Devotions

Jesus Christ is our Rock

…For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 10

This verse is appropriate for all of life’s situations. Erastus Johnson was born in a logging camp on the banks of the Penobscot River north of Bangor, Maine. He wanted to enter the ministry but his poor health and eyesight prevented him from attending seminary. At age seventeen, he became a schoolteacher. In his twenties, he followed his brothers to California to search for gold. He lived in San Francisco for several years before returning east and settling down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania farming and working in oil. He wrote the hymn, “The Rock That Is Higher Than I” in 1871 after attending a YMCA convention. William Fischer composed the music for this hymn.

My prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Thank you for being our Rock. You keep our thoughts pure and undefiled. You feed our hungry souls with love, grace and kindness. Thank you, Jesus Christ. Amen



Use My Hands and Feet to Serve You, Lord!

There is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 8

Will L. Thompson grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio in a financially comfortable family who helped transform the area into a pottery manufacturing region. By age sixteen he had already published two songs. He took music training in Boston and Germany. He published his own songs and with his earnings he established his own publishing business in Chicago. He wrote great hymns like “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” and “There’s a Great Day Coming.” In 1904 he wrote
words and music for the beautiful hymn, “Jesus Is All the World to Me.” Will was a prominent land developer, widely traveled, well known, wealthy, and a generous philanthropist, supporting heavily the local East Liverpool YMCA and Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.

My prayer for the week: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. Help us to help others to lift up their tired hands, arms and hearts to know your glory and wonder of your precious name. Amen



Jesus Christ is our Foundation

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus
Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 3

Samuel Stone, curate at Windsor in the shadow of Windsor Castle, wrote twelve hymns based on twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed in 1866. The hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation” was based on the ninth article of the Apostles’ Creed. Samuel Wesley, the grandson of Charles Wesley wrote the music for this hymn one year later. Not all verses
are sung today. Here is one of the verses that helps us to understand Samuel’s passion:
Through and scornful wonder men see her sore
oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, by heresies
distressed; yet saints their watch are keeping, their
cry goes, “How Long?” And soon the night of
weeping will be the morn of song!

My prayer for the week: Dear Lord, thank you for being our rock. You are our foundation. You provide us the power to be a fruitful servant. Help us to lead others into Your service. We are blessed to see Your eternal light as a beacon in our daily lives. Praise God. Amen



Submit Your Heart to the Lord

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from god—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
 
Recommended reading 1 Corinthians 1.
 
 Count Nickolaus von Zinzendorf was born into a wealthy family in the little German town of Hermhut. His parents insisted his pursue a career as diplomat and statesman.  From childhood, Nickolaus has a tender heart toward the Lord and felt God’s call to the ministry. The opportunity came unexpectedly. In nearby Moravia, a group of Christians were being persecuted for their faith. They came to him for refuge. He assisted them in building a community on his estate and he became their spiritual leader.  Over seventy overseas missionaries came out of their community of six hundred.    Nickolaus wrote many hymns.  His best known hymn is “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” in 1739.  It was Zinzenhorf’s London-based Moravians who helped lead John and Charles Wesley in their faith in Christ and helped to launch their history-changing ministry.
 

My prayer for the week: Dear Lord, deliver us from our senseless pride and help us to walk humbly in service for You.  Thank you for the privilege of knowing Your Son, Jesus Christ and helping us to follow Your commandments in our daily living. Amen



Holy Fortitude

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 16

 
Isaac Watts wrote the hymn “Am I a Soldier of the Cross” in 1724 based on his sermon Holy Fortitude based on the above verse. In 1870, D. L. Moody, the world-famed evangelist, was preaching at a convention in Indianapolis.  At the last minute, a government tax collector, Ira Sankey, was asked to lead the singing.  Moody asked Sankey to help him in his work. Sankey’s beautiful voice and Isaac Watt’s song arrested workers attending the meetings. Crowds were large for their evangelist meetings. Sankey sang first and then Moody preached the gospel. They worked together for three decades as soldiers of Christ.

 My prayer for the week:  Dear Jesus, We honor the life you had, for it is the life God gave you to embrace.  Remember the lesson of the faithful: even he who suffers the most eventually rises. Each of our footsteps is guarded by the Lord. Life isso more than what we see.  It is faith in action. InYour Holy name we pray. Amen



Jesus, Our Living Savior

…He was crucified in weakness. Yet lives by the peace of God….we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.  2 Corinthians 13:4

 Recommended reading: 2 Corinthians 13

Phoebe Palmer was born in New York City.  She married Walter Palmer, a physician at the age of twenty.  Phoebe led a women’s prayer meeting in her home.  She and Walter traveled throughout the area preaching.  She wrote articles and books. She is now considered the “Mother of Holiness Movement in the United States.”  She wrote the words to the hymn “The Cleansing Wave” in 1867. Her daughter, Phoebe Palmer Knapp married at the age of 16.  Phoebe Knapp composed lively hymns in the home the Knapp Mansion with fine music room with a pipe organ. She wrote the music for “The Cleansing Wave.”  She and Fanny Crosby were close friends.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, use our hands to serve others and our hearts to love others as You did for each of us.  Thank you for the great opportunity to use our arms to lift others up.  In Your Holy Name we pray. Amen   



Jesus Christ is Our Rock

…For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 10

This verse is appropriate for all of life’s situations. Erastus Johnson was born in a logging camp on the banks of the Penobscot River north of Bangor,Maine. He wanted to enter the ministry but his poor health and eyesight prevented him from attending seminary. At age seventeen, he became a schoolteacher. In his twenties, he followed his brothers to California to search for gold. He lived in San Francisco for several years before returning east and settling down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania farming and working in oil. He wrote the hymn, “The Rock That Is Higher Than I” in 1871 after attending a YMCA convention. William Fischer composed the music for this hymn.

Prayer for the week:
Dear Lord, Thank you for being our Rock. You assist us to keep our thoughts pure and undefiled. You feed our hungry souls with Your grace and kindness. Thank you, Jesus Christ. Amen



Use My Hands and Heart to Serve You, Lord

There is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 8

Will L. Thompson grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio in a financially comfortable family who helped transform the area into a pottery manufacturing region. By age sixteen he had already published two songs. He took music training in Boston and Germany. He published his own songs and with his earnings he established his own publishing business in Chicago. He wrote great hymns like “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” and “There’s a Great Day Coming.” In 1904 he wrote words and music for the beautiful hymn, “Jesus Is All The World to Me.” Will was a prominent land developer, widely
traveled, well known, wealthy, and a generous philanthropist, supporting heavily the local East Liverpool YMCA and Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. Help us to help others to lift up their tired hands, arms and hearts to know and honor your precious name. Amen



Sing Praises to God

For you were brought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 6

At age ten, Philip Bliss first heard the sounds of the piano for the first time and his imagination was stirred. He became a traveling musician riding his horseback. He later became the song leader and children’s director for the evangelistic campaigns for Major Daniel Whittle, while penning some of America’s favorite gospel sounds. While spending the Christmas holidays in 1876 with family in Pennsylvania, he received a telegram to come sing at the Moody Tabernacle on the last Sunday of the year. He and his wife left by train for Chicago. The train trestle bridge at Ashtabula, Ohio collapsed. Philip and Lucy died. He was thirty eight. His trunk arrived in Chicago safely. In it were the words of his last hymn, “I Will Sing of My Redeemer,” which he had written in 1874.

My prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Thank you for being with us, so we do not slip and fall. Your love fuels our spirits, lifts our hearts and the birth of Your Son gives us hope to face each day. In Your name we pray because
we believe in Your Holy word. Amen



Jesus Christ is our Foundation

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 3

Samuel Stone, curate at Windsor in the shadow of Windsor Castle, wrote twelve hymns based on twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed in 1866. The hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation” was based on the ninth article of the Apostles’ Creed. Samuel Wesley, the grandson of Charles Wesley wrote the music for this hymn one year later. Not all verses are sung today. Here is one of the verses that helps us to understand Samuel’s passion: Through and scornful wonder men see her soul oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed; yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes, “How Long?” And soon the night of weeping will be the morn of song!

Prayer for the week:
Dear Lord, thank you for being our rock. You are our foundation. You provide us the power to fruitful servants. Help us to lead others into Your service. We are blessed to see Your eternal light as a beacon to follow in our daily lives.
Praise God. Amen