CSR Daily Devotion

Welcome to another stay-at-home Sunday, where there is plenty of opportunity to watch amazing church services and spend as much time as you can studying the Word of God! I’m posting my regular lists of live stream times so you can have plenty of choices on what services you want to watch.

Yesterday I mentioned all the new music that came out on Friday, but I had not really invested time in actually listening to the complete albums of Micah Tyler, Jesus Culture, and Jonathan McReynolds, who released a much different sound then his previous gospel albums. A plethora of new music to share with y’all, but from all the amazing tracks, this one I am sharing below is my favorite right now. It’s hard to compete with the gritty rock anthem of RATTLE! by Elevation Worship, but this song by Micah Tyler has worked it’s way into constant play for this author’s best picks.

Compassion Christian Church, Savannah, GA; 9a, 11a,1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

Elevation Worship, Ballantyne, NC; 9:30a, 11:30a, 2p, 5p, 8p, 10p

Passion City Church, Atlanta, GA; 10a, 1p, 5p, 8p

Transformation Church, Tulsa, OK; 12p

Bayside Community Church, Bradenton, FL; 9:15a, 11:15a

FreshLife Church, MT; (all times are MST): 9a, 11a, 5p

SeaCoast Church, Charleston, SC; 8:30a, 10a, 11:30a, 1p

CoastLife Church, Venice, FL; 9a, 11a

Hillsong Church, NYC; 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

Radiant Church, Kalamazoo, MI; 10:30, 12:30

Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX; 9a, 11a

The Belonging Co., Nashville, TN; 10a, 12p, 5p

April 26

25“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

27“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”…

43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.  (John 11:25-44)

The Gospel of John is the only book to include, in a very descriptive account, the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.  There is no greater miracle that Jesus performs during His time on Earth than raising the dead back to life.  According to all four Gospels, Jesus raised three different people from the dead:  a widow’s son at Nain (Luke 7:L11-17); Jairus’s daughter (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56); and Lazarus.  When I read these miracles, the creative writer in me wants to write the story of these three and what happened to them during their “second lives.”  Lazarus is the brother of Mary and Martha.  You would think that after Jesus brought Him back to life, we would read more about Lazarus never leaving His savior’s side, or at least being at Golgotha Hill with Mary at the feet of Jesus.  But Jesus raises His beloved friend from the grave, and Lazarus lives a life that is a mystery to the rest of the world.  I did a little GOOGLE research and this was the most interesting article I could find about Lazarus’ second life.  This article states that while the eastern and western Christian churches had contrasting views on how Lazarus died the second time, they both state that he became a bishop, thus he lived out his life spreading the truth and good news of Jesus.

Jesus is no longer raising the dead back to life in such dramatic fashion as He did with Lazarus.  But the King of Kings is still in the resurrection business.  He will still step into your life and bring dead things back to life.  Dead aspirations, dead relationships, dead opportunities.  What do you need Jesus to bring back to life?  Bring your requests to the feet of Jesus with prayer and petition and watch miracles come to life.  Jesus will do His part, if He sees that resurrection will work for the good; just make sure you do your part after, and share your story with the rest of the world.

Reading plan:  John 20:1-18

Deeper reading plan:  2 Chronicles 7-12

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones.  Pray for redemption for this lost world.  Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet.  And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much.

Fitness challenge:  Rest

Worship and praise:  while we still can not attend physical church, there are plenty of amazing live streams out there to watch.  I’ve listed my favorites above.

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