Mike BareonWeek 6: April 10th – 16thThe Pharisees, the Romans, the Sadducees, all enemies of Jesus, all desiring his death, they held all the power and the killed Him. No, it didn't happen that way at all. Jesus could have asked His Father to blast Israel and the entire planet to a cinder, evey Roman killed in a split second but He didn't do that - He went to the cross VOLUNTARILY, He could have stopped the entire thing AT ANY TIME. The bottom line (and I think I read this somewhere in this devotional series) I SENT HIM TO THE CROSS, He stayed there for me, my sin sent Him there, He died so I didn't have to. "Thank You" seems a pretty small response on my part.
Doug StookeonWeek 5: April 3rd – 9thOur physical thirst is satisfied by drinking water. The thirst then goes away until we are thirsty again. I have found that our spiritual hunger for Jesus has its cycles too. If I hunger or thirst for Jesus, he will satisfy that thirst, yet increase it. The more I get from him, the more I want, the more I have to give away. A physical need can be satisfied, then returns. An addiction can’t be satisfied until it sucks the life out of you. The spiritual need for Jesus continually grows and is continually being satisfied as you grow and prosper and minister. The fruit of the Spirit are virtues that Cannot be measured. The are endless, eternal, so is spiritual growth!
VeronikaonWeek 3: March 20th – 26thWow! This is so powerful! Today, God reminds me, that we can and we should be compassionate in any situation and even when we are in pain. I think of myself as compassionate person but what I lack the most is compassion towards my kids, my husband; especially when I don’t feel good or tired or sick. If Jesus could be THAT on the Cross, I can try too!
DonnieonWeek 3: March 20th – 26thToday's devotional was written on the morning of the Boston Marathon bombing, April 15, 2013. I was in the middle of training for a marathon that year and was enamored by the Boston Marathon as it has always been a pipe dream for me to qualify for it. I remember watching it live and being drawn to the crazy images and surreal reality of what I was seeing happen right before my eyes. But what gave me hope was the compassion that I was witnessing as people were risking their own lives to help those who had fallen prey to such a horrific and evil act. I love how my friend Jonas wrote about what he saw. Jonas was one of my seven brothers in my masters course for Transformational Leadership at Barclay College and this Seven Devotional was our class project that all seven of us brothers accomplished together. I love Jonas' writing on the deeper meaning of compassion . . . " . . . “compassion.” The Greek word for compassion, splankna, actually refers to being moved by a situation or circumstance from the center of our essence. In other words, compassion is that feeling in our gut that drives us to care for others in need." I can't help but think of how this word is defining our church here in Arvada. Although we are working hard to be excellent in everything we do in ministry, it is not our goal to simply be relevant and cool. What is evident is our desire to be compassionate; to be moved by every situation or circumstance from the center of our essence. We are a little church in a little neighborhood with a lot of GUTS! Our Tin Shed Food Pantry Ministry served over 40 families last Sunday alone. Good quality food went out to over 200+ people if you do the math. Our Youth Ministry is ministering to over 50 students right now with an average attendance of 35 with leaders. Tonight they are bowling together. Doesn't seem all that spiritual, but it is a fun and practical environment to talk about life and faith together. The proof and fruit of their compassion (GUTS) is the le…