being a child of God has responsibilities. The author reminds us that if one if born of God, they are born to love. They are to love God, love Jesus and love all, ALL of God’s children.

When have you been hesitant to take on a leadership position? What were the obstacles you saw that kept you from accepting the leader role? When have you found yourself wanting to take on a leadership position? When have you been placed in a leadership role and you knew there was no way out? What have you learned from the leadership positions you have held? What are some of the lessons you have learned by watching other leaders? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you if they would like being a leader and why

Prayers for Healing in our world: Victims of California fires, racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Heidi, Eric, Darlene’s family, Katherine, John, Peg, Sarah, Wanda, Kezzie, Emily, MaryAnn & Corky, Barb, Roger, Richard, Jason, Laurie, Judy, Shirley, Susie, Jayne, Janice, Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Heidi S., Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Tim, Darlene, Roberta, Barb, Wayne, Tim, Brandon, Mike, Margie, Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy

Prayer: We thank you for this day, O God. Thank you for the gift of your son. Help us in this day to accept the responsibility of being one of your children. Remind us of you in every face we see this day. May our words and actions be pleasing to you. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

 

12-26-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted December 25, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Acts 6:1-7

Boxing Day happens in other countries but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen here. It usually happens on Dec. 26th but there are a few cases when it is moved to the 27th of December. Such would be the case if the 26th of December fell on a Saturday or Sunday. This is mostly because bank holidays are taken into consideration.

My understanding of Boxing Day is that it is a time to give money and gifts to those who are needy and in service positions. It’s also a day that is likened to our day after Thanksgiving. In other countries, shopping is at its all time high on Boxing Day with many sales and great deals.

On this Boxing Day I would like to call us to task and hold us accountable to our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate. It’s not the day to stop and judge whether or not we believe someone is worthy to receive the generous donations of others. It’s not the day to think of one more thing we personally need.

On this Boxing Day, let’s be proactive and think of the ways we can help others. If you haven’t taken time to thank those who provide services for you, stop and write them a note or give them your personal thanks for their hours of service. In particular let’s remember the garbage collectors, the postal service people and all those others who serve you in some way. Be on the look out for the people you don’t even know by name. There may be a cleaning service that cleans your office and you could thank some of those who regular clean up after you. If there’s someone who cleans up a restroom you use, be sure to give that person your thanks.

On this Boxing Day, box up some groceries you can give to your local food pantry. Box up unused items of clothing you can pass on to your local clothes closet. Find ways in this day to be generous.

So the Twelve called a meeting of the disciples. They said, “It wouldn’t be right for us to abandon our responsibilities for preaching and teaching the Word of God to help with the care of the poor.  3 So, friends, choose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we’ll assign them this task.  4 Meanwhile, we’ll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God’s Word.”

As the first church grew, it became quite clear that more people were needed to lend a hand. Those first leaders in the church, the apostles, were people who had the first hand knowledge of the story of Jesus. While the apostles would have eagerly served in any capacity, they knew that there was a particular gift they had been given to spread the good news of Jesus to others. There were others who were newer to the story who could aid in some of the tasks of doing church.

In what way have you been part of an event that took many hands for the event to happen? What was your particular part of the event? Did you feel that your skills were best being used in the particular job you were called to do? How easy would you say it is for people to help out in areas that are of interest to them and use their particular gifting? When you think of the work of a church, what part of that ministry would excite you? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you which one of their chores they like doing best

Prayers for Healing in our world: Victims of California fires, racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Heidi, Eric, Darlene’s family, Katherine, John, Peg, Sarah, Wanda, Kezzie, Emily, MaryAnn & Corky, Barb, Roger, Richard, Jason, Laurie, Judy, Shirley, Susie, Jayne, Janice, Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Heidi S., Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Tim, Darlene, Roberta, Barb, Wayne, Tim, Brandon, Mike, Margie, Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy

Prayer:    We love you, O God, and we thank you for the abundance we have been given. We would ask for you help in guiding us to those things of ours we can let go of and pass on to others. Thank you for the gift of giving. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN

 

12-25-18 Daily E-Votional

Posted December 24, 2018 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day

1John 4:7-16

May God’s love for you find you this Christmas. May you feel the blessings of God’s love upon your life. Ponder this thing that God has done and celebrate that Christ was born for all!

4:7 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God.

Consider what it means to you that God loves you. What kind of relationship do you feel you have with God? How do you get past those places that cause you to have unloving thoughts toward someone else? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what they like about Christmas

Prayers for Healing in our world: Victims of California fires, racism, actions of violence, homelessness, oppression, abuse

Remember in Prayer: Heidi, Eric, Darlene’s family, Katherine, John, Peg, Sarah, Wanda, Kezzie, Emily, MaryAnn & Corky, Barb, Roger, Richard, Jason, Laurie, Judy, Shirley, Susie, Jayne, Janice, Lis, Betsy, Kristen, Zula, Josh, Livy, Jaclyn, Carla, Jeremy, Sheri, Deana, John, James, Vivian, Heidi S., Nan, Jean, Analea, Frank

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Tim, Darlene, Roberta, Barb, Wayne, Tim, Brandon, Mike, Margie, Rev. Jose Luis Torres Milan, Joanne, Peggy

Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for your love. In this day, help us to ponder your will for our lives. Guide our hearts to love others as you intended. Today we celebrate the gift of your son to us. Thank you God! Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

©2018 Lucia Oerter

The Message Bible

A ministry at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette, IN