Posts with the tag “demetrius”
by Audrey Rogers on April 16th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Judges 6--Verse 15How can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.And in verse 16, God doesn’t even argue with Gideon. He says, “Yeah, but I will be with you!” Isn’t that just like God? He votes for the least likely to do some of the greatest things. If you don’t feel like you measure up, you might just be in the perf...
by Audrey Rogers on April 9th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Joshua 14--Verse 14Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh. It makes sense that Hebron would go to Caleb. Hebron was a significant place. Some 500 years prior to this, Abraham purchased it to bury his wife, Sarah. And eventually all the patriarchs were buried there. Therefore, when the spies (of which Caleb was one) came into the promised land they immedia...
by Audrey Rogers on April 2nd, 2021
Daily Devotional from Deuteronomy 32—Verse 47It is no empty word for you, but your very life. Have you ever seen a baby lay hold of a warm bottle of milk? Have you ever seen a man bite into a savory cut of steak? Oh, man, it’s like nothing else matters. Their eyes roll back in their head as they ingest the nourishment into their very soul. Spending time in God’s word is very much the same. Whether...
by Audrey Rogers on March 26th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Deuteronomy 20--Verse 8Is there any man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own.Fear has a way of spreading like no one’s business. A feeble voice here and a couple of murmurs there can send a cold shiver through the camp. That’s why you want to manage your environment well and listen to only the b...
by Audrey Rogers on March 19th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Deuteronomy 8--Verse 5Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. Words cannot express what a father feels towards his son. He is the apple of his eye. But if he’s going to be worth his weight in salt, he’s gonna need a little training. So, the father will bring the heat when the occasion calls for it. Not because he’s tryin...
by Audrey Rogers on March 12th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Numbers 33--Verse 2Moses wrote down their starting places, stage by stage. Chapter 33 is basically a log of where the children of Israel had been for the last 40 years. It was a record of their journey. Are you keeping a record of yours? Might be a good idea, especially if you move around as much as Israel did. If you count them, Israel moved 40 times in 40 years. And sometim...
by Audrey Rogers on March 5th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Numbers 20--Verse 8Tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So, what did Moses do? He struck it. Twice! Why? Because he was angry. Be careful of acting out in anger. Sure, you probably have a reason, quite likely a very good reason for being angry. But before you pop off at the mouth and before you walk off and slam the door, ask yourself a simple question, ‘is it ...
by Audrey Rogers on February 26th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Numbers 9--Verse 23At the command of the Lord they camped, and at the command of the Lord they set out. Sometimes we stay put; sometimes we move forward. It all depends on what the Lord is doing. Verses 15-23 describe the cloud by day and the fire by night. When it lingered over the tabernacle, Israel remained. When the cloud lifted, Israel broke camp. And they lived this wa...
by Audrey Rogers on February 19th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Leviticus 23--Verse 2These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations. What would it look like if we stopped and celebrated more? As Americans we just keep the pedal to the metal and don’t stop nearly enough. But I like how God instructed Israel to do it. If you were to add up all the holidays listed in chapter 23, you would have 18 days...
by Audrey Rogers on February 12th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Leviticus 11-- Verse 44I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. This verse says that the Lord wants us to consecrate ourselves. Do you know what that means? It means to declare yourself to be sacred. Another word for sacred is dedicated. Dedicated for a special use. My wedding ring is dedicated. My birth certificate is dedicated. My...
by Audrey Rogers on February 5th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 40-- Verse 33Moses finished the work. Moses did according to all that the Lord had commanded him. Nothing was left undone. He finished the work. He built the house. And today there’s another house being constructed. But this one is not made of gold, silver, and precious stones. Rather, this one is made of living stones. You and I are being built together into a dwellin...
by Audrey Rogers on January 29th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 23--Verse 10Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. Some songs have no rhythm. Everything just bleeds together. Non-stop work has no rhythm. Fitting everything in your schedule has no rhythm. Saying yes to every opportunity has no rhythm. But there is a cadence of creation which was set in place back in Genesis 1-2. And in order to move ...
by Audrey Rogers on January 22nd, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 4--Verse 14Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Moses: Then why didn’t you choose Aaron in the first place? You know this type of work requires eloquence! I can’t persuade an empire to relinquish their labor force by a stammering tongue. What are you thinking, God? You know Aaron is better at this kind of thing. God: But I haven’...
by Audrey Rogers on January 15th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 39--Verse 12She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. I’ve always loved the image of Joseph’s garment dangling in the hand of Potiphar’s wife. It tells me he knew who he was and to whom he belonged? And I believe we must share the same conviction. I say this because sometimes temptation...
by Audrey Rogers on January 7th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 21--Verse 17What troubles you, Hagar? People may abandon you or kick you to the curb, but God never will. Take Hagar for example. After getting tangled up in an impossible situation, she and her son get dumped in the middle of a wilderness with only a loaf of bread and a skin of water. Discarded and rejected. No comforting voices, no encouraging touches. None but one....
by Audrey Rogers on January 1st, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 1--Verse 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. When looking for a home, it’s nice to have curb appeal. Fresh paint, solid structure, manicured yard. But if a place is unfinished and the landscape hasn’t been put in, we’re likely going to move on to the next list...
by Audrey Rogers on December 29th, 2020
Revelation 22:5They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light. Isn’t it interesting that the Bible begins and ends with a world filled with light yet with no sun? On the first day, God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. Yet the sun wasn’t created until the fourth day. And then at the end of time, the sun will no longer render its services for the Lord Hi...
by Audrey Rogers on December 28th, 2020
Revelation 21:5Behold, I am making all things new. Glory! Hallelujah! What a promise! He’s making all things new. He’s not coming in to replace things, but to renew things. And not just to its original intent. But to something much greater than we could ever imagine. When God created the world, He saw everything that he had made, and behold, Genesis tells us, it was very good. But think about it. ...
by Audrey Rogers on December 25th, 2020
Revelation 20:10Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. Death will one day die! Yes, that ole Grim Reaper will have reaped his last. And with one fell swoop, he and his tired looking sickle will be plunged over the precipice of time and eternity and will splash into the lake that burns with fire. And our mortal enemy will be gone forever. And a new age will dawn. One that will be u...
by Audrey Rogers on December 24th, 2020
Revelation 19:11-13Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name of which he is called is The Word of God. What an a...
by Audrey Rogers on December 23rd, 2020
Revelation 18:4-5Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues, for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. No one wants to be the odd man out, but sometimes, as a follower of Christ, that’s exactly what we’ll need to be. We don’t want to cause rift or upset friends and acquaintances, but it will likely happen once you ...
by Audrey Rogers on December 22nd, 2020
Revelation 17:14They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those with him are called the chosen and faithful. Have you taken league with the lamb? Of all the critters we should link up with in a great war, why in the world would you want to? A lamb is not going to do anything for you. Maybe you’d be better off with a wolf or ...
by Audrey Rogers on December 21st, 2020
Revelation 16:15Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed! Being prepared for something most people aren’t even thinking about takes courage and resolution. Think about Noah. Here’s a man who builds a boat in the middle of the wilderness. It makes no sense. The sea is miles away and the old codg...
by Audrey Rogers on December 18th, 2020
Revelation 15:3Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!Noble words for a noble King. If you haven’t taken some time just to reflect on the God we serve, now might be a good time to do that. His deeds are amazing. His ways are wonderful. And He rules the nations with equity and the affairs of man with justice. Every earth...
by Audrey Rogers on December 17th, 2020
Revelation 14:13“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Sprit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Wikipedia says a ripple effect occurs when an initial disturbance to a system propagates outward to disturb an increasingly larger portion of the system. Do you know that as a believer in Christ, you are here to “disturb” the...
by Audrey Rogers on December 16th, 2020
Revelation 13:10Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints. Sometimes life calls for endurance. The weather may not be fair. And the sun may not shine. The clouds may hang low. And the wind may blow against you. People may speak ill of you. And you might be infirm in body or mind. Your finances might be in tatters. And you cherished plans blown to heck. But the Scriptures issues to u...
by Audrey Rogers on December 15th, 2020
Revelation 12:10Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before God. Do you know you have an accuser? That’s right. His name is the devil. And that’s what his name means. “Accuser.” You might not know it, but he stands before the throne of God day and ni...
by Audrey Rogers on December 14th, 2020
Revelation 11:15The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever. You’ve probably seen the cartoons that depict heaven as this airy, misty experience, where the saints go floating by on clouds and playing harps. However, nothing could be further from the truth. We are not going up to heaven, but rather heaven is coming down to earth...
by Audrey Rogers on December 11th, 2020
Revelation 10:10I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. Sometimes things take a little while to set in. What first sounds like a juicy morsel can turn out to be a bit bitter. Information can be much this way. We meddle and pry to stay in the know. We try to connect the dots to solve a dar...
by Audrey Rogers on December 10th, 2020
Revelation 9:20The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. It’s a sad state of affairs when we worship the works of our hands. I’ve built this company with my own two hands.I’ve built this legacy with my own two hands....
by Audrey Rogers on December 9th, 2020
Revelation 8:1When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Sometimes silence can make us feel uncomfortable. So, we fill it with nervous chatter. We degenerate into restless movements. We try to make something happen, instead of letting it happen. But when Jesus is around, you can just let him do his thing. We can run to the rescue, but what good will ...
by Audrey Rogers on December 8th, 2020
Revelation 7:9-10Behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne, and before the lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Take a moment to imagine this great scene. All races, t...
by Audrey Rogers on December 7th, 2020
Revelation 6:10How long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth? How long, oh Lord? How long must the scale of justice sit in ruins? 400 hundred years of Egyptian slavery400 years of systemic racism400 years of religious persecution Generations come and generations go, and yet debts go unresolved and acts go unrestored. Centuries of brutality and ages of oppressi...
by Audrey Rogers on December 4th, 2020
Revelation 5:5Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah… has conquered! Today we weep. Today we grieve. Today we mourn. But tomorrow we will weep no more. And on that day the lion will stand victorious. All obstacles removed. All enemies vanquished. And we will have the lion, who is called Jesus, to thank for it. We tried and failed. Yet he came and succeeded. All praise goes to the lam...
by Audrey Rogers on December 3rd, 2020
Revelation 4:10They cast their crowns before the throne. Don’t we all love being rewarded? Some have been crowned Miss Universe; others have been crowned valedictorian. But one day, those who are in Christ, will be crowned with the greatest crown of all – the crown of life (Rev. 2:10). And yet, it’s interesting, only two chapters later, you can hear the clang of crowns being cast hither and yon. B...
by Audrey Rogers on December 2nd, 2020
Revelation 3:15-16You are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold of hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Most people like their tea hot, and their beverage chilled with ice. Not many people take their drink lukewarm. And that would include Jesus. Therefore, this is a call to refuse mediocrity. If you’re going to be something...
by Audrey Rogers on December 1st, 2020
Revelation 2:7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Have you ever tried to give away some furniture, and can’t seem to get anybody to take it? But the moment you put a price on it, it’s gone by the end of the day! Same principle applies to the things of God. If the Lord made his will painfully clear, nobody would seem to value it. But if he were to keep it just out ...
by Audrey Rogers on November 30th, 2020
Revelation 1:17-18Fear not, I am the first and the last. Some people show up for the ribbon cutting, then duck out when it comes time to run the business. Others leave you to get things up and running, then join you once things become established. Jesus, however, is with you from day one, and remains by your side to the very end. He’s the first and the last and everything in between. He’s constant...
by Audrey Rogers on November 27th, 2020
Jude 24-25Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, or savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen What would it be like to worship your brother? Are you kidding me? What would possess you to ask such a question? You kn...
by Audrey Rogers on November 26th, 2020
3 John 15Greet the friends, each by name. Do you know the people in your church by name?Do you know the people in your neighborhood by name?Do you know the people in your workplace by name?Paul says, Greet the friends, each by name. There’s just something about a person’s name. You might say, “I’m terrible with names.” Well, I think most people are until they get intentional about it. And if peopl...
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