Daily Devotional

February 17, 2014

Mark 10: 1-12; Teaching About Divorce

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

‘…and the two shall become one flesh.’ Marriage is tricky. There is, it goes without saying, a considerable amount of give and take in a marriage. I like what Jesus says here, words found in other passages of Scripture, that they two (being married) shall become one flesh. What I take this to mean, in part, is that we live for our spouse. We live to make them happy. We live to fill their needs. We live to serve them, just as Christ has served us. Faith has a great deal to do with marriage. We should love our spouses as Christ has loved us, and as Christ has called us to love one another: completely and unconditionally. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


February 16, 2014

Mark 9: 42-50; Temptation to Sin

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

I find immeasurable comfort in the fact that Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. Christ’s temptation enables him to help me when I am tempted because Jesus knows the feeling. This is true for all of us, of course. Jesus knows what we face because he faced it himself. So when we are tempted we should go to Jesus and ask for his help. Jesus can, and will, help us with whatever we face. If we but lean on him we will face temptation and claim the victory through Christ. God bless you.


Pastor Josh


February 15, 2014

Mark 9: 38-41; Whoever Is Not Against Us Is For Us

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

This falls into the category of Christians fighting with other Christians. Do we agree on every little, minute detail of theology? No, we do not. And, most likely, we never will. Does this mean we should not love each other? Does this make us enemies who cannot be and work together for the honor and glory of God? No it does not. Far from it. We are all part of the body of Christ. Some of us are toes, some eyes, some hands. But we are all part of the one body. And as the body we work for Christ. We glorify God. All of us, Regardless of the differences we have. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


February 14, 2014

Mark 9: 30-37; Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

The last shall be first and the first shall be last. We are to take the lowest position, the position of servant-hood. We are to put the needs of others above the needs of ourselves. That is what Jesus did throughout his entire life and ministry, but especially on the cross. Jesus gave his life because we needed him to, because without his sacrifice we would not be able to enter the kingdom of God. There are great needs in the world, and we are called to look to those needs, to serve others with the same love and self-sacrifice with which we have been served by Jesus. God bless you.

Pastor Josh


February 13, 2014

Mark 9: 14-29; The Healing of a Boy With a Spirit

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

‘Jesus lifted him up, and he arose.’ This boy finds himself, repeatedly, in a dark place. A place in which he does not have control. A place in which he is suffering. And from that place Jesus lifts him. Jesus delivers this boy from darkness into light, from suffering into peace. Jesus does that for us, or can if we lean on him. When we are in the valley of the shadow of death Jesus is more than willing and more than able to lead us out. We need only call on his name and he will deliver us. We can rise, just as this boy did, if we but call on the name of the Lord. God bless you.


Pastor Josh


February 12, 2014

Mark 9: 9-13; The Coming of Elijah

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

‘…Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased…’ John the Baptist was missed because some people were not paying attention. John came and went just as God called him to do, but there were those who were so caught up in other things. God calls prophets into his service today, just as he did in John’s time. We need to not miss out on who God has sent and what God says through those He has called. We certainly do not want to miss Elijah or anyone else God has called. God bless you.


Pastor Josh


February 11, 2014

Mark 9: 2-8; The Transfiguration

Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ.

I like what God says here: ‘listen to him.’ We should listen to Jesus, very closely. His words are there for all of us to see, and yet so many times we choose not to see them. Jesus talks about love, grace, forgiveness, faith, obedience, trust. Jesus gives us concrete directions on how to live these things out in our daily lives. We need to listen to Jesus, to open our ears and hear the words he is still saying and put them into practice. God bless you.


Pastor Josh