Shine! Christmas Devotion #1

5 When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. 6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. 7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.

8 One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. 9 As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. 10 While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.

11 While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12 Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. 13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. 14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. 17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

19 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! 20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”

Perhaps you remember singing that song as a kid, where the lyrics went like this: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!” Luke 1:5-20 Read more…



Week 4 Devotion | Who Do You Think You Are?

In him [Jesus] we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Ephesians 1:11

We struggle sometimes with those bad feelings that make us feel like we’re something bad like failures or underachievers. The struggle is real when trying to overcome what we feel like versus who we really are. Read more…


Week 3 Devotion | Who Do You Think You Are?

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known[a] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:7-10

Where is life headed?

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Week 2 Devotion | Who Do You Think You Are?

4 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us[a] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6

(I am currently leading Inspire Church through a study on Ephesians, and the sermon series is titled, “Who Do You Think You Are?” That is a question we have been addressing as we have journeyed through Paul’s letter. The following is a devotion taken from the message.)

One of the worst kind of feelings a person can feel is rejection. That feeling of having no worth, of being embarrassed, and having self-pity. Based on what kind of rejection, healing from that pain can be a process, taking years, even, to heal.

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Week 1 Devotion | Who Do You Think You Are?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Ephesians 1:3-4

(I am currently leading Inspire Church through a study on Ephesians, and the sermon series is titled, “Who Do You Think You Are?” That is a question we will be addressing as we journey through Paul’s letter. The following is a devotion taken from the message.)

“[God] has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” Ok. Wait a minute. We’re not letting the writer, Paul, off the hook, here. Paul is saying who we essentially are is found in Christ. We do not have to strive or toil to be secured in him, as Christ did all the toiling by carrying the cross and dying on it. Read more…