Morning Devotions

Every morning at 8:00 am, Monday through Friday, join us right here or on Facebook, for Scriptures and prayer from Pastor Ric's backyard. Above is today's video devotion! 

Here are the Scriptures for this week:

MON 11/29/21: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Everything under Christ’s feet

Whenever we talk about the “final things,” we have to speak in metaphors and mystery. This is what Scripture does. Whether it’s language of kingdom, war, new creation, animals eating with each other, we engage in metaphors to explain a reality that is unexplainable. And as mysterious, spiritual, and unexplainable that future is, it is the direction and hope of Christian community. In today’s reading, the language is bringing every authority (or enemy) under the feet of Christ. The last enemy is death. What does it mean for authorities and enemies to come under Christ? What is our role in that work? 

TUE 11/30/21: Luke 16:14-31, The rich man and Lazarus

As we read this story, it’s important to remember this is a parable to teach us a certain lesson. We shouldn’t ignore the main lesson of the story in order to wonder about the particularities of heaven and hell. Read the story with fresh eyes. Why was the rich man tormented after his death? In a real way, this parable is our warning. How is God calling us to live and act with people in need around us? 

WED 12/1/21: Psalm 72:1-8, What a King Does

Israel is hoping for a new kind of kingdom: a King that will stand up for the oppressed and the needy, a King that will crush evil, and a King that usher in the peaceful Reign of God. As you read this psalm, how does Jesus fill this hope? Does Jesus fill this hope? How are Jesus’ methods and message different from what Israel might have expected?  

THU 12/2/21: 1 Kings 19:17-29, Ahab’s repentance

There’s no getting around the fact that God administers justice and salvation through seemingly violent means throughout the Old Testament. However, it is important to note that God’s wrath always has saving and rectifying purposes. God is not arbitrary. Even so, in this passage Ahab, the worst of Israel’s kings, repents, and God relents. What does this passage say to you about God’s willingness to forgive and cooperate with us?

FRI 12/3/21: 1 Timothy 2:1-15, Doing what is faithful

The gender roles ascribed in this chapter can often set our modern teeth on edge. There are some who attempt a “literal” reading, and therefore do not want women speaking in church, but I don’t know anyone who wants to take the prohibitions against gold and pearls “literally”! If we don’t need to take this literally, then how do we read this Scripture? What is the point Paul is making? What are the markers of faithfulness? How should we act toward one another?

SAT 12/4/21: Luke 1:57-80, Laying the Foundation

Advent is the time of preparation. The story of Christ involves the preparation for Jesus’ ministry, including the birth and ministry of John the Baptist. Wise builders consider the cost and the preparation. Zechariah and John the Baptist are a part of laying the foundation for the ministry of Christ and the Kingdom of God. What is part of that foundation? Join us in person at 9 am or 10:30 am, or online at 10:30 am, as we see how God prepares for the work of Jesus. You matter to God.