Daniel 7:14

“He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

Insight:

Nations, kingdoms and empires have come and gone, risen and fallen, throughout history. But there is one kingdom and one king who will never pass away and whose authority and power will never crumble: Jesus. He alone is sovereign. Our home and our security is with Him.

Prayer:

Father, no matter what happens in the world around us, You are always sovereign and in control. In uncertain times, help me to remember that because of Jesus, I belong to a kingdom and a king that can never be shaken or overthrown. My security is with You.

Heidi Keeler

Daniel 6:10

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

Insight:

Daniel is an incredible example of steadfastness and faithfulness to God. It didn’t matter if his faith in God was being mocked, applauded or outright challenged, he served God faithfully and unashamedly through it all. He wasn’t out to make a statement, but by honoring God above all consistently throughout his life, his character caught the attention of many people. Some despised him for it and others honored and respected him for it. Either way, it didn’t seem to make a difference to Daniel - he was living for the approval of One.

Prayer:

Father, help me to cultivate a faithful and steadfast spirit like Daniel had - not afraid or ashamed to live boldly for you in the midst of many who do not. May my character be formed in Your likeness because I consistently turn to You and spend time with You every day. May Your approval be the one I seek before anyone else.

Heidi Keeler

Luke 2:29-32

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

Insight:

Jesus came for everyone. What an incredible gift that has been given to us - that no matter who you are, Jesus came for YOU. What was prophesied and longed for for thousands of years is here and available. There is nothing as miraculous and beautiful to behold than the gift of salvation - Jesus.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your gift of Jesus. In all the history of mankind, there is nothing that comes close to the gift of salvation through Jesus. May I always be amazed and in awe of Him more than anything or anyone else.

Heidi Keeler

Luke 1:45

“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.”

Insight:

We are blessed when we trust that what God has said, He will do. His actions do not always look like what we imagined them to be, but we have God’s own word to us that what He says He will do, He will do. He isn’t like you or me - He doesn’t promise without thinking it through, He doesn’t have good intentions and then isn’t able to deliver, He doesn’t change His mind or need to backtrack. When we trust that, no matter what things look like now, God will ALWAYS fulfill His Word, then we will walk in the favor and blessing God bestows on those who are steadfastly confident in Him.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be someone who believes that what You have spoken will be accomplished. I want to walk in a steadfast confidence in You. No matter what I may see around me or feel or think - I want to trust You above all those things. Shape me and mold me into someone who believes You at Your word. I love you, Father.

Heidi Keeler

Revelation 22:12-13

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Insight:

There is no one like Jesus. He is everything. Nothing has escaped His attention, He has seen it all. From the beginning to the end, of both humanity and YOUR life, He has been there, is there and will be there. He started the story and He is the last Word. And He is coming again - for all those who love Him and have given themselves to Him.

Prayer:

Thank You, Jesus, that You are coming again! From the beginning to the end, You hold all things together including my life. I long for the day when I will get to step into Your arms and my soul will know its true home. I love You, Jesus.

Heidi Keeler

Revelation 21:3-4

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death nor mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Insight:

There will come a day when all the pain and hurt of this world will be wiped away by the tender hand of our Father God. No more tears, no more death and goodbyes, no more pain in our bodies and in our hearts. He will make all things new and as they should be. We will know life without limits and without heartache. This is His promise to all those who have given their hearts to Him!

Prayer:

Father, some days the pain of this world seems unfair and even unbearable at times. But my hope is in the promise that one day, You will wipe away my tears and heal every hurt and pain. It will be gone forever, never to return. Thank You for this promise of comfort and healing and heaven. Help me to always remember that what I see and experience now is not the end of the story. You will have the final word and make all things new and good. I love You, Father.

Heidi Keeler

Psalm 145:13

“The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.”

Insight:

God keeps His Word and always acts in complete love towards us - and that includes YOU. Sometimes, without even being aware of it, we began to believe that we are the exception to God’s promises but that is not true. He cannot and will not act towards you in any way that goes against His character and nature - and His character is one of perfect faithfulness and untiring love.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and Your love. When I begin to doubt You, help me to remember that You will never change and You will never treat me with anything less than perfect love and faithfulness.

Heidi Keeler

Psalms‬ ‭48:14

“For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die”

Insight:

What we learn from this Psalm is that not only is God our refuge and peace here on earth and guiding us each day of our life. But He is our God forever and ever, and He’s preparing for us a great city where he will be our King for eternity. 

Prayer:

Jesus help us to keep things in perspective. That not only are you guiding us each day in this life. But that you are preparing a place for us to spend an eternity with you. Help me to understand the vastness of your plan when I get hung up on the small things of the moment. Amen

Matt 

‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭36:23

“‘This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Any of you who are his people may go there for this task. And may the Lord your God be with you!’”

Insight:

2 Chronicles end with this wonderful encouragement to return and rebuild Jerusalem. Through all of Jerusalem’s rebellion, God continues to be faithful and bring hope and a fresh start. 

Prayer:

Jesus, help me to always see your faithfulness, hope and forgiveness that lives on the other side of my choices and circumstances. Thank you for fresh starts. Amen.

Matt

Ezekiel 15:2-6

“Son of man, how does a grapevine compare to a tree? Is a vine’s wood as useful as the wood of a tree? Can its wood be used for making things, like pegs to hang up pots and pans? No, it can only be used for fuel, and even as fuel, it burns too quickly. Vines are useless both before and after being put into the fire. “And this is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Jerusalem are like grapevines growing among the trees of the forest.”

Insight: Without fruit, the vine is useless. Its wood isn’t even worth anything. As Christians, when we cease to bear fruit, just like the vine, we’re kinda worthless too. What is it to be a Christian in name only? Rather, let us seek to nurture the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, I don’t want to be useless. Help me to bear fruit in my life. I want to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control in my life for Your glory and for Your Kingdom. I love You, Lord. Amen

Pastor Adam

Ezekiel 12:3

Verse: “As for you, son of man, prepare for yourself an exile’s baggage, and go into exile by day in their sight. You shall go like an exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house.

Insight: The prophet, throughout the Scriptures, is many times called upon by God to exhibit to the people a type of “illustrated sermon”, using his very own body as a type of “show-and-tell”, in the hope that, “... perhaps they will understand...”, and thus avoid the consequences of their rebellion. Today, all around us, God, in His love, gives prophetic “picture stories”, thru the lives of others; some of those are good, some are bad, but all of them, lessons, nonetheless. It is a wise person who looks and learns. It is silly to see the horrible consequences of foolish actions, and then to repeat them, like a dumb ox that stumbles to the slaughter! The “prophet” is speaking, and we must listen! It is wise to look at the lives of wise people, and to be instructed by their example. Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith”, then, “... perhaps (we) will understand ...”

Prayer: Father, it is one thing for me to repeat my mistakes; its altogether another thing for me to repeat the mistakes of others! Please help me to be wise by looking at the prophetic picture stories that you have placed around me, so that I may be, “... wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.” (Romans 16:19) Thank you, Lord.

Martin McCrory

Revelation 4:11

Verse: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Insight: Imagine that you are the featured artist at an art exhibition, you’re standing amongst the patrons, and you begin to hear the spread of an awful rumor - “He didn’t create any of these pieces”! How would that make you feel? And yet, every day, in this beautiful creation of ours, rumor has it that God didn’t make it! But the Scripture says differently: “... (God’s) invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” If there is a builder for a building, and an artist for a painting, and a sculptor for a sculpture, how is it that there is no Creator for creation? But our verse for today captures the heartfelt response of those who are no longer blinded by the god of this world. Let’s pause for a moment, so that our hearts can begin to see and appreciate all that God has willed into creation ...

Prayer: Lord Jesus, the Bible tells me that You are the Creator of everything! (John 1:3; Col 1:16) I want to pause, and reflect on the wonder of your handiwork, and then I want to join my voice with the twenty four elders, to let You know that you are worthy to receive all the glory, honor and power for everything that you have made! Bless you, Lord. I love you!

Martin McCrory

Revelation 3:5

Verse: “To the one who conquers...” (see also Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21)

Insight: The Revelation to John from Jesus to the 7 churches reveals 7 promises to believers who “conquer” (or who overcome), those promises belonging even to the likes of the Philadelphian church, which is described as having “little power”! (3:8) How about that? Ever felt like you had “little power”? Well, God still expects you to overcome! How is that, when we can hardly pick ourselves up off the floor sometimes? We are given a small secret to Philadelphia’s conquering Christianity in that same verse, when Jesus says, “...yet you have kept My Word, and have not denied My name.” There is such power in HIS Word and in HIS name! Aren’t you glad that the strength in the struggle is not ours, but the Lord’s, and how that strength is perfected in our weaknesses?! (2 Cor 12:9) We should always be very careful about taking the credit for a victory, when, in truth, our best contribution to the whole affair has been our “little power”!

Prayer: Father, your Word says that I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me! (Phil 4:13) It also says that, “this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith!” (1 John 5:4), and that faith comes by hearing your word (Rom 10:17) Please help me to find strength in keeping your word, and being faithful to your beautiful name, so that I can give you the glory for my victories. Thank you, Lord. 

Ezekiel 2:2

Verse: “And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

Insight: Sometimes what we need most in order to “get back on our feet”, is not necessarily a handout, or a loan, or even a place to lay our head, or any well-intentioned remedy, really - what we need is for the Spirit of God to enter us! That is when we get to hear Him speaking to us. Jesus said that we would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us (Acts 1:8) The Holy Spirit leads, He guides, He helps, and He is the Spirit of wisdom. Jesus raised people to their feet over and over again in the Gospels (Matt 8:15, Mark 2:11, Luke 5:23, 17:19, et al), showing us the Father’s heart. The apostles followed Christ’s example, and continued to put people back on their feet again by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 3:1-10, 20:7-12). Would you be open to allowing the Holy Spirit to get you back on your feet again, in whatever area of life that may be?

Prayer: Holy Spirit, I can clearly see from Scripture that it is your loving will to put people back on their feet again. Would your please enter me, set me back on my feet again, and let me hear You speaking to me? Thank you so much, Lord.

Martin McCrory

Revelation 1:3

Verse: “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”

Insight: We are drawn with urgency by this verse to live a life of blessing - “for the time is near”. “Blessed” has the meaning of, “fortunate, happy, privileged, someone who receives divine favor.” Who’s up for that? We are given three activities in this scripture, that “trigger” this divine favor in our lives:

  1. Read the Scripture out loud (i.e speak intelligently for the benefit of the listeners, including you)

  2. Hear what is being read (i.e. understand and learn)

  3. Keep what is written (i.e. to note; to fulfill and maintain a command)

This seems to suggest a type of “circular” rhythm to living in the blessing of divine favor: we move from listener, to learner, to leader, and then again, from listener, to leaner to leader, and so on - the unbroken cycle of blessing.

Prayer: Lord, I want to say that I am fortunate, happy and privileged to know You, and I am SO up for living in the blessing of Your divine favor! Please help me to maintain this unbroken rhythm of blessing by listening well, learning humbly, and leading with grace in my space. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

Martin McCrory

Jeremiah 50:6

Verse: “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold.

Insight: Jesus said that He came “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10), and that He is “the good shepherd, (who) lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) When the Lord is your shepherd (Psalm 23:1), you will not be lost or led astray, and there is no way that he will ever turn you away! (John 6:37) One of the very strong ways to stay in the Way, is for us to not “forget our fold”, as the prophet warns here in this verse. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Prayer: Father, thank you for sending Jesus as my good shepherd. I believe that He is able to, not only, keep me until the Day of His return, but is also, able to strengthen my faithfulness to the fold that You have placed me in. Thank you, Lord. Amen”

Martin McCrory

2 John 12 (also 3 John 13)

Verse: “Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

Insight: Why is it more meaningful to connect face-to-face, rather than thru the "paper and ink" of Facebook, or FaceTime, or Instagram, or Twitter, or emails, or texts? Well, the Scripture tells us, “...so that our JOY may be complete.” Communication is important, but community brings JOY! When we engage face-to-face, our presence is the present, and we get see expressions, hear the tone of the voice, experience the touch, and help people to not feel so lonely in this over-connected world.

Prayer: Father, please help me to place “people over programs” (or over paper and pen and iPad!) by valuing the personal touch, because I know that you didn’t just send a message, but You sent Your one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to meet with us personally, face-to-face. Thank you, Lord

Martin McCrory

1 John 5:21

Verse: Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

Insight: Ken Sande writes, "Anytime we long for something apart from God, fear something more than God, or trust in something other than God to make us happy, fulfilled, or secure, we worship a false god." God is the answer to our every question. We should seek to worship Him in all that we do while being cautious of anything that would keep us from that purpose.

Prayer: God, you are the one true god. Let us seek only your council and put nothing before you. Thank you for the wisdom and guidance that you have provided in your Word. To you alone be the glory, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

1 John 4:20-21

Verse: If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

Insight: C. S. Lewis said, “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.” The verse today explains that our failure to love and treat each other well within the church can make Christianity unbelievable to a skeptical world that is waiting to catch a glimpse of Jesus Christ or proclaim that he does not exist. We must present Jesus as the only truth through our love and treatment of one another. 

Prayer: Lord, let us show the world Jesus by the loving way we care for other Christians. May our relationships of love and respect be a light of truth into this skeptical world. Thank you for your grace and blessings of renewal each day. In your name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

1 John 3:18-19

Verse: Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

Insight: In early 14th century England a standard was established for precious metals, and each item forged was marked with a hallmark after being verified to be pure and authentic. God has commanded us to love one another, always as Jesus first loved us, not by words alone, but with love in action. Love in action should be the hallmark of authenticity on our lives as Christians so all would know that the God of love is truly at work in us.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that Jesus’ love was much more than words, and that he showed us so deep a love in action at the Cross. As we put love into action, let that be the hallmark of your authentic work in us in a world full of counterfeit. Help us to be more aware of those in need around us as we continue to look for ways to serve. Lead us and guide us. In your name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick