Something to Think About Devotions with
|Rev. Keith E. Lawder
|Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
February 18, 2019
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, willing to yield, full of mercy, and good fruits.” – James 3:17
As the leaders of our church gather for the Special Session of General Conference on February 23-26, 2019, let us pray for their safe travels, for their constructive conversations, and that God’s wisdom and mercy might pour over them like an endless stream.
February 11, 2019
“Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life.” – James 1:12
Temptation is fueled from our own desires. We are tempted to believe that we alone know what is best for ourselves, our families, our church, and the world. It truly is a blessing to withstand temptation and hear God’s word above all other voices and to earnestly pray, “Thy will be done, Lord.”
February 2, 2019
“Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know the testing of your faith produces endurance.” – James 1:2-3
It is hard to think of the trials of our lives as a joy. Sure, we long for endurance for we know the race we run is long. But a joy? The athletes who won the Super Bowl trained long hours and were mightily tested along the path to the big prize. As difficult as it seems in the moment, James says we too must rejoice in our trials because they produce endurance for us. O God, help us through the upcoming tests and trials that we may endure, become mature in our faith, and win our race for you.
January 28, 2019
"Tthis day is holy to our LORD ... for the joy of the LORD is your strength." - Nehemiah 8:9-10
It is a New Year. Have you taken inventory of your joy at what God is doing in your life? Do not mourn. Even in the midst of heartache, set aside some special time with God instead of pitying yourself because things have not gone the way you planned.
January 21, 2019
“You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” – Isaiah 62:3
I read that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle missed the Queen's diplomatic reception. Why? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the evening attending a carol service in support of a fund which provides aid for children’s education in Uganda. You are, in the hand of God as a “crown of beauty” or a “royal diadem” when you allow God to use you to change a life, right a wrong or display His love to others!
January 14, 2019
Thus says the LORD, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1
No matter how discouraged you may get at times, never forget that there is One who knows your name, your heart, your fears. You are always on His mind! There is no hurt that He cannot heal; nor fear He cannot address. You are an intimate part of His plan!
January 7, 2019
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1
There is much negative talk and disagreement that gets the attention of the media. But have you ever looked at the power of the sun when it rises in the morning and realized that the glorious plan of the One who created you, was to also leave you reminders that daily His glory shines on you?
January 1, 2019
And the one sitting on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new for the first things have passed away.” - Revelation 21:5
Welcome to 2019. We are grateful that you read our devotions and that you support GUMF. You are a blessing to us. Thank you!
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Will 2019 simply be more of the same? Or will you seize the opportunity to be deliberate about making constructive plans? Step one is to pray about what to resolve. Step two is to write down your resolutions on paper. Step three is locate your resolutions where you will see them regularly. Step four is to follow through. If you need ideas, please check out our Winter 2019 Faith & Money newsletter.