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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
This section pictures a new exodus for a people once again oppressed, as the Israelites had been as slaves in Egypt before the Exodus. They would cry to God, and again he would hear and deliver them. A new exodus would take place through a new wilderness. The past miracles were nothing compared to what God would do for his people in the future. (NLT)
Isaiah 43:14-21 – The Lord your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: “For your sakes I will send an invading army against Babylon. And the Babylonians will be forced to flee in those ships they are so proud of. I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King. I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway though the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert! The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and ostriches, too, for giving them water in the wilderness. Yes, I will make springs in the desert, so that my chosen people can be refreshed. I have made Israel for myself, and they will someday honor me before the whole world.”
Peter replied, “Change your hearts and lives.” –Acts 2:38 (CEB)
Jerry W. Krueger (Ohio) titled his story “CHANGE HAPPENS;” here is Jerry’s story:
“As a pastor who moves to a new church at the direction of my bishop, I know how difficult change can be. New faces, new names, new ideas, and learning new ways that people interact together are some of the challenges in each new location.
“Receiving a new pastor can be an uneasy transition for congregations as well. What will the new pastor focus on? Will our mission focus need to change? Will our theological ideas differ?
“As Jesus preached and taught, he called people to change their hearts, their old ways of living and thinking. Christ called those who heard his voice to live for God and for neighbor, and not to think so much about self.
“We will all encounter change in our lives. We know that uneasiness, confusion, and fear are often part of that. Whether change comes in our churches, families, work, or relationships, we can know that Christ always walks with us through these changes. We are never abandoned; we are never alone. Changes we encounter can deepen our spiritual lives as we rely more fully on Christ.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christ walks with me through every change.
Prayer: Holy One, walk with us as our lives change. Help us to trust you daily as you guide our steps. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CHURCHES RECEIVING A NEW PASTOR
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