Posts with the category “journal-guides”

The Source of Hope
by Dave Shepardson on April 18th, 2024
[Daily Journal] Romans 15:13 - Our hope begins with God, is created by God, and it comes from God as our source. . .   Read More
Come And See
by Dave Shepardson on April 17th, 2024
[Daily Journal] John 1:35-39 - "Come and see." What a great invitation from Jesus as he extends that to us today. . .  Read More
The Baptism of Jesus
by Dave Shepardson on April 16th, 2024
[Daily Journal] Matthew 3:13-17 - The question is, “Why?” Why was Jesus baptized? . . .  Read More
Brakes And Rotors
by Daisy on April 15th, 2024
[This Week] Philippians 4:8 - Today, I realized that I need new brake pads and rotors. . .  Read More
Practicing Love
by Dave Shepardson, Daisy on April 12th, 2024
[Encountering The Father] 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 - As Christians, godly love is a skill. And it is a skill that we need to strengthen with daily practice. . .  Read More
Christ The Eternal Word
by Dave Shepardson on April 11th, 2024
[Daily Journal] John 1:1-4 - We have to know WHO Christ IS to know who saved us for eternal life. . .  Read More
Results of Our Salvation
by Dave Shepardson on April 10th, 2024
[Daily Journal] Philippians 2:12(b)-13 - We have a part in showing the results of our salvation. . .  Read More
Come Boldly
by Dave Shepardson on April 9th, 2024
[Daily Journal] Hebrews 4:14-16 - We have got to come before our great High Priest, . . .  Read More
Wait in Hope
by Daisy on April 8th, 2024
[This Week] Psalm33:20-22 - Hope is such an important asset to have in this life. I’ve been thinking about this so, so much. . .  Read More
Staying Hopeful
by Dave Shepardson, Daisy on April 5th, 2024
[Encountering The Father] Psalm 39:7 - Growing up, my dad used to tell me that a man has nothing if he doesn’t have hope. . .  Read More
Encourage One Another
by Dave Shepardson on April 4th, 2024
[Daily Journal] Hebrews 10:24-25 - I was thinking about how important it is to lock arms with a fellow Christ-follower or two or three and follow Jesus together. . .  Read More
From Glory to Glory
by Dave Shepardson on April 3rd, 2024
[Daily Journal] 2 Corinthians 3:18 - “As we behold,” as we are “consumed with” the glory of who Jesus Christ is as the exalted risen Lord . . .  Read More
The Greatest Commandment
by Dave Shepardson on April 2nd, 2024
[Daily Journal] Mathew 22:35-39 - Our God is a relational God. God created Mankind in order to have relationship with us. . .  Read More
Shoulder Bite
by Daisy on April 1st, 2024
[This Week] Proverbs 19:11 - When I was about four years old, my mom came to get me from my friend’s house. . .  Read More
Resurrection Sunday - Passion Week 1 Peter 1_4-5
by Dave Shepardson on March 31st, 2024
Our faith stands or falls on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is THE thing. It’s the crescendo. It’s the foundation. It’s the pillar on which our faith is built. Jesus Christ's Resurrection from the dead proves he has authority over and power over life and death.  Read More
Saturday Passion Week - John 3_16
by Dave Shepardson on March 30th, 2024
Today we look forward to the victory of the Resurrection over sin and death and the grave.  Read More
Good Friday Passion Week - Matthew 27
by Dave Shepardson on March 29th, 2024
When Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” he was experiencing being separated from God as he paid the full penalty for our sin. Jesus is not questioning God. He is quoting from Psalm 22. And this is an unimaginably intense cry that, as Believers, you and I will not have to experience.   Read More
Thursday Passion Week - Matthew 26
by Dave Shepardson on March 28th, 2024
The Disciples are eating the Passover meal that was designed to teach Israel about the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. And so, now Jesus, THE Passover Lamb, is eating Passover with the Disciples. Jesus Christ IS our Passover Lamb.   Read More
Wed Passion Week - John 13
by Dave Shepardson on March 27th, 2024
John Chapter 13 begins what we know as the Last Supper. Perhaps more importantly, it is the beginning of the Upper Room Discourse. The Gospel of John has an incredible set of chapters from 13 to 17, and this is the most condensed and intense teaching that Jesus gave to his Disciples. . . .  Read More
Tues Passion Week - John 12_23-26
by Dave Shepardson on March 26th, 2024
Join Pastor Dave as we meditate on John 12:23-26 in our Tuesday Passion Week Devotion. Grab your Alone with God Journal, or any journal, and your Bible, and spend some time 'alone with God' this morning.  Read More
This Week Passion Week - Triumphal Entry
by Dave Shepardson on March 25th, 2024
Palm Sunday begins “Passion Week,” the final week of Jesus' completion of our salvation. This week takes up the majority of the gospels. More is written about this week in the gospels than any other event in Jesus' life because this is THE week. This is THE reason Jesus came.   Read More
Jesus as Human
by Daisy on March 23rd, 2024
Sometimes, I wonder when Jesus carried the Cross to his final moments; I wonder if the smell of the wood made him homesick. I wonder if it reminded him of his childhood or made his heart ache for Joseph, his earthly father, in the same way a smell can bring us back to a memory or a moment in time. . .  Read More
Interviewing God
by Daisy on March 22nd, 2024
Consistent time in God’s Word and prayer are essential to our spiritual health, just as food and water are necessary for our physical well-being. . . It's so transformational.  Read More
Joyful in Hope
by Dave Shepardson on March 21st, 2024
Sometimes, it seems like things are just not going right. But we don’t have the big picture. In fact, we can’t have the big picture. What do we do when we don’t know what to do? What do we focus on when there are so many concerns? How can we ‘keep it together' when it all seems to be unraveling? One of God's answers is in Romans 12:12.  Read More
by Daisy on March 20th, 2024
I went to the fair this weekend, and I found myself wandering around the baking competition tables because that is my favorite part of the fair. And, as I tasted samples of brownies, and cookies, and apple pies, I started thinking about judgment because what else do you do at a fair besides think about judgment?  Read More
Spiritual Growth
by Dave Shepardson on March 19th, 2024
Paul prays that The God of glorious unlimited resources will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit, through his Holy Spirit. Then Christ will take up residence, make his home in your hearts AS you trust in him. . .  Read More
Delight in The Word of God
by Dave Shepardson on March 18th, 2024
Our desire for you is that you would experience the joy of meditating on God’s Word day and night, every day and that you would be like a tree planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit in each season. That’s our prayer for you. That’s the heart of the Alone With God journal.  Read More
God Isn't Zeus
by Daisy on March 16th, 2024
So, I used to be fascinated with Greek mythology. . . Learning about Greek mythology made me more and more thankful that the true God was a God who did not need to manipulate humans into loving him.  Read More
God Loves You
by Daisy on March 15th, 2024
God has no one to please but himself. He made us in his image, which pleases him. He has called us into a deep, heavenly connection which pleases him. . .  Read More
Friend of God
by Dave Shepardson on March 14th, 2024
When we were utterly helpless and hopeless, Jesus Christ came and died for our sins. And because of his death on the Cross and resurrection, our friendship with God has been restored.  Read More
Wait Quietly Before God
by Dave Shepardson on March 12th, 2024
We’ve got to wait for God to work, to save us. We’ve got to wait on God. We’ve got to trust him completely. We’ve got to know that he is the one who protects, who brings victory. . .  Read More
To Forgive or Not Forgive
by Daisy on March 11th, 2024
If you ask my dad what my two most prominent qualities are, it would probably be my sensitivity and my stubbornness, which is sometimes a blessing and sometimes a curse.  Read More
New Things
by Daisy on March 8th, 2024
As we reflect on our time spent with God this week, I think it’s so important to ask what God is trying to show us and the new ways in which he is speaking to us.  Read More
by Daisy on March 6th, 2024
I’ve been really struggling with the fear of imperfection lately. The older I get, the more pressure I feel to have it “more together”.  Read More
The Way, Truth, and Life
by Dave Shepardson on March 5th, 2024
Don’t let your heart be troubled. Don’t be fearful. Instead, trust in God. Heaven is real, and there is a place for me there. Jesus has prepared the place, and he IS the Way.   Read More
Encountering The Father - Psalm 139
by Dave Shepardson on March 1st, 2024
Friday is a great day to look back over the week and say, “God, what did you point out to me? What do I remember? Do I remember anything about my time alone with God this week?” We want to be able to look back and say, “Man. This was a great day. That was a great day with God.”   Read More
A Shield Around Me
by Dave Shepardson on February 28th, 2024
Even in anxiety and grief, the Lord is with us. He is our Shield and the Lifter of Our Head.   Read More
A Deceitful Life
by Daisy on February 27th, 2024
Honesty is one of the most crucial characteristics of being a Christian because it comes with aligning ourselves and our lives with the truth of Jesus Christ. To know and walk with God earnestly is to tear down the walls of dishonesty. . . .   Read More
by Daisy on February 26th, 2024
It's important to bring your emotions to God and take comfort in him, and to give thanks for what's being done in our lives, even if we can't see it or understand it. . .  Read More
Memorials For The Marathon
by Dave Shepardson on February 15th, 2024
You must build memorials for the marathon in your life. There must be pillars in your life that you can look back to and say, “THAT’S why I’m still running the race. That’s why I’m still serving Jesus – because of the great things he’s done in my life.”  Read More



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