Psalm 17:6

Verse: I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Insight: Ever have a conversation where it feels like the other person is not listening? We never have to worry about that with God. He never sleeps, never turns away and is attentive to your prayers. Pray with confidence knowing that God is listening.

Prayer: Lord, today I bring my prayer before you knowing that you care for me and never close your ears to my voice. Thank you for caring and coming to my rescue. In your name, Amen.

Jeffery Portmann

Matthew 5:16

Verse: In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Insight: What we do matters. People are watching; how we work, how we interact, and how we carry ourselves. (Not in a stocker kind of way.:) Our friends may not come to church, but every day we bring the church to them. Let your light shine today.

Prayer: Lord, will you help me to live in such a way that others would see you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Jeffery Portmann

Psalm 59:16

Verse: But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Insight: Start today reminding yourself that God is your fortress and refuge - able to protect and shield you no matter what the situation. Maybe you sing in the shower or the car - either way - take time today to celebrate God’s goodness and love for you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, you are amazing, able to protect and preserve me no matter what the situation. Thank you for going before me and shielding me from whatever may come my way. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Jeffery Portmann

Colossians 2:6

Verse: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.

Insight: The powerful reminder for today is that we have and can continue to live out lives IN CHRIST. I like that Paul used the word “continue” when he describes our place in relationship to Jesus. We can continue in him, with the assurance that as we lean in, He will lean back. Choose today to continue living in Christ.

Prayer: Lord, you invite us to come to you for anything and today I pray that I would continue in you. Staying connected to my source of strength, wisdom, peace and ultimately new life. I will continue to follow you today, In Jesus Name. Amen.

Jeffery Portmann

Colossians 1:21-22

Verse: Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

Insight: Paul reminds the church who they were before committing their lives to Jesus. They were lost and without hope, but now we get to enjoy the benefits of eternal life, not because of what we’ve done but because of what Jesus did for us.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for sending Your Son to die on the cross for me. There is no work or accomplishment that will compare with your loving sacrifice so that I may have abundant life. May I never forget that by grace I am redeemed and justified. Please, help me cherish it and live out the Gospel for your glory. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Philippians 4:2-3

Verse: I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Insight: There will always be differences between church members, and people in general, especially when they are serving in the same team. As part of the body of Christ we must have each other’s back. We have to remember why we do what we do. Being in unity and with the right perspective allows us to look beyond secondary preferences so that we can focus on the main purpose.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord for reminding me that at the end of the day it’s all about you. Remind me not to allow differences become an obstacle in serving you and others. May people see us as one, just as You and the Father are One. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Philippians 3:7-8

Verse: But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.

Insight: There is nothing wrong feeling successful when we accomplish our goals. We can use them to glorify God and be an example to others. But once our gains become our main focus, our eyes will be removed from God.

Prayer: Father, help me use my accomplishments so that I can be a blessing to others. I wouldn’t have made it without you. I want people to know that you are the source and provider of all. All praise and glory belongs to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Philippians 2:3-4

Verse: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Insight: Our society makes it very hard not to focus on our selfish ambition. However, Jesus was our greatest example of what it means to serve others. We gain more by not attempting to be the center of attraction but by allowing the character of Jesus to work in and through us. It will fill us with joy and accomplishment, knowing that we’ve made a difference in others.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for becoming a servant so that I can live. Help me lead and serve others by exemplifying your character and love. I want to be like you so that others around me will get to experience Jesus in a tangible and practical way. In Christ’s loving Name, Amen.

Victor

Philippians 1:12-14

Verse: Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Insight: Our current situation might not feel like the best. There might be challenges that we don’t understand. However, let’s take advantage of every situation to grow in Christ and to show others that we can overcome it all while holding on to Jesus. Our attitude and faithfulness will touch people’s hearts while allowing us to also grow in the process.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t understand why things happen but help me be your witness even in the midst of trials. May I cease every opportunity to let others know that my hope and trust is in you and not in my circumstances. I want others to experience Jesus, not only in my good times, but also while I’m overcoming the challenges of life. In your Mighty Name I pray, Amen.

Victor

Ephesians 6:1-3

Verse: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Insight: Sometimes it might be hard to honor our parents, especially if their beliefs and actions do not align with ours. However, there is no better testimony than loving and serving our parents regardless of our differences. Our faithful and loving actions will be louder than words. Deciding to love and honor our parents will undoubtedly help change, not only their hearts, but also ours. If your parents have already passed, surrender all of the hurt and pain to Jesus. Forgive; He wants to set you free!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for my parents. We may not always be on the same page but I know that with your wisdom and love I can overcome any differences we may encounter. Remind me that we all fall short and are in need of your grace. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Psalm 94:12-13

Verse: Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.

Insight: No one enjoys discipline but we all need it. A parent disciplines a child because of love. The Word is our guide to live blessed lives. It gives us the safeguards to accomplish God’s will in everything we do.

Prayer: Thank you Father for the circumstances you allowed me to endure in order to readjust, grow, and trust more in you. I don’t want to detour from your path. Please lead me and nudge my heart to walk in your ways. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Victor

Ephesians 4:31-32

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Insight: Bitterness, rage, anger, and harsh words can feel like natural expressions for the world we live in but have no place in the relationships of followers of Christ. We can be the difference if instead, we live to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving with everyone we have dealings with. Jesus lived as a perfect example of this.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to live as a perfect example in all things. Help us to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving as we choose to be different and bring honor to you with our actions and words. In Jesus name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.

Insight: Living life together is simply better. This scripture explains why it is vital to invest in one another, building strong God-honoring relationships. Gatherings and Community Groups are two opportunities to help develop these relationships and live out this scripture. 

Prayer: Help us to never walk alone by seeking out opportunities to build close relationships and community with other Christians everyday day of the week. Lord, let us always honor you in the way that we love one another well in word and action.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Ecclesiastes 3:1

For everything there is a season,

    a time for every activity under heaven.  

Insight: We will all walk through different seasons in our lives, seasons of labor, seasons of retirement, seasons of joy, seasons of sorrow, seasons of war, and seasons of peace. We cannot predict what our future holds or what season we may unexpectedly move into next, but we can be confident in knowing that God is always with us in every season. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our future is written in eternity, and we can live a life of hope that brings honor and glory to God no matter the season.

Prayer: Lord, as we walk through the changing seasons of our lives, let us always look to you as our one real hope. We thank you for the gift of salvation that was paid for on the cross. Help us to bring glory and honor to you in all that we do. In Jesus name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

Ephesians 1:-9-11

God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time, he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

Insight: In the above scripture, Paul was reaffirming God’s divine plan with the church at Ephesus, and it stands as an encouragement for us today. God chose you; He has a plan for you, His timing is perfect, and He doesn’t make mistakes. When you choose to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, your sins are forgiven, and you can find joy in knowing you are part of God’s great and perfect plan.

Prayer: Lord as we navigate this life with its unexpected changes, let us have hope in knowing that you have a plan for our lives. We thank you for your gift of salvation and eternal life that was paid for by the blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Help us always to be an encouragement to others on this journey as Paul was to the church at Ephesus. In Jesus name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

Proverbs 28:27

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,

    but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

Insight: We are called to live arrows out and care for the less fortunate in our communities. This scripture explains God’s promise that when we live generous lives, we will experience his blessings. In contrast, if we choose to care only for ourselves and turn to selfishness and greed, then the scripture promises we will be cursed, or in other words, fall outside of God’s abundant blessings.

Prayer: Lord, give us open eyes and hearts as we seek to live arrows out and care for those in our communities that are suffering in poverty. We live in a consumeristic, self-driven world, and we ask that you guard our hearts as we navigate ever closer to you.  We thank you for your grace and ask that you continue to guide us in our exchange of selfishness for selflessness. In Jesus name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron,

    so a friend sharpens a friend. 

Insight: We are not meant to do life alone, but instead in fellowship and in kinship with other believers. Rubbing two iron blades together provides the benefit of sharpening, allowing each blade to perform to its highest purpose. This scripture promises that same benefit to each of us when we choose to cultivate close relationships with other Christians, marked by honesty, grace and growth.

Prayer: Lord as we do life together, help us to cultivate relationships that would sharpen us so that we can live to our highest purpose, reaching the lost. Let honesty, grace, and growth be the anthems of our relationships. We give thanks for your ultimate sacrifice and perfect friendship. In Jesus name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

Proverbs 22:24-25

Don’t befriend angry people

    or associate with hot-tempered people,

or you will learn to be like them

    and endanger your soul. 

Insight: We get to choose our friends. The decision of who we spend our time with and who we build relationships with belongs to us. This scripture cautions against choosing to enter unhealthy relationships where we might be influenced in any way that would pull us away rather that push us towards Jesus Christ and eternal life. 

Prayer: Lord as we interact with people in this lost and dying world, help us to be a light and take others with us as we walk towards your Son and this beautiful gift of eternal life. Let our relationships be a blessing to you and when they are not let us use the wisdom you provide through your word to break free. Thank you for your grace and guidance. In Jesus name, Amen.

Nathan Patrick

Romans 13:9-10

For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

 

Insight: Rule keeping will never be as strong of a motivator as love for doing what God asks of us.  And as this passage highlights, when our focus is love for people, then we don’t need to think about all the commandments and laws that we are “supposed” to follow.  We simply need to focus on the command to love, because love for others is God’s highest call on our lives. 

 

Prayer: Lord I thank you that you aren’t interested in giving me a long list of rules to follow, but your greatest concern is that I love others.  As I am reminded of your great love for me, please help me to show your love today even if I’m not “feeling it.”      

Justin Keeler

Romans 11:36

For everything comes from Him; everything exists by his power and is intended for His glory. 

Insight: It is not possible for us to fully understand the greatness of God, but it is helpful for us to be reminded that everything we see and know was created by Him and is held together by Him.  All of His creation, especially us, is designed to bring Him glory.  Let’s live today in a way that does just that. 

Prayer: Jesus I praise you for your greatness and awesome power.  I acknowledge that everything was created by you for a purpose and that purpose is to bring you glory. Help me to bring glory to your name by how I live today.