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Devotional - The Sin Of Stubbornness
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Apr 15, 2024
Devotional - The Sin Of Stubbornness

“But they will reply, `It's no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.'". - Jeremiah 18:12

In the summer of 1986, two Soviet ships collided in the Black Sea when the Admiral Nakhimov, a passenger liner, and the freighter Pyotr Vasev struck each other. Some 400 passengers died as they were hurled into the icy waters below. News of the disaster was further darkened when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident.

It wasn’t a technology problem like radar malfunction–or even thick fog. The cause was human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence nearby. Both could have steered clear, but according to news reports, neither captain wanted to give way to the other. Each was too proud to yield first. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late. The authorities also said that both vessels' captains knew for 45 minutes that they were on a collision course but ignored warnings.

The Lord hates man’s stubbornness. Today in prayer, acknowledge sin and turn away from it.

“When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.” – John C. Maxwell

God’s Word: “one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.” – Deuteronomy 29:19

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Devotional - Unjust Means
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Apr 14, 2024
Devotional - Unjust Means

“Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means. When his life is half gone, they will desert him, and in the end he will prove to be a fool.” - Jeremiah 17:11

In March 2024, Lamor Whitehead, nicknamed the “Bling Bishop,” was convicted in federal court of using a parishioner’s retirement savings and trying to extort a businessman while touting he had connections to the New York City mayor.

Whitehead, the pastor at the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Brooklyn, was found guilty of five counts, including wire fraud, attempted extortion and making false statements to the FBI. The convictions are from three separate schemes. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, except for the false statements count, which is a maximum sentence of 5 years, according to the US attorney’s office.

Whitehead, known for his Louis Vuitton suits and extravagant jewelry, also made headlines in 2022 after he said he and his wife were robbed of $1 million worth of jewelry at their church.

The Lord hates gain through unjust means. Today in prayer, praise Jesus that He is the giver of all things and seek to follow His will in all that you do.

“Temporal prosperity is very unfavorable to spiritual development.” – Charles Simeon

God’s Word: “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” – Proverbs 23:5

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Devotional - The Deceitful Heart
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Apr 11, 2024
Devotional - The Deceitful Heart

"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9

Lyndon Johnson was known as a master at the game of self-justification. His biographer, Robert Caro, described what would happen when Johnson came to believe something to be true, he would believe in it “totally, with absolute conviction, regardless of previous beliefs, or of the facts in the matter.”

George Reedy, an aide who witnessed the same behavior, described LBJ as having “had a remarkable capacity to convince himself that he held the principles he should hold at any given time, and there was something charming about the air of injured innocence with which he would treat anyone who brought forth evidence that he had held other views in the past. It was not an act … He had a fantastic capacity to persuade himself that the ‘truth’ which was convenient for the present was the truth and anything that conflicted with it was the prevarication of enemies. He literally willed what was in his mind to become reality.”

Our hearts are deceitful and sin has made our hearts more deceitful. Today in prayer, confess any sin in your life to Jesus and give your heart to Him.

“All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.” - Scott Alexander

God’s Word: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” – Psalm 139:23

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Devotional - The Need To Repent
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Apr 10, 2024
Devotional - The Need To Repent

“Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.” – Jeremiah 15:19

In his book “Extraordinary Faith For Ordinary Time”, Larry R. Kalajainen writes the following on repentance: “Samuel Colgate, the founder of the Colgate business empire, was a devout Christian, and he told of an incident that took place in the church he attended. During an evangelistic service, an invitation was given at the close of the sermon for all those who wished to turn their lives over to Christ and be forgiven. One of the first persons to walk down the aisle was a well-known prostitute. She knelt in very real repentance, she wept, she asked God to forgive her. Then she stood and testified that she believed God had forgiven her and wanted to become a member of the church. For a few moments, the silence was deafening. Finally, Samuel Colgate arose and said, “I guess we blundered when we prayed that the Lord would save sinners. We forgot to specify what kind of sinners. The Holy Spirit has touched this woman and made her truly repentant, but the Lord apparently doesn’t understand that she’s not the type we want him to rescue.” Immediately, a motion was made and unanimously approved that the woman be accepted into membership in the congregation. God accepts us as we are. There’s not a sin too black, not a deed too awful, not a thought too horrible for him to forgive.”

Sin separates from the Lord, but repentance and a return to Jesus brings life. Today in prayer, confess any sin in your life and return to following Christ.

“It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors” ― A.W. Pink

God’s Word: “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!’” – Mark 1:14-15

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Devotional - The Patience Of The Lord
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Apr 9, 2024
Devotional - The Patience Of The Lord

“You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” – Jeremiah 12:1

Hans Urs von Balthasar, in his book “A Theology of History”, writes the following about patience:

“God intended man to have all good, but in . . . God’s time; and therefore all disobedience, all sin, consists essentially in breaking out of time. Hence the restoration of order by the Son of God had to be the annulment of that premature snatching at knowledge, the beating down of the hand outstretched toward eternity, the repentant return from a false, swift transfer of eternity to a true, slow confinement in time. . . . Patience [is] the basic constituent of Christianity . . . the power to wait, to persevere, to hold out, to endure to the end, not to transcend one’s own limitations, not to force issues by playing the hero or the titan, but to practice the virtue that lies beyond heroism, the meekness of the lamb which is led.”

The Lord is patient and desires all men and women to come to a saving knowledge of Him. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for His patience toward the wicked and pray for those who have not yet come to know Jesus.

“God bears with the wicked, but not forever.” – Miguel de Cervantes

God’s Word: “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” – Isaiah 55:7

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Devotional - Know God
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Apr 8, 2024
Devotional - Know God

"Let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord." — Jeremiah 9:24


In the book “The Faith of Elvis”, Billy Stanley, half-brother of Elvis Presley, poignantly shares the ups and downs of Elvis’ walk with Jesus. On a more humorous side, he shared this encounter between Elvis and Sammy Davis Jr.:

“It was a kind of a funny thing, and also serious in a way, but one time in Las Vegas, he was talking to Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy noticed Elvis wearing both a Star of David and a cross necklace—two things that don’t normally go together because they represent two distinct religions: Judaism and Christianity.

Sammy said, ‘Elvis, isn’t that kind of a contradiction?’

Elvis looked at him and said, ‘I don’t want to miss heaven on a technicality.’”


The Lord desires us to know Him. Today in prayer, thank Jesus that you know Him and pray that you will get to know Him better.  

“Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord.” ― J.I. Packer

God’s Word: “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” – John 17:3

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Devotional -My Comforter
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Apr 7, 2024
Devotional -My Comforter

“O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.” – Jeremiah 8:18

Thomas Kelly, in his book “A Testament of Devotion”, writes the following on the Comforter: “The sense of Presence! I have spoken of it as stealing on one unawares. It is recorded of John Wilhelm Rowntree that as he left a great physician’s office, where he had just been told that his advancing blindness could not be stayed, he stood by some railings for a few moments to collect himself when he “suddenly felt the love of God wrap him about as though a visible presence enfolded him and a joy filled him such as he had never known before.”

An amazing timeliness of the Invading Love, as the Everlasting stole about him in his sorrow. I cannot report such a timeliness of visitation, but only unpredictable arrivals and fading-out. But without doubt it is given to many of richer experience to find the comfort of the Eternal is watchfully given at their crises in time.”


God knows us, loves us, and is the Great Comforter who is always present in our sorrows. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that He is a God of Comfort.

“Most of our comforts grow up between our crosses.” – Edward Young

God’s Word: “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” – 2 Corinthians 1:5

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Devotional - Learning To Listen And Act
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Apr 4, 2024
Devotional - Learning To Listen And Act

“To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.” – Jeremiah 6:10

Stephen Macchia, in his book “Becoming a Healthy Church” writes the following: “We must tune our ears to hear God’s voice. It’s like the child who was told by his father during a symphony orchestra concert, “Listen for the flutes in this song. Don’t they sound beautiful?” The child, unable to distinguish the flutes, looks up at his father with a puzzled look, “What flutes, father?”

The child first needs to learn what flutes sound like on their own, separate from the whole orchestra, before he is able to hear them in a symphony. So it is with us as children of God. Unless we take the time to hear his voice in the quiet moments of life, we will not be able to hear him in the symphony sounds of life.”

When we listen to the Lord, our lives go so much smoother. Today in prayer, ask Jesus to give you an attentive ear to hear His Word and to act upon it.

“God never ceases to speak to us, but the noise of the world without and the passions within bewilder us and prevent us from listening to Him.” – Francois Fenelon

God’s Word: “You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing.” – Isaiah 42:20

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Devotional - Foolishness Of Men
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Apr 3, 2024
Devotional - Foolishness Of Men

“I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God. So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God." But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.” – Jeremiah 5:4-5

Waldemar Kaempffert, the science editor of the New York Times, wrote in February 1950 of “Miracles You’ll See In The Next Fifty Years.” One of those miracles involved housekeeping. Kaempffert described the life and chores of a future housewife he named “Jane Dobson” thusly: “When Jane Dobson cleans house she simply turns the hose on everything. Why not? Furniture (upholstery included), rugs, draperies, unscratchable floors—all are made of synthetic fabric or waterproof plastic. After the water has run down a drain in the middle of the floor (later concealed by a rug of synthetic fiber), Jane turns on a blast of hot air and dries everything.”

He also said: “Everything in the house is synthetic. There are no dishwashers. Dishes are ‘thrown away after they have been used once, or rather put into a sink where they are dissolved by superheated water’”.


Though the world may be foolish, as Christians we are called to be wise in our actions. Today in prayer, look to the Lord and ask Him to for wisdom and guidance in all the decisions you face this day.  

“Wise men learn more from fools than fools from wise men.” – Marcus Cato 

God’s Word: “A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.” – Proverbs 18:7

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Devotional - Skilled In Doing Evil
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Apr 2, 2024
Devotional - Skilled In Doing Evil

“My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.” – Jeremiah 4:22

In March 2024, a pastor in Southern California was arrested in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

The male adult victim stated he was driving when another vehicle pulled up alongside him. Gunfire came from this other vehicle, and he was struck several times. 

The victim was able to drive himself to the hospital where he was treated for injuries, authorities said. 

Detectives from the Riverside Police Department’s robbery-homicide and crime analysis units conducted the follow-up investigation and learned that the suspects who fired on the victim were hired by 47-year-old Victorville resident Samuel Pasillias, the pastor at a local Spanish-speaking church and the father of the woman the victim had been dating.

During their investigation, detectives uncovered evidence the father met with the men he hired and provided them information about the victim, including his location the evening of the shooting.

Pasillias was arrested where he faces charges of solicitation of and conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. The pastor is being held on $1 million bail. 

Our sin nature makes us inclined to become skilled in doing evil. Today in prayer, give thanks to Jesus that He has overcome the world and our sin nature. Pray for those who are practicing evil that their eyes and heart might be opened to Jesus Christ.

"Punishment for evil will be administered, and the final dimension of eternal life will be granted to all who have responded to God's loving offer." - Millard J. Erickson

God’s Word: “The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” – Genesis 6:5

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Devotional - Worthless Idols
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Apr 1, 2024
Devotional - Worthless Idols

“Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols.” – Jeremiah 2:11

“Tertullian was an early church leader (a bishop in Carthage) in North Africa. His voluminous writing and ministry have led many to acknowledge him as the father of Latin Theology/Western Theology. Tertullian worked hard to fight various heretical strands of the Christian faith, including Gnosticism. He also focused a significant amount of his ministry speaking against the destructive nature of idolatry. Here is what he wrote on that subject:  

The principal crime of the human race, the highest guilt charged upon the world, the whole procuring cause of judgment, is idolatry. For, although each single fault retains its own proper feature, and although it is destined to judgment under its own proper name also, yet it is marked off under the general account of idolatry.”

Avoid idolatry. Today in prayer, confess any sin of idolatry and worship Jesus, the one True God.

"You don't have to go to heathen lands today to find false gods. America is full of them. Whatever you love more than God is your idol." - D.L. Moody

God’s Word: “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” – Galatians 4:8-9

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Devotional - Easter Is A Thoroughfare
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Mar 31, 2024
Devotional - Easter Is A Thoroughfare

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” – John 20:19-20


In 1954, during his historic crusade in London Billy Graham had a private meeting with Winston Churchill. Graham shared the gospel with the famous statesman and Churchill became a Christ-follower. We can see this in the way the Prime Minister planned his own funeral. According to his instructions, two buglers were positioned high in the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral. At the conclusion of the service, the first one played taps, the signal of a day completed. Immediately thereafter, with the sounds of the first song still ringing in the air, the second bugler played reveille, the song of a day begun. Churchill made these plans to proclaim the fact that for the Christian death is not an alley with no exit but rather a thoroughfare from earth to Heaven.


The brightest day in human history is the first Easter! Today in prayer, praise the Lord that death could not hold Him!


“Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.” – John S. Whale


God’s Word: “While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’” – Luke 24:36-39

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