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  • Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:00am

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Submitted by Dana Riker Jackson, Sanctuary Choir

    Scripture: Philippians 2:12-18

    Today's Devotion: Jesus is the original author of positive affirmations, always believing the best in us. I wonder if we do the same in return? In verse 12 it says “just as you have always obeyed.” I don’t know about you, but something I am keenly aware of is that I am not as obedient as I desire to be. I am constantly praying for God to help me to be more obedient, because it says in the Scriptures that is how you can experience God’s best for you and how you can be—with integrity—the beacon of light to the world He wants us to be.

    I used to teach a parenting class called “Parenting Partners.” One of the things I always taught was that parents should set high expectations—“just as you have always obeyed.” Then follow through with the discipline in order to meet those expectations. Just like at the end of verse 12, it says, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” To me this means having the discipline of always being aware of whether my actions and behavior are representing Jesus with honor and humility. The good news is the very next verse: “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Thank God, because I know when I try to go it alone without him, I am not at my best. In fact, the next verse says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”  Wow, really? Not easy for me. And then comes what God knows we all need…motivation—verse 15: “so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach (who doesn’t want that?) in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” That is how I desire to impact the world, do you? And, then in His wondrous way He tells us how—verse 16: “holding fast the word of life” which gives us the strength to endure, to be resilient, and to know that, even if things do not turn out the way we might like, nothing is in vain and there is always hope and reasons to rejoice. I think one way to sum up this devotion is to say…go for the joy, it is from God and everlasting!

    Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I write this prayer with a grateful heart. I thank you for your life, your love and your mercy and for being the example we have to follow. Help us to be obedient to your will and your word so that we may be the beacon of light you intend God’s children to be to the world. Help us to feel and to share and rejoice in the joy that only belief in you can give. In Jesus’ holy and precious and glorious name we pray. Amen.

    Cathy
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:38pm

    Dear Members and Friends of MPC,

    You have recently elected us to serve as your PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE.  We are both excited and humbled by your trust.  We are committed to you and to each other and to our Lord, Jesus Christ, to do our very best to work through this process to its amazing conclusion, the next pastor of Media Presbyterian Church.

    Cathy
    PNC
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:00am

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Submitted by Mary Kate Miller, High School Student

    Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2

    Today's Devotion: Sometimes things can get a little rough. In fact, things can get rough a lot, but there is always a good time somewhere in your memory, a point you can reflect upon at which you could really see and feel God's love in and around you. If that love were there then, why wouldn't it be here now? This verse completely captures the blessing of God's love. "His love endures forever." Though it may only last for two sentences, in these simple words this passage gives assurance and faith that, while it may seem rough all over, beneath that surface God is working his love into each and every one of us. Today, I challenge you to remember these times and look around you. Love others the very best you can, even if it is not returned, because if God loves everyone forever and we don't even attempt it, wouldn't we be holding ourselves, in a way, above him?

    Prayer: Dear God, please help us to recognize your unconditional love in and around us. Let us be content in knowing that, while we may not always feel your love within us, it is there. Lord, grant us the realization that we may not be the only ones feeling a lack of love, and a few kind words could not only remind others of your love, but ourselves as well.

    Cathy
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:00am

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Submitted by Renee Erickson, Prayer Ministry

    Scripture: Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23

    Today's Devotion: The Bible is full of waiting. Abraham and Sarah waited for their promised offspring. Moses waited for the Pharaoh to let the Jews leave Egypt. Job waited for justice. Mary and Joseph waited for the birth of Emmanuel, God with us. The Jews waited for the coming of the Messiah. Sometimes people waited well, sometimes not. The  people to whom Haggai spoke were not waiting well. In their case, after their return from exile in Babylon, they were waiting too long to rebuild the Temple, focusing instead on their own homes. One of their reasons for neglecting to rebuild God’s house was that many of them had seen the former Temple before it was destroyed and they knew this new Temple would not be nearly as impressive. Through Haggai, the Lord encouraged them. “Take courage, all you people of the land, says the Lord. Work, for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts...My Spirit abides among you. Fear not.” How beautifully these words apply to us, as we too are in a season of waiting as we anticipate the revealing of the person the Lord has chosen to be our new pastor. Maybe some of us are fearful that MPC will not return to what we think of as our “former glory.” Fear not, take courage, work. I am with you. These are the words the Lord Jesus speaks to us through Haggai the prophet. And this is the promise to those who obey: “The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts, and in this place I will give prosperity, says the Lord of hosts.”

    Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us grace to heed the words of the prophet - to take courage, to fear not, to work, to rejoice that you are with us.  Give us grace to fill all our own times of waiting with joyful and patient anticipation. May we be with all your creation “standing on tiptoe.”

    Cathy