An Update And “Stop Thinking, Just Love.”

Good afternoon and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. I have a 3 minute video for you that I made yesterday while going to the TV studio. It’s full of good stuff so check it out below….then, keep reading.

God is doing sooooooooooooooo many good things to get His GOOD NEWS to the world! Another one of those “good things” is in the form of a college student that Margie and I met with a week ago named, Alisson. Alisson is called to “go into all the world” to preach the Gospel. After she spent 3 months in India, a passion for people around the world has led her to switch from college to a Bible College to pursue her calling. I suggested to her to start a blog so she can share her passion for God and for people with others. I am so excited that she took action and did just that. Her blog is named, BEING STILL. The message she sent out last night bears repeating. So, with no further words of mine, E-quippers…meet Alisson and enjoy her message titled, “Stop Thinking and Just Love!” (Sign up for her blog here: http://beingstillwithgod.blogspot.com/ )

My mind never stops. Something is always goin on up there. No, I’m serious. I don’t know if you can relate but I’m willing to bet that you might. It seems to be a problem for many of us. Our minds take us places without our consent. Sometimes to places that we don’t want to go. My problem is that I over think things. I turn things up side down and inside out. I’m talkin I analyze. Not all situations but the important things, for sure.

For those of you who deal with the same struggle, you know that there is a nasty side to this character trait. Ohh we know all too well.

It goes like this:

“Was I just weird in that situation?”

“Did I say enough?”

“They probably don’t like me…maybe their humor’s dry?”

“Am I doing enough?”

That last one has been getting the best of me lately. Things seem to stem from it…lots of things. I’ve caught myself wondering if I live out my faith enough? If I do enough for the Church? If I’m reading and not applying? Would you even know I’m different because of Jesus?

It’s exhausting.

Showing his faithfulness, God stepped in. I was reading 1 John and He put my mind to rest. Chapter 3 speaks about loving one another and in verse 23 it says this: “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us.”

Here it is again in John:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. 13:34-35

That’s big you guys. The command to us is

1.) to love and believe in Jesus and

2.) to love one another like He loves us.

That is what’s expected of us. Don’t let your mind get the best of you today. Don’t ever feel like you aren’t doing enough or that you somehow don’t matter. It says right here that all we have to do is love.

Love hard. And the promise is they will know we are children of God by doing so.

Yes, you heard correctly…they will know us by our love.

Love wins.

Awesome job, Alisson! Remember, her blog is: http://beingstillwithgod.blogspot.com/

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Current E-quip Devotion The Wonderful Gift…Of God’s Word

The Wonderful Gift…Of God’s Word

Good afternoon and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. I don’t know about you but I seem to have quite a few translations of the Bible. As I type this devotion on my laptop I have Bible Software (www.E-Sword.net) that brings the following translations within the click of a mouse with my finger…Amplified, Bible in Basic English, Contemporary English Version, Easy-To-Read Version, Good News, God’s Word, Holman Christian Standard, King James, King James with Strong’s Concordance, Modern King James, The Message, NET Bible, New International Readers Version, New International Version, Today’s New International Version, The New Living Translation, and the Young’s Literal Translation. Whew, that’s a lot of Bibles. And that is not even counting my actual hard-copy Bibles I have. So, what’s my point? My point is that oftentimes when something is so readily available, we tend to take that something for granted. We lose our sense of the VALUE of the item. In America, I believe this is the case with the Bible.

First, are we even reading our Bibles? Do we realize the power that’s available to us on the pages of every chapter? Also, when we do read it, do we read it with a fresh understanding that the words on every page are the Voice of God in a printed format? We need to picture God Himself (or Jesus Himself if the words are in red) speaking those words directly to us. We should accept the fact that the Word of God is the LIVING WORD. That is why we can read the same verse many times throughout our life and get something different from it each time. And lastly, after we realize the value, the authority, the power, and the wisdom of the Word of God, do we BELIEVE it, APPLY it, and SHARE it as it deserves?

I pray we ALL get a fresh revelation on the importance of God’s Word in our life. If you have a Bible in your possession, treasure it, appreciate it, read it, apply it, and share it. The world will be a better place for it. This VIDEO below shows the value of the Word of God. It touches my heart every time I watch it. Let me know what you think!

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Current E-quip Devotion My Friends In Nigeria – Heroes Of Faith!

My Friends In Nigeria – Heroes Of Faith!

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. Lots of good things going on here at E-quip Central. (E-quip Central sounds cool, huh?) Today’s devotion will be a little bit different. I received an email this morning from my good friends in Jos, Nigeria; Tim and Kelly Malloy. I am always amazed at their faith and love for God, and also for their love for the Fulani people in Nigeria. Serving there since 2004, they deal with violence and riots between Muslims and Christians, gunfire, death, disease, curfews, weather, random electricity, and many other things. I really felt led of the Lord to send out Kelly’s email to all of you today. Please pray for them as she mentions in her email. I also added two videos so you can get to know them. I pray that ALL OF US will have a heart for missions and for winning the lost. Our time is limited on earth. Our time in Heaven is forever. Jesus makes the difference. Let’s do what we can to go or to send the message of Jesus around the globe. (If you are interested in supporting Tim and Kelly or E-quip, then email me at: PastorKevin@E-quip.org)

Here is Kelly’s Email I received today:

Dear Friends, we pray that you all had a beautiful Easter celebration with your families! Personally, I was reminded again that the nails did not hold Jesus to that cross, but his overwhelming love for me actually made Him want to die there. Praise the Lord that He rose!

This reminder, that our Father is in control of the details of this globe, could not come at a better time. As Nigeria struggles through the long-anticipated election month of April, it is very tempting to feel as though we are at the mercy of the election process, which is still in the early stages of what we might consider fair and democratic. The decision was made that the elections would take place over the span of three weekends, with local elections preceding the presidential, and the gubernatorial election bringing up the rear. Already each of the elections has been postponed for one reason or another, but the first two did finally take place and winners announced. Can I give you the facts in very general terms? Bear in mind that I am not a political guru, nor do I pretend to understand all of the complicated “ins and outs” of the system here. Nevertheless, generally speaking, it is really quite simple. Although there are political parties in Nigeria, the most important consideration for any candidate is his religion (rather than his views on foreign policy, education, the economy, etc.) Many people feel so strongly about maintaining a Christian/Islamic government in their region that they will enthusiastically, violently assert their will on their neighbors.

Many, many people were killed and even more were displaced when their homes were burned down following last weekend’s presidential election. (Goodluck Jonathan, the Christian incumbent, was re-elected.) On Monday afternoon, our family traveled with three other families to the capital city of Abuja for a few days of vacation, as the kids are on Spring Break. The three hour drive became a six hour escapade, as we were stopped at dozens of checkpoints, and finally found ourselves in the middle of a riot just outside of Abuja. Twice we turned back, as the multitude of cars spun 180 degrees to rush in the opposite direction of a violent mob. Finally, the military squashed the crowd, and we were able to pass through the highway, which was littered with rocks, glass, and burning tires.

The state where the majority of Tim’s Fulani ministry takes place was one of the hardest hit, as riots escalated on Wednesday night. Many of his Fulani friends were attacked, killed and injured. Today, he is traveling to several villages to offer help and comfort to those affected. Please pray for us and our Nigerian friends and neighbors tomorrow, as the election for governor is held. This is widely believed to be the most critical election, and the one that could cause the most upheaval. Our community has been praying fervently towards this election, that our state would remain calm – but we are also preparing for further crisis in an already fragile city. Please join us in prayer!

Finally, we are placing our trust in the Lord. For although it does feel like we are being tossed about by whatever wave sweeps across this land, we are sure that He is our anchor in this storm.

Much love, The Malloy’s – “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)


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Current E-quip Devotion The GOOD In Good Friday.

The GOOD In Good Friday.

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion on Good Friday. People often wonder, “How can it be a GOOD Friday if it represents the day in which Jesus was crucified?” Well, I can think of two reasons it’s a GOOD Friday. First, it is good for us because it is the day our sin, our sickness, our heartbreak, our fear, our everything, was laid on the back of Jesus as He died on the cross for US…FOR ALL OF US!!! It’s because of what HE DID on that cross that allows us to experience true freedom from all the “junk” of our sin and of the devil. In fact, Jesus wanted to bear so much of the pain FOR US that He wouldn’t even accept a drink called myrrh, which was given for pain to those being crucified. (Mark 15:23 – NIV) “Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.” He bore it all and He bore it FOR all.

Second, it was only good for Jesus because He KNEW that Sunday was coming! Jesus knows the end from the beginning. He knew the crucifixion would be painful, but He also knew the end result would be worth  it. He obeyed His Father. Obedience to our Heavenly Father ALWAYS PAYS OFF! Jesus endured the crucifixion in order to get to the LIFE-GIVING resurrection. When Jesus was raised from the dead all death, hell, and even the grave lost their power. THAT is why those things are no longer a threat to those who know the Lord.

I think the worst part of Good Friday for Jesus was even more painful than the actual crucifixion. What was it? It was the separation from His Heavenly Father. Before Jesus ever came to earth He had been with His Father. In fact, He had been connected to His  Father forever. When Jesus cried out to His Father you can feel the pain of that separation. (Mark 15:34 – NIV) “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” That being said, One of the most disturbing verses in the whole Bible is right after Jesus gave up His last breath on the cross. Mark 15:38-39 (NIV) says,

“The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. [39] And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to partake in something against someone only to realize, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” It’s that “past tense” that gets me. I wonder how many people will get to the end of their life, breathe their last breath, and face Jesus with the sudden reality that, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” That’s why I  want YOU and ALL THAT YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH to know Jesus, the Son of God…NOW. None of us are guaranteed the next moment in time, but we do have RIGHT NOW. Don’t be the one that has to say “He was.” Be the one that says, “HE IS…” HE IS my Savior! HE IS my Lord! HE IS my Redeemer! HE IS the One who makes me whole and resurrects my life! If YOU, or someone you know, does not truly KNOW Jesus, then today is the day to invite Him into your heart. It can be done with a great big prayer like I prayed in 1979 when I said,JESUS I WANT YOU! Thirty-two years later, I still I want Him and the greatest thing of all is…that HE STILL WANTS ME TOO!  Watch the video below……and pass this devotion on so others can have a GOOD FRIDAY too!!!

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Current E-quip Devotion YOUR Double-Portion Is On Its Way!

YOUR Double-Portion Is On Its Way!

Good afternoon and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. If you will click on the Title of today’s message it will take you to the main blog page for these devotions. At the TOP of that page you will see a tab, “Prayer  Requests.” Please click that tab to see some urgent prayer requests I just added. Your comments and words of encouragement are welcomed on  that page so when the families see them they know they are not alone. Thanks!

I am still checking out the Book of Job. After Job had suffered quite a bit he made some judgmental assessments against God. He spoke about things he knew nothing about. Haven’t we ALL done something like this at one time or another? I think it’s kind of funny when God appears on the scene and says these words…“Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about? Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall! I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers. Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much!” (Job 38:2-4 MSG)

Don’t you hate the ol’ “Where were you when I created the earth?” question. There is never an answer good enough. After a few minutes I am sure Job realized that he had talked out of his “emotions” instead of his spirit. He had spoken according to circumstances instead of according to God’s Promises. Once again, we have ALL done something like this in our own life. SO, what did God do for Job after He addressed him? What happened after Job got things back into proper perspective? What happened to Job after he LISTENED to God instead of “trying to figure Him out?” And finally, what happened to Job after he prayed for his so-called friends the way God told him to? Well, not only did God COMPLETELY RESTORE Job’s life and fortunes, but He DOUBLED IT AS WELL!

Folks, there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS a reward for those who DO NOT QUIT! For those who DO NOT GIVE UP! I am encouraging YOU to not give up. Don’t quit. Keep pressing forward. I know it’s hard. I know things look impossible. I know you don’t think you can go another step. But YOU can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS YOU! (Phil. 4:13) The reward is worth it! God is faithful! YOUR “double-portion” is on its way! DO NOT  Q-U-I-T!!!  Remember, we win!!!

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Current E-quip Devotion I’m Ready To Shut-Up And LISTEN!