Daily Devotional

July 28, 2014

Exodus 3: 1-22; Moses and the Burning Bush

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Moses sees a sign: bush that is on fire yet is not consumed. This is how God gets Moses’ attention. How much easier would things be if this is how God spoke all the time? Faith and service to God would be so much simpler if God would use more miraculous ways of speaking and making his will known. Faith for us is a challenge, but a good kind of challenge. We need to pay attention; we need to stay awake. God still speaks. God still moves. We just need to be aware enough to see it. Keep your eyes open. God bless you.


Pastor Josh


July 27, 2014

Exodus 2: 11-25; Moses Flees to Midian

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Moses kills a man in cold blood. While our life mistakes may not quite reach this level, we have all, Paul says, sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Does this mean God cannot use us? Does this mean God will not use us? Heavens no! Look what God does with Moses despite Moses’ sins and other shortcomings. Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Just imagine what God can, and will, do with you. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


July 26, 2014

Exodus 2: 1-10; The Birth of Moses

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the movie ‘The Prince of Egypt’ baby Moses has quite the adventure in his little basket. Moses even manages to escape the snapping jaws of a crocodile (or alligator, I can never remember how to tell them apart). While the film makers took some creative license with this scene there is no doubt God is watching out for Moses here. God blesses Moses by helping him escape death and then reunites Moses with his mother. God watches over us. It is not always easy to see/believe this with all the other junk we have going on in our lives, but God guides us and helps us, just as he helped Moses. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


July 25, 2014

Exodus 1: 1-22; The Israelites Oppressed

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is in for the ‘long con.’ In the immediate time frame the Israelites’ presence in Egypt was not so good. They came down with/after Joseph and initially things were good, but then it all fell apart. Now the Israelites are suffering terribly in slavery. God, though, is going to deliver them. We know the end of the story. But in this story is a reminder that God does not always work as fast as we would like, but God is always working for us, and he always has our best interests at heart. Patience is a virtue, they say. It is also a necessity for a relationship with God. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


July 24, 2014

Esther 10: 1-3; The Greatness of Mordecai

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mordecai ‘…worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.’ Mordecai placed the needs of his people above the needs of himself. Mordecai was, quite literally, putting his life on the line in working to make the lives of the Jewish people better. If Xerxes had not been so amenable to the idea Mordecai might have ended up dead. Mordecai took the chance, though; risking his life to do what he knew was right. When we see an injustice we need to speak out. We need to do all we can to put an end to it, even at the risk of ourselves. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


July 23, 2014

Esther 9: 20-32; Purim Established

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Don’t you just love holidays? Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, and all the rest? They are wonderful days in which memories of times before come flooding through. When we celebrate these days we remember our families and friends. We celebrate the good times life has brought. Holidays are also important for remembering and celebrating what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. We need to always remember our salvation. We need to always remember the blessings we have received. We need to do this not just on holidays, but every day. Celebrate this day. God has given you this day and so many others. Rejoice and be glad. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


July 22, 2014

Esther 8: 15- 9: 19; The Triumph of the Jews

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is always hope. My favorite book of all time is ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ I make it a point to read it every year. I love the fantasy aspect of the story, but what I love most is the sense of hope in the story. Evil is in the world and yet there is still hope that evil can be defeated, which it is by the end of the story. The same is true of our world. There is always hope. God is strong. God is powerful. We can have hope that God will deliver us from evil. In fact, God has already done that through Jesus. No matter how dark the world may seem, we always have hope in the light of Jesus. God bless you.

Pastor Josh