Posts with the tag “demetrius”

Isaiah 57-58
by Audrey Rogers on September 24th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Isaiah 58--Verse 11The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places. Do you ever feel like you’ve been scorched by life? Why does God let that happen? Well, let’s put it this way: heat has a way of bringing out the right desires. After running a long distance under a scorching sun, you are going to be awfully thirsty. But probably not for a big C...  Read More
Isaiah 45-46
by Audrey Rogers on September 17th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Isaiah 45--Verse 7I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.This is a wild and crazy verse. First time I discovered these words, I was a bit aghast. God creates darkness and calamity?? Seems a bit sinister. But then I thought about it, and it became quite a comfort. Because, you see, when you create somet...  Read More
Isaiah 33-34
by Audrey Rogers on September 10th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Isaiah 33-- Verse 22 (NKJV)For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us. The fear of tyranny has prompted nations to devise an elaborate system of checks and balances. We call it separation of powers. If we keep absolute power out of the hands of one, corruption will have a harder time taking root. But I can't help but smile when ...  Read More
Isaiah 16-18
by Audrey Rogers on September 3rd, 2021
Daily Devotional from Isaiah 16--Verse 5Then a throne will be established in steadfast love, an on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness. There are 195 countries in the world today. 54 of the countries are in Africa, 48 in Asia, 44 in Europe, 33 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 14 in Oceania, and 2 in Northern America....  Read More
Song of Solomon 5-8
by Audrey Rogers on August 27th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Song of Solomon 8--Verse 6Love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. So many young people (and even old) dream about being in love. But here’s a warning: it can be as strong as death and fierce as the grave. That’s probably why verse 4 says, “don’t awaken it before its time.” Guard your heart. Keep things simple. There will likely be a day you will get to share...  Read More
Job 40-42
by Audrey Rogers on August 20th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Job 42--Verse 12And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. Many people tend to read Job 42 as a happy ending. But more than a happy ending, Job 42 is a new beginning! Quite likely, Job had more days to live after this mysterious book, than he ever did before. So, the next time you go through a difficult season, just remember that your suffering isn’t...  Read More
Job 22-24
by Audrey Rogers on August 12th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Job 23--Verse 12I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.Have you ever been on a fast and dreamily fantasized about what you would have for your next meal? Well, that should remind us of what our soul does every time we fast from the Word of God. We can go days without soul food, or simply feed our minds with spiritual junk food, but there’s a deep...  Read More
Job 4-6
by Audrey Rogers on August 6th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Job 6--Verse 25 (NKJV)How forceful are right words! But what does you arguing prove?Do you know it’s possible to be in the right and dead wrong at the same time? You can use all the right words and still be off the mark. Here Job acknowledges that what his friends are saying sounds good until you ask, ‘what’s the point?’ I think they had probably lost track.Sometimes we get c...  Read More
Nehemiah 6-8
by Audrey Rogers on July 30th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Nehemiah 6--Verse 3I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?Sometimes people will try to sucker you into a fight. Don’t play that game. Don't strive with people. Don't stand toe to toe with your adversary. What’s the point of winning an argument and losing your focus? That’s what you would call a fool’s err...  Read More
2 Chronicles 36-Ezra 1
by Audrey Rogers on July 23rd, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Chronicles 36--Verse 15The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people. It’s interesting that the Lord should even use messengers. I mean he can take care of it himself, but often doesn’t. He sends other people to get the message through. And I can’t tell you how many times the Lord has sent his messen...  Read More
2 Chronicles 24-25
by Audrey Rogers on July 16th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Chronicles 25--Verse 9The Lord is able to give you much more than this.But Lord, these illegal drugs are worth so much money, and now you’re asking me to flush them down the toilet? But Lord, I’ve already put two years into this degree, and now you’re calling me in a new direction? But Lord, we’ve already given our tithes this month, and now you’re prompting us to give anot...  Read More
2 Chronicles 12-13
by Audrey Rogers on July 9th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Chronicles 13--Verse 18The men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote on the virtue of self-reliance, Norman Vincent Peale spoke on the power of positive thinking, and Frank Sinatra sang from the bottom of his heart—"I did it my way!" As Americans, we’ve been baptized in the spirit of independence and trained ...  Read More
1 Chron 29-2 Chron 1
by Audrey Rogers on July 2nd, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Chronicles 1--Verse 14Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen.Before Israel came into the promised land, Moses warned that its future king must never gather for himself horses, wives, and riches (Deut. 17:16-17). Power, sex, and money aren’t necessarily bad things, unless they exceed certain limits. Yet Solomon never seemed to have enough, and it spelled his doom.Wh...  Read More
1 Chronicles 15-16
by Audrey Rogers on June 25th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Chronicles 16--Verse 34Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.Earlier this week, I went out to the beach with my family and lost my phone. It just fell out of my pocket, and we combed the beach to no avail. But while looking, I prayed, “Lord, you tell me that if I ask, I will receive. So, will you please return my phone?"Then, a t...  Read More
1 Chronicles 3-4
by Audrey Rogers on June 18th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Chronicles 4--Verse 10Jabez called on the God of Israel The name Jabez means pain. Apparently, his mother wanted her son to have a constant reminder that he caused her pain on the day of his birth. How is that for a stigma!? “You cause pain.”“You make me sad.”“You will never bring joy to anyone’s life.” Most of us know about the devastating effects our words can have on a y...  Read More
2 Kings 16-17
by Audrey Rogers on June 11th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Kings 17--Verse 18None was left but the tribe of Judah only. In chapter 17, the nation of Israel came to a complete and total collapse. Nothing was left, but the tribe of Judah only. And there will be a day when this world will look a lot like Israel. Completely devastated. God will have issued his warnings (as he did in verse 13), but sinful humanity is bent on its own way...  Read More
2 Kings 4-5
by Audrey Rogers on June 4th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Kings 5--Verse 11Behold, I thought that he would…wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan seven times. But that was a little disappointing. He thought the process was going to be quick and easy. With just a wave of his hand God could make things better. And Naaman thought he deserved better treatment than this. After all, he’d a...  Read More
1 Kings 12-13
by Audrey Rogers on May 27th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Kings 12--Verse 7And (the old men) said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” Dear Rehoboam, Congratulations on obtaining the Kingdom. May you reign in the grace of David and in the wisdom of your father, Solomon. You have consulted us regarding your...  Read More
1 Kings 2-3
by Audrey Rogers on May 21st, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Kings 3--Verse 26He shall be neither mine nor yours. The phrase “misery loves company” means that if someone is miserable, they want others to be miserable as well so they can feel better about themselves. And since the lady in this story already lost a baby, she didn’t particularly mind if the other lost hers as well. Unfortunately, life is full of these kinds of people. T...  Read More
2 Samuel 9-11
by Audrey Rogers on May 14th, 2021
Weekly Devotional from 2 Samuel 11--Verse 27But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. It’s funny, this story is written so matter-of-factly. David did his dirty deed and quickly got back to business. No sting of conscience. No throb of regret. And I’m afraid, sometimes, we’re no different than David. We sin against our brother and move on with our life. “But the thing displeased the L...  Read More
1 Samuel 27-29
by Audrey Rogers on May 7th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 29--Verse 6The [Philistine] lords do not approve of you. There may be times in life where people don’t approve of you. And, in the moment, you may not like it one bit. David sure didn’t. In verse 8 he objects, “But what have I done?” What David didn’t realize, though, was that God was sparing him from having any connection to the death of Saul. God was keeping his re...  Read More
1 Samuel 9-11
by Audrey Rogers on April 30th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 9--Verse 2He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. Be careful of trusting a first impression. Sometimes we have a mental image of who would be right for what. And sometimes initially they check all the boxes. They look i...  Read More
Judges 17-18
by Audrey Rogers on April 23rd, 2021
Daily Devotional from Judges 18--Verses 19b-20“Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?” And the priest's heart was glad. He took the ephod and the household gods and the carved image and went along with the people. As we read through Judges, we consistently hear 'In those days there was no king in Israel.' Everyone did what was righ...  Read More
Judges 5-6
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...  Read More
Joshua 14-16
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...  Read More
Deuteronomy 32-33
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...  Read More
Deuteronomy 20-21
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...  Read More
Deuteronomy 8-9
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...  Read More
Numbers 32-33
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...  Read More
Numbers 20-21
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 ...  Read More
Numbers 8-9
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...  Read More
Leviticus 23-24
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...  Read More
Leviticus 11-12
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...  Read More
Exodus 40
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...  Read More
Exodus 22-24
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 ...  Read More
Exodus 4-6
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’...  Read More
Genesis 37-39
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...  Read More
Genesis 19-21
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....  Read More
Genesis 1-3
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...  Read More
Revelation 22
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...  Read More