Posts tagged "Hopelessly Devoted"
Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Seven Verse Forty Six

Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Chapter Twenty Seven Verse Forty Six

This Holy Week-inspired devotion comes from Jeff Hual.

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, NIV)

When these sorts of questions are asked, the asker is calling out from a deep place of hurt in the heart, not the head. Unfortunately, those of us who try to help answer such questions often make the mistake of trying to answer questions of suffering from the head rather than the heart.

My grandfather dying was my first experience with these sorts of questions. I was 22…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm Chapter Fifty One Verse Twelve

Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm Chapter Fifty One Verse Twelve

This morning’s devotion comes from Simeon Zahl.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:12, NRSV)

The psalmist brings two things to bear here:

First, it is okay to ask God for joy. Joy is good. The reality of sin and of human limitations, and the truth of the cost of atonement, are no excuse for being grim and boring. Quite the reverse! Secure in God and His salvation, the true and natural way is to laugh at ourselves and at this world, and to seek and find the joy in it. God’s world…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Jeremiah Chapter One Verses One through Nine

Hopelessly Devoted: Jeremiah Chapter One Verses One through Nine

This morning’s devotion, following the Lectionary guide of the Devotional, comes from Andrew Pearson. And–did you know?–the Devotional is now available as an eBook? Check it out here.

…Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Second Samuel Chapter Twelve Verse Seven

Hopelessly Devoted: Second Samuel Chapter Twelve Verse Seven

This morning’s entry from the Mockingbird Devotional comes from Sean Norris.

Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7, NIV)

Life is a game of denial. In fact, I would argue that most of the things we fill our day with are, or at least can be, tools for denial. Work, play, shopping, television, relationships, hobbies, philosophies—anything can be used to manipulate the reality of things gone wrong. It would not be too far to say that Christianity itself has often been used as a tool of reality-rejection.

People often have a sober view of themselves around the time of…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Joshua Chapter Six Verses Fifteen through Twenty Five

Hopelessly Devoted: Joshua Chapter Six Verses Fifteen through Twenty Five

This morning’s Hopelessly comes from the one and only Bryan Jarrell.

Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day. (Joshua 6:15-25, NIV)

Joshua 6 tells the story of the fall of Jericho, one of the most spectacular and disturbing stories in the Old Testament. You know…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Exodus Chapter Sixteen Verses Two and Three

Hopelessly Devoted: Exodus Chapter Sixteen Verses Two and Three

This morning’s entry from The Mockingbird Devotional comes from Paul Zahl himself!

And the whole congregation of the people of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt… for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” (Exodus 16:2-3, RSV)

“How loooow can you goooo?” “The Limbo Rock” was a one-hit wonder in my long-ago high school days. It sums up the words of the people to Moses and Aaron reported in the sixteenth…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Genesis Chapter Thirty Seven Verses Three through Seven

Hopelessly Devoted: Genesis Chapter Thirty Seven Verses Three through Seven

This morning’s devotion comes from our own Will McDavid.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his children, because he was the son of his old age… Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Genesis 37:3-7, NRSV)

Who in the world talks like this? It’s one thing to have a dream about…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Isaiah Chapter Fifty Two Verse Seven

Hopelessly Devoted: Isaiah Chapter Fifty Two Verse Seven

In light (!) of the Epiphany, this morning’s devotion comes from today’s Lectionary reading, as well as from Drake Richey’s Mockingbird Devotion.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (NIV)

At mile twenty in a marathon, most runners start to falter: one man grabs his hamstring and hobbles to the curb, another mutters about a toenail, and a young woman sits down right in the middle of the road. When my wife saw me at mile twenty-two, neither…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Luke Chapter Two Verses Twenty Nine through Thirty Five

Hopelessly Devoted: Luke Chapter Two Verses Twenty Nine through Thirty Five

This morning’s (Advent appropriate) devotion comes from Peter Moore.

“…A sword shall pierce through your own soul also, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” (RSV)

As a baby, Jesus is brought into the Temple by his mother and father—“as was the custom”—and there the relatively insignificant family is spotted by the aged and holy Simeon. Somewhat surprisingly, I imagine, the old man takes the baby into his arms and prophesies. Perhaps it was originally as we find it, in the form of poetry, or song. Or perhaps the message was later worked into a song as early Christians found…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Second Timothy Chapter One Verses Eight through Ten

Hopelessly Devoted: Second Timothy Chapter One Verses Eight through Ten

This morning’s entry from The Mockingbird Devotional comes from Gil Kracke.

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Colossians Chapter One Verses Twenty One and Twenty Two

Hopelessly Devoted: Colossians Chapter One Verses Twenty One and Twenty Two

This morning’s devotion comes from Todd Brewer.

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. (Colossians 1:21-22, NIV)

Everyone, at some point, has been dumped. The subsequent feelings are some of the worst you can have. Sadness, hopelessness, and shame gnaw at you until what you never thought would happen happens, and you “get over” the person that dumped you. At its core, being dumped is accusation. You…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Ephesians Chapter One Verses Four through Seven

Hopelessly Devoted: Ephesians Chapter One Verses Four through Seven

This morning’s devotion comes from our friend, magician and author, Jim McNeely. 

He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. Ephesians 1:4-7 (NASB)

In past…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Second Corinthians Chapter Three Verses Seven through Eleven

Hopelessly Devoted: Second Corinthians Chapter Three Verses Seven through Eleven

This morning’s devotion comes from Ethan Magness.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was being…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Romans Chapter Six Verse Five

Hopelessly Devoted: Romans Chapter Six Verse Five

This morning’s entry from The Mockingbird Devotional: Good News for Today (and Every Day) comes from none other than Gil Kracke:

If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. (Romans 6:5, NIV)

I try to imagine how to approach a verse like this, one that stands with such vast profundity in such simple brevity. What words could be placed beneath these, which seem to carry such a weight as to move whole epochs? And yet it is wonderfully and maddeningly simple: the verse very simply dispels the…

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Hopelessly Devoted: First Kings Chapter Nineteen Verses Four through Seven

Hopelessly Devoted: First Kings Chapter Nineteen Verses Four through Seven

Reading from this morning’s daily office reference in The Mockingbird Devotional. It comes from Simeon Zahl.

But [Elijah] went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a…

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