Posts by JOYL


Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in ** DEVOTIONALS ** | 0 comments

Because I like you and I love you. Read Romans 8:28-39 For I am convinced that neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our lord. Romans 8:39 (NIV) When my youngest daughter was about three years old, she would climb up on my lap, put her arms around my neck, and then kiss me.  One time I asked her why she did it.  Her response was, “Because I like you and love you.”   I confess that melted my heart.  The hugs were spontaneous and not done in response to any thing specific that I did.  I realize now that she did it because she was responding to my love for her.     It occurs to me that that should be the way we love God.  He expressed his love for us by allowing his son Jesus to die on the cross. That death was so horrible that it is hard for me to imagine the pain and agony He experienced.  With His death, Jesus paid the ultimate price to redeem us from our sins. Our sins are marked, paid for in full and are no longer held against us.  Why would God do that?   The answer is, because he loves us.  Are we so thankful and delighted with God that we would climb up on His lap to hug and kiss Him?  We may not understand why He loves us and we may not know all of the ways God blesses us but deep down we know He does.  How do we respond to Gods love?   Do we even take the time to say thank you? Prayer: Father God, forgive us when we neglect to say thank you for loving us and blessing us. Thank you for our redeemer and our savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for your saving grace.  Amen.  Thought for the day: God loves us unconditionally Prayer focus: Single Parent families Jeff Dimick...

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Praying the Psalms

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in ** DEVOTIONALS ** | 0 comments

Praying the Psalms to Download click-on above link Praying the Psalms Read Psalm 42   Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (NRSV)   Over the years I have read all of the Psalms more than once. Initially, my interest was that they are poetry. I Like the meter and the wonderful descriptive phrases. But the archaic words and descriptions did very little for me spiritually. Psalm 23 and Psalm 42 are two exceptions and they have been favorites for many years. It wasn’t until I began to help lead a study on the Psalms, and particularly when the study suggested praying the Psalms, that I began to look at them differently. The Psalms are largely metaphorical and describe a world much different than our modern day world. A barrier, I suspect, to some people. Yet I do relate to the emotions, the hopes, fears, longings and the authors reliance on God. For example, Psalm 42 describes the same longing to know God that I have. In that respect the Psalms are as meaningful today as they were the day they were written more than two thousand years ago. They speak to the human condition and they speak to the human heart. Because they cover the entire spectrum of human emotion and human experience it is likely there are multiple Psalms that relate to what ever one is experiencing in the present. Some Psalms do not resonate with me but enough do that I find it worth reading all of them. Our walk through life is an ever changing walk, so a Psalm that doesn’t touch us today may be just what we need tomorrow.   Prayer:  As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you O God.  Psalm42:1 (NRSV). Amen.   Thought for today:  God can satisfy the longings of every heart?   Prayer Focus:  Those who do not know Jesus as savior and Lord.   Jeff Dimick APRIL...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in ** DEVOTIONALS ** | 0 comments

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in ** DEVOTIONALS ** | 0 comments

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in ** DEVOTIONALS ** | 0 comments

But let all who take refuge in you be glad: let them ever sing for joy. Psalm 5:11a (NIV) Read Psalm 139:5-18 My wife and I recently visited Washington DC to attend a funeral. Among the necessities like clothes and toiletries were packed my Bible, a book to read and a devotional. The view from our fifteenth floor window included high rises, The Pentagon and the Washington Monument. Opening my bible that first morning, my eyes scanned the horizon and just to the right of the Washington Monument the sun was appearing above the horizon. Seeing the sun was comforting because it reminded me of my mornings at home praying, reading my Bible and looking out my east-facing window. That window affords me a view of the rising sun, the changing seasons and each day’s weather. It connects me to nature and to an awesome creator. Watching the sunrise, the realization dawned on me that God is with me and loves me wherever I go. It was comforting to realize that being five or six hours away from my home did not change my relationship with my Lord and Savior. No matter where I go, God is with me and my part is to be faithful. Prayer: Father God, thank you for your constant unfailing presence. No matter where we go or what we do, you are always there. Even when we are not faithful, you are. Amen. Thought for the Day: I will remain faithful Prayer Focus: Persecuted Christians in Muslim countries By Jeff Dimick...

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