Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Easter Hearts, Week 4, Day 7

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JOHN 21:15-19

Three-fold denial. Now three-fold call and command. I never knew him. Feed my sheep, Peter! We will all fail as followers. We will all get it wrong as pastors and leaders. But God is not finished with us when we fail. He does not toss us aside, and move on—he finds us, forgives us, and calls us forward.

 

He also reminds us our failures usually happen when we act in self-reliance and get out ahead of him. In this encounter, Jesus asks, in the Greek, “do you love me unconditionally, Peter?” Peter replies, “I love you as my dearest friend,” admitting that he’s failed at the unconditional part. This is repeated two more times to emphasize that even though our love for God and others is inadequate, often conditional and always insufficient, his love for us is enough! He can use, bless, and grow imperfect followers. Peter will die, as Jesus hints, as a brave martyr and not a denier.

 

How do you handle failure?

 

Does your way of dealing with it reflect your faith?

 

FAMILY TIME—

Who can God use?

 

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A New Heart for the Valley Week 1, Day 4

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A NEW HEART FOR THE VALLEY

 

JEREMIAH 31:31-34

 

What stands in the way of a new heart? We do! If we see the future as determined by the past; if we expect the constraints of this moment to overwhelm the creativity and commitment God can call forth from us, then we do. If we are passive and fail to respond to the proddings of the Holy Spirit; if we hold onto old hurts, past grievances, and previous failures, then we do. If we don’t set aside or revise ideas and programs that demand much and yield little; if we treat the familiar as sacred and refuse to embrace the new, then we do! If we forget the promises of God or underestimate his power to work renewal in us and through us, then we do! If we don’t pray for new hearts, if we don’t expect revival, if we don’t seek and dream; and if we don’t discover fresh ways to celebrate and serve and grow—then we do!

 

 

Read our passage and claim God’s forgiveness.

 

What promises of God do you treasure?

 

What negativity do you need to set aside?

 

FAMILY TIME

Do you know anyone old who is young at heart?

What makes them this way?

 

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