Posts with the tag “january”

Exodus 25-27
by Audrey Rogers on January 30th, 2021
Daily devotional from Exodus 25--Verses 26-27:And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and fasten the rings to the four corners at its four legs. Close to the frame the rings shall lie, as holders for the poles to carry the table.See how detail-oriented God is! It's like IKEA took their cues from Him...'just print instructions and let them build it'. Consider the Table for Bread. ‘Put rings a...  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 19-21
by Audrey Rogers on January 28th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 20-- Verse 3:You shall have no other gods before me. In Exodus 19-21, we see a stunning display of God’s power and His outline for morality for the people of Israel. These are the first laws given to them to follow, and they come down to two things: love God and love your neighbor (Mark 12:29-31). This is the struggle of the human condition. It’s hard for us to love Go...  Read More
Exodus 16-18
by Audrey Rogers on January 27th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 16--Verse 8:And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”Isn’t it easy to grumble? To be unsatisfied with the circumstances is understandable but if we grumble who are we ...  Read More
Exodus 13-15
by Audrey Rogers on January 26th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 14--Verse 14:“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” The Israelites were in the midst of a tricky situation. Their backs were against the Red Sea. In front of them was the entire Egyptian army. They had nowhere to go. Can you imagine the anxiety? Did God deliver them from Egyptian oppression--just to be annihilated by their hands? Yet, God had so...  Read More
Exodus 10-12
by Audrey Rogers on January 25th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 12--Verse 13:“The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”The angel of death passed over the homes of the Israelites whose doorposts were marked with the blood of the Passover lamb. This was a sign placed on the doorposts to...  Read More
Exodus 7-9
by Audrey Rogers on January 23rd, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 9--Verse 35So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go, just as the Lord had spoken through Moses.This little sentence is getting rather repetitive here, isn't it? Moses foretells a plague, God sends the plague, and Pharaoh hardens his heart and refuses to let the people of Israel go. I don't know about you, but I don't want God to ...  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
Exodus 1-3
by Audrey Rogers on January 21st, 2021
Daily Devotional from Exodus 3--Verse 11:But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”I remember the day I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me about pursuing worship ministry. I was afraid, and I didn’t feel well equipped for the task. Moses was being called to do something great and scary. He also did not feel equipped, although God had ...  Read More
Genesis 49-50
by Audrey Rogers on January 20th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 49--Verse 33: When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.Jacob’s life on earth came to an end just as all of ours will. But I find it interesting that it says “and was gathered to his people.” He was gathered to be buried with his ancestors but much time passed between his death and bu...  Read More
Genesis 46-48
by Audrey Rogers on January 19th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 48--Verses 15-16 (NIV)Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm —may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the...  Read More
Genesis 43-45
by Audrey Rogers on January 18th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis  45--Verses 7-8“And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”Circumstances weren’t always in Joseph’s favor, but God had a plan and turned things around.We have ...  Read More
Genesis 40-42
by Audrey Rogers on January 16th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 40--Verse 4The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for sometime in custody. How much lower can you go? Joseph has been sold into slavery. falsely accused of wrongdoing, thrown unjustly in prison, and now he is assigned to serve the servants in the prison! You'd never know it by his attitude though. I'm sure Josep...  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 34-36
by Audrey Rogers on January 14th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 34--Verse 30“Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, ‘You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land…’”When we see injustice, our natural reaction is anger—and rightfully so. What we do with that anger says a lot about us. Dinah’s brothers were furious about the rape of their sister, and rightfully so. But what they did with that anger we...  Read More
Genesis 31-33
by Audrey Rogers on January 13th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 32--Verse 36 Then Jacob became angry and berated Laban. Jacob said to Laban, “What is my offense? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me?Have you ever been treated poorly at a job or been falsely accused by someone you know? I know I’ve been angry when someone assaults my character. Jacob worked for Laban for 20 years and was treated horribly. When he finally ...  Read More
Genesis 28-30
by Audrey Rogers on January 12th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 28-- Verses 16 & 18“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it….” Early in the morning Jacob took the stone that was near his head and set it up as a marker. He poured oil on top of it and named the place Bethel…” I wonder how often after this moment Jacob stopped and looked at this marker. Did his children know ...  Read More
Genesis 25-27
by Audrey Rogers on January 11th, 2021
“Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭25:32-34‬ ‭ESV‬‬In the Old Testament, birthright was a privilege of the first born son to one day become the ...  Read More
Genesis 22-24
by Audrey Rogers on January 9th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 22--Verse 14So Abraham called the name of that place, "The Lord will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided."The story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his own son - the miracle son that God had promised him - is one we all know well. And there are so many great lessons we can learn from this example of complete trust ...  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 16-18
by Audrey Rogers on January 7th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 16-- Verse 13“So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing,’ for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.’” Have you ever tried to take matters into your own hands, instead of letting God write the story of your life? I know I have many times, and in Genesis 16-18, we see how Sarai and Abram took matters into their own...  Read More
Genesis 13-15
by Audrey Rogers on January 6th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 15--Verses 5-6And He brought Him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.God made Abram (Abraham) a promise and it required nothing of Abraham except that he believed it. Since he believed; God cou...  Read More
Genesis 10-12
by Audrey Rogers on January 5th, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 10-12Verse 12:4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.  (NIV)My Great-Grandmother was 90 years old when she became a Christian. She loved Jesus with everything she had during the last year of her life. Before she passed away, she loved reading the Bible and praying, and donating her...  Read More
Genesis 7-9
by Audrey Rogers on January 4th, 2021
Daily devotional from Genesis 9 verses 13 and 16“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭9:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬“When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.””‭‭Genesis‬ ‭9:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬Our verses today say that after the flood, God w...  Read More
Genesis 4-6
by Audrey Rogers on January 2nd, 2021
Daily Devotional from Genesis 5--Verse 22Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.I've always loved this verse - it's in the midst of a list of 'this guy lived this long and fathered this guy, and then died at this age'...literally, over and over. But there are a couple extra details given about Enoch: he walked with God (the footnote in my Bibl...  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
Matthew 22
by Audrey Rogers on January 31st, 2020
Matthew 22:33They were astonished at his teaching.It’s interesting that the gospels never say the crowds were astonished by his miracles, but they were by his teaching. We think of Jesus’s miracles as mind blowing, but apparently his teaching was out of this world. So, it would seem, his miracles were simply a means to an end, and that end was his Word. So isn’t it a blessing to actually have insc...  Read More
Matthew 21
by Audrey Rogers on January 29th, 2020
Matthew 21:42The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Isn’t that just like God? He takes what others consider to be trash and makes it his treasure. Maybe you’ve never been good enough. Others don’t seem to notice you’re there. You’ve been rejected all your life. Maybe you’ve been fired? Or maybe you’ve even been divorced? But no matter what level of rejection you have suff...  Read More
Matthew 20
by Audrey Rogers on January 28th, 2020
Matthew 20:15Do you begrudge my generosity? Grace is scandalous business. Especially when someone else gets it when you think you’re the one that deserved it. Oh, you get blessed alright, but somebody else gets blessed just as much as you. But it’s a scandal when they didn’t earn it like you. Why should they get the same treatment? If that’s our attitude, then we have yet to understand grace. We c...  Read More
Matthew 19
by Audrey Rogers on January 27th, 2020
Matthew 19:14Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. If we’re not careful, we can become like the disciples. They got a little impatient and testy with kids. Because kids are great at ruining a serious moment, and, as you know, spiritual matters are serious business. The disciples were trying to guard the moment and remove distractions....  Read More
Matthew 18
by Audrey Rogers on January 24th, 2020
Matthew 18:21Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?After asking the question, Peter suggested that perhaps seven times was a generous amount to forgive a brother. And I think he’s right, seven times is a lot of times to forgive somebody. But Jesus seemed to indicate that that’s only the beginning. Never can we say we’ve reached the limit. You know why? Cause his forgive...  Read More
Matthew 17
by Audrey Rogers on January 24th, 2020
Matthew 17:17How long am I to be with you?Was Jesus being impatient here? Sure seems like it to me, and rightly so. He wanted his disciples to believe they could do the same things he was doing. I think we Christians tend to put this big difference between ourselves and Jesus. And, categorically, I think we’re right to do so. However, functionally, I think we can be wrong. It’s true, we will never...  Read More
Matthew 16
by Audrey Rogers on January 22nd, 2020
Matthew 16:22Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.Peter was feeling good. Thought he was on a roll. He was just commended for getting Jesus’s identity correct. He nailed it when no one was even close. And then this. He takes Jesus aside and tries to adjust his thinking. Oh, sure, it was borne out of good intentions, but how easy we can slip into a certain familiar pride. We get...  Read More
Matthew 15
by Audrey Rogers on January 21st, 2020
Matthew 15:27Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.This has to be the greatest comeback line in all the Bible. This Canaanite woman was on her game, wasn’t she? She gets ignored, scorned, slighted, overlooked, and then downright insulted. And, yet, she still has enough pluck to fire back the cleverest response imaginable. Essentially she says, “I’m here, and...  Read More
Matthew 14
by Audrey Rogers on January 20th, 2020
Matthew 14:27Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.Sometimes our eyes will play a trick on us. The disciples thought they saw a ghost, but, no, it was only Jesus. I wonder how many times we peer into the scary mist, the big unknown, and come to the conclusion that the worst is about to happen. We fear the cancer treatment plan. We are uneasy about that move across the country. We are nervous about...  Read More
Matthew 13
by Audrey Rogers on January 17th, 2020
Matthew 13:22  The cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word. Recently we were given a gift certificate to Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian Restaurant in Portland. I was told to save your appetite 'cause it’s an all-you-can-eat experience and the food is amazing. Well, that afternoon I got hungry, and so I went over to the cupboard and got myself down some canned chicken. That was...  Read More
Matthew 12
by Audrey Rogers on January 16th, 2020
Matthew 12:25  Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. Diversity does not mean division. Diversity is a good thing. It’s good to have differences of opinion whether it be in marriage, in business, or on a team. Diversity offers balance and a well-rounded perspective. Diversity becomes a problem, though, when there’s not enough rel...  Read More
Matthew 11
by Audrey Rogers on January 15th, 2020
Matthew 11:30  My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. The burdens of life can feel a bit crushing at times. The cares and concerns begin to weigh you down. People place unreasonable expectations on your shoulders. Sometimes you feel swamped and don’t know where to turn. That’s when Jesus says, ‘Come unto me’ (verse 28). Roll your cares onto my shoulders, because I care for you (1 Peter 5:7). Her...  Read More
Matthew 10
by Audrey Rogers on January 14th, 2020
Matthew 10:5-6  Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Sometimes Jesus puts certain restrictions on our life for certain periods of time. He closes the door. He tells us “no.” In the moment, we think he’s just being harsh or unfair. He prohibits and he withholds. Why? Well, at least in this situation, the time wasn...  Read More
Matthew 9
by Audrey Rogers on January 13th, 2020
Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Do you know there are over 90 churches in Gresham? That might seem like a lot, but, honestly, I think Jesus would say that’s not nearly enough. Think about it. Gresham has a population of more than 110,000 people – who, many of which, are harassed and helpless. An...  Read More