Devotion Preached Sept 2011 MP3

I preached the Sunday evening devotion before the congregation on Sept. 5. My text for the devotion was “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 ESV). To provide context for the verse I read Luke 1:26 – 38 which is quoted below. I offered threes points of consideration: 1) God’s actions, 2) Mary’s reaction and 3) Our response and then closed by offering some application. Something sorta funny happened concerning the translation I used. Read the text and I’ll comment afterward. 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town …keep reading »


February 2011 Devotion MP3

Isaiah 49:3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor. (NIV) (ESV – in whom I will be glorified)” I.Introduction A. The focus of tonight’s devotion is on Isaiah 49:3. 1. What did God teach and how did it affect His people then? 2. How do we understand this verse today? 3. What can you take home tonight from this verse? II. Body A. What did God teach and how did it affect His people then? 1. God’s servant will restore Israel and be glorified in His servant. 2. God was bringing …keep reading »

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Behind the Pulpit

Last night I had the opportunity to lead my church in a devotion for our evening service.  (A devotion is like a mini-sermon and mine was about 14 minutes.)  It’s been several years since I’ve preached at all.  I’ve taught classes and done a few presentations, but no sermon-like activities.  I was very honored when my pastor called me to ask if I would be willing to give a devotion.  My date ended up being April 5th, Palm Sunday.  As excited as I was to do this as the time drew near I wasn’t so sure.  I will share some …keep reading »


Devotion On Grace

Our Bible passage for this devotion is Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV) In today’s culture, much like the time when this passage was written, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s grace towards mankind, especially, as it relates to salvation. In America, for example, there is a prevalent attitude that doing more gets you more. Or that doing good will give you more “good” into your life and that …keep reading »