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Series: DEVOTIONS In Mark
Devotional - Share His Good News
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Dec 10, 2017
Devotional - Share His Good News

“Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” – Mark 5:19-20

 

In 1978, missionaries George and Harriett Walker as well as their co-workers Bob and Noby Kennell began pioneering work with the primitive Bisorio tribe in the central highland foothills of Papua New Guinea.

The Bisorio were a people oppressed with violence, fear of enemies, personal jungle and ancestor spirits. When reasonable communication was eventually possible by means of Pidgin English and the native language, the missionaries learned that the Bisorios did not have any concept about God. Their god was the sun.

The missionaries were patient and slowly taught the Scripture over a period of eight months before the gospel of Jesus Christ was formally presented.

Today, by God’s grace there are now 5 churches and 8 Bisorio pastors. The entire New Testament and a large portion of the Old Testament scriptures have been translated into the Bisorio language. All because two missionary couples spent time sharing what Jesus had done.

 

During both good times and hard times, we need to share the love of Jesus with others. Today in prayer, praise Jesus for your family, friends and neighbors and share how God loves you and them. 

 

"It is high tide to make known the glad tidings in these dark regions of sin and spiritual bondage." - Samuel Marsden

 

God’s Word: “The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” – Luke 8:38-39

 

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Devotional - The Good Soil
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Dec 7, 2017
Devotional - The Good Soil

“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.” – Mark 4:20

 

Richard Greenham, was one of the most beloved of the Puritan theologians for his helping other Puritan ministers and their members. Certain Puritan pastors would send their more needy congregants to Richard for pastoral counseling. He was the most celebrated of the Puritan pastors for his ability to help others work through cases of conscience. However, in his day, he saw very little fruitfulness among his own church. On one occasion, Richard suggested that the only fruit that he saw in his ministry in Dry Drayton, England was an ornery man who was an instrument of his own personal sanctification. 

After Richard Greenham’s death, the congregation he pastored grew and thrived under the next minister, Richard Warfield.

When someone asked Warfield what he had done to see such growth, he responded by intimating that it was all the fruit of the labors of Greenham.

 

The Lord is looking for men and women to follow Him and for those men and women to reproduce their lives in others. Today in prayer, that Jesus that He is using people who avail themselves to Him in order to bring greater glory to God.

 

"When I see with what little effort souls can be won, I tremble to think of the many opportunities I am missing. We must do what we can - the little things. God will save them." - Malla Moe

 

God’s Word: “Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Matthew 9:37-38

 

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Devotional - Do Not Worry About Money
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Dec 6, 2017
Devotional - Do Not Worry About Money

“but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” – Mark 4:19

 

Thomas Gallagher, 72, is a multimillionaire, but he is still nervous about money. When he was 17, he worked as a clerk on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and put $10 a week into an account at Irving Bank. “That was my discipline, my savings,” Mr. Gallagher said. “Back then, the goal was to have enough money to buy Christmas presents.”

Mr. Gallagher, who is retired from his position as vice chairman of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce World Markets, found that money does not bring security.

“I still feel, to some extent, that I don’t have enough money,” he said. “Emotionally, I don’t come from money; I got very lucky on Wall Street. I’ve been dealing with a myriad of psychological issues since I retired. I have more money than I had ever imagined, but I still worry — do I have enough, if I live longer than I thought?”

 

None of us is immune to worry. But we can overcome fear and worry and we place our faith in Jesus.  Today in prayer, cast all of your worries and anxiety on Jesus and believe in Him.

 

"There is no need for two to care, for God to care and the creature too." - Charles H. Spurgeon

 

God’s Word: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

 

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Devotional - Following His Instructions
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Dec 5, 2017
Devotional - Following His Instructions

“Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother.’” – Mark 3:34-35

 

In October 2017, James Green, a podcast producer and reporter, from Brooklyn, New York, got a notification from his Apple watch. It alerted him that he needed immediate medical attention for a blood clot in his lungs.  “Saw my heart rate go up, ended up being a pulmonary embolism,” James said.  

The 28-year-old said he owes his life to the HeartWatch app, which monitors a person’s heart rate constantly throughout the day and notifies them when it goes above or below a certain threshold.

James said his doctor was glad he followed the app’s instructions and called, telling him that if he had waited any longer “it would have been fatal”.

Recalling the moment he realized something was wrong, he said: “I got an alert from Heart Watch that my heart rate was continually above my resting heart rate of 54, even when I was just sitting at my desk.

“That, along with other symptoms I was having, was enough data I needed to act on it, and realize it wasn’t a panic attack (since I have severe generalized anxiety), that it was something more.”

A CT scan highlighted the clots and he was then rushed to hospital, he remembered “they did a couple of ultrasounds to monitor and put me on a blood thinner drip to reverse the clot damage”.

He credits the app with saving his life: “It was the data I needed to prove this wasn’t just a panic attack. It helped me get the ball rolling.”

James concluded: “Never thought a stupid lil wrist computer I bought two years ago would save my life.”

 

Our Creator has given us instructions to live by in the Bible. He desires that we follow God’s will and have an abundant life. Today in prayer, give thanks to Jesus for His instructions and seek to follow them with all your heart.

 

"How many observe Christ's birthday!  How few, his precepts!  O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments." - Benjamin Franklin

 

God’s Word: “Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?” – Luke 6:46

 

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Devotional - Forgiveness
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Dec 4, 2017
Devotional - Forgiveness

“Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” – Mark 2:7

 

In November 2012, 13-year-old Jordyn Howe took his stepfather’s gun to his South Miami-Dade school and accidentally shot Ady Guzman-Jesus’s daughter, Lourdes, while showing the firearm to friends.

In a television interview, Ady said: "He should just pay for what he did and he has to pay as an adult."

In the 2014 trial, Ady astonished the judge and courtroom, saying she had forgiven the boy. Ady not only forgave Jordyn but also asked for him to get a lighter sentence, saying that she believes her daughter would have wanted it that way.

The judge finished by saying that she never thought that she would see such forgiveness especially from the mother of a victim.

Jordyn only served one year in a juvenile detention center, and now visits local schools with Ady to warn kids of the dangers of guns and to teach the value of forgiveness.

 

The great gift of forgiveness that God offers us is something we can offer others. Today in prayer, thank Jesus for His forgiveness and forgive those who have wronged you.

 

"Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another." - Jean Paul Richter

 

God’s Word: “The other guests began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’” – Luke 7:49

 

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Devotional - Be Filled With Compassion
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Dec 3, 2017
Devotional - Be Filled With Compassion

“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. ‘Be clean!’” – Mark 1:41

 

Patrick Greene is a lifelong atheist known for his public stands against Christianity. He has threatened to file lawsuits against the courthouse in Henderson County, Texas, if they didn’t remove a nativity scene from the public property. It wasn’t just that he didn’t believe in God; he fought publicly against the expression of Christianity wherever he deemed it inappropriate.

In late 2011, Greene, who had been a taxi driver for 33 years, was diagnosed with cataracts. He didn’t have insurance or the cash needed for necessary surgery, and so he was at risk of losing his license and his only stream of income along with it.

Upon reading about his situation, Jessica Crye mobilized people at her Christian church to donate to a fund to help Greene pay for his surgery. The small community of faith collected $400, and their generosity inspired others to join in. Atheists and Christians came together to add to the fund until there was enough for Greene to cover his medical bills.

Patrick Greene was dumbfounded. He could hardly conceive of a Christian woman, whose faith had been the object of his attacks for years, would respond his disdain with compassionate generosity.

 

Just as Christ is compassionate with us, we need to show compassion to others. Today in prayer, thank Jesus that He is our example of compassion and then be compassionate to others.

 

"I have long since ceased to pray, 'Lord Jesus, have compassion on a lost world!' I remember the day and the hour when I seemed to hear the Lord rebuking me for making such a prayer. He seemed to say to me, 'I have had compassion upon a lost world, and now it is for you to have compassion.'" - A.J. Gordon

 

God’s Word: “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12

 

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Devotional - Your Choice
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Nov 30, 2017
Devotional - Your Choice

“At once they left their nets and followed him.” – Mark 1:18

 

Bill McChesney was a wiry young man with a sunny heart. People called him "Smiling Bill," and the one word which best described him was "exuberant." During the 1960’s he became a missionary with the Worldwide Evangelical Crusade to the Congo.

In November 1964, hundreds of Americans, Belgians, and other foreigners were trapped and held hostage by a group of Simba rebels. Bill had contracted malaria and was extremely weak. His friend Jim Rodgers, a British missionary, would not leave him. Both Bill and Jim were captured and imprisoned.

The next morning, when Bill acknowledged that he was American, a rebel colonel ordered him killed. Jim stood beside him. "If you must die, brother, I'll die with you." The rebels clubbed both men to death.

Before he left as a missionary, Bill had written a poem that he titled "My Choice." The poem concluded with the words:  

“If He be God and died for me, no sacrifice too great can be For me, a mortal man, to make; I’ll do it all for Jesus’ sake.

Yes, I will tread the path He trod. No other way will please my God; So, henceforth, this my choice shall be, my choice for all eternity.”

 

When Jesus calls you to follow Him, you have a choice. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that He has called you to follow Him and seek to share the Gospel with others.   

 

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important." -C. S. Lewis

 

God’s Word: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” – Matthew 19:29

 

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