Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 31, 2015

Glory Givers

cb devo aug31“But when he (King Uzziah) was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God…” 2 Chronicles 26:16a (ESV)

Rocky, uneven and steep. The hike to the top of the mountain seemed longer than I remembered. It left me gasping for breath after climbing over rocks, but rays of light assured us we would soon reach the top. And what an amazing view! Definitely surpassed my memory bank. So loved the wide open spaces – looking down into the valley – gazing way off into the distance. Lingered long, breathing in deep – didn’t want to leave this place.

How great is our God to capture such beauty and unveil it right before our eyes? What we longed for down below. What we reached for all along the way. What we pushed beyond our limits to attain. Now in full view – God glory shining all around us.

But we couldn’t stay there forever lifted high above it all. Descent seemed much faster. Descent seemed harder. Steep climb up and tricky climb down. Easier to slip when gravity pulls.

Note to self: Climbing up requires focus, discipline and perseverance. Climbing down requires same.

Ever been there – you know working hard, striving, attempting to reach that goal? Zeroed in on the end result – anticipating the exhilarating payoff – the mountain top. Dancing in the joy of accomplishment. Drinking deep of success. Jumping onto our platform. Filled with our glory. Knowing we did it. We made it happen – pride slipping in – God glory seeping out.

Ever felt the jolt as descent occurs? Reality coloring our ease. Uneven ground – tricking footing where our success lives. Fades quickly.

Note to self: Glory stolen births beauty fading. How quickly we forget the One who lifts us up.

“Father, we are no different than the one who sought to steal Your glory. We get lost in what we do, forgetting You are the wind beneath our wings. Forgetting You deserve the praise – because You made it happen. Help us to never be glory takers, but glory givers in awe of all that You are.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 28, 2015

Radiating God’s Beauty

cb devo aug28“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)

Lifting weights can definitely give you a good work out. Looks quite simple – watching someone who strength trains lift heavy weights with ease. We see those sculpted muscles and quickly decide we want to look like that – it really can’t be that hard. Unlike the fitness ads we see in magazines, muscles don’t magically appear overnight. It takes discipline, consistency and the right nutrition. You start lifting lighter weights and then gradually increase as your body adjusts. End result from all that hard work is a stronger, leaner body built to carry us through life.

Lifting our spiritual lives to a deeper level happens much the same way. It starts simply with taking our faith in God and building upon discipline, consistency and prayer. Before we know it, we begin to see God’s goodness overriding our actions. As we put His words into practical application, we build a sculpted life that reflects His character. Self-control enables us to lift the heavy weight of perseverance. Godliness in our actions and thoughts births the byproduct of brotherly kindness and love – a life that others decide they want.

End result from all that hard work is a woman that truly reflects the beauty of God’s character and goodness. Praying that will be you and me – less of us and more of Him – daughters making their Father proud.

“Father, how we long to be women who turn the eyes of the world on You instead of ourselves. Help us to make every effort to grow, increase and flourish in our faith as we allow Your beauty to radiate in our lives.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Marriage Conference

TRBC will be hosting the I Still Do conference on Saturday, October 17th. I Still Do, a Family Life event, is designed for married couples to reconnect and strengthen their marriages. Dennis Rainey, Alistair Begg, and other speakers and entertainers will be sharing from the stage. The conference will be hosted live at the church and simulcast nationwide to thousands of churches! It’s an exciting event and we’d love to see the Worship Center filled with couples committed to their marriage, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision.

 

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 27, 2015

Snow Globe Sabbatical

cb devo aug27“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, “says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)

Many people in ministry set aside a time to take a sabbatical. Which is traditionally a time away from work and ministry to rest, spend time with family, etc. Here is the technical description of sabbatical:

Sabbatical from Hebrew: shabbat (שבת) (i.e., Sabbath), literally a “CEASING”) is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year.

Sabbatical-Any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.

Basically it’s God’s way of telling us to take a break, rest, refocus, and reenergize. If we aren’t smart and take this time away on our own, God has a way of making us. That is where I have been for almost a year, on what I call a Snow Globe Sabbatical. Through my efforts and God’s counter effects, I’ve been in a snow globe. Every time I thought things were settled (according to ME), God would shake things up again to get my attention. Even going through Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe Bible study didn’t give me the hint I needed a “Shabbat.”

God had to knock me flat on my back to get my attention. Finally my health deteriorated to the point I could no longer work. Since this was “forced” on me, I didn’t accept the break as I should have. I still tried to “work” through a direct sales business and still tried to care for and do stuff for others. This caused more havoc on my health, emotions, and definitely my spiritual life.

Lesson learned: We need to be in constant communication with God, so when He speaks we know His voice and listen and then are obedient to HIS will.

Dear God Thank you for mandating a time of rest and refocus for us. Help us to embrace this time and learn what you are trying to teach us. May the time away bring us closer to you and strengthen us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

For His Glory,

Katrina Redman
TRBC Coffee Break

Marriage Conference

TRBC will be hosting the I Still Do conference on Saturday, October 17th.
I Still Do, a Family Life event, is designed for married couples to reconnect and strengthen their marriages. Dennis Rainey, Alistair Begg, and other speakers and entertainers will be sharing from the stage. The conference will be hosted live at the church and simulcast nationwide to thousands of churches! It’s an exciting event and we’d love to see the Worship Center filled with couples committed to their marriage, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision.

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 26, 2015

Sweet As Honey

cb devo aug26“In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:28 (NIV)

The flowers and the weeds in their front yard are very tall, which indicates they have probably been too busy to pay attention to them. As I stood there, I couldn’t help but notice that some honeybee boxes had been strategically placed amongst the flower bed. As I waited, I thought about the first time I ever met them, almost two years ago. At that time, I only rang the doorbell a couple of times before she appeared displaying a big, friendly smile. She opened the door and told me to come right on in “because we love company.” She invited me to sit on the couch beside her and told me to be comfortable “because we love company.” Seconds later, her husband joined us in the living room, and I explained to him that I had been swayed in by the little “Honey for Sale” sign on their lawn. While her husband and I discussed honey, she smiled and told me I needed to come by more often “because we love company.” He explained that she had Alzheimer’s and didn’t remember much of anything anymore. As her caretaker, he tries to keep her from wandering about.

This time, I rang the doorbell a few times before someone answered. He apologized for the delay, saying “it is hard to get her to eat because she doesn’t seem to remember how to eat anymore.” He also mentioned she had been having “accidents” and it takes him a little while to get her cleaned up.

As I watched her frail frame sitting on the couch beside her husband, completely oblivious of the conversation we were having, I felt lucky to witness something so beautiful. This man is doing all that he can to keep his beloved wife by his side, even though she can no longer remember who her constant companion. Yet, in some twist of irony, he is keeping other people’s lives sweeter with honey, the same honey that brought me to them and is bringing others as well to see what selfless, unconditional love truly is.

“Father, how blessed are we with Your unconditional love!”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

Marriage Conference

TRBC will be hosting the I Still Do conference on Saturday, October 17th.
I Still Do, a Family Life event, is designed for married couples to reconnect and strengthen their marriages. Dennis Rainey, Alistair Begg, and other speakers and entertainers will be sharing from the stage. The conference will be hosted live at the church and simulcast nationwide to thousands of churches! It’s an exciting event and we’d love to see the Worship Center filled with couples committed to their marriage, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision.

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 25, 2015

Delivering The Message

cb devo aug25“Then Haggai, God’s messenger, preached God’s Message to the people: “I am with you!” God’s Word.” Haggai 1:13 (The Message)

Messages, cards, gifts, and bills – the mailman delivers them all. I remember as a child anxiously awaiting the mail to come, and I would run to the box to check it. Sometimes there was something for me and it was SO exciting. It is still exciting to get a card or note in the mail.

Recently at a concert, the singer described himself as a mailman delivering God’s message working in the background. What a great thought to think of ourselves as God’s messenger. God has much to say and deliver, and we are his hand picked messengers. What a blessing to be able to work in the background to deliver his messages.

What message does he want us to deliver today? Spend some time at His feet asking for direction on how to deliver His message.

“Father, thank You for allowing me to work in the background for You. What messages can I deliver for You today? Let me shine Your love!

For His Glory,

Debbie Struble
TRBC Coffee Break

Marriage Conference

TRBC will be hosting the I Still Do conference on Saturday, October 17th.
I Still Do, a Family Life event, is designed for married couples to reconnect and strengthen their marriages. Dennis Rainey, Alistair Begg, and other speakers and entertainers will be sharing from the stage. The conference will be hosted live at the church and simulcast nationwide to thousands of churches! It’s an exciting event and we’d love to see the Worship Center filled with couples committed to their marriage, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision.

 

 

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 24, 2015

Foundation of Truth

cb devo aug24“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 (NKJV)

While the casual vacationer might be tempted to ignore the sign “Keep Off The Dunes” and walk on top of the sand dunes, an avid beach lover knows how vital they are to the survival of a home. The higher the sand dune around the home, the less erosion occurs when storms threaten and waves crash closer to shore. But when the dunes are non- existent, the foundation of the structure is compromised. And the house once built upon the sand will come crumbling down.I know that story too well. A few years ago, our beach property stood firm and strong during a raging hurricane only to crumble into the ocean five days after the storm hit. What we thought had survived actually had been weakened over the years as the sand and dunes were ripped away.

Wonder if that ever happens to us? Do we post “Keep Off The Dunes” signs in our minds to filter out things that wear down, distort or desensitize vital truths from God’s word? What are we doing to ensure external influences are not compromising what we believe? How about the tv we watch, movies we attend, books we read, music we listen to? Are we creating a vital defense of protection around us that ensures erosion will not occur?

Jesus said it best: The house founded on the rock (God) will never crumble down. Let’s heed His wisdom. Let’s ensure that His word is the firm rock we stand upon. Let’s partner in prayer erecting a protective hedge around those we love. Let’s prepare for the storms and beat the odds together – not falling or caving in.

“Father, teach us to guard our hearts and minds so that Your truths will create a protective barrier around our lives.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Marriage Conference

TRBC will be hosting the I Still Do conference on Saturday, October 17th.  I Still Do, a Family Life event, is designed for married couples to reconnect and strengthen their marriages. Dennis Rainey, Alistair Begg, and other speakers and entertainers will be sharing from the stage. The conference will be hosted live at the church and simulcast nationwide to thousands of churches! It’s an exciting event and we’d love to see the Worship Center filled with couples committed to their marriage, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision.

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 21, 2015

Refreshing My Soul

cb devo aug 21“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

Sweltering heat got you running for cover? It’s been the hottest summer I ever remember. Driving down Rt. 221, I witnessed a gathering of cows in the pasture. Yes, all the cows had claimed their corner under a large oak tree. Most were sitting and a few standing, but those cows had no intention of moving. No rain was in sight, no thunder in the distance yet during the heat of the mid-afternoon shelter was a high commodity.

Been there myself – where the heat of life sent me running for cover. In need of hydration, my parched soul desperately ran to the fountain of life and drank of God’s goodness. Drawing near to His heart, I found rest and refreshment in the shadow of His wings. And you know what, I wasn’t alone. There was quite a gathering; yes many claimed their corner with no intention of moving. They all came for different reasons. They all stayed for different reasons.

God’s shelter is a high commodity – one filled with the promise of rest yet infused with the power of our Almighty God acting on our behalf. So what are we waiting for – my feet are hitting the floor. Can’t wait to feel His presence covering all of me as I read His word, speak “Good Morning Lord” and shower Him with my love. And there’s always room for you to join us!

“Father, how sweet to hear Your whispers, to feel Your presence and experience my Most High God hovering over me.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 20, 2015

God’s Provision

cb devo aug 20“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

Since health issues have prevented me from working, I spend a lot of time at home. I recently set up an area in my yard for birds and have taken up the hobby of bird watching. This was in part to honor and remember my mother-in-law that passed away in December. She loved birds and watched them outside her back door.

It’s fascinating to watch the different birds and their habits. Some like to eat the seed out of the feeder, others prefer to eat what’s on the ground, and the robins are happy with a worm. I’ve also noticed how there is usually a pair together. Now obviously they don’t need the seed in the feeder because God gave them special abilities to find their own food and meet their needs. Just like us, I suppose it’s great to have a “sit down” meal every now and then.

During my time of not being able to work, I’ve had to struggle with the fact I’m not making money and contributing to the household expenses. Many times I’ve tried to “help” God take care of this with my own ideas to make money. I can tell you I’ve failed every time. Instead of me being like the birds and trusting God for the next need to be met; I fretted and exhausted myself getting nowhere in my solutions. God has MUCH bigger blessings in store for us than even the needs the birds have met, we just have to turn things over to him and trust his faithfulness.

“Dear God Forgive me for trying to handle things on my own. I turn each need that I have and future needs over to You and trust in Your provision. Thank You for the blessings still to come.”

For His Glory,

Katrina Redman
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 19, 2015

Like Dandelions

cb devo aug 19“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)

I have taken much pleasure in watching my children and now my grandchildren pick off dandelions from the ground and blow on their puff balls until all that is left is the stem. Children giggle and celebrate the fact that only their breaths can make the composition of puff and seeds fly through the air.

The dandelion is a good demonstration of what our lives are like: fragile and breakable. The Bible speaks of the life of man as being like the flower of the field or grass, which withers and dies. In spite of its apparent fragility, however, one of the characteristics of the dandelion is that its root and leaves are used for medicinal purposes. Research shows that some cultures have been using it as a dietary ingredient for centuries.

Like the dandelion, we can make our time here on this earth count. No matter how unimportant or insignificant we think we are, we can make a difference in our communities by reaching out to people who need help. We can show comfort to those who are hurting. We can help to feed the hungry. We can volunteer. We can help with disaster relief. We can do mission work and go help others in foreign lands. We can lead Bible study groups, support groups, become a mentor for younger people, and so much more!

Randy Travis’ song “The Three Wooded Crosses” has a chorus that ends like this:

“I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it’s what you leave behind you when you go.”

The dandelion, once hit by the wind, sends its seeds as far away as five miles, which will yield even more dandelion plants. With the Lord’s help, we can do even more. The question is: Will we?

“Lord, please help us to reach others just like the dandelion, that even though it is planted, can send its seeds far, far away. ”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 18, 2015

For The Weary….

cb devo aug 18“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

Verse 28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

Oh, I know that will well. I say it to myself a lot; I say it to others a lot. Moving on.

Verse 29 reads, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Wait a minute. Learn from me? I haven’t paid much attention to this before. Hmm. Reading on.

Verse 30 goes on to state, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Love it. Got it.

Or do I?

I back up to verse 29 and read it again. This is all Jesus talking. Yet, I have never really considered the implications here. Usually, I think, “ok, we give all of our burdens to Jesus, and He will carry the load.” And while that’s true, this verse is telling us so much more about Jesus and who we are in Jesus. Here, we learn that Jesus is walking along side us. A yoke is used for two animals to pull something. Jesus is telling us to join with Him because His yoke is easy. His burden is light. If we join Him, our load will also become a lot lighter. When we come to gentle, humble Jesus, our yoke will be one of rest. How comforting is that? We don’t have to carry the burdens of this world alone.

Dear friend, are you weary? Come to the one who never grows weary. Come to Jesus today.

“Dear Lord, thank You for allowing me to come alongside You. Thank You for being gentle and humble, and for lightening my burdens.”

For His Glory

Laurel Shaler
TRBC Coffee Break
http://www.drlaurelshaler.com

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