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MONDAY 5 Minute Devotion

MONDAY 5 Minute Devotion

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Burning Embers

By Pastor Ron

It was right around this time last year we began to hear rumblings about something called Coronavirus.  Little did we know how much it would soon impact our daily lives, and in fact, our world.  Sadly, we are still living with the effects of the virus. 

One of our biggest challenges is not meeting together on Sundays. We are also not able to join in Life Groups or fun social gatherings . . .  all part of God’s design for us to live a healthy life. 

We are praying consistently for God’s direction as to when we should meet again.  As for Life Groups I will be announcing a Zoom bible study starting soon.

I have included an illustration I have come across a few times in recent years.  While we may not be meeting together, we can purpose to listen to each week’s sermon, read the devotionals and participate in the soon coming Zoom studies. I believe this is the avenue God is using for now to speak to each of us. 

I also encourage you to have a regular bible reading and prayer time with God. There has never been a more important time in our lives to maintain a fresh and growing relationship with Jesus, and with each other.

May your ember burn bright!

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A member of the church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday.'

We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.

 The Lord is my Shepherd ----- that's a Relationship!

 I shall not want ----- that's Supply!

 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----that's Rest!

 He leadeth me beside the still waters -----that's Refreshment!

 He restoreth my soul ----- that's Healing!

 He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --that's Guidance!

 For His name sake ----- that's Purpose!

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death--       

 that'sTesting!

 I will fear no evil ----- that's Protection!

 For Thou art with me ----- that's Faithfulness!

 Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me -----that's Discipline!

 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine

 enemies------that's Hope!

 Thou annointest my head with oil -----that's Consecration!

 My cup runneth over ----- that's Abundance!

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life----that's Blessing!

 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord -----that's Security!

 Forever ----- that's Eternity!

 Face it, God loves you!

 What is most valuable is not what we have in our lives, but WHO  

 we have in our lives!