Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

Let's Go to the House of the Lord

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 122 (NIV)

1  I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." 
2  Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. 
3  Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. 
4  That is where the tribes go up- the tribes of the Lord- to praise the name of the Lordaccording to the statute given to Israel. 
5  There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure. 
7  May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels." 
8  For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you." 
9  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.

Today's Message

LET’S GO TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

The people of the church (not the building) are the spiritual house of the Lord. Throughout Scripture, God’s people are called to joyfully come together for worship, community, and the word of God.

Believers are called to pray for the flourishing and peace of the house of the Lord. We contribute to its growth and development by our prayers, conversations, lifestyle, priorities, attitudes, and generosity.

Today, reflect on how you can contribute to the flourishing and peace of the church.  Imperfect and flawed as it is, the church is still the Lord’s precious possession.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Friday, November 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Watching Over You

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 121 (NIV)

1  I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? 
2  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 
3  He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; 
4  indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 
5  The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 
6  the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 
7  The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; 
8  the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Today's Message

WATCHING OVER YOU

Security is a big business.  Think of all the ways people seek security… someone or something to watch over them.

Locks and bolts
Home security systems
Identity theft protection
Police and fire departments
Online security
Airbags and security systems in cars
Weapons
Watchdogs
Insurance

And the list goes on. None of these are bad, but God invites us to lean into his protection. He never sleeps, he has all knowledge, he has total power, and it’s free.

Read over this psalm and make it your prayer today!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 0 comments

I Am For Peace

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 120 (NIV)

1  I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. 
2  Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. 
3  What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? 
4  He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush.
5  Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! 
6  Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. 
7  I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

Today's Message

I AM FOR PEACE

Jesus taught us to be peacemakers. In this opening psalm of several songs of ascent (sung in worship going up to Mt Zion) there’s a strong desire by this believer for peace, but his hostile neighbors want war.

Author Tim Keller notes that we now live in a culture where some folks believe that constant angry indignation is a virtue. (Apparently, even some Christians share this view).

But human anger is not aligned with God’s heart. It does not bring the kingdom of God to earth. We are called to leave vengeance to God (as the psalmist does here), seek harmony whenever possible, and avoid retaliation. We are to be peacemakers, not merely peacekeepers.

In your own relationships, would your family, friends, and coworkers call you a peacemaker?

You reflect God when you seek peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.”

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Worship and the Word

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 119 (NIV)

169  May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word. 
170 May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.
171  May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.
172  May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
173  May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 
174  I long for your salvation, Lord, and your law gives me delight.
175  Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.
176  I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

Today's Message

WORSHIP AND THE WORD

Psalm 119 ends in peace, joy, confidence, and faith. It’s filled with worship, directed and inspired by God’s perfect word.

There are at least five ways to have the word impact your life:

  1. HEARING – make it your life practice to make the hearing of God’s word being preached a priority in your life.
  2. READING – Open up God’s word daily.
  3. MEMORIZING – Learn by heart some favorite or faith-building Scriptures
  4. STUDYING – Do some deep learning in the Bible.
  5. MEDITATING – Mull it over in your mind and take time to think through its implications and application to your life.

May you finish well in life and be able to say: “I have not forgotten your commands.”

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Seven Times a Day

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 119 (NIV)

161  Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.
162  I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.
163  I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.
164  Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.
165  Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
166  I wait for your salvation, Lord, and I follow your commands.
167  I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. 
168  I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.

Today's Message

SEVEN TIMES A DAY

The faithful writer of this psalm says that he praises God “seven times a day.”  That may mean he set aside seven specific periods of time every day for worship. Or, it may be a figure of speech meaning, “all day long, continually.” 

His life was focused on the Lord and maintaining a constant and close devotion to God. That kind of devotional living is difficult to maintain consistently. But if we do, it’s pure gold.

Busy schedules, family activities, job demands, raising children, travel and entertainment, sports and recreation, shopping, commuting, getting exercise – all of these things conspire to topple our lives and bury meaning and purpose under a mountain of hurry.

Pause.

Slow. Down.

Seven times a day, praise him.

It doesn’t have to take an hour. But take a few moments seven times a day to converse with God.

The payoff?

“Great peace have those who love your law,

   And nothing can make them stumble.”

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Monday, November 20, 2017 | 0 comments