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Family Church Daily Devotions - Family Church Devotion - Thurs Oct 11

Family Church Devotion - Thurs Oct 11

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

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Ephesians 4:14 - Audio attached
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

I recently read a gut-wrenching and heart-melting book called “Mischling” by author Affinity Konar. This historical fiction novel follows a set of 12 year old Jewish twins who lived through horrific circumstances and dehumanizing experiments during World War II at Auschwitz under the hand of the infamous Nazi physician, Dr. Josef Mendele. One of the fascinating phenomena the author eludes to is the trust the young children place in the deceptive and evil Dr. Mendele. Despite the sinister way he engaged the children, many of them treated the despicable doctor with reverence, respect and sometimes affection.

While this certainly is an extreme example of the “cunning and craftiness” and “deceitful scheming” Paul references in Ephesians 4:14, it illustrates that not only “infants” are susceptible to being thrown off course. We all are.
Satan attacks us today in little ways and big ways and everything in between. How do we protect ourselves and those we care about from being moved violently by the waves and the wind Paul references in today’s text?

Remember the story about Jesus and his disciples’ evening cruise turned tumultuous in Mark chapter 4? Jesus slept contentedly in the boat while his friends freaked out about the squall tossing their boat around and filling it with water. When the disciples woke Jesus and told him what was going on, he simply said, “Quiet! Be still!” Jesus’ words calmed the storm as well as his disciples, leaving them in awe of his power.

We have that power too because of Christ’s sacrifice and presence in our lives. When we feel our boat bouncing or our Christian convictions questioned, we can call on Jesus who will powerfully bring the calm and return our focus to him.
Christian Worship 415
Be Still My Soul
Verse 2
Be still, my soul; your God will undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Your hope, your confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he lived below.
Dear Jesus,
Thank you for your presence with us and help us hear your voice above any others that may lead us away from you. Keep our boat steady with your strength and power as you help us mature in our faith. In your name, Amen.


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