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#LaCasaFamily Daily Devotion

God is with you

March 25, 2020

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:20

One of the difficult things about reading the Bible is trying to put yourself in the story, to imagine what it was like for those who were living through the events. Reading the gospels, we know the end of the story—we know Jesus rose from the dead, winning that final victory over sin and death. But we can only imagine what his disciples thought on Good Friday when Jesus was dead and all seemed lost.

The same is true at the end of the book of Matthew. Yes, the disciples knew Jesus had risen and they had seen him. But Matthew writes that still, “some doubted,” possibly because the future was unknown. They had seen their risen Lord, but what would happen next? Where would they go? What would life be like? Jesus knows their doubt and so he tells them that he will never leave them. I’m sure some questions remained: How would he be with them? Would they see him again? But the book ends here because Jesus has given the greatest reassurance that no matter what happens, he will be with those who love him to the end of time. Soon after, he sent the Holy Spirit to make that godly presence a reality for the disciples and for us, too.

As we face an unknown situation today, we have the same promise. Jesus walks alongside us to answer our questions and calm our anxiety. When we speak with him in prayer and read his Word, we find the answers. Today, so much is unknown but this is not: Jesus is with us always, to the end of the age.

Gina Bridgeman

I put my trust in God

March 24, 2020

Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (NIV)

The things that keep me awake are the things that I am not trusting God to handle. I hold onto them, trying to find an answer to them, trying to solve all my problems.

Fear, when I let it, can consume me.

With all the changes day to day, hour-to-hour lately, it would be easy to let my fears consume me.

Our fears matter because our fears show how we are relying on our own efforts and not trusting in our Savior.

I choose to trust in our Savior!

Psalm 56:3-4 helps me a lot.  I helps me to put my fears in perspective.

What can mere mortals do to me? In God I trust!  Amen!

Suzan Scudder

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No Greater Joy

March 23, 2020

No Greater Joy
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  3 John 1:4
As a dad, this is a powerful verse.  It is both challenging and comforting all at the same time.
When I read this verse I hear a challenge in it as a father.  I have a responsibility of helping my kids walk in truth.  Am I doing all that I can to share faith with my children?  Am I being an appropriate example for my kids?
I also find comfort in the verse.  I can’t think of my kids and not be filled with joy.  I know that they are children of God.  They walk in truth simply because they are in God’s family.  That is joyful and comforting.
As I consider this verse today, I accept the challenge of it calling me to be a better parent, especially in regards to a life of faith.  At the same time, I am filled with joy knowing that all children are God’s children.  Let us walk in truth.
Pastor Matt

Be Still

March 22, 2020

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Right now, life is requiring us to slow down. 

For many of us (myself included) this may feel scary and different. Our lives are generally on-the-go. We go out often, run between activities and rarely have a chance to be still. 

While stillness isn’t my speciality or gift per se, I am excited to take these next few weeks and slow down. It will be a treasured time I get to spend with my family and it will allow me to recognize the amazing things God has in my life for me. My family and I will be able to enjoy each other, play the games that have sat on the shelf and get outside together (even if it’s our own backyard) to enjoy God’s beautiful creation. 

I know this transition isn’t easy. It’s not something we were expecting or something that we may have been prepared for. Our emotions are likely all over the place. These are all okay feelings to feel right now. 

Let’s take a minute to focus on the second part of that verse, “KNOW that I am God.” 

In these uncertain times, we have one thing that remains certain and that is God. Our God is a God who loves us, cares for us and is watching over us. Stillness requires us to look to Him, trust Him and cling to our faith in Him. 

I pray that you too choose to be still and look to God.

Staci Medina 

The Word of God is Alive and Active

March 21, 2020

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

What a wonderful opportunity we have to put a Bible verse before us each day.  The Word of God is intended to penetrate into our hearts.  It is to be carried around with us throughout the day.  In this way, the Word of God is alive.  It is not a stagnant word, it is active in our daily living.

For many, the Holy Bible is a book that sits in the back of the pews at church.  What if we changed our understanding of the Bible to the Word of God that we carried around in our hearts?  That when we say, “Open up your Bible”, we were also saying “Open up your heart”.

Of course, once those verses are in our hearts they will do some work on us.  They will judge and change the thoughts and attitudes of our heart.  They will lead us in new, healthier directions – in the direction of God’s ways.

I look forward to these coming days where we will have a Bible verse to ponder and consider each and every day.  May God’s Spirit continuously penetrate our soul and spirit with His Word.

Pastor Matt Knopf