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Present In The Storms


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Present in the Storms

Simposious presents the Sunday Devotion from the Upper Room for your devotional reading.

Read Mark 4:35-41

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all the nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Lightning dashed across the sky and struck the ground in front and behind us. The rains deluged us as we strode the hilly and rocky five-mile path. Drenched in the five-hour nonstop downpour, we sang and prayed. Our church had decided to obey the Great Commission by preaching God’s word to one of the villages across the hill. We were returning from this evangelistic journey, bursting with joy for the way the Lord had opened the hearts of the people. Then suddenly, our elation turned into fear and apprehension when the dreaded storm began to pound us. Didn’t the Lord promise to be with us until the end of the age? I asked myself. Why is God allowing our lives to be threatened by this storm when we are taking the gospel to the lost? As these thoughts dashed through my mind, the part of the message in the Great Commission that says, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” expanded in meaning for me. I realized that God’s promise to be with us until the end of the age does not guarantee that there will be no difficulties as we proclaim the message. But, in the midst of the storm, our Lord is there with us.

From: Devotional, UpperRoom. org.

Water Problems



Water Problems

 — by Dave Branon
Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn
There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. —Romans 13:1
Bible in a Year:
Esther 9-10; Acts 7:1-21


Our church family was excited to see work begin on our new sanctuary. Each Sunday we eagerly looked at the big hole in the ground. But progress seemed slow.

It all came down to water. Too much in one place and not enough in another. An underground spring was one problem. Construction could not continue until inspectors were satisfied that water was being directed away from the site. At the same time, city officials said we didn’t have enough water coming into the building for a sprinkler system—so new lines for water had to be added. None of us wanted the project to be slowed down by these rulings, but we realized that if codes weren’t followed, we would face serious problems in the future.

Sometimes we grumble about government and other officials. But a proper respect for authority honors God. Paul, who had his own problems with those in charge, wrote, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities” (Rom. 13:1). And later, “Do what is good, and you will have praise from [the authorities]” (v.3).

As we let God’s Spirit teach us, we can have a healthy attitude toward government. It’s for our good, the testimony of our faith, and most of all for God’s honor.

Thank You, Lord, for people who are willing to serve in
our local, state, and national governments. We pray that
they will seek righteousness and justice and that You
will help us to respect those You have placed over us.
Respect for authority brings glory to God.
Our Daily Bread.