Archives For Dennis Hutchinson

Verse of the Day

“…but the meek will inherit the land & enjoy peace & prosperity. ~ Psalm 37:11

Billy Graham

Dr. Billy Graham on our spiritual battle.

The REAL St. Patrick

St. Patrick was not Irish.  History tells us he was most likely from Wales or Scotland.  Taken prisoner when he was 16 years old, God spoke to him in a vision.  He escaped & walked more than 200 miles to the coast, where he got on a passing ship.
When he got back home, God spoke again, this time telling him to return to Ireland as a missionary.  You may have heard that he drove the snakes from Ireland.  That is just legend, but St. Patrick DID help start over 300 churches, baptize more than 120,000 people, & re-evangelize Europe.  In some of his writings, St. Patrick echoed the words of the prophet Hosea, who said…

Those who are not my people I will call my people, & those not beloved I will call my beloved, and in the very place it was said to them, You are not My People, they will be called Sons of God.

A Year with Aslan from The Silver Chair

There are some folks who just tend to look on the down side – even after meeting Jesus. In today’s devotion we meet Puddleglum. Jill & Eustace have just met these strangers who’ve invited them to a place called Harfang. The kids can’t wait to go, but Puddleglum keeps warning them, saying ..

What would you find if you lifted up the visor of their helmet.  How about skeleton, or nothing at all? What if there’s someone invisible?”

The kids ignore him & go on, but that decision doesn’t necessarily lead them to happiness.
Most of us don’t want to be seen as the Puddleglum – but we also must remember that God has allowed all kinds of people into our lives, & there’s something we can learn from all of them.

God’s Children

Two young brothers were signing up for Sunday School one day. The teacher asked the boys their birthdays, & the older one said “Mine is April 8, 1976 – & my brother’s is April 20, 1976.” The teacher said “That’s impossible.” The older one says “No it isn’t.  One of us is adopted.” When the teacher asked which one, the boy said “We asked Dad a while a go, but he just says he loves us both & doesn’t remember which one was adopted.”

Quotes

The church should be without wrinkle.  To get the wrinkles out of a sack, you fill it – but to get wrinkles out of a rug, you’ve got to lay it down & walk on it.  Sometimes God makes us into his image by filling us up, & sometimes by laying us down & allowing the world to walk on us.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, Men Who Met God

Sharing the message is part of our life’s mission.  Just like a soldier is never sent out by himself, God never meant for us to do our mission alone.  In John 13, Jesus tells us our love for each other proves to the world that we’re His disciples.  & Paul tells the Philippian church “I will know you stand firm in 1 Spirit, striving together for the faith of the gospel.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

“When God says “Always”, he means “Always.”  In Matthew 6, Jesus says Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” & he goes on to tell us he will always come through for us, & give us everything we need, if we seek His kingdom first.” ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

I can no more understand all the complexities of God than the pancake I made for breakfast can understand me.” ~ Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

“If you see only what he’s done for you, your God isn’t big enough.  But when you see him as he really is, experience can come & go & yet you will endure.  You can’t bring your friend to the point of seeing.  God has to do it.  But you have to tell them, even if they don’t believe.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

“Freedom in Christ is the harder way.  It’s relatively easy not to murder, but hard to reach out in love.  Easy to avoid coveting your neighbor’s wife, but hard to keep a marriage alive.  Easy to pay taxes, hard to serve the poor.  When living in freedom, I have to remain open to the Spirit for guidance – not hide behind comparisons with other Christians.” ~ Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Scriptures 

Matthew 14:22-34

1 John 3

Romans 8:16-17

 

Verse of the Day

Turn from evil & do good; seek peace & pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, & his ears are attentive to their cry. ~ Psalm 34:14-15

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

Have you tried to describe God to someone who doesn’t know Him?  That’s kinda like our characters in today’s devotion.
Prince Caspian is almost disgusted by the thought of going into the Black Woods because that’s where all the ghosts are.
His mentor, the doctor, says to him ..

Your Highness speaks as you have been taught .. but it’s all lies.  There are no ghosts.  It’s a story invented by the Telmarines, who live in fear of Aslan coming from over the sea.  They don’t want to go near it .. & they don’t want anyone else to go near it.

Remember that when you face ridicule for your faith in Jesus. They don’t know & they’re probably afraid – but don’t let that stop you from going where He calls.

It Started With A Brownie

You just never know how one small thing can make all the difference. Little Annie was locked in a mental institution & the doctors had rendered her hopelessly insane.  They even put her in a dungeon – but one nurse began eating lunch near Annie’s cell & would leave a brownie every day. Over time the clouds lifted from Annie & she was told she could return home – but Annie decided to stay & minister.  Annie’s given name?  Anne Sullivan, who taught Helen Keller.

Quotes

Let not your peace depend on the tongues of men – for whether they judge well or not, you’re not on their account.”  One of the first things a Christian should get used to is abuse.  To do nothing is called lazy & to do something is to get abused for not doing something else.  One thing is certain – your standing before God does not depend on your standing before men.  Voltaire once said “Some people are like insects – they wouldn’t be noticed except they sting.”  And 1 Thessalonians 2 reminds us “We have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, The Next Chapter After Last

Each of us needs others to watch out for us, to defend us, protect us, & help us stay on track.  One of the big reasons is because we have an enemy set against us that only wants to hurt, steal, kill, & destroy us.  Why?  Because he wants to hurt God & he can’t – so he comes for us.  Ecclesiastes 4 says “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. & a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

In John 4, Jesus meets a woman at the well.  Even without knowing Him, she knew about him. She was not living for the Lord but she knew Messiah was coming & that he’d explain everything. This woman was the first person that Jesus declared he was Messiah to. It’s almost like the Jesus version of Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  It’s the basic rules – what the Bible calls “the milk” – the stuff you need to know before you grow.  ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

Scriptures 

2 Timothy 1:12

Philippians 2:1-7

Habakkuk 2:1

Romans 10

1 John 5:5

Verse of the Day

“May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your Word.” ~ Psalm 119:74

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

Edmund has just disappeared in the snow.  Peter, Susan, & Lucy want to look for him, but Mr. Beaver explains what they already know …

He has betrayed us all.  

It goes on to say their words died on their lips, because they knew it was true.  Still, we can trust God will do all he can to bring back out loved ones.  In fact, he already has.

Quotes

10,000 enemies can’t stop a Christian, can’t even slow him down, if he meets them with an attitude of complete trust in God.  Those enemies will become to him like the atmosphere that resists an airplane, but because the plane’s designer knew how to take advantage of that resistance, actually ends up lifting the plane & holds it there.  What would have been an enemy is instead a helpful servant.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, We Travel an Appointed Way

“…the image Jesus used to describe the church’s destiny – that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” – is a metaphor of offense, not defense. Christians are storming the gates, & they will prevail. No matter how it looks at any given point in history, the gates guarding the powers of evil will not withstand an assault by grace” ~ Elton Trueblood

Initially we trust in our ignorance, calling it innocence. Then we trust our innocence, calling it purity. Either Jesus is the supreme authority on the human heart, or He isn’t worth paying any attention to. Am I prepared to trust Him, or would I prefer to trust my own “innocent ignorance”? If I will take an honest look at myself, I will be appalled at the possibilities of the evil and the wrong within me. But if I will simply hand myself over to Him, I will never have to experience the terrible possibilities that lie within my heart.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Life’s tough times & tragedies are inevitable.  Nobody should have to wait in the hospital alone.  Nobody should have to wait for news from the battlefield alone.  Or spend their first night alone, after their spouse has walked out.  1 Corinthians 12 says “If one part suffers, every part suffers.”  Only a fool would go into those rough times unprepared.  That’s why we all need each other.“ ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

The prophet Micah has just given the message that Jerusalem will be overturned.  King Hezekiah prays, and God relents .. for a time.  Jeremiah 26 tells us why.

Did not Hezekiah fear the Lord & seek His favor?

We can hope in God.  We can believe he’s going to answer us, but all of that starts with the fear of the Lord, which the Proverbs call the beginning of wisdom. ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

“Worship must always contain both Cross & Crown.  So often we cling solely to images from the New Testament, but the challenge is to broaden our vocabulary & communicate Christ from the whole of Scripture.  Yes our worship is TO Jesus, but worship is also IN Jesus, THRU Jesus, & WITH Jesus, who is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.  So the bottom line is this: Worship is a glorious, heavenly mystery. ~ Matt Redman, Facedown

“Only a small crack .. but cracks make caves collapse.” ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Scriptures 

Ephesians 3

1 Corinthians 15:14

Exodus 36:6

1 Peter 3:8

 

Verse of the Day

Lord, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me.” ~ Psalm 69:6

A Year with Aslan from The Horse & His Boy

Shasta has just finished a nice dinner with Tumnus & begins to worry where the others are – but soon his thoughts spiral out of control to the point that he starts saying things to himself like ..

If Aravis thinks she’s too good to go about with me, she can jolly well go alone.

Isn’t that the way for us?  We can start with genuine concern for others, but before long we start making excuses – & end worried more about ourselves.

Quotes

I’ve had times in my life & ministry when the burdens & pressures seemed too much.  Sometimes physical weariness adds to our temptation to give in to discouragement & doubt.  More than once, by faith that seemed to be imparted directly from heaven, I have been given freedom & strength to pray – & great burdens have melted away.“ ~ A.W. Tozer

God’s silences are actually His answers. God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any further without them, but His silence is the sign that He’s bringing you into an even more wonderful understanding of Himself. & His stillness is contagious.  It gets into you, causing you to become perfectly confident, & his silence will be the first sign of His intimacy.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

God put us here to work, & we need people to work with us.  It’s like a snowflake.  Every one of them is unique, but when they stick together they can stop traffic.  The same is true for us – We can make a big difference for His kingdom, if we stick together.“ ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

David’s cry in Psalm 118 is this: In my anguish I cried out to the Lord, & he answered by setting me free. The key word there is “IN.”  In my anguish. David didn’t wait until the trial was past, or his sorrow was over, but praised Him in & thru-out the storm.” ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

Scriptures 

Ephesians 3

Matthew 25

Zephaniah 3:8-9

Luke 16:31

Isaiah 30:18

Psalm 89:15-16

Psalm 91

Verse of the Day

You answer us with awesome & righteous deeds, God our Savior.  The hope of all the ends of the earth & of the farthest seas…“ ~ Psalm 65:5

Scandal of Grace

Joel Houston with Hillsong on the song Scandal of Grace.

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

When our eyes are opened we’re able to better discern the plans of those who might cause us harm.
Miraz could have used that  Two Lords are speaking with the king about whether he should go into battle against Peter.
They want him to go, so if he dies they can have more power, but they keep telling him don’t go.
However the way they say it makes it look like people will think he’s a coward if he doesn’t accept the challenge, & in the end Miraz says ..

I had meant to refuse it, but I’ll accept it.  Do you hear?  I’LL ACCEPT IT.  I won’t be shamed because some witchcraft of treason has frozen you.

Because he didn’t have access to seeing things clearly, thru God’s eyes, Miraz was goaded into battle.
Let’s not let that be said of us.

Quotes

When we worship God, we worship a Being our life experience does not give us the tools to understand.  If we could, God would not inspire awe.  All the wonder of God happens above our formula.  The more I climb outside my pat answers, the more invigorating the view – & the more my heart enters into worship.“ ~ Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

When a conscience become seared, when a man has played with fire & burned his conscience until he can handle the hot iron of sin without shinking, there is no longer any safety for him. & people like that, he says, are reprobates – something just washed up on shore, a moral shipwreck.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, Echoes from Eden

In 1838, after a long fight, emancipation was given to blacks in Jamaica.  It was set to take effect August 1. On the last nite of July, a big group of former slaves dug a deep hole on the beach, lowered an empty coffin into it, & then threw symbols of their slavery in on top of it. Things like leg irons, whips, & padlocks. A few minutes before midnite, they pushed the sand over it & sang the Doxology. Praise God from whom all blessing flow. So are you hanging onto your symbols, or burying them & praising God?” ~ Author Unknown

Even the children of Israel had to decide what voices to listen to, but Deuteronomy 13 says that was a test to find out whether they loved God. The same is true for us.  We pass the test by continually asking “How will this benefit the Lord”, & then waiting for his response.“ ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

A lot of times we wonder if an idea came from God, the Devil, or just something we want to do. But the Bible says to find out you’ve got to test it first.  If the idea contradicts God’s Word, it didn’t come from him.  God is consistent.  He’s not moody.  & He won’t tell you to violate something he’s written in His Word.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

Scriptures 

2 Corinthians 4

Hebrews 12

Romans 9:30-33

Luke 21:33

Titus 1:15-16

Psalm 98:1-3