What Raisins & Apples is about
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.
RAISINS & APPLES IS THRILLED TO WELCOME THREE AWESOME GUEST WRITERS!
🎉 MING, DANIEL, AND ED! 🎉
They are great brothers, mentors, and shepherds of my church. Their sermons and daily devotionals have been a blessing to many, including myself. It is my honor and joy to have them sharing their Bible wisdom and devotional writing here with us!
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And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 He is generous + He is rich +He is wise+He is loving+He is all-knowing+He is faithful=We are overflowing with all the good gifts from above. Not only God is our provider, he’s also a generous… Continue reading God is Generous (“God is the Provider” Devotional)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in… Continue reading Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34 Devotional)
So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” 15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord,… Continue reading To This Day (Genesis 22:14-18 Devotional)
22:1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall… Continue reading God is the Provider but He will Ask From You (Genesis 22: 1-12 Devotional)
9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in… Continue reading The Father Loves You Like He loves Jesus (John 15:9-12, 16:25-28, 17:23 Devotional)
17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing… Continue reading God is the Father – Your Name is Carved on His Heart (Luke 10:17-24 Devotional)
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him… Continue reading God is the Father Who Hears our Prayers (Matthew 7: 7-11 John 16: 23-24 Luke 12: 29-32 Devotional)
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive… Continue reading God is My Father (John 1 : 9-18 Devotional)
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt,… Continue reading God’s Name – I AM (Exodus 3 : 11-15 Devotional)
13 I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name. 3 JOHN 13-15 ESV John’s letter had to end,… Continue reading The Ongoing Hope and Love (3 John 13-15 Devotional)
11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true. 3 JOHN 11-12 ESV 3 John… Continue reading Be the Good Example (3 John 11-12 Devotional)
9 I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who… Continue reading Fellow Workers for the Truth – 2 (3 John 9-10 Devotional)
5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of… Continue reading Fellow Workers for the Truth – 1 (3 John 5-8 Devotional)
1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you… Continue reading Walking in the Truth (3 John 1-4 Devotional)
12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13 The children of your elect sister greet you. 2 John 12-13 After two years of home isolation during… Continue reading The Hope of love – In present fellowship (2 John 12-13 Devotional)
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who… Continue reading Love with the boundary of the Truth (2 John 7-11 Devotional)￼
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this… Continue reading Love one another – AGAIN! (2 John 4-6 Devotional)
1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from… Continue reading Greetings from love (2 John 1-3 Devotional)
16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but… Continue reading We know… ( 1 John 5: 16-21 Devotional)
We just had an end-of-school promotion and celebration in our children and youth ministry. This is a message I shared with the little people I serve. It is my joy and crown to watch them grow and to grow with them! My Message to the little Disciples of Christ (DoCs) – As we gather here… Continue reading “Find Your Wings” – A Message to the Little People I Serve in our Youth Ministry
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 “If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. “ 1 John 5:14 We… Continue reading He Hears Us (1 John 5:14-15 Devotional)
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you… Continue reading Eternal Life (1 John 5:11-13 Devotional)
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but… Continue reading Testimony of Jesus (1 John 5:6-10 Devotional)
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 JOHN 5:4-5 Today’s passage reminds me of Romans 8 – More than Conquerors. I don’t think I can… Continue reading Victory Through Faith (1 John 5:4-5 Devotional)
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