Weekly Devotion and Lectionary

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“Unashamed” 

Romans 1:16 - “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”


This is my call to arms devotion. Before you begin to load your guns and pull your battle axes out of storage, please read the devotion first. I am truly tired of people being offended by what other people say. Way back when I was in school - when we had snow up to here, where we had to walk 10 miles to school in worn out high heel shoes, where…well, you get the idea - people were able to have a discussion about what one person said without having to change one of the amendments of the US Constitution because another person felt slighted by the comment. I guess I have grown so old that I can no longer hold my tongue - NOR SHOULD YOU HAVE TO HOLD YOUR TONGUE WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT JESUS IN A POLITE FASHION DURING A CONVERSATION WITH OTHERS WHO MAY NOT BELIEVE!!! (Sorry for my yelling - find my happy place). 

Throughout the song, the band points out what God has done for you throughout your life. They talk about witnessing the His mercy. They reference when we stand in awe of His glory. Through these two small encounters that we ALL have experienced, we should be announcing to the world the awesome of God Almighty. But the childlike faith we once had no longer is on display for the world to see. Something has changed where we do not go out of our way to show that God is good all the time and…(Yeah, you finished it. Thank you Mr. Bunke) All the time, God is good. When we were little children, we sang without a shred of pride affecting us as we shared the Good News at Christmas programs, plays, and choir concerts. Now, the churches have fallen silent as we are to express our love and admiration for the Person who died for our sins.

Here is a pointed question for you to answer: what is your restaurant experience like? Do you pray before you eat in a public restaurant? If you pray, do you pray quietly so as to not disturb others as you are praying to “your God”? Is that what the song or God Himself even wants you to do? According to the last few words of the song, “I will shout Your name so all the world will know that You’re all that I live for, Jesus.” I am not asking you to be like the Pharisee where you are looking for praise as you pray out loud. I do not want you to draw attention to yourself as you perform a scene from Jacob and the Technicolor Dream Coat. Please no dance numbers in restaurants or they may ask you to leave. However, I do not want you to cower in fear as you pray to God Himself.

What more does this Man need to do in order for you to show your family how great and wonderful He truly is? Jesus loves us unconditionally. How do I know this? Would you die on the cross for all people (even those who will never change their minds about hating you)? Do you witness to those who are around you at work? For me, I do not get the chance to witness to my colleagues who do not believe. I do get to share my faith with the smallest of God’s children. Through writing these devotions, I want to light the fire in your heart so you can go and share your faith too! You do not have to preach a sermon (leave that to the professionals…lol). However, you should be able to give a statement of faith and back it up. If you cannot, please look into Bible studies at your church or come in and talk with me.

But remember, sometimes it is not words that do the most talking in your life. People have and will continue to watch you if you are a self-proclaimed Christian. Your actions will speak much louder than your words ever will. That is why we all need to lead Christ-like lives. We need to live ashamed of the Gospel, just like our children do - every day.

Written by Mr. David Kaiser

Family Devotion Time: For those of you who are new to CTK or for those parents who are finally receiving the newsletter for the first time, I try to give you as many ways to infuse Jesus into your home life as possible. One way is to ask each pastor and myself to write a weekly devotion that you may read together as a family. That is enclosed on the end of the newsletter. Another way is to provide a weekly Bible reading program and a family prayer that you may use at dinner devotions or whenever you hold Jesus Time at home. Please feel free to use this.

I would also like to share a different Bible series that you may want to use at home to start dinner time devotions. Please visit www.whatdoesthismean.org. (The link can also be found at the bottom of this page.) Once you have done so, click on the devotions tab to find an entire liturgy to use at home. These devotions are meant to be used daily for a week and then new devotions are posted. 

A brand new way to access the Bible as you spend time with your family. Mr. Charles McGathy has posted a way for parents to access a new yearly Bible reading app on Facebook. The app is called Youversion. It will look like a small icon of a Bible. One way is to ask each pastor and myself to write a weekly devotion that you may read together as a family. That is enclosed on the end of the newsletter. Another way is to provide a weekly Bible reading program and a family prayer that you may use at dinner devotions or whenever you hold Jesus Time at home. Please feel free to use this.


Lectionary Readings for This Week:

Mon. – Deut 19-21; Mk 13:21-37
Tues. – Deut 22-24; Mk 14:1-26
Weds. – Deut 25-27; Mk 14:27-53
Thurs. – Deut 28-29; Mk 14:54-72
Fri. – Deut 30-31; Mk 15:1-25
Sat. – Deut 32--34; Mk 15:26-47
Sun. – Jos 1-3; Mk 15:26-47
Mon. – Jos 4-6; Mk 16
 

Family Prayer for the Week:

Lord, I want to be a blessed man. Whatever this may take, Lord, I want to go through it. No matter how difficult it may be, I ask that You bless me with the strength and courage to go on and accomplish it. Lord, today, I make You my Trust, my Refuge, my Stronghold, my Fortress, my Buckler, my Shield, my Provider, my Protector, my Healer, and my Strengthener. Lord, I turn away from lies, and resist the foul spirit of pride, wickedness, jealousy, envy, hatred, covetousness, and discontentment. Lord, as I turn my face toward the path that leads to You, keep my feet from slipping away from the path of righteousness that I may come to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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