Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 26

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

The Apostle Paul is arguably the greatest missionary the world has ever known. On his way from Jerusalem to Damascus he met the Lord. Paul’s experience of salvation is recorded three times in the book of Acts. When Paul met the Lord he saw a light. Formerly he had been living in spiritual darkness. God’s light revealed to Paul the truth about his sin and the truth about who Jesus is. In the light Paul was changed. He experienced a change of mind, which led to change of heart, which led to a change in his behavior. Paul not only saw a light but he also heard a voice. Paul was like a wild, angry animal kicking against the conviction of his sin. Paul asked two very important questions; who are you Lord, and what would you have me to do? God’s reply was, “I am Jesus.” Paul met Jesus. The name “Jesus” appears over 900 times in the New Testament. Every book in the New Testament except 3 John mentions the name “Jesus.” The first verse and the last verse in the New Testament mentions the name “Jesus.” Jesus is the sweetest name I know. There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father! When Paul met Jesus he would never be the same again. Paul became a chosen vessel to bear witness to others of the name of Jesus.

Prayer: “Dear God, thank You for Jesus! Give us a heart like Paul for sharing Christ with others. May we stand up and speak up for the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 16

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Jesus gave His disciples a job to do, and He broke the news that He was going away. He said, “Because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.” Jesus going away was for their benefit and ours. God’s plan was for Jesus to ascend back to heaven to the right hand of the throne of God to make intercession for His saints. Another blessing of Jesus going away was His promise to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do God’s work. It is impossible for us to carry the assignment God gave His church without the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls Him the Comforter. We have been given God’s Holy Spirit to ensure the success of God’s church. Everything the church does today should be done in the power of the Spirit. We worship in the Spirit. We preach, pray, witness, give serve, and fellowship in the Spirit. Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.” We never need to feel inadequate for the task God has given us. The Spirit of Jesus Christ lives within every child of God and He will empower us to fulfill the purpose of God.!

Prayer: “Dear Father we know it is impossible for us to do the work you have given us in the power of our flesh. Forgive us of ever attempting to do the work in our own strength. We need your filling and presence. Glorify your Son Jesus in our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 12

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

One of my professors, Dr. John Mark Terry formerly served as a Southern Baptist missionary in the Philippines. Dr. Terry told us about a church in the Philippines that had enscribed on the pulpit the words, “Sirs, we would see Jesus.” In John chapter 12 some men approached the disciples and made a simple request, “Sirs, we would see Jesus.” We want to see Jesus should be the longing of every child of God. God must be the one true desire of our heart. The Great Commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. It is sad that many people approach God with a half hearted commitment. They give God the crumbs from their life. God deserves more than our left overs! He deserves our very best and He deserves first place in our lives. Loving God and bringing Him glory should be the supreme goal of our life! The best way to bring Him glory is to obey His Word and live pure lives, and seek to win the lost. God commissioned His church to win the lost. Jesus was a soul-winner and if we are like Him we will be soul-winners as well. Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you to be fishers of men.” If we are following we will be fishing. Witnessing to others about Jesus brings Him great glory!

Prayer: “Father in heaven, we long to see Jesus and we long that others will see Jesus in us. Make us more like Jesus and give us an opportunity today to share Christ with someone who needs to hear about Him.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 6

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Jesus took a few loves and fishes and fed the five-thousand. His miracle gave way to His message. He claimed to be the bread of God come down from heaven to give life to the world. He said, “I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger.” Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Jesus promised eternal life to those who accepted and experienced Him as the heavenly bread. He said, “He that eats of this bread shall live forever.” When Jesus gave this truth there were many who turned away. Jesus asked His twelve disciples, “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered, “To Whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Prayer: “Dear Father, You gave us Jesus, the Bread of life, heavenly Manna, our Savior. He satisfies our hungry souls.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 3

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

There are sixty-nine books in the Bible. The Bible has one thousand, one hundred and eighty- nine chapters. There are thirty one thousand, one hundred and two verses in the Bible, but none sweeter than John 3:16! There are some numbers that remind me of certain things and that are special. When I see the numbers 1126 I immediately think of my wife because we were married on November 26. No matter if it is a clock or a calendar or wherever it is some numbers just stand out. When I see the number 828 I always think of Romans 8:28 “all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.” There are not many numbers that quite stand out like 3:16. This one verse really sums up the entire Bible in a single sentence. It is the Gospel in a verse. The Gospel declares God’s love for people. Someone taught me to read John 3:16 by placing my name in it. I encourage you to try it. God loves you and His purpose for your life is that you be saved. John 3:16 shows us how to be saved. It shows us that we are perishing because of our sin, and that the only remedy was for God to give His Son. Jesus paid the full penalty for your sin and if you will place your faith in Him you will live. That is why John 3:16 is the sweetest verse in all the Bible.

“Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard.”

Randy J. McPheron