2022 Devotions

Jan 5, 2023 –He Wipe away Your Tears
Anyone who has trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior can look with joy upon this great promise of the Old and New Testament.  God will swallow up death forever and wipe the tears from our eyes. To her more listen to today’s thought is based on Isaiah 25:8-9
Jan 4 , 2023– The Lord Himself is my strength
As we begin a new Year, we should look at the source of our strength. Today’s thought is based on Isaiah 12:2-3.
Jan 3, 2023 – The Wolf and the Lamb
As we begin a new year, it is a good thing to examine ourselves in the light of the word of God.  One question we should all ask ourselves is, “Are we peacemakers or fighters?”  To learn more, listen to Today’s thought based on Isaiah 11:6-9.
December 29, 2022—Jesus Found
After three days of searching Jesus’s parents finally find the twelve-year-old who is surprises his parents who find him with a crowd all of whom are amazed at his understanding.  To learn more, listen to today’s devotion based on Luke 2: 46-50

December 28, 2022 – Missing Child

Could you imagine losing your child for three days.  That is exactly what happened to Mary and Joseph as they returned home from a festival. To learn about the missing boy Jesus, listen to today’s devotion based on Luke 2:41-45.

December 27,2022 – The Rescue and Recovery — Jesus and Moses
Jesus and Moses both had to be miraculously rescued from evil kings.  God can save you from your past. Learn more by listening to today’s thought based on Mathew 2
December 22, 2022 – Nazareth in Galilee
People made fun of anyone from Galilee. Prominent people didn’t come from Galilee.  Maybe that is the whole point of Jesus being from Nazareth in Galilee. To find out more Listen to today’s devotion based on John 1:46
December 21, 2022 – But You Bethlehem
One of the most amazing parts of the Christmas story is the Birth of Christ in the small city of Bethlehem.  To find out more listen to today’s devotion based on Micah 5:2.
December 20, 2022—Count the Stars for Christmas
In the Bay area of Florida, you really don’t see many stars.  So if God were to ask me to count the stars, I might say three and they technically might be planets.  But I remember living in the country. On a cold dark night it was amazing the number of stars I could see.   To learn how all the stars are related to Christmas listen to today’s devotion based on Genesis 12 and 15.
December 15, 2022 — A Thousand Years Later
Christmas in Bethlehem brings confidence today. Today’s thought is based on Micah 5:2
December 14, 2022 — A Great One to Introduce the Greatest One
It might surprise you, but people in the days of Jesus were waiting for a prophet who served as an announcer for Jesus.  Today’s lesson is built on Luke 1:14-17
 
December 13, 2022 — The Other Appearance
Most know that the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she would bear a son.  But did you know that around a half of a year earlier, Gabriel appeared to someone else to promise a son? Today’s thought is based on Luke 1:5-13
December 8, 2022 Let’s Get Specific
When it comes to the coming Christmas, God was very specific.  This should bring confidence to all of us. Today’s though is based on Isaiah 11:1-11
December 7, 2022 Look at the Stars
Have you looked at the stars and wondered what God has planned for you?  Today’s thought is based on Genesis 15:1-6
December 6, 2022 — Preparing for Jesus

Are You preparing your heart for Christmas. Are you revving up your joy? Today’s Passage is based on Isaiah 52:7-9
December 1, 2022 The Stump
We have a couple of trees that were cut down in our yard. But this is Florida. Everything grow. Grass doubles in size every week. Weeds flourish and Stumps sprout new life continually. So Jesse was not really an important person, but out of him grew a mighty branch. To learn more listen to Today’s thought based on Isaiah 11:1-2.11
 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord
November 30, 2022 No more Gloom
This summer we had two major storms.  The first one we evacuated from. The second wasn’t nearly as bad.  It was just gloomy. The next day as well. When the sun came out, it felt so good! Some of us habitually live in gloom.  There has to be a better way. To learn more listen to Today’s thought based on Isaiah 9:1-7.
[a]Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
    and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
    will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.
(Isa 9:1-7, NIV)
November 29, 2022 – Do not Fear What they Fear
What is it that you fear? Economic issues?  Poor health?  Losing Friends?  The darkness?  How do you overcome your fears? To find out more listen to Today’s thought based on Isaiah 7:12-17.
This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:
12 “Do not call conspiracy
    everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
    and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
    he is the one you are to fear,
    he is the one you are to dread.
14 He will be a holy place;
    for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
    a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble;
   
they will fall and be broken,
    they will be snared and captured.”
16 Bind up this testimony of warning
    and seal up God’s instruction among my disciples.
17 I will wait for the Lord,
    who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him.

November 24, 2022—Give Thanks
Are you stuck in your negative thinking? Are you apprehensive about tomorrow? Try praying with thanksgiving. To find out more listen to today’s Thanksgiving thought based on Philippians 4:4-7.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
November 23, 2022 — Immanuel
Isaiah 7:14 says, Therefore the Lord himself will give you[c] a sign: The virgin[d] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[e] will call him Immanuel. (NIV) We know this as a Christmas verse pointing to the birth of Christ. Listen to today’s devotion to find out more.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you[c] a sign: The virgin[d] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[e] will call him Immanuel.[f] 7:14
November 22, 2022 – Hearing but Not Understanding
There once was a man who thought he was dead. (But of course was much alive.)  His family was very worried. Find out what happened as you listen to today’s though based on Isaiah 6:9-10.
He said, “Go and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
    make their ears dull
    and close their eyes.[
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Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
November 17, 2022 — Send Me
After forgiveness comes the calling.  Will you respond? To learn more listen to today’s thought based on Isaiah 6:8.
November 16, 2022 — He Touched Me
Have you ever wondered whether something that you did will not be forgiven?  Listen to today’s thought on Isaiah 6:6 to learn more.
November 15, 2022 — I Have Seen the Lord
Did you ever wonder what it will be like to see God?  Listen to today’s thought on Isaiah 6:5 to find out more.
November 10, 2022 – Overwhelming, High and Lifted Up
I am certain Isaiah had his ideas about God.  But when Isaiah actually saw God, he was overwhelmed. God was greater than Isaiah thought possible. Today’s thought is based on Isaiah 6:1-4.
November 9, 2022 — The Branch
We once had an avocado tree in our back yard.  It was planted as a tiny bush and grew as much as ten feet a year. Soon it was a giant tree with a branch that produced an amazing amount of fruit. Today’s thought is based on Isaiah 4:2-4.
November 8, 2022 — Let Us Go Up the Mountain
Every once in a while, someone complains about Christians.  But when God is at work in person’s life real changes occur. Imagine what will happen when Christ returns.  Today’s thought is based on Isaiah 2:3-5.
November 3, 2022 — Let Us Reason Together
God wants to be in your life. He loves you and is relentless in His pursuit to help you. Do you have a lot of baggage in your life? He wants to help. Today’s thought is based on Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
November 2, 2022 – Worship on Sunday, Sin on Monday
God wants a living relationship based on faith with you. Simply going through the motions on Sunday only to live a life far away from Christ on Monday is not what God intends for you. To learn more listen to today’s thought is based on Isaiah 1:10-17.

Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
    you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
    what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
    of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
    in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
    who has asked this of you,
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
    Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
    I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
    I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
    I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
    I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
 
Wash and make yourselves clean.
    Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
    stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.
November 1, 2022 – Why the pain?
A young boy showed up at church with a black eye. I asked him what happened. He said, “I wanted to teach Johnny a lesson.” I replied, “Looks like Johnny taught you a lesson.” 
Many of our black eyes in life are unnecessary. To learn more listen to today’s thought based on Isaiah 1:2-5
 
Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
    For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.”
Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
    children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
    they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
    and turned their backs on him.
Why should you be beaten anymore?
    Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
    your whole heart afflicted.