Marie’s daily verse: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). 

In view of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision I am changing my  devotion. Marie’s verse clearly states that from God’s perspective (the only one that finally matters) human life begins at conception, and even before conception. God called Jeremiah to be a prophet before he was born. If that is the case it has implications for abortion. I respect women’s right to control their bodies. The question is what about the rights of the unborn? If an unborn child is a human being that child has rights as well. I suspect we will have different opinions on this matter in our church but I feel obligated to say that I am pro life. 

Pastor Bowman

Marie’s daily verse: 

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

Colossians 1:13 .

DAILY DEVOTION, June 24, 2022

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?” (Romans 8:24). We do not see heaven. It lies in the future, beyond our sight. It is our blessed hope, and our hope rests on the truthfulness of God. We have the “hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began…” (1 Timothy 1:1).

The object of hope must be achievable. I have no hope that the day will come when I will play with the St. Louis Cardinals. I once had such hope, but when I realized such a goal was unattainable, hope vanished. We only hope for things we can realistically obtain.

Some things we hope for may be difficult to obtain. Nevertheless, if we hope for something it must be obtainable, no matter the cost. Our Christian hope for eternal life rests upon a solid foundation. We have numerous promises from the Son of God that those who trust in Him will live forever in His eternal Kingdom. No earthly obstacle can block the plan of God. Yes, there are difficulties along the way as we follow Jesus, but those who persevere in faith will obtain the prize. Never abandon your hope of seeing heaven.

Father, how thankful I am that I have a living hope. Some of the things I hoped for in life never materialized. The hope of eternal life rests upon a solid foundation, Your Word and the work of Your Son. May Your name be honored always in my life. Amen. 

Marie’s daily verse: God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

DAILY DEVOTION, June 23, 2022

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18).

There are movements within the church from time to time to try to make the church “more relevant.”  Well, you don’t need to do a thing to the church to make her more relevant to me.  Some of the attempts to “make the church more relevant” make it less relevant for me.  If the church will simply be what God created her to be; if the church will follow the pattern God has laid down for us in Scripture, the church will be relevant to those who seek after God.  The attempt to make the church relevant to impenitent sinners will only destroy the church.

I believe in the church because the church has the answers to life’s biggest questions.  Where did I come from?  Why is the world such a mess?  How can I find forgiveness?  Is there any hope of eternal life?  Those are very relevant questions in my life and only the church gives meaningful and satisfactory answers.  We have come from God, our Creator.  The world is in a mess because we humans live in rebellion against God.  Forgiveness and eternal life can be found in Jesus Christ. The church has meaningful, sensible answers to the ultimate questions of life, and that is why I believe in the church.

Father, I thank You for the church. It was through the influence of the church that I finally came to faith in Jesus. Use this church to reach out to the lost so that they too may come to know Jesus. In His name,  pray. Amen.

Marie’s daily verse: T

hen Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).

DAILY DEVOTION, June 22, 2022

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

I  believe in the church because the church proclaims absolute truth in this relativistic age in which we live.  Allan Bloom, in his book The Closing of the American Mind, writes:  “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” 

Do you grasp what this intellectual environment means for us as Christians?  We must either deny the basic truths of our faith and agree that religion is a matter of opinion, or we are enemies of society.  I am one of those dangerous people who does not accept the relativity and openness of today’s society.  I am glad there are still some churches around that are not afraid to go against the grain of modern society and declare, “Thus saith the Lord.” 

The God of the Bible is a God who loves us, and in His love tells us precisely what will please Him, and what will provoke His wrath. Since I believe the God of the Bible is the only God who exists, I appreciate the fact that there are still churches around who proclaim the absolute truth of God — and who do so without compromise. I believe in the church.

Father, I thank you that You have spoken absolute truth to us. Help me to hold tightly to Your Word in this age of relativism. Thank You for loving me and forgiving me through Your Son, in whose name, I pray. Amen.  

Marie’s Daily Verse: Above all else, guard your heart,    for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23). 

 DAILY DEVOTION, June 21, 2022

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

I could share so many things about times when the church ministered to me. I was serving this church when Joan died of cancer in 2009. It was a very difficult time. This church surrounded us with love and prayers. While we lost Joan I know how much she appreciated this church. I believe that when we arrive in heaven Joan will want to thank everyone for their support and prayers. I wonder how people without faith survive when tragedy comes their way.

The fellowship of the church means everything to me.  And I know that if I allowed others the opportunity to share, we would hear many stories about how the church has supported you with love and prayers when you were hurting.  I sometimes imagine what our town of Warsaw would be like if all the churches were removed. Would it be a better place? I don’t think so. I believe in the church.

Father, thank You so much for the presence of the church in my life. There is so much of Jesus present in our little church. Yes,  I seek to minister to this congregation, but they have ministered to me in so many ways. Thank You for our church family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.