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God has given all of us a garden to tend for, and “Raisins & Apples” is a little piece of mine. Bits of knowledge and thoughts I learned from God’s word and through my journey with Jesus and His family are shared here. May you taste and enjoy the sweetness of His word and find strength in the Lord.
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10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope… Continue reading Oscar! Oscar! (2 Corinthians 5:10-15 Devotional)
9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we… Continue reading A Spectacle (1 Corinthians 4:9-16 Devotional)
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. 41 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and… Continue reading Alone yet not Lonely (Hebrews 11:39-12:2 Devotional)
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in… Continue reading Bear Great Suffering (Hebrews 11:35-38 Devotional)
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made… Continue reading Everyone Has a Story (Hebrews 11:32-34 Devotional)
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the… Continue reading Actions out of Faith and a Devoted Heart (Acts 2:41-47 Devotional)
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you… Continue reading The Best Answer to Give (Acts 2:37-40 Devotional)
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And… Continue reading The Lord’s Earnest Desire (Luke 22:14-20 Devotional)
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go… Continue reading The Good Shepherd (John 10:7-11 Devotional)
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly,… Continue reading Born Again (John 3:3-6, 14-18 Devotional)
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. JOHN 15:9 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. JOHN 16:27 (Jesus prayed to the Father) I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the… Continue reading I love you, the Father Himself loves you as loving me (John 15-17 Devotional)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down… Continue reading I will Eat With Him (Revelation 3:20-21 Devotional)
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the… Continue reading Nobody (Acts 2:32-36 Devotional)
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by… Continue reading The Power of Resurrection (Acts 2:22-31 Devotional)
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. … Continue reading When the Holy Spirit Came (Acts 2:14-21 Devotional)
Psalm 134 A Song of Ascents 1 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! 2 Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! 3 May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth! This… Continue reading A Life of Ascent (Psalm 134, Song of Ascents, Devotional)
Psalm 133 A Song of Ascents of David Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of… Continue reading What is Good and Pleasant? (Psalm 133, A Song of Ascents of David, Devotional)
The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts… Continue reading A Time to Pray, a Time to Act (Exodus 14:15-20 Devotional)
10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away… Continue reading Keep Calm by the Raging Sea (Exodus 14:10-14 Devotional)
But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or… Continue reading “Lord, Please Send Someone Else” (Exodus 4:10-17 Devotional)
17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is… Continue reading A Call to the Father before Returning Home (John 17:1-5 Devotional)
16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you… Continue reading Turning Sorrow into Joy, in Just a Little While (John 16:16-22 Devotional)
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things… Continue reading When the Spirit of Truth Comes (John 16:12-15 Devotional)
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has… Continue reading When Seeing is Not Believing (John 12:37-43 Devotional)
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