CSR Daily Devotion

With President Trump declaring that places of worship be finally deemed essential and allowed to reopen, we could be just weeks away from our streaming services Sunday’s becoming a thing of the past. That being said, here’s my list again, narrowed down to just the ones we have been watching each week during this crisis.

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

May 24

2Then Paul said:  3“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city.  I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors.  I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.  3I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify.  I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished…

21”Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”   (Acts 22:2-21)

Here we read Paul’s first speech to the Jewish crowds that had just sought to kill him.  Paul is about to undergo a series of trials by different Roman authorities, much like Jesus did before his crucifixion.  But unlike Jesus, Paul will escape with his life.  Paul repeatedly tells his testimony over and over again before angry Jewish crowds in Jerusalem.  He always understood the importance of his story to convincing the crowds of the truth of who Jesus is.

Telling your story is just as important as Paul’s story.  Jesus has touched your life in a tangible way, I know because that is what led you to find this devotion.  Even though your story is far from over, the world needs to hear and see how God and Jesus still work in our lives.  Share your story.  Stand up and proclaim the Good News and Truth of Jesus.

Reading plan:  Acts 23

Deeper reading plan:  Job 19, 20, 21

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.  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.  Pray for all the businesses trying to recover and keep their associates able to provide for their families.  Pray that the world reopens without a surge of new COVID outbreaks.  And pray that the world has undergone a lasting change and the flame of revival has been lit!

Fitness challenge:  Rest!

Praise and worship:  In our home state of Georgia, worship centers are still shuttered, so we’ll be streaming more amazing church services today.  As always, if you can only watch one service today, make it Elevation Church!

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