March 12 – Connect

March 12 – Connect

When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.  I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings

1 Corinthians 9:22-23

We live in the age of information; which, according to Wikipedia, is a period in human history characterized by the shift from industrial production to one based on information and computerization. And these days, most people carry a super computer in their pocket in the form of a cell phone. Ironically, making phone calls tends to be the least used capability. We’re all linked, but not connected.

This handheld mobile technology gives us access to the Internet, social media, cat videos and even one-click shopping. You can order something on Amazon and have it at your doorstep within hours, or you can browse Amazon and see ads for the product you didn’t buy in every other website you visit; until you click on it, which brings you right back to Amazon where it all started. In the advertising world, this is called targeted marketing. Companies leverage this type of data to create messages, ads and communication to establish a personal connection with their product and convert you to a shopper.

In that same mindset, you can network for the gospel. You can be a living advertisement for the Lord by making connections and establishing relationships with those who need the Good News of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

God doesn’t call us to reach everybody, but He does call us to reach somebody. Ask God to open up the right opportunities for you to connect with people, and allow Him to use you to make a difference in the lives of those around you.

Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for new friendships among those who have yet to accept Christ.

March 11 – Worship


March 11 – Worship

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”     John 4:21-24

In the Old Testament, “worship” in Hebrew meant to “bow down” with the sense of reverence, respect and honor. So, what does the phrase, “in spirit and truth” mean? This is a critical question to answer, because the Lord states specifically that those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. There

are only two “musts” in the Gospel of John. One is in John 3:6, where Jesus states that one MUST

be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. The other is John 4: 24…one MUST worship God in

spirit and truth.

Calvary family, it is important for us to sing songs of praise and worship unto God both in our private worship and together as a congregation; yet, worship is not just a song. It is to be much more an act of obedience, a lifestyle and a posture of our heart.

Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray a prayer of deeper understanding of genuine worship.

March 10 – Go

March 10 – Go

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”     Luke 10:2

How does God send out workers into the harvest field? As baby evangelicals, we first thought missionary work referred to far off uncivilized places. We quickly realized that we had missionary fields in our families, friends and neighbors, and we didn’t need to spend a lot of money to reach the lost because some were literally next door. This is one story that shows how God can use you as a harvest worker in your own neighborhood.

We just moved into our house, and as my wife and I were praying, I called all our neighbors into the Kingdom. What seemed like an unlikely request in human terms was not impossible with God. I believe He inspired my wife with an idea. My wife started a summer barbecue and Christmas dinner where all 32 neighbors were invited. They were progressive dinners, where 1 to 3 families would volunteer to host different parts of the meal in their homes. It was a marvelous vehicle for everyone to get to know their neighbors and tour their homes. Everyone was invited: lawyers, doctors, plumbers, the jobless, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, drinkers, drug takers and even squabbling neighbors. We hosted many events, and of course said a prayer over the meal in the name of Jesus. Later, when other people would host, they asked me to say a prayer over their meal. A small sign for sure, but it encouraged us.

In addition, when we hosted several hundred ministry or faith-and-family political events, we asked all our neighbors’ teenagers to help us serve and bus tables. They saw fellowship that was different than their environment at home. If pastors were part of our guest list, we had them join us for prayer for individual servers that we had developed a relationship with. Through the years, many of our neighbors received Christ as their Lord and Savior and they started to go to church in our area.  If the teenagers were saved first, they convinced there parents to join them at church and some parents became church leaders.

When my wife called neighbors for generating volunteers for hosting the dinners, several of the wives would open up about their family issues. To those, she offered consoling, and of course the discussion always ended with prayer.  However, she also faced many rejections but she just moved on to the next neighbor. Have you ever resisted giving an invitation to an event out of fear of rejection? I have, and so had many disciples being mentored by the apostles. But before we move on to what the Bible teaches, let me state the obvious – there is a practical reality that people decline offers for many legitimate reasons: scheduling conflicts, money availability, baby sitter issues, sickness and transportation issues, some of which they don’t feel comfortable to share with you. But, as I studied the more serious side of this issue in the Bible, this is what I learned:

Even if your worst fear comes true and people decline your offer for no legitimate reason other than their God-given free will to reject faith events, it’s no big deal; because it is most likely not personal. The prophet Samuel was disappointed that Israel wanted a king to rule instead of him and he sought God about it. The Lord told Samuel, “they have not rejected you but they have rejected Me, something they had been doing since I brought them out of Egypt” and of course, it continues until today. When the disciples went out two by two into various cities, they were told in no certain terms to not be dismayed if anyone would not receive or hear them. They were instructed to move on to the next city and shake the dust off their feet as a testimony against them.

Friend, to be rejected is an honor that will be rewarded, not a stain.

On a side note, we’ve counted 16 of our neighbors and their children have received Christ. But God is not finished!

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray that many will take the initiative to share Christ and an Easter invitation with others.

March 9 – Serve

March 9 – Serve

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:9-10

During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions, but making no attempt to help them. Asked why by the rider, he retorted with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!” The stranger apologized, dismounted, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers. The job done, he turned to the corporal and said, “Mr. Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men to do it, go to your commander-in-chief, and I will come and help you again.” It was none other than George Washington.

Whatever is done for God, without respect of its comparative character as related to other acts, is service, and only that is service. Service is, comprehensively speaking, doing the will of God. He is the object. All is for Him, for His sake, as unto the Lord, not as unto man. Hence, even the humblest act of humblest disciple acquires a certain divine quality by its being done with reference to Him.

The supreme test of service is this: ‘For whom am I doing this?’ Much that we call service to Christ is not such at all….If we are doing this for Christ, we shall not care for human reward or even recognition. Our work must again be tested by three propositions: Is it work from God, as given us to do from Him; for God, as finding in Him its secret of power; and with God, as only a part of His work in which we engage as co-workers with Him.

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray for God’s blessing over Calvary’s ministry to the homeless.

March 8 – Grow

March 8 – Grow

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…

Colossians 1:9-10

I recently had my annual physical. My doctor ran a whole battery of tests and lab work and then we met to discuss the results. He explained his desire for me was to take the knowledge of my condition and make some choices to improve my health. His guidance was clear, but it was my choice to follow his recommendations.

I often find that I’m treating my relationship with God like my relationship with my doctor. I know His will and I trust that it’s good for me, but unless I put it into action, the desired “fruit” will not appear.

Paul’s prayer for the Colossians was to know God’s will and receive understanding, but it wasn’t just so they would be smarter and wiser. The first words in verse 10 are “so that”, which means the knowledge and understanding is given by His Spirit for action. When we put God’s will for us into action, we please Him, bear good fruit and we learn more about Him in the process.

When you pray for God’s will, ask Him to show you opportunities to apply it. He wants you to grow and He’ll be faithful to provide the opportunities. Don’t get discouraged; like our health, the change in us often takes time. Be persistent and patient, and you’ll see the results.

Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for a greater maturity in your faith evidenced by effective ministry.

March 7 – Connect

March 7 – Connect

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

God desires that loving relationships be the primary focus of our lives. This is why He commands us to: “love the Lord our God with all of our hearts” and “love our neighbor as ourselves.” One of the most significant ways we can demonstrate love is to forgive others. If not forgiven, offenses can consume our thoughts, destroy friendships and cloud our relationship with the Lord.   

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells about a man who was forgiven an exorbitant debt by his boss, only to turn around and demand instant repayment from a co-worker who owed him a fraction of the amount he had just been released from having to pay. Just as the boss forgave his employee a debt he would never have been able to repay, God releases us from the overwhelming debt of our sin.

If we want to imitate God’s behavior towards us, we will choose to forgive, so that we can experience His peace and freedom.

Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for God to heal those who carry church-related wounds.

March 6 – Worship

March 6 – Worship

Beyond that, you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them; so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.

Deuteronomy 29:17-18

Worship is an attitude of focusing on the Lord in prayer and reverence. It is in that moment, when nothing else really matters, that God is free to speak and guide us both in how and where He would have us go. But many times, when we are trying to get to ‘that place’, the cares of the day overwhelm us. We want to worship God freely, but there are places to be, e-mails and texts to respond to and bills to pay. We wonder how we are going to get enough money for the mortgage and who is going to take care of our sick child, so that we can get to work to earn money to pay for everything that’s due.

We say to ourselves, “how can I fix this?” but God knows us, and lovingly says: “Be still and know that I am God”, “I will have no gods before me because I am a jealous God!” and “Come to Me all those who are weary, and I will give you rest!” Imagine that! The God/Creator of the universe desires communion with me? He wants to protect me and give me rest!

What am I that He would hold me in such high a position? We are His bride, the glorious prize, lovingly bought with His own blood and sacrifice. No one could love us more than He does, and yet He requires so very little of us. So, when we come to worship, we should already know that He is already there, excited to spend this time with us. Our praise is a sweet aroma to Him, and this fellowship makes Him happy beyond measure. Are we going to focus on the one true God and rise above our day, or are we going to look at the wind and the waves and sink further, poisoning those around us with our hopeless disposition? Today, I want to choose God and God alone.

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray for a greater passion for worship in our church

March 5 – Go

March 5 – Go


As you share your faith with others, I pray that they may come to know all the blessings Christ has given us.                                                        Philemon 1:6


I often see interesting posts on social media and quickly share it with my friends. It’s easy, right? Just one share can spark a post to go viral. As easy as that is, we often find it hard to share our faith with others. Maybe because of the fear of being rejected, or maybe you’ve tried it before and it didn’t work. Don’t give up now.


Remember, God does not call the equipped; He equips the called—and as Christians, we are all called to share what Christ has done. Some of Christ’s last words on earth were, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) Sharing our faith isn’t just a suggestion. It is a command with the promise that God’s s presence and strength accompany us as we obey and share the reason for the hope we have.


Today’s prayer focus: Pray that God may give you opportunities to reach people and share your faith in this Easter season.




March 4 – Serve

March 4 – Serve

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.                                                    Galatians 6:10


Opportunity is everywhere, every day. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas A. Edison

I am presented with the opportunity to do good to someone every moment of the day: by changing the look on my face and smiling, momentarily adjusting my busy schedule to pause and listen, slowing down and letting the person coming onto I-4 to merge in front of me, or by greeting someone in the sanctuary on Sunday morning whom I haven’t met.

In each circumstance above, the Lord helps me overcome the “me first” mentality and be able to focus on ever-present opportunities to encourage, pray for and mentor others in our Calvary family of believers.

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray for increased opportunities to serve the church.

March 3  – Grow

March 3  – Grow

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

     2 Peter 1:5

God has given us everything we need for a godly life, including faith, grace and peace. To live the victorious life we’re called to live in Christ, we must discipline ourselves and grow in faith, godly character and our knowledge of God.

The everyday challenges of life require us to draw upon faith, knowledge, wisdom and understanding. God has given each of us the measure of faith. Wisdom comes from God and if we lack wisdom, we are to pray and ask God for it; and He promises to give it to us generously. Understanding comes from reading the Word of God, meditating on it and revelation from God. (Romans 12:3, James 1:5, Psalm 119)

You are encouraged to add godly character and knowledge to your faith, and to pray and meditate for wisdom and understanding!



Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray for God’s wisdom over your life.