James 3:17-18

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

Insight

The bible tells us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God what to do. Lacking wisdom can feel like: lacking clarity, not knowing which step to take next, or not knowing which direction to go. The wisdom that God gives to us is packed with goodness. The second part of this verse reminds us that being Peacemakers is essential to our walk with God. In the busyness of this holiday season, let’s keep our eyes on being Peacemakers everywhere we go. With family, co-workers and friends, let us be the influence that helps bring out peace and restoration in each circumstance. Jesus lives in us – he is our peace.

Prayer

Father help me to be the person of peace you have called me to be. I pray for wisdom in the areas I need clarity from you. You promise to bring wisdom to those that ask. Thank you for giving me your peace, so that I can center my life around your goodness. Amen.   

Brittany Waldbillig

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. 

Insight

This verse is packed with truth. We can be encouraged to throw off, run away from, and get far back from anything that takes our eyes off of our Creator. Whatever that may be, seemingly big or small, we have a race to run and we cannot do that with extra weight we were never meant to carry. The verse goes on to say, for sure throw off the weight, but here is how you do it – lock eyes with Jesus. Take time today and ask God to show you what you are carrying that you shouldn’t be, and then look to him as the Father that makes all things new in our lives. He will always show up!

Prayer

God thank you for speaking this truth to me today. I throw off anything that pulls my attention from you today. You pursue me in all circumstances. Help me to lead and love with endurance by looking to you. Amen.

 

Brittany Waldbillig

Hebrews 9:5

That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them.

Insight

With Christmas right around the corner, let’s make sure that the most important thing, is the most important thing in this season. Many people, believers and non-believers, make it a priority to go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve. God’s free gift of salvation is the central focus of our faith. Sharing our story with those that do not know Jesus, may be the most important thing we do this holiday season. Be encouraged that your story of redemption matters!

Prayer

Thank you Lord for the new covenant relationship I have in you. Your Son paid a price that I could never cover on my own. I praise you for eternal life that is found only in you. Help me to be ready to share my story with those around me. I love you Lord, Amen.

Brittany Waldbillig

Hebrews 5:7

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 

 Insight

This is a great reminder that Jesus modeled for us how we can and should cry out to Father God. Having a healthy prayer life is essential for our relationship with Christ and sometimes, a component of that is reaching out to Jesus with everything that is in us. We have a deep and profound need for God. As a Father, he waits to hear us cry out to him. If there is a need, weighing heavy on your heart, offer it up to your heavenly Father. He easily carries the burdens that we were never intended to carry.

 Prayer

Father, I turn to you in every circumstance. Help me to remember that you can handle hearing my cry for help. Thank you for carrying the things in life that feel heavy to me. I trust you even in confusion. You are such a good Father, Amen.

Brittany Waldbillig

Psalms 38:21

Do not abandon me, O Lord. Do not stand at a distance, my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.

 

Insight

When we read this verse, we can be reminded that God is our ever-present help in time of need. Just like a parent who anticipates what their child needs before the little one realizes, so does our loving Father see our needs and is ready to answer our call to him. When we face any difficult situation, we must remember that God is right in the middle of our wondering and we can ask him to come quickly and meet us where we are.

Prayer

Father, thank you for hearing me when I call out to you. Thank you for being close to us when we need you most. You are a loving Father that loves us. I will remember to always turn to you first in each circumstance today. I love you, Amen.

Brittany Waldbillig

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Insight

This verse is such a critical reminder of how we should walk in our daily lives. For many, operating out of fear has become a default. Fear and anxiety are real feelings that sometimes cannot be ignored. However, we have tools to overcome these strongholds because Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit. Every day, we get to walk with the power and authority of heaven on our side.

 Prayer

Lord, thank you for giving us your sweet Holy Spirit and for the power and peace that he brings. I do not have to walk in fear in any area of my life. My family, health, finances, and calling have all have been orchestrated by your hand. I trust you and walk in the power and authority that your name brings. I love you Lord and I think you for your strength.

1 Timothy 2:1

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

Insight

Sometimes a simple reminder from opening our bibles can be so incredibly impactful. When we pray for others, our hearts are affected. This verse reminds us to pray for ALL people. This can often be convicting. Is there someone the Holy Spirit wants to remind you to be praying for? Let’s press in today with softened hearts, and intercede and pray for those that God has placed in our lives.

 Prayer

Father, help me to be mindful of the people you have placed in my life. I am called to be a prayer warrior. Our words have power and you hear the cry of our hearts. I will lift up my family and friends by name to you today. Amen.

Brittany

Col 1:2-3

May God our Father give you grace and peace. We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Insight

I love the Christmas season! All the pretty lights, awesome music and of course lots of family time. But for some, family time can be the reason why the Christmas season is hard. As we continue to enter into the fun, albeit crazy, Christmas season lets remember 3 things: 1. God gives us grace to handle people. 2. God gives us peace to handle battles. 3. God helps us to have thankful hearts. Grace, peace and thanks will get us all through the holidays with joy and good memories!

Prayer

Dear Jesus, Thank you for grace, peace and thankfulness. Let all 3 of those qualities ooze out of our hearts this season with every person we meet and have relationship with. Thank you Jesus for the opportunities to show grace, peace and thankfulness. Amen

Amy H.

Phil. 1:13-14

For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisionment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ.

Insight

Paul being in prison was probably one of the most challenging things to ever happen to him. Yet in spite of being in a horrible place he made the best of it by telling his story of Christ’s redemption in his life. We all go through rough patches in our life, instead of us dwelling in the mud, mire and yuck of our situations, what if we used those times as opportunities to share the gospel? That even in the bad times of life God is still right besides us, with us, leading us. That is what we should share with others.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, Thank you for never leaving me. Thank you that in the good or bad times I can share your story of hope and life. Give me the boldness and faith I need for every circumstance. Amen

Amy H.

Eph. 5:16-17

Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do.

Insight

As we all begin to celebrate the Christmas season we can easily find opportunities to do good. But what about the times where it isn’t so easy? What if we took the time to look for good and to be intentional with asking God what he wants us to do? Maybe its buying that Christmas present for the kid on a gifting tree or maybe its buying the coffee of the person behind you. We all have opportunities to do good, lets start asking God what good he wants us to do.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, Please help me today to find opportunities to do good. Lord I pause my busy life and thoughts to listen for your leading and promoting to do good today. Let me be a blessing to someone who needs it today. Amen

Amy H.

Eph. 1:9-10

God’s secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure. And this is his plan: At the right tine he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ - everything in heaven and on earth.

Insight

We’ve all heard the phrase “timing is everything”. Sometimes its a good phrase other times more of an annoyance. As we go through life we can wonder on the timing of lots of things and be confused on what exactly God is waiting for. God is waiting for his perfect timing to bring his perfect will into our lives. When we are patient and understanding of God’s timing we will see the goodness of his perfect will. If its not good, God’s not done. Trust his right timing.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, Help me to trust your timing. Help me to be patient and to know you know what is best for me. God I wait on your perfect timing in all my situations of life. Thank you that you will bring about your right plan at the right time as I continually trust in you. Amen

Amy H.

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Insight: This is one of my favorite verses. Love is not about how we feel or act towards someone when they are perfect, its when they are not at their best that we still care for them. God, showed true love for us. He died for us not at our best but at our worst.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus. I am not worthy of your love, grace, or mercy. Still, you have shown all of these to me my entire life and for that I am forever grateful. Help me to show the same love and grace to those around me. Amen.

Jeremy Frisinger

Romans 1:21

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Insight: I look at this as a cautionary tale. These are people who “knew God,” they went to church, they knew the Bible. Yet, they did not chose to live for him, but instead thought and acted like those who were in the world. It is not enough to just go to church, sing songs, pray occasionally when we need something, and then live for ourselves. That is not God’s desire for our lives - it will lead to ruin.

Prayer: Jesus, help me to think, act, and live like you. I want to be in your word so I may know your truth and in turn act not like everyone around me in this world, but like Jesus. You are are amazing and I am thankful for your grace.

Jeremy Frisinger

1 Thessalonians 5:15

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else

Insight: This is what we are talking about when we say “grace over get-backs.”

Prayer: God, help me to show grace to those around me even when I am wronged. Help me to think of others before myself. Help me to do what is best for those around me not what is just best for me personally. Amen.

Jeremy Frisinger

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

Insight: Jesus’ last words to his disciples were very powerful and a very clear message to all Christ followers for years to come. We must never lose sight of our mission to present hope in Christ for salvation.

Prayer: Lord, I pray for salvations. In my family and in my community. Help me to share the love of Christ with everyone around me in words and in actions.

Jeremy Frisinger

Matthew 26:7

A Woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

Insight: This woman had an opportunity to encounter Jesus and when she did she chose to take something very valuable and used it to show honor to Jesus. It was a tremendous sacrifice for her and a situation where she chose to do something others might look at as strange (and they did). Although Jesus is not at the table eating dinner in my house I do have the opportunity to have him in my life and I should aspire to the same level of worship and sacrifice for him.

Prayer: Jesus, I do not want to take for granted any second I have in your presence. I pray that my life would be an offering to you.

Jeremy Frisinger

Matthew 25:29

“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even when what they have will be taken from them.”

Insight: What we have is not as important as what we do with what God has given us. This is true of finances and in other areas of life as well. As we prove that we can handle what we have been given in life God will give us more.

Prayer: God, help me to be wise with how I handle my money. Help me to be wise with the talents and gifts that you have given me as well. I pray that all that I do would bring glory to you with my life.

Jeremy Frisinger

Matthew 20:15

“Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous.?”

Insight: The conclusion of the parable of the workers in the vineyard is a direct reminder to myself (especially just following Thanksgiving) to be thankful for what God has blessed me and my family with. There is no good to be had by comparing my blessings with that of those around me.

Prayer: Thank you God for the blessings you have placed on my family. I am so grateful for everything that we have as it all comes from you.

Jeremy Frisinger

2 Corinthians 9:6

Remember this - a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who planets generously will get a generous crop.

Insight - A generous heart is a reflection of God’s heart. We are much like Jesus when we are giving, and helping others. Choosing generosity sets our hearts for a bountiful return. When we live generously, there is always sufficiency for our needs and plenty left over to share with others. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Prayer - Jesus, because of your generous love and grace, we want to be a blessing to others. Thank you for supplying all our needs, and more. Help us always bless others - cheerfully.

Ray Jennings

2 Corinthians 3:17

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Insight - At one time people were trying to be right with God by keeping the Law, but they were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. Now, through the Holy Spirit, God has made a New Covenant with us which provides freedom from sin and condemnation. By trusting Jesus we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for him.

Prayer - Jesus, thank you for providing freedom from sin and condemnation through the New Covenant. We are now free to live and serve you. Help us always trust you.

Ray Jennings