Randy’s Daily Devotion

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48 hours to go...what would you do, who would you see, what would you say? Probably you would have the people closest to you by your side, but what if one would betray you and the others soon would quietly slip away into the dark of the night and hide for fear of the future.

Jesus faced this scenario in His final 48 hours. He could have called 10,000 angels but did not. He could have struck down His enemies but did not. He could have disappeared to the beaches and palm trees of California, but did not. JESUS STAYED THE COURSE and FINISHED THE JOB!

Jesus had one final message to state on the cross...Luke 23:34..."Father forgive them..." He stayed the course because of us!

How in the world can we not be encouraged with what Jesus did for us on the cross?

How in the world can we not be encouraged when we think about what our future will be like in heaven because of what Jesus did for us on the cross?

How in the world can we not be encouraged when we wake up each day and know Jesus is there for us all the time?

Be encouraged!

~Randy Butler


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Randy’s Daily Devotion

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For some this is a bad day because it is tax day. For me it is a difficult day not because of something so trivial as taxes, rather something so significant as Jesus. He is now about 72 hours away from his death on a cross.

All those marvelous days and nights in Galilee. All those miracles. All those people being helped and saved and cured and fed and given hope. And now just hours away from the greatest injustice in the history of the human race!

I come back to Isaiah 53 and particularly verse 5..."But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed."

From Galilee to Bethany, six miles from Jerusalem, to the Mount of Olives, then crossing a small Kidron Valley up the hill to the East Gate to the wall of the city of Jerusalem. Then eventually to the other side of the city to the North West corner just outside the city walls to a small hill called Golgotha. I was there a few weeks ago. That's where they killed my Savior, your Savior, our Savior.

Be encouraged...BECAUSE ON THE THIRD DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lovingly, Randy


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Randy’s Daily Devotion

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My next adventure in Israel was a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. For an hour we took the most beautiful boat ride I have ever taken. The water was perfectly calm. I thought of the passage of Scripture when that wasn't the case.

Luke 8:24 states..."They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!' And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves and they stopped, and it became calm."

Are you in a storm today? Are circumstances less than desirable? Have you been treated unfairly? Have you been ignored? Do you feel like life has been better? Are the waves of your life choppy right now?

WE KNOW THE MASTER OF THE WIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jesus is in your boat!
Jesus is sailing life WITH you!
Jesus cares deeply about you!

Be encouraged, He won't let you drown or capsize!

Have a great day.

~Randy Butler


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Randy’s Daily Devotion

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Today I invite us to do something better than reading the Bible. MEDITATE on what we read. This means to take more time than what it takes to read it. It means to think about it and become more familiar with a text than simply reading it. This is when real deep change occurs.

For instance, Luke 8:37..."And all the people of the country of Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned."

This story is about the man who was demon possessed. Jesus casts the demons into the swine and they run into the Sea of Galilee and drown themselves and the people are afraid.

They weren't afraid of a naked man living in a cave and making loud screaming crazy sounds. But they were afraid of pigs running into the water

They weren't afraid of a man who was wild who is now perfectly calm. They weren't afraid of a man out of control and now they are afraid of a man who is completely under control.

They had become comfortable with evil. They were completely uncomfortable with righteousness. See any parallels with our culture today?

I could say more, rather I encourage you to think through the verses you read today and try to capture more from them than simply reading them. This is a key way we grow as Christians!

Have a great day.

~Randy Butler


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Randy’s Daily Devotion

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It was 3 weeks ago to the day that I woke up before the sun and walked down to the shore of the Sea of Galilee. I read the book of Matthew gleaning from it all the references to the Sea of Galilee. This body of water Jesus ministered all around is 7 miles wide and 13 miles long. I was sitting on the south end near where the Jordan River comes out.

I pictured Peter walking on this body of water. I pictured the disciples fishing on this body of water. I pictured Jesus using this body of water to get from one side to the other.

I pictured Jesus teaching from Matthew 5-7 what we call the Sermon on the Mount just above this body of water. In Matthew 5:14..."You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."

You and I are lights set in a place where many people can see us. Jesus did not call us to live out our Christianity in a cave rather on a hill where we can make a huge difference.

I want to encourage you to make a difference today by simply letting your light shine for Jesus. Be a positive light. Be a guiding light. Be a helping hands light. Be a light of great hope!

Have a great day.

~Randy Butler


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