Category Archives: Devos

If I were naming a baby boy – I’d name him “Asa”!

Parents name their children for different reasons… A close relative, a favorite person or celebrity, perhaps a name signifying a character quality they admire, a name chosen just to be “cute,” or simply because they like a particular name.

During my time of “coffee with the Lord” today I came across a name in the Bible I’d choose if my child were male, simply because of the kind of person this was in Scripture… I’d name them “Asa”…

Now I don’t often do this – pointing you to a passage of Scripture and just urging you to read it without giving the details why – but in this case I’m doing precisely that! What a person “Asa” was! Read 2 Chronicles 14 in your Bible and see what I mean. Identify the character qualities of this important leader and see if you wouldn’t want your son (or daughter) to emulate them (except perhaps for the very end of his life 🙁 2 Chronicles 16).

That’s right… look it up in your Bible and read 2 Chronicles 15 – you’ve got the time, it’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving after all!

If I were a parent naming a young male child – I’d name him “Asa” – sure would!

Neighbors! Love ’em or hate ’em

“What kind of neighbors do you have?”  Ask that question and then just listen awhile…

People have a love – hate relationship with their neighbors… There are good neighbors – and there are bad ones. 

As a Christian – a Christ follower, how do you feel about your “neighbors?”  Better yet, how do they feel about you?  Being a “neighbor” is a big deal in the teaching of Jesus! (You should read about it – it’s the topic of one of his greatest parables – Luke 10:25-37)  But that’s not what prompted this “coffee with the Lord” – a passage from 1 Peter 2:11-20 did…

Our “influence” as “neighbors” matter – even when they’re obnoxious – even (no especially) when they are unbelievers – even when they persecute Christians!

Here is what the Bible says…

“Beloved, I urge you … keep your conduct among the Gentiles [the “unconverted” – those who are NOT believers] honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation… Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. [In other words be good citizens!]  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. [Listen, your influence matters!]  Live as people who are free, but never use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, instead live as servants of God.  Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.  Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.” (From 1 Peter 2:11-20)

The challenge?  Being a good, godly “neighbor” in your neighborhood, your community, your region, and your nation!  Oh, the potential (even when “persecuted”) of influencing someone positively for the Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel!  I want to be that kind of neighbor!

Holiday Schedule for “Digging Deeper Bible Studies

Here’s the holiday schedule for “Digging Deeper: Discovery Bible Study”…

There will be NO live Bible studies: November 24, December 1, 22, and 29, or January 5There WILL be live Bible studies: December 8, 15 and January 12

Taped Bible studies from previous weeks will, however be available (with note-taking devices) at: https://bibleengagementproject.com/diggingdeeper…

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