Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Sonlight, Day 1

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REVELATION 22:1-5 | Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Revelation 21 and 22 describe the restoration of our broken creation. The first three chapters of Genesis are the background. The things that wrecked Eden are overcome and reversed. The tempter is gone, the tree of life is accessible, the enmity of the nations has given way to community, and intimacy with God will be evident in a deeper and permanent way as God's people see him and bear his name. Night will be banished and thirst quenched by the river of life.

Christian life does not rest on the tame hope that our current life, with its fragility and perversity, will improve slightly. Christian life rests on the promise that evil will be totally eradicated and creation will be perfectly glorious.

How complete is your hope?

What most excites you in this picture?

 

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Your Church, God's World - Day 36

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PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11 | If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Thanks to you, his name is lifted up! Thanks to you, choirs sing and bands play. Children learn the vocabulary of praise, teenagers magnify him, adults glorify him. There is an echo here, at 6947 East McDonald Drive, of the heavenly chorus. There is a preview of the worship of heaven. From Valley Day School Chapel to sunrise on Sunday morning, Jesus is honored and celebrated. Thanks to you!

Pray for Jennifer Hamm as she balances babies and musical leadership, for Julia Tucker pursuing a Ph.D. and helping VPC, and for Travis Kingma, leading our band and our next generation ministries.

 

Thank God for all our volunteer singers and players and worship leaders.

 

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