The OC Daily Minute

The OC Daily Minute

April 18, 2019

Our Incredible Hope Exacts Excitement These women were amazed when they arrived (Mark 16:6). They came to the grave expecting to find Jesus’ dead body, but instead, there was an angel. Mark says they were “alarmed.” The word means to be utterly astonished or greatly amazed. It means to be moved to a relatively intense emotional state because of something causing great…

April 17, 2019

Our Incredible Hope Develops Devotion Pilate granted Joseph’s request and Joseph, along with the Pharisee, Nicodemus, took Jesus’ body and gave Him an honorable burial in a tomb that Joseph had bought. In verse 47, we see that the two Marys who had been with Jesus while He was alive and who were witnesses to His death on the cross had followed Joseph and Nicodemus and saw…

April 16, 2019

Our Incredible Hope Compels Courage The effect on Joseph of Arimathea was that of courage (Mark 15:42-47). Joseph had been a secret follower of Christ, and when Christ died he stopped hiding and courageously stepped forward to show his love for Christ. Joseph was a respected member of the Sanhedrin. He was part of the Sanhedrin that had conducted a ridiculous trial of…

April 15, 2019

This week we’re going to be taking a look at some of the wonderful effects of the Resurrection and the hope that it provides us. This week’s devotions come from Crossroads Bible College.   Load-bearing walls support the weight of the house. You don’t take those down, because if you do the house will come tumbling down. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the…

April 12, 2019

Friday “If you hold fast to the word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain”   This is a verse often used to try and defend the idea that people can lose their salvation. The idea is that once you’ve been bad enough you are no longer saved and need to start all over. There are so many problems with that line of thinking we could do a week full of…

April 10, 2019

Wednesday “In which you stand” We stand in this gospel. We stand in it because we know it’s the truth. Often the enemy or even our own evil hearts can try to guilt us into a weaker position. We may have failed. We may still struggle. Yet, as long as we stand in the gospel we know we’re forgiven. God knows everything. He knows our greatest moments, our most cherished…

April 9, 2019

Tuesday “Which you received” When the gospel shows up, we are given a choice. No one is forced into the gospel, but instead God extends his invitation to us. He invites us to share in his love, grace, and forgiveness. By grace, through faith in him, the cross gives us the opportunity to receive everything Jesus has done for us. You have to receive it, though. This means…

April 8, 2019

This week we looked through 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and how we can have confidence in the resurrection. What we’re going to dig through this week in our daily devotions is how that very resurrection and its validity changes everything.   “Gospel I preached to you” The only way any of us know the gospel is through someone sharing it with us. There is this beautiful…

April 5, 2019

We love more.   God’s love is infectious. You can’t help as you spend more time with him in his love to find that your love becomes richer and deeper for others. Less important than knowing all the books of the bible, singing all the words right, or even living a pure life is the way we love.   In 1 Corinthians, we’re told that even if we had the most…

April 4, 2019

Change happens when we abide.   The more time I spend with Christ, the more like him I become.   As we sit in his presence, as we study his word, as we pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done, we see ourselves changing. The big theological word for this is sanctification, but the best way to describe it is becoming more like Jesus. It’s…

April 3, 2019

Wednesday   Inexplicable Joy In the book of James, we’re told about this joy that surpasses all circumstances. “Count it all joy,” the author says, “when you face all kinds of trials.” No matter what you face, no matter what happens, no matter what you come against, there is joy.   It seems contrary to think this – joy no matter what? Like what about in…

April 2, 2019

Deeper love   If you love something you spend time with it. You examine it. You know everything about it and it’s always surprising you. For die-hard Lord of the Rings fans, they can watch the movies time and time again only to find new and better appreciation each time. It’s always uncovering new nuggets of nerdiness to behold. You can’t help but love it more…