LLC Weekly Devotionals

Each week a member of LLC offers a short devotional to support you in your walk with Christ.  We hope each week is an encouragement to you and leads you deeper in your relationship with our marvelous, ever loving God.  

What's in a devotional

by jeff zechman

9/23/2020

Each Wednesday afternoon or early Thursday, I look forward to reading the latest devotional penned by folks from Living Legacy.  Each one of the contributors has their own unique style and personality intertwined in the words they put on the page, generally describing a specific point in time on their Christian journey.  Personally knowing each one of these people also adds to the enjoyment of reading these glimpses into their faith.


I recently picked up a book of devotional classics and was intrigued by the introduction by Richard Foster.  In it he states that a genuine devotional will "aim at the transformation of the human attitude.  They will seek to touch the heart, to address the will, to mold the mind.  They instill Holy habits."  Further he states, "there is no attempt to grab you quick and hold you tight (although that may happen), and there is no intention of tickling your ears or titillating your fantasies.  There are no promises or easy steps to instant holiness or surefire techniques for peace of mind."


If I can, in the future, continue to accomplish even a little bit of this description of a genuine devotional I will be satisfied that I have please my Lord in my human attempt to bring honor and glory to Him through the words that I use to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ.


To Go be the glory, great things he has done, and will do, as we trust in Him!

live for christ

by patti mccorkle

9/16/2020

Billy Graham was a great evangelist.  I remember, when I was young, flipping right past that channel when I saw that he was on, considering anything he had to say boring.  How wrong was I!  I continue to read his devotionals, so full of God's truths.  This one struck me particularly hard.  I have since written the fruits of the spirit on my kitchen windows, needing to remember that my true colors show in my home.


Bill Graham, Day by Day devotional, entitled, "Live creatively for Christ":


Living creatively for Christ in the home is the acid test for any Christian man or women.  It is far easier to live an excellent life among your friends, when you are putting your best foot forward and are conscious of public opinion, than it is to live for Christ in your home.  Your own family circle knows whether Christ lives in you and through you.  If you are a true Christian, you will not give way at home to bad temper, impatience, fault-finding, sarcasm, unkindness, suspicion, selfishness, or laziness.  Instead, you will reveal through your daily life the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, and all the other Christian virtues which round out a Christ-like. personality.


Prayer for the day: My family, Lord, knows the real me - they deserve so much more.  May I live so close to You that Your love will flow through me to them.


Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love...

-Romans 12:10

a meditation on prayer

from "Prayer: rebelling against the status quo" by David F. Wells

submitted by Ramona davis

9/9/2020

It is, in essence, rebellion - rebellion against the world in its fallenness, the absolute and undying refusal to accept as normal what is pervasively abnormal. It is, in this its negative aspect, the refusal of every agenda, every scheme, every interpretation that is at odds with the norm as originally established by God


Petitionary prayer only flourishes where there is a two fold belief: first that God's name is hallowed to irregularly, His kingdom has come too little, and His will is done too infrequently; second, that God Himself can change the situation.


Petitionary prayer, therefore, is the expression of the hope that life as we meet it, on the one hand can be otherwise and, on the other hand, that it ought to be otherwise.  It is therefore impossible to seek to live in God's world on His terms, doing His work in a way that is consistent with who He is, without engaging in regular prayer.

do you need to know?

by tim merrell

9/3/2020

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28


Only God knows.  Are you ok with that?


The Bible shows us that God is sovereign over all, but what does this really mean? The sovereignty of God can be summed up with this simple statement: "God is in control." Period. This is one of the most beautiful characteristics of God. He is in control. Nothing happens outside of His power and His will. This sounds great but can be very difficult to believe when things in our life are out of control. This is because we often mistakenly equate God's sovereignty with our control. If things are going well and we feel in control, we can freely say, "God is in control!" But when things are spiralling in chaos and we feel out of control, it is easy to question whether or not God is truly sovereign. This is our way of trying to take control back.


Did you grow up watching TV as a kid and as the family in the shows was going through a tough time they would imagine how everything would just workout.  Then the kid would say hey what do you think this is TV? Many of us drank the "Happily Ever After" Kool-aid as kids. We see in TV or in movies, that all of our dreams can come true, and we can have the fairy tale ending if we can just do the right thing, treat people with kindness and wish upon a star! Sounds nice, doesn't?


The problem with this fairy tale mindset is life happens! Things don't always go the way we planned. Tragedy strikes, someone walks away from us and leaves us along and abandoned; we are the middle of a crazy Pandemic. Then comes the question. God, where are You in all of this?  Where is my happy ending? Are You sovereign? Are You really in control? If there is a God why does he allow bad things to happen to good people?


This is where the rubber meets the road my friend. The truth of God's Word shows up in real life and in our reality the promise and hopes we all long for. Romans 8:28 is one of the most sobering and hope-filled passages in the all of Scripture.  It is sobering because the apostle Paul is telling us that there are many things that will happen to us in life that will not appear to be good. It is hope-filled because Paul is telling us that when those things happen, if you love God and are called according to His purpose, God will work all things together for your good. This is the promise of God to a specific group of people. Who is this promise for? "Those who love God and are called according to His purpose!"


What will work together for their good? All things! But wait, what about the things in our life that we know are not good? What about those bad things that happen Cancer, death, terrorism, racism, a Pandemic or even school shootings? All things means all things. This can be a struggle for us to believe.


All things don't seem to be good for my life. All things don't seem to be what I want for my life. All things don't seem to be in accordance with my plans.  How could all this be for my good? The answer is simple. It's not about YOU! All things can work together for good because God is good! He is sovereign and in control. He sees what we cannot see. He knows when we don't understand. He has written the end of the story, and the conclusion is for our good! We know who wins!


His story is greater than our current reality and those who love Him and trust Him will experience the fulfilment of His hope-filled promise that says, "all things work together for good..." So as you walk through your life and life gives you lemons... Get a cup and let God make the lemonade. Because All things means All things. I bet the lemonade that God makes is even better than Chick Fil A's.

god doesn't do impossible

by kevin kline

8/26/2020

On a regular basis we will be offering video devotions from members of LLC.  We hope that this encourages you and your walk with Christ.

 


Watch Kevin's devotional HERE

A ZEAL FOR GOD

BY MICKEY HAIST

8/19/2020

"They have a zeal for they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge"


Zeal, enthusiasm, passion, is something we easily admire in others and is something we try to cultivate in ourselves.  Phrases like 'bump on a log', 'cold blooded', 'made of stone', etc, instantly strike as negative, and a character flaw - while terms like 'fervent', 'eager', 'zealous', etc, suggest something positive to us. . . one who is 'a real go-getter' is admirable, one who's a 'couch potato' is not so admirable, Zeal, perhaps particularly with Christians, within a church setting, seems to us obviously admirable, desirable.  But of course, my title suggests I'm going to challenge that assumption.


And of course the Scripture passage at the top of my contribution this month to our newsletter reveals the nature of my challenge to the assumption that 'zeal' is simply in-and-of-itself a good thing.  We can easily dismiss the assumption by reminding folks that Herod and Hitler and Stalin were zealous guys, and such a reminder clues us in on what makes zeal either a good thing or a bad thing - the object, course, and practice of your zealousness.  Paul, I believe, would tell us that Jesus and His accomplished atonement should be the object of our zeal, sharing the gospel with the world and making disciples of His people should be the course our zeal takes, and the practice of that zeal should be that we simple do actually practice that . . . that we in fact do keep Jesus ever before us and that we do share the gospel and feed and sharpen our brothers & sisters.


And this is not just profitable suggestion or proper instruction - consider the fuller text of that passage from Romans -


"they have a zeal for they have a zeal of God, but not in accordance with knowledge.  For not knowing about God's righteousness and seeking to established their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God."


Those who neglect conforming their zeal to what God set-forth as the truth, those who are content with mere crumbs, those who dismiss opportunities to learn and understand and grow, are doomed to establish their own notions about righteousness, about what God is pleased with, about what genuinely serves His kingdom.  Living Legacy has a worship service every Sunday, an adult Bible class every Sunday, and adult Bible class every Monday evening, a group working through the classic Christian book 'Mere Christianity' every Tuesday evening, community groups meeting throughout each week, and I imagine I may have missed some other opportunity to learn and grow and fellowship and serve.  I also imagine  that not everyone can participate in all that is offered, that any one of us may very well have an honest and legitimate reason why we aren't including any one of those ministries of our congregation in our lives - but I encourage all of us to consider the validity of what we choose to participate in and what we set-aside and don't participate in . . . and, what we set it aside for, what is it we're doing instead of attending a Sunday school class, an online (ZOOM) class or book study, etc.


Zeal is not only insufficient, when uninformed it is dangerous - we are called by God, in His word, to be disciples, and 'disciple' means student, someone learning and growing in understanding . . . Paul wrote to a healthy, thriving congregation "this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ".

The Path to making the right decision

by pastor jon weigel

8/12/2020

In 1 Chronicles 10 Rehoboam comes to power.  Soon after becoming king the people ask him to lighten their load, promising that if he does, they will love and serve him faithfully.  Being a young leader, Rehoboam doesn't know how to respond, so he asks the people to return in three days for his answer.


He then solicits advice from two very different groups.  The elders advise Rehoboam to honor the people's request, stating from their vast experiential wisdom:


     If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a    

     favorable answer, they will always be your servants. (1:7)


The younger men advised Rehoboam very differently.  Out of an immature and prideful ignorance they instructed him:


     The people have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make   

     our yoke lighter.'  Now tell them, 'My little finger is thicker than my

     father's waist.  My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even    

     heavier.  My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with  

     scorpions.


In the end Rehoboam takes the advice of his inexperienced friends over the sage advice of the elders.  As a result, he loses most of the kingdom to another leader and brings deep division to the nation of Israel.


The takeaway todays lies not so much in the advice given as it does in Rehoboam's poor choice of advisors.  As in Rehoboam's situation, sometimes when making important decisions we ask the right questions of the wrong people. This will inevitably lead to painful and sometimes tragic results.  Yet, if we are willing to humble ourselves, and seek advice from those who can provide balanced, time tested, prayer laced, feedback, then we have a greater chance of making decisions that honor God and bless those we serve.  When we ask the right questions of the right people we are blessed with sage counsel that leads to life, blesses the church and glorifies God.


"There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." - Proverbs 12:18

God is so good

by adrienne erb

8/5/2020

This week I had an opportunity to sing this song, and the words have stayed with me ever since.  I may have been wearing a mask while singing, but nevertheless the worship was incredibly meaningful.  


We joke in 2020 that it's been a roller coaster year, where anything that could go "wrong" has, and done so with gusto.  But, with this said there haver been numerous ways that God has been good, SO good through it all.  I was reminded that nothing can separate us, His kindness continues to shine brilliantly and new is still to come.  I encourage you to read through these lyrics and be reminded of all His truths, even sing along if you choose!


No height or depth can separate

Your steadfast love we can't escape

Your faithfulness, an endless sea

So full of grace and mercy

We sing


God is so good

God is so good

God is so good

He's so good to me


Hardened by the past no more

My answers have been restored

Forgiveness flows from Your veins

Your kindness shown in all Your ways

We sing


God is so good

God is so good

God is so good

He's so good to me


There's never been anyone like You

There's never been anyone like You

You are worthy, Your are worthy


Never been anyone like You

Never been anyone like You

You are worthy, You are worthy

You're always rising like the sun


This old is gone, the new has come

I fix my eyes on Christ alone

My Rock, my Shield, my Cornerstone

We sing