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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.

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John Tousley

The Apostles’ Creed Belief-Summary

Read: Deuteronomy 11:18-25 You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul. (v. 18) The Apostles’ Creed is a historic summary of essential Christian beliefs. Interested inquirers and growing Christians could get a good

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Myrna Folkert

Floodgates of Heaven

Read: Malachi 3:8-12 Test me in this . . . and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (v. 10 NIV)

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Stan Mast

The Fruit of Faith

READ : Matthew 7:15-20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (v. 20 NIV) Jesus’ strong words in Matthew 7:21 may sound like salvation by works, but Jesus didn’t mean that. We are saved not by our obedience, but by Christ’s. We must simply trust

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Steven Bouma-Prediger

God Pitched His Tent Among Us

READ : John 1:1-18 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (v. 14) It was raining, cold and hard, as we finally canoed into our camp for the night. It may have been spring back home, with blooming tulips,

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Joy Petroelje

Humility in Prayer

READ : Luke 18:9-14 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (v. 14) It doesn’t take too much digging into the Bible to realize God honors, and expects, a humble heart.

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Adam Stout

Saul’s Armor

READ : 1 Samuel 17:19-39 Then Saul . . . put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. (v. 38 NIV) Before David went out to face Goliath, King Saul dressed David in his own

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Jessica Heikoop

Moses: “Reluctant Leader”

READ : Exodus 3-4:17 Oh, my Lord, please send someone else. (4:13) Moses didn’t exactly see himself as being a spokesperson for God. When God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses’ first reaction was disbelief. Even when

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Peggy Byland

Uncover His Feet

READ : Ruth 3:1-18 Go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do. (v. 4) Barley threshing was in progress, and each evening following their work Boaz and his men celebrated another harvest

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Leanne VanDyk

Hezekiah’s Prayer for Healing

READ : Isaiah 38:1-6 Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness. (v. 3) Such a short, simple prayer certainly had a remarkable result. King Hezekiah was very ill. When the prophet Isaiah told

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