Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Romans chapter 10

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

Paul’s heart’s desire and prayer to God was that Israel might be saved. What is your heart’s desire? What is the subject matter of your prayers? Does it include a focus on lost people groups? How do we develop a heart and prayer life like that of Paul? We must love the Gospel and center our lives to it. The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ whereby the righteousness of God is accounted to us by faith. It is the Good News that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved! The Gospel is the Good News that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How shall they call on Jesus if they have not believed? How shall they believe on Jesus if they have not heard? How shall they hear if someone doesn’t tell them? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. How shall someone tell them unless someone is sent by God? How beautiful are the feet of those who tell others the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, may the Gospel be central to our lives, and may this be reflected in our prayers and our heart’s desire. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Romans chapter 1

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

Paul was called by God and set apart to preach the Gospel. The Gospel is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God who was raised from the dead. Paul wrote the Roman Epistle to fully explain the Gospel so that the believers in Rome might be firmly grounded in it. The Apostle Paul was invested in the church at Rome and desired to see it flourish. His prayers, letters, visits, and tireless ministry to the Christians at Rome was the result of Paul feeling indebted to them. As Christians we are indebted to tell others about Jesus Christ! We must always be ready to share the Good News about Jesus. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.” (Romans 1:16). Pray that God will bring someone into your life today that you can share Christ with.

Prayer: “Father, may we embrace the call to preach the Gospel, and may we the church realize that we are set apart by God to preach the Gospel, and may the church today have a sense of being indebted to a lost world and ready to share Christ at all times. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 25

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

Paul’s arrest and imprisonment may seem like a horrible thing, but God used it in a mighty way! The antagonism and hatred of those opposing Paul must have been very challenging to the apostle. But with great trials comes great grace. God was with Paul even in the midst of suffering. It is amazing what a difference the Holy Spirit can make in our lives. What is impossible and even unbearable to us is possible with God. Nasty threats against Paul and evil attempts to end his life were of no avail. God was watching over Paul. In fact Paul was absolutely invincible until God was finished with him. Paul stood before kings and officials and witnessed of Jesus Christ. He was called by God to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. He did so faithfully. His jail cell became a mission field and his audience was all that he came in contact with. We may find witnessing opportunities in some unusual places and unusual ways. A friend of mine became very sick. Through his illness he took the opportunity to witness to doctors, nurses, and countless people. His hospital bed became a platform to share Christ. Where does God have you today? Embrace your circumstances as your ministry assignment from God. Use it as a platform to witness for Jesus Christ.

Prayer: “Dear God, may we accept our ministry assignment whether it be a place of suffering or success, and may we witness of Jesus Christ through every circumstance. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 22

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

It can be quite intimidating to stand in front of others and tell your story. Imagine sharing your experience of coming to faith in Christ in front of an angry mob. Paul not only witnessed to a hate- filled crowd but he did so after being beaten nearly to death by them. As Christians we have been called to stand for Christ. Passion to declare the name of Jesus to the nations comes from experiencing the filling of God’s Holy Spirit. Paul witnessed about what God did in His life by the power dwelling in Him. He was determined. On one of my mission trips I led a team to Alaska to work with a youth camp. Serving on our team was retired dentist Sam Ballou. We led events and bible studies during the day, and worship services at night. Sam was a relentless soul- winner. He shared with me about some of his health struggles. He even shared that on one of His trips to Brazil that He had to have heart surgery. This didn’t deter Sam from sharing his faith. We even had to make a visit to the emergency room while in Alaska! I had the privilege of seeing Sam lead others to Christ. While walking by his cabin one afternoon I looked in only to see Sam praying with a young man who was receiving Christ into his heart. Health struggles, hardships, or hate filled crowds can’t silence the witness of a Spirit-filled soul-winner.

Prayer: “Dear God, fill us with Your Presence and with passion, give us courage to speak the name of Jesus even in the face of difficulties. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: May 6, 2014
Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 1

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

The last thing Jesus said to His disciples before His ascension was Acts 1:8. He promised to send the Holy Spirit to His church, and through the Spirit we are given power to witness. God’s commission to His church is that we go. The ascension marked the beginning of that commission, and the return of Christ will mark the end. Today, God has opened a door of opportunity for us to share the Gospel with the lost peoples of the world. God is in the saving business, therefore His church ought to be in the soul winning business. Someone once asked the question, “Is there anything better than going to heaven?” Yes, there is something better. It is “taking someone else with you!” The disciples first response to Jesus commission was they started a prayer meeting. Prayer is the starting point of evangelism and the Great Commission. Who have you prayed for today to be saved? Ask God to use you to witness to someone today. Acts 1:8 is for you!

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, we believe You to open hearts and give us opportunities to share Christ with someone today. Give us boldness to witness and a burden for lost people.”

Randy J. McPheron