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Lock Down With The Lord Daily Devotions

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may 26, 2020

Lock Down With The Lord

Emmaus Baptist Church

Daily Devotional


Glenda Douglas

  

Mornings with Jesus 2020 / 89

Sunday, March 29


One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law ?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.”

 Matthew 22:35-38 (NIV)


MY HUSBAND FILLS OUT OUR tax forms each year with organized files of receipts and computer spreadsheets. I try to stay involved, but my head throbs on the first page: subparagraphs; special exclusions; rules, and more rules. According to some sources, the US tax code includes seventy thousand pages. And still people find loopholes. Rules have a way of multiplying and growing more burdensome. Their original purpose gets buried. The notion of everyone chip ping in to help each other has been lost along the way.


The Pharisees had over six hundred regulations and argued endlessly about them. The ceremonial laws became more burdensome and controlling. The notion of living every moment of the day in relationship with God was often lost along the way.


The expert who questioned Jesus probably assumed his question would stump anyone. After all, who could sort the mess now? Who would have the authority to decide the most important of all the laws? Jesus, of course, the only One to fulfill the law perfectly. He reminded the Pharisees, and He reminds us, that when we feel overwhelmed by commands and rules, we can come back to the core truth. Our God wants to be in relationship with us. Because of Jesus, that relationship is restored. We never go wrong when we pour our heart, soul, and mind into love for our Lord. —SHARON HINCK


FAITH STEP: Write Jesus's greatest commandment on a three-by-five card and carry it with you. Think about how to apply it to every part of life.

May 28, 2020

Lock Down With The Lord

Emmaus Baptist Church

Daily Devotional

Melanie Hitchcock


Matthew 25:21
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.
 

Our time here on earth is but a fleeting moment in the span of God's timeline for our lives. It is God's highest desire that we will live in fellowship with Him all of our days here on earth. Earlier this week Janie's testimony shared that it was after the birth of her first daughter Kathy, that she realized she needed God in her life. Many of us can relate to this experience, and probably can recall the event in our own lives that caused us to seek out God's influence in our lives. God calls to us to share our testimony with others, just as the disciples did. Lead by example. Bring along others in our walk with Christ as we go through this life. It is through doing this that when we are called home, to spend eternity praising God in heaven, that we will hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
 

Letter from Heaven, by Sara Winters

When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not here to see,
If the sun should rise and find your
eyes, filled with tears for me.
 

I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things
we didn't get to say.
 

I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.
 

When tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right there in your heart.
 

Closing Prayer: Father we come to you this week with heavy hearts, as we grieve the loss of our friend Janie Wood. We know that you have welcomed her into your loving embrace and she is singing in heaven praises of your glory. We are grateful for the time we had together, and we hold dear the gift that was Janie Wood in our lives. Amen~

May 29, 2020

Lock Down With The Lord

Emmaus Baptist Church

Daily Devotional

Cereta Setzer


Jeremiah 29:11

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.


We have been at this for almost 2 1/2 months now and I don't know about you, but it is getting harder each week. We are still at home and now it is mandated that we wear masks when we go to the store. We wake up every day wondering if today is the day that someone we love gets sick. Then life hits us in the heart with the death of Janie, someone we all loved dearly. Then there is the death of George Floyd, someone we had never heard of before his death, that also broke our hearts. For myself, this has been the hardest week yet.


Jeremiah 29:11 is a bible verse that even non-believers have probably heard. They may not know what Book, chapter and verse it is in but at some point, in their life they have heard the words. "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" are words I have repeated to myself a lot this week. The longer this pandemic drags on the more we will need to rely on our Bible and verses like this. That's not such a bad thing. Maybe this pandemic is God's calling for us to build a more personal relationship with Him and what better time than when life comes to a stop!


Dear Father:


Thank You for the plans You have made for me and my family. Help me to trust You to get me through whatever happens in my life to the fulfillment of Your plans. Help me to show kindness in a world that is so full of hate and anger right now. Let me be Your light during this very dark time.

Amen

Announcement

All Church Services and Activities Canceled until April 30th

As many of you know the Coronavirus is impacting countries around the world and Tuesday the WHO(World Health Organization) upgraded this virus to pandemic status.


As of March 29th the President has extended the U.S. social distancing until April 30th. Due to the health and well being of our congregation we have decided to cancel all Church Service and Activities until further notice.

Tips for safety

Use the good stuff. Sanitizer needs to be 70% alcohol. Rub till the sanitizing liquid is dry. 


Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds. Do this often. 


If you do not feel well, please stay home. 

If you have a fever, please stay home. 

If you are coughing, please stay home. 


Please refrain from shaking hands. Use alternatives such as fist or shoe bumps or just saying hello.

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