CSR Daily Devotion

I’m sharing Bethel Music’s title track off their amazing new album below. The song is called “Revival’s In The Air.” I wish that were the case across America right now. Anger, frustrations, discourse, hatred, animosity, disrespect, lawlessness, cowardice, that’s what is electrifying the air in our country right now. If revival had been in the air this year, I am confident we would never be at the point we are at now. We thought America needed Jesus when we were stuck at home. Now, it should be painfully obvious how badly this country, and this world needs to learn the truth of Jesus.

May 31

30For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.  31He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ-with all boldness and without hindrance!  (Acts 28:30-31)

And with that, the Book of Acts is closed.  This is the first closing in the New Testament that the author does not give the readers a proclamation of faith to spread the Gospel of Jesus.  Rather we see Luke ending his second book with the simple statements above.  So I say to you all, now that you have read the first five books of the New Testament, which is the Christian Testament, go forth and teach the world the truth of the Gospel.  Share the miraculous stories of Jesus’ work on this Earth and how the Holy Spirit empowers disciples and apostles alike.  Proclaim for yourself, with all boldness and without hindrance the glory of God and the grace found only in Jesus Christ!

Reading plan:  Reflect on the Book of Acts

Deeper reading plan:  Job 40, 41, 42

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for calm in this current social firestorm sweeping across the country. Pray that the Holy Spirit infects the hearts of everyone involved and they realize that love is the only answer. Love for one another. Love for the criminal who needs one more chance. Love for the police officer putting their life on the line everyday for complete strangers.

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!

Keep coming back and staying devoted to reading the Bible this year. We’re almost half-way through the year. Here’s what to look forward to in the month ahead:

JUNE

Reading Plan:  This month we dive into the first three letters from Paul to the churches in Rome and Corinth.  The Church at Corinth had so many issues plaquing it that Paul had to write them twice to bring their ship back on course.  As you will begin to see, Paul’s letters are incredible guides for Christian living.

Deeper Reading Plan:  Psalms and Proverbs.  By number of pages, these are two of the longest books in the Old Testament.  By content of richness, these are two of the most important books of the Old Testament.  Psalms includes some of the most referenced and quoted verses of old.  And Proverbs provides some of the best advice for living wise and godly lives.

Prayer and Meditation:  we will continue to focus our prayers on the recovery of this country and the world, and that we see a final revival change this world forever.

Fitness:  I’m very excited to be in the sixth month of this challenge.  I’ll do my best to keep the calisthenics days mixed up, but for our run we have made it to our goal of running a 5k!  Every Saturday be ready to put in 3.1 miles!  After this month you should be ready and comfortable to start registering for races, should they ever begin to be conducted again.  For sprint work, we are moving up to the dreaded 400m sprint.  

Service and Church:  Keep looking for ways to serve one day a week and hopefully we see churches reopen this month.  When they do, get involved and become a servant for your church body.


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