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.  

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

this is the day!

by jeff zechman

7/29/2020

Sitting outside beside the building this past Sunday and having a worship service in the grass made me think of a song, or more of a chorus, taken wholly from scripture:


This is the day, this is the day

that the Lord has made,

that the Lord has made.

We will rejoice, we will rejoice

and be glad in it, and be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord has made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day, this is the day

that the Lord has made.


Psalms 118:24 "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (KJV)


This is a very simple verse to interpret.  God made this day, just like He does every day, and man or Satan has nothing to do with it.  It can be sunny and hot, or dreary and cool, it's God's choice, it's not about us.  However, we will rejoice as a community of believers and together be glad in it.  This is our responses to an all-powerful God who created us and this day, no matter how our emotions are telling us to respond.  I found these words, penned by Fred Hammond, that complement the idea of what David was thinking when he wrote this verse in Psalms:


  Now we serve notice to depression, confusion

  All manner of evil and ever sickness

  You came in to bind but you cannot stay

  'cause the people of God we ain't havin' it


  It's a good day, even though I cried last Tuesday

  And I was out of cash by Friday

  No matter what comes next, I'm gonna stand up

  And give Him the praise 'cause this is the day


This is the year that the Lord may appear.

We will rejoice and be glad in it!!

HOPE

by patti mccorkle

7/22/2020

God has just been so good to me, but sometimes I forget.  Sometimes I forget that I should not try to do things on my own, that He will always have a better way, a better solution, a better idea than I could ever have on my own.  So, after a few days of trying to decided what I would write in this devotional, and quite a few fruitless attempts, I decided that maybe I should pray about it.  I prayed a lot this morning, especially after listening to the news, thinking about our service yesterday and contemplating my own family's future.  There is so much confronting us right now, so much chaos, so much unknown, so many things vying for our attention - and our devotion.  Our church service brought this to light, and I was reminded of the goodness of God both in bringing Jon to serve as our pastor and in providing a true church family at Living Legacy.  Because He is good, He also give us His Word so that we may know Him.  And the good news, my dear church family, is that there is hope.  Just open the Bible - it's hard to find a page that doesn't give us, as believers, hope (ok-maybe not every page of the Old Testament, but most of them.). Bible.org says "Hope" in Scripture means "a strong and confident expectation." Though archaic today in modern terms, hope is akin to trust and confident expectation." It starts on page 1 with the beginning of creation and ends on page 1042 in my Bible - "Surely I am coming soon." (Revelation 22:20)


For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. Psalm 119:81


For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scripture we might have hope. Romans 15:4


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as in the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25


God tells of people who had hope that the waters would receded, that babies would be born, that wars would be won, that illness would be healed.  Most of all, He tells of the hope we have in Jesus Christ, who shed His blood that we could hope in salvation - a strong and confident expectation that we will live with Him forever.


So we do not lose heart.  Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18



learning a new lesson from god

by ramona davis

7/15/2020

Recently my youngest son sent a message requesting prayer for an opportunity that was a position to teach at a university.  The position was a 'dream job' for him; a job that would utilize his gifting.  He was one of two remaining candidates for the position.  I began to pray and requested others to join me.  I prayed that God's will would be done.  As the days went by this thought came to me...'What will I say to him if he does not get the job?"  About the same time I heard the song "People Need the Lord".  It had been years since I last heard it.  It had been a favorite when I first heard it and during the time that it was often played on Christian Radio.  I listened carefully to the words and this line suddenly had a whole new meaning.  "At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door."  No longer did I think of it as words unbelievers might hear and realize their need but rather words for a mature believer who might need the encouragement of Jesus.


When my son was not offered the position I shared the news with those who had joined me in prayer.  One dear friend responded with words of encouragement that I have often used when others have been disappointed when a 'broken dream' was the reality of their life.  The words: 'When God closes a door He often opens a window'.  But this time God was leading me learn to another lesson.  At the end of broken dreams HE is the open door.  The dream is broken and He desires me not to look for a window but to look to Him.  Why look for a window when the open Door is before me?  God is changing how I am looking at things.  What do I need at the end of my broken dreams?  What does my family need?  What do my friends need?  People need the Lord.  What about Christians?  We, too, need the Lord.  At the time of disappointment I need to turn to Him in thanksgiving and praise for who He is and how He brings peace in chaos, security when life doesn't work out as I had dreamed, and an overwhelming surety that He has what is best for me, my family, and my friends; and it is all for His glory.

tribulation can help us see clearly.

by tim merrell

7/8/2020

Church family...times today are difficult for us to carry out what God has called us to do.  With the pandemic each day forcing us to remain separate the question still remains: How do we fellowship?


I was listening to a sermon the other day on Acts Chapter 2 the guy who was preaching was filling in at his church.  The church is very similar to what our church just went through.  They just lost their pastor so their leadership has been doing some pulpit filling.  The message was preached to help remind the congregation what they need to focus on as to what they call church.  So of course the wise thing would be to look at the early church and how they did church.  We did this and, I remember that, I preached a sermon on this very thing.  As I was listening to his sermon something really struck me around the point about fellowship.  The speaker focused on what he called intentional fellowship and he used the same phrase we do at LLC "doing life together".  However the difference was the root of the fellowship.  I have always retained a position that was what I called intentional by means of whatever you were doing like going to the grocery store, inviting someone with you and spending time together.  But as I listened to the speaker just simply break down the text he focused on the phrase "devoted themselves to the".  He talked about time and spending time together just like I did but the main difference was what the time was centred around.  He kept to just the three things mentioned in the passage: the teaching of the word, the breaking of bread together and the last being the time of prayer.  As I continued to evaluate how we at LLC are doing during this time in the way of fellowship, I realized by my standard based on my understanding of Acts 2 we were not doing very well because of the pandemic we can't do many activities together.  But as I measured it based on what I just heard from this other guy's understanding on Acts 2 we are doing very well.  I immediately thought of Mickey's group that meets together and digs deeper on the sermon.  I was shown that the time we are spending is true fellowship because it is focused around those three things.  Teaching of the word, breaking bread together (time to discuss what you just heard) and prayer (for the needs of the body).


So what am I getting confused with in regards to fellowship?  My answer is relationship building.  It's great to do different activities together and to find things we have in common to help us get to know new and different people.  However that can't be the end result.  The difference between fellowship and relationship building is that one is centered around many different commalites and the other is centered around the one and only main thing.  The key is the word "devoted" from the text.  I like many different activities IE...sports and games but I should not devote myself and all of my time to them.


So what is the point?  MY point is that God uses things like the pandemic to strip things away that are clouding our vision to get us back on track.  The importance of fellowship to the church can be seen first in the fact that fellowship occurred naturally as a result of the establishment of the church.  Nobody had to come to the disciples and other new believers on the day of Pentecost and say, "You need to practice fellowship."  The Holy Spirit had come upon these people and formed an inner unity and their natural inclination was to exercise it outwardly.  Acts 2:44-47 says this:


The Fellowship of the Believers

Acts 2:44-47 (ESV)

42 "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  45 and they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."



So my takeaway is what is getting in my way from true fellowship?


My personal answer: Is my relationship building or mostly having the two in the wrong order of importance.  WHAT IS YOURS?

how do you know christianity is the right religion?

by kevin kline

7/1/2020

Some of you may heard some variation of the question: "How do you know Christianity is the right religion out of the 1000's out there?"


Christianity completely stands alone for dozens of reasons, but here's one to consider: how did the religion start?


Other religions started by someone having a PRIVATE dream.  Or someone had a PRIVATE meeting with an some other worldly being.  Or someone had a PRIVATE idea about God.  Then, that ONE PERSON went out and told the world.  This makes those religions impossible to verify and test because it's all based on an event that nobody can test.


Christianity, however, started with Jesus doing PUBLIC Ministry and PUBLIC miracles for three years (not a one time event).  He was crucified PUBLICLY.  He was buried in a PUBLIC grave and rose again PUBLICLY.  He then showed hundreds of people that he was alive PUBLICLY.  Then, the PUBLIC went out and told the world.  


In the sea of religions out there, Christianity stands above them all as historically justifiable and independently verifiable.  It's the only religion in the world that can make that claim!

We serve the living god

by mickey haist

6/22/2020

We are a small congregation.  And we are currently a dispersed congregation.  In this circumstance we are striving to maintain connections, to live as a family while apart, to find new ways to love and care for one another.  In the midst of our internal concerns, as we seek to adjust to new ways of fellowship and service, I encourage us not to forget our great call and work as the church of Jesus Christ - Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to teach us about Himself, the Holy Spirit sends us into the world to teach about Jesus.  Just as we are diligent to find new ways to obey His command "do not forsake the assembling together", we must practice the same diligence to obey His command to "Go therefore and make disciples."


At Pentecost the followers of Jesus saw multitudes get saved, thousands in a single day.  They witnessed dramatic miracles happening in their city and marveled at the transformation God brought in individuals like Peter.  Just a short time later Paul wrote to Timothy that, there in Ephesus, Timothy was ministering to the assembly of the Living God...there were maybe 30 or 40 believers in Timothy's congregation.  However, it's not about the size or abilities of a congregation - it's about the size and abilities of the God "who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory."


Is our congregation too small, seeming to make no effect in our community?  What can we do, and, under our current circumstances what can we do?  When we ask these questions I think we need to not lose sight of what it is we're supposed to be doing, in any circumstance and with whatever abilities we have. Christianity, the church, is not a collection of particular doctrines that stand along and that we need to be busy about - Christian doctrines are the truths about Jesus.  It's Jesus, not Baptist or old fashioned or Protestant doctrine, that we proclaim to the world - however much of our own Baptist life or Protestant way or LLC community might seem hindered just now, Jesus is not hindered in the least - He has have overcome, through His people, things like the Roman Empire...meeting through ZOOM and wearing a mask and keeping six feet apart presents no disadvantage to God.  We are ministering to the assembly of the Living God.


simple focus

by pastor jon weigel

6/17/2020

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17)


The Christian life is hard, but it's not all that complicated.  It's challenging, yet simple.  It's robust, however it's never burdensome.  We are called to be about the Gospel.  It is our foundation and at the same time our limit.  Ours is a calling to be a people founded and sustained by the Word and power of God.  Adding anything to or taking even an iota away from the Gospel is a deadly proposition.


We may ask, "Can we not study or otherwise engage other disciplines.  Should we not engage our world and be a presence for Christ in the darkness?"  Of course!  Science, politics, medicine, philosophy, horticulture, agriculture and many other areas of interest are wonderfully fulfilling to study and debate. However, for the follower of Christ, one's approach to them must be rooted and established in the purity of the Gospel.  Such disciplines must be viewed through the lens of faith, never the other way around.


C.H. Spurgeon once said, "We are further resolved that we will preach nothing but the word of God."  May we too be committed to perceiving and interpreting life through the framework of God's word.  If we persist in this vein, our pathway may be challenging, yet our voices will cast light into a darkened world.  And our lives will be overflowing with joy in the midst of despair.  And as we live our days with such a focus and foundation, God shall be honored among all those with whom we dwell.