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Today's Devotional: 
September 23, 2021

Honoring God in the Ordinary

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (v. 31)

We tend to segment our service to God. That is, we think, When I volunteer at the soup kitchen, then I am honoring God. And of course that’s true. But you don’t just honor God when you work at the soup kitchen. You also honor God when you work in your own kitchen. Every daily duty, every task, can and should be done as a gift to God. In Sunday worship, people put their gifts in the offering plate. But that’s just money, and it’s all God’s money to begin with.

Everything we do can be considered an offering unto God—the way you do your job, the way you tend your garden, the way you handle sickness. I can remember, when I was a boy, how my mother would say that one’s posture—simply the way you sit or stand—is done to the glory of God. At the time I thought that was a preposterous idea. But increasingly, as the years have gone by, I’ve thought that Mom was right. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” said Paul.

On your next visit to the Lotz home be sure to notice the painted wooden plaque that hangs on the wall in the kitchen: “Fulfill each daily duty as beneath the eye of God . . . Simply, Zealously, Cheerfully, Completely.” Think about that. And sit up straight. —Lou Lotz

As you pray, be mindful that we honor God in life’s ordinary tasks.

Steve Petroelje

Jesus Is in Control

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The Bible Provides Direction

Read: Psalm 1:1-3 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Ps. 119:105) Any significant change in your life requires discernment and decision-making, but sometimes you may feel overwhelmed by the potential consequences of

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God Is Present During Transitions

Read: Isaiah 41:1-10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. (v. 10) As a specialized transition pastor, I serve churches for approximately twelve months following the completion of a pastorate and until

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Expect Transitions

Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (v. 1) Your “comfort zone” is the psychological environment that helps you feel like you are in control. When I am in my

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What a Difference!

Read: Psalm 88:1-12 O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! (vv 1-2) We must not read the New Testament back into

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Citizenship That Matters Most

Read: Psalm 87:1-7 On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. (vv. 1-2) Zion is here a name for Jerusalem. This psalm reminds me

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Listen to My Cry for Mercy

Read: Psalm 86:3-17 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. (vv. 5-6 NIV) Jesus says there are two ways of trying to

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Do It Again

Read: Psalm 85:1-13 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. (vv. 6-7) In the past God had renewed the life of Israel

Harry Buis

Worship With Emotion and Heart

Read: Psalm 84:1-12 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in


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