Tuesday 2/27/23: Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican 

Prayer is demonstrated throughout the Bible. We see prayers of supplication of intercession, interposition (Act as a judge, moderator or umpire). Prayer is compared to incense and is put in the context of whispering a prayer.

            One of the first prayers is a combination of Interposing and prophecy by Noah after Ham discovered his father’s nakedness and reported it to his two brothers outside the tent. Genesis 9: 18-27 records the incident and the prayer. The first word out of Noah’s mouth, (all other records only have Noah obeying God to the letter), is “Cursed be Canaan;” In a Psalm this would be imprecatory (wishing harm on God’s and your enemies). Then Noah blesses Shem and Japheth.

             This is a prayer because there is nothing Noah can do to bring it about. It is wholly dependent on God. It is brief, focused and passionate.

            Are your prayers focused? Be specific in prayer. Then you will recognize the answer sooner whether it is a “Yes, No or Wait.” Specificity helps you recognize God’s work and His answer. When you pray to God today, be very specific and then see what happens. We will look at other aspects of prayer throughout the week.

Monday 2/6/23 Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican 

Read Acts 1:18-26

Who is the 12th apostle? Argument for Matthias: Peter and the 120 were continually devoting themselves to prayer (14). The standard is met, i.e., the person was continually with them throughout Christ’s ministry. Two men chosen Justus and Matthias. They drew lots in the Old Testament way and Matthias was chosen. Argument against Matthias: The Holy Spirit had not yet permanently indwelt them; the church had not begun. We hear nothing more of Matthias in scripture but instead have Paul who calls himself an apostle (least of the apostles). Paul writes a great deal of the New Testament.

Friday: 2/3/23 Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican 
Read Romans 1:1-7
Paul’s introduction in the letter to the Roman church gives a brief summary of essential Christian truths that every believer should be grounded in. 1. The promise of the gospel and Christ was told us by the prophets through the holy scriptures (Which is always a reference to the Old Testament). 2. Jesus is the physical descendent of David. 3. He was declared the Son of God by the Holy Spirit through the resurrection from the dead. 4. This is the basis for Paul’s apostleship and the obedience of the Gentiles unto faith.

            These truths are repeated many times throughout the New Testament, to cement them in our thinking for comfort, for rebuke and for service. How will you respond?

Thursday: 2/2/23 Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican 

Read Psalm 2.

Here in this famous and oft quoted Psalm we see the Psalmist warning the nations to give heed to God and His people. Mankind thinks a great deal of himself and as a result puts God off to the side. When it seems the plans that human leaders have to control others to their personal benefit and to the harm of others, we know God will eventually destroy all these human designs in favor of His plans and His people. Thus, we should not dwell obsessively on things over which we have no control. But instead on the promises of the Christ who saved us and has prepared good works for us to carry out for Him.

Wednesday 2/1/23: Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican 

Read Joshua

1:1-9

Moses is dead and buried by God. Joshua has been the commander of Israel’s armies for 40 years in the wilderness. He was with Moses at the tent of the meeting. He was Moses’s commander, companion and servant. But now he is on his own and no doubt feeling vulnerable.                                    God speaks boldly to him and says “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.” “I will not fail or forsake you.” “Be strong and very courageous.” In the same way God watches over those who have believed in Jesus as their one and only savior. It was not easy to be the leader who followed Moses, but Joshua was prepared spiritually and experientially for the great conquest of the land.

Tuesday 1/31/23: Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican
Read Joshua
1:1-9
Moses is dead and buried by God. Joshua has been the commander of Israel’s armies for 40 years in the wilderness. He was with Moses at the tent of the meeting. He was Moses’s commander, companion and servant. But now he is on his own and no doubt feeling vulnerable.                                    God speaks boldly to him and says “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.” “I will not fail or forsake you.” “Be strong and very courageous.” In the same way God watches over those who have believed in Jesus as their one and only savior. It was not easy to be the leader who followed Moses, but Joshua was prepared spiritually and experientially for the great conquest of the land.
Monday 1/30/23: Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican
Read Genesis
2:18-25
Here God has Adam name the animals with a dual purpose. First to give that which is created in God’s image responsibility over the created world. Second to help Adam realize that “for Adam there was no suitable helper found for him.” God resolved this discovered need by creating ‘woman’ from Adam’s rib. She was part of him and not separate.                                                            
 We have the now controversial statement made by Adam designating that there is only male and female. That is faith and science. God here designates the family unit. His plan, His design. We should thank Him for setting this standard even if our life does not reflect that standard or experience. For all of us forgiven by Christ we can seek comfort in our church family even if our own families are broken and

Friday 1/27/23 – Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican

Read Matthew 1:1-17

The opening of the New Testament immediately directs us back the Old Testament. Those who want to minimize the Old Testament in modern Christianity are discounting what God considers important. These people listed had their faults, failures and victories. Their stories are recorded for our edification according to Peter. Many of these Judean kings were considered wicked, yet they are still listed in the genealogy.

Our physical heritage is nothing compared to our spiritual heritage. And as we look at Christ’s physical heritage in fulfillment of Genesis 12:1-3 it is full of saints and sinners. No matter your physical heritage your spiritual heritage is all that matters. Christ cares not about any of your physical attributes, but only for your soul. Rejoice in that my friend.

Thursday 1/26/23 – Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican
Read Psalm 1

 

As you read this psalm it gives a clear contrast between the “blessed man” verses 1-3 and the “wicked.” God warns the righteous man what to avoid, i.e., the counsel of the wicked, standing in the path of sinners or sitting in the seat of scoffers. The psalmist then immediately tells you the advantages of delighting in the Law of the Lord, this applies today as much as it did in David’s time. This directs our thinking toward the Lord and His perspective on our day. The wicked are not so. Notice the closing “The Lord knows the way of the righteous. That is all believers. (Ephesians 2:8-10) but the wicked will perish twice, physically and spiritually. So let us all walk in the path of the righteous.

Wednesday 1/25/23 – Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican
 
Read Genesis
2:4-17.

 

This is called the second creation account by some theologians. I see it as God giving more details to the creation of man as man is the primary focus of His creation.  What did God do for Adam? He put him in a perfect garden in a perfect world. He gave Adam two central trees. One the tree of life and the other tree a tree of death. Why? Because God loved man enough to give him a choice. Either trust God or not. God gave a clear command about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “…you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.”          God gives us clear instruction on the things vital to our spiritual and physical existence. Are you listening?

 

Tuesday 1/24/23 – Devotion from Pastor Mike Gormican

Read Genesis

1:1-31

 I wanted you to read this entire passage because I wanted you to get the full sense of the creation account. The Bible is a literary, historical and where applicable scientifically accurate document. When looking at scripture there is a saying: “The plain sense makes the most sense.” So here in Genesis 1 God is not vague in describing the creation of the earth. He is very specific in a literary sense. “Evening and morning the first day….” There is no room for any other interpretation. Also, the order of the creation is exactly what is needed to sustain life. God is a God of specifics, when necessary. He is the author of creation and He alone is our God. Evolution and other theories remove God from the equation and as a result man is responsible only to his evolved nature and not the God of the universe.