Category Archives: Devos

Imagine it… Father God point us out and saying, “That’s My child over there!”

It is a wonderful and affirming thing to hear someone say, “I’m proud to say, that is my son, or daughter over there” or “that is my family!” And it’s a wonderful thing when it is spoken in a personal way or a collective way! I think back on the times that I recall my parents “owning that I was theirs, with pride,” fondly.

This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage where “Father God” spoke affirming words like that about His people Israel… But what He said about them can also be applied to us individually… personally, as His children! Just to hear the Heavenly Father say it… how wonderful!

So why don’t you read the following words from Isaiah 44 today and apply them to yourself as God’s child! I did! Revel in them, delight in them, be affirmed by them… most of all, live in light of what they declare about how God feels about you – one of His children through “new birth” (John 3:1-8)!

“Remember these things… for you are mine! I formed you; you are my servant! You will not be forgotten by me! I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

“Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed [you] and will be glorified in [you].

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: ‘I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself… who confirms the word of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers!” (From Isaiah 44:21-26 ESV)

Can you imagine the Heavenly Father saying that about you? It’s true, you know! Here’s how Apostle John phrased it… “See what kind of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called ‘children of God”; and so we are! … Beloved, we are God’s children NOW! And what we WILL BE has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is! And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself as He is pure!” (1 John 3:1-3)

God’s child – think of it! And He’s not ashamed to point us out as belonging the Himself! Wow!!

Pausing “Digging Deeper” Bible Study

Greetings friends… We’ve discovered that the day (Tuesday) and the time (3 p.m CST) hit many people right in the middle of a work week and make it difficult for people to participate in “Digging Deeper.”… Additionally the need to “key in your responses” in the format of the Zoom Webinar make it difficult for people as well. So WE’RE GOING TO HIT THE “PAUSE BUTTON” for awhile and “re-vision” Digging Deeper. Thanks for participating! And stay tuned and watch for further announcements. Dr. Bartel

Sometimes the “miracles” occur when you’re “bone tired!”

This post in “coffee with the Lord” is for those deeply involved in Christian service. You’ll know what I am talking about… “running on empty!” – “weary in well doing!”

Sometimes in service for our Lord, you will have had a VERY busy day of “ministry!” … Things have happened that have produced emotional, physical and spiritual drain.  The fact is, you are “bone tired”!  You just feel like you need to get away for a while … no people, no pressure, no one with needs … solitude!  An opportunity to refresh and replenish would be good… You need some space, OK?!!  And then there is a knock at the door… or the phone rings… or someone interrupts you in the hall…

I read these words this morning in the Bible about our Lord… John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin had just been beheaded… “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.  Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said… ‘send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.’  Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away, You give them something to eat.” (Matthew 14.13-21)

My observation over many years of serving Jesus?  Sometimes the biggest miracles happen when we serve others even when we’re “bone tired!”  In this instance Jesus fed over 5,000 besides women and children (10,000 – 15,000 people) on 5 loves and 2 fish with basketfuls left over.  I’m not advocating foolishness – or saying you should never withdraw for rest (believe me, I’m not saying that)!!  But I am saying sometimes the biggest miracles happen when we set aside our “rest agenda” for awhile and just go ahead and serve others even when we’re “bone tired”!  I can tell you the stories!!

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