An Amazing New Life and Home

Revelation 21:1-17; John 14:1-7

Points to Ponder

  1. We will see the transformation of heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1).
  2. God will dwell on earth with us because of his divine love for humanity (Revelation 21:2-3).
  3. We will be purified of our sinful ways (Revelation 21:4).
  4. We will have a new beginning greater than anything we can envision because we have remained faithful (Revelation 21:5-7).
  5. Those of us with an unrepentant heart and engrossed in ungodly behaviors will not have a new life with God (Revelation 21:8).
  6. God shows honor to his people for their faithfulness (Revelation 21:9-14).
  7. God’s earthly home will be amazing to see and enjoy for eternity (Revelation 21:15-17).

Something to Consider

God has revealed his perfect plan for Christians. He gives hope through the Revelation of John. It’s clearly written in the scripture that God’s love for us is remarkable and unwavering. He will live with us on earth. He will transform everything for his glory. We are privileged to be a part of an amazing new life with God and our family.  We must embrace His promises as we observe moral values decaying in this world.  We must share the hope we believe about God’s incredible promises:

(1) He will wipe away every tear from our eyes. 

(2) There will be no more death.

(3) Neither shall there be mourning,

(4) There will be no crying.

(5) There will be no pain.

(6) God will live with us.

(7) There will be a new earth and new heaven.

We will have an amazing new life and home. We must eagerly share the future hope we have in Jesus to everyone before it’s too late.

Devotional: Mercy and Grace Shall Follow Me

April 16, 2020

9:00 am.

Psalm 23 English Standard Version

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
    forever.[g]

My favorite childhood scripture we had to memorize in church. It’s still applicable today during these difficult times.

We have a great responsibility to remember God’s words. Here are some keys words to focus on:

1. Green pastures

2. Still waters

3. Restores

4. Righteousness

5. Fear no evil

6. You are with me

7. Rod and staff comfort me

8. Table in the presence of my enemies

9. Anoint my head with oil

10. Cup overflows

11. Goodness and Mercy

12. Dwell, forever in the house

We can trust these ancient words as David did and his ancestors. Jesus has already prepared a place for his peoples until the earth is renewed to its original glory. Jesus will live with us on earth forever. Let’s work together until He returns to earth.

Prayer: Lord, I trust you to the fullest even if I loose everything. My faith will sustain me regardless of the difficulties of life but I trust you to give me strength to endure because I cannot do it alone.

In Jesus Name Amen

(c) Billy J. Strawter, Sr

Jesus Amazing Arrival into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11; Zechariah 9:9; Isaiah 62:11

Palm Sunday, May 5, 2020

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Points to Ponder

  1. When Jesus sends you on a mission you must follow His detailed instruction (Matthew 21:1-3).
  2. Jesus had to fulfill the ancient of days biblical prophies as written in the Old Testament to reconcile us to God (Mathew 21:4-5, Zechariah 9:9, Isaiah 62:11).
  3. It’s very important to follow the instructions of Jesus and to make personal sacrifices for our savior (Mathew 21:6-8).
  4. Jesus has many ways of impacting peoples’ lives to deliver them from their destructive ways (Matthew 21:9-11).

Something to consider

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday because Jesus chose to come from heaven to sacrifice himself for the atonement of our sins. Jesus chose two of the 12 disciples to get the donkey and her colt. The disciples trusted Jesus’ strange requests and took the journey of faith. They returned with the donkey and her colt as requested. 

They didn’t deviate from Jesus’s instruction. It was interesting Jesus didn’t want the donkey and her colt separated probably to keep the mother calm.  Jesus is always concerned about situations which might have negative and positive impact in our lives. Jesus’ loves us it’s guaranteed his love will never perish.

We must love, support, help and encourage others during these difficult times for the glory of God as we celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter. Let’s have an amazing entrance into the lives others who don’t know Jesus.

He loves us and has given us a free will to make choices.  Jesus constantly displays his love through us to others daily.  We must remain in the world and sacrifice our lives assisting others for the glory of God. 

The disciples and the peoples in Jerusalem saw his amazing love based on His past actions.  Jesus was on his final journey before his life would be given up for the sins of the world. His purpose was to reconcile us to God Almighty. 

We are on a journey everyday of our lives for the glory of God whether we believe it or not.  We must aggressively pray for God intervention to strengthen us and empower us to trust Him during these difficult times in the world.

Let’s triumphally enter the lives of those needing assistance regardless of their social status.  God wants us to work together for humanity and for the protection of our environment. Jesus wants to inter into your life today and every day. If you don’t know Christ. Please repent of your sin and accept Jesus as your personal savior and you shall be saved. He expects a tremendous change in your life.  I encourage you to read and meditate on God’s Word and fellowship

(c) 2020 Billy J. Strawter, Sr

Devotional: A Prayer of Hope

April 4, 2019

Lord, thanks for giving us your Word.  Your Word is trustworthy and meaningful forever especially during the most difficult times in our lives.  Do not allow fear of the coronavirus to consume us but give us wisdom to be safe and to follow the guidelines given to us. 

Lord, help everyone that are suffering in various ways due to the virus. Please provide everything we need to fight against the virus to save lives. Please use men to develop a vaccine against the virus for the world.  Please give them the knowledge to do it rapidly. 

Lord, I prefer you to supernaturally destroy the coronavirus so it will never exist again.  I know you are God and I trust you to help us through this pandemic.  Lord,  I know you empower peoples to accomplish your will wether they are believers or nonbelievers.  Let your glory prevail because of your unconditional love for humanity throughout the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾✝️✝️✝️✝️

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We Must Not Fear but Pray and Unite to Survive.

By Billy J. Strawter, Sr
March 27, 2020

We must not fear but we must follow the guidelines as mentioned by the governor. Social distancing is critical to prevent the spread of the enemy, the coronavirus.

Michigan is now one of the fastest in the spread of the coronavirus. The Detroit areas have a major problem.

I hope everyone will pray for:

I. God’s mercy and grace.
2. An abundance of ventilators to be manufactured.
3. Sufficient masks for health care workers.
4. Assistance for those with less and for those loosing much, etc.
5. Manufacturers to step up and make an abundance of ventilators.
6. Unity between the States and the Federal Governments regarding equipment needs and financial needs.
7. Families and businesses struggling because of the businesses that are shutdown.
8. People to comply with social distancing.
9. Supernatural healing of those with the coronavirus.
10. An awesome vaccine for the coronavirus.
11. Leadership around the world to make wise decisions during these difficult times.
12. Peoples struggling to provide food for their family and money to pay their bills.
13. People who can’t see their love ones because of isolation.

Lastly, pray for our faith to increase and for others to come to know Christ.

Please stay educated about the evolving situation. I know it’s difficult to hear the bad news but we must stay informed to make right decisions. We must maintain hope. We need ventilators, doctors, services providers and other helpers to fight this battle.

God, please, please help us to fight this enemy trying to destroy your creation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

How to Get My Parents to Take Me Off Punishment?

Advice to Teenagers

You must endure the remaining time you have on punishment at home. I encourage you to complete your homework which will improve your school work and grades. One month isn’t too long compared to the amount of time you could spend in a Juvenile Detention Center for truancy.

You violated your parents trust which will take time to rebuild.  It appears you are more interested in getting off punishment verses reflecting on the wrong choices you made. Please apologize to your parents and make every effort to make right choices in the future. Your parents know you are not perfect. They want you to be successful in life. It’s not easy being a parent but we do our best to be responsible parents. We love our children unconditionally.

Your parents love you and they want the best for you. It’s important for you to re-establish your relationship with your parents.  Take the time to be the a wonderful son your parents expect of you. One day you will get married and become a father and a wonderful role model for your children.  Your parents are being great role models for you. I’m hopeful you will do the same in the future for your family.

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Hope in The Midst of the Storm

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

1 King 19:1-18

Have you every been in the midst of a storm and felt nothing but hopelessness. You are not alone and I hope and pray you will be encouraged by this devotional. You must always trust God while you are in the midst of your storm.


Points to Ponder


1. Sometimes an unexpected storm will come in our lives (1 King 19:1-2).

2. There may be a time when the storm (hopelessness, stress, depression, self-doubt) of life will get the best of us (1 King 19:3-4).

3. God will provide spiritual nourishment during the storm in our lives (1 King 19:5-9).

4. You can be zealous for God but still face many dangerous storms but you are not alone (1 King 19:9-10).

5. We must always remain hopeful and trust God to carry us through the storm (1 King 19:11-13).

6. God will always give us strength to overcome any storm we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).

7. God is willing to hear our perspective regarding the storm in our life (1 King 19:14).

8. We can always expect God to send helpers our way when we are in the midst of the storm (1 King 19:15-17).

9. God will always preserve a remnant of people who will not compromise their faith both young and old (1 King 19:18).


Something to Consider


As long as we live, we will face storms in our lives. They will suddenly appear just like a severe thunder storm during spring and summer months or anytime. The storms will cause tremendous lost of life and property.

However, God always give believers and nonbelievers the ability to overcome the storm. There will be times when the storm may overwhelm us but it will never overcome us if we put our hope and trust in God. He will strengthen us during the storm.

The storms might be the results of natural disasters, and conflict within the family, friends, health issues, death, or disagreements with society because of our belief.
Elijah knew God but he felt lonely, hopeless, stress, depression, and doubt because Jezebel wanted his life because he had her false prophets killed. He felt alone because he was the only prophet left. Elijah wanted to die but when God was ready He responded to Elijah and addressed him in love to encourage him, he was not alone and would receive help. God gave him the help necessary to perform the task.


Regardless of our faithfulness and strength, we must always be prepared when the storm arrives in our lives. God will help us by sending others in our lives to encourage us to remain faithful and trust in Him in the midst of the storm or God Almighty may do something supernaturally.


Are you trusting God in the midst of the storm?
(c) 2015 Devotional by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.

Forgiveness Can Heal A Broken Heart

Forgive

 (Genesis 50:15-20, 1 Kings 8:50, Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25, Luke 17:3-2)

Devotional: by Billy J  Strawter, Sr.

 Points to Ponder

  1.  You must let go of the bitterness you have in your heart toward those who have hurt you (Genesis 50:15-17).
  2. Do not hold grudges against those that are jealous of you but forgive them and you will have joy in your life (Genesis 50:18-20)
  3. You must forgive people who sin against you just like you expect God to forgive you (1 King 8:50).
  4. If you don’t forgive people who violated your trust, God will not forgive you (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25).
  5. It is your responsibility as a Christian to forgive people regardless of the number of times they have hurt you (Luke 17:3-4).

Something to Consider

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Sun Rays of God’s Creation

Is there someone in your life that has hurt you to the core of your heart? Your answer is probably yes! You are so angry with them because you don’t understand why someone who claims to love you would hurt you so badly. You might blame yourself or wonder what you did to deserve a broken challenging. However, we all fall short of the glory of God because of our sinful nature.

It is sin that caused an individual to hurt you. Just like it was sin that caused Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for you. He also died for the person that broke your heart and violated your trust. God holds each of us accountable for our own sins. He gives you a simple process for healing your broken heart. He wants you to rely on Christ as the source of your strength.

Your healing process will began when you forgive the person or persons that hurt your heart. It want be easy but when you let go and let God you will find wonderful peace in your life. When you forgive, you are no longer in bondage but free. Enjoy your freedom, starting today, as you forgive those who have hurt you. Remember! You can’t rely on others to heal your broken heart only God can.

Are You Respecting Your Wife or Husband

Are You Respecting Your Wife or Husband?

 Ephesians 5:22-33, Hebrews 10:10, Titus 3:5-7, 1 Corinthians 6:15

 October 18, 2015

 Points to Ponder

  1. A wife must submit to her husband with Christian love (Ephesians 5:22-24).
  2. A husband must love his wife as Christ loves us so she will shine with the love of Christ in her heart (Ephesians 5:25).
  3. A husband must be willing to sacrifice himself for his wife as Christ did for the church to reconcile us to God (Ephesians 5:26-27, Hebrews 10:10, Titus 3:5-7).
  4. The husband has the responsibility to lead, serve and guide the family so they may enjoy the fruits of Christ’s labor (Ephesians 5:28-29).
  5. A husband must treat his wife with dignity and respect (Ephesians 5:30, 1 Corinthians 6:15).
  6. The husband and wife must be united as one but retain their own personality and identity (Ephesians 5:31).
  7. The husband and wife must persevere with love and respect towards one another regardless of the difficulties they face. (Ephesians 5:32-33).

 Something to Consider

Often times there is a misinterpretation of the meaning of the Biblical passage “Wife submit to your Husband”. When you read the entire text, you realize that God expects the husband to apply Godly principles in the relationship with his wife. God does not control us but he has given us a free will. Jesus demonstrated his love by serving mankind. He gave us unconditional love in spite of our sinful nature. He was totally committed to bringing salvation to us through His death on the cross. If a husband loves his wife in this way, she will willingly submit to him, just like the church submit to God.

Therefore, it’s essential for the husband to set an example by serving his wife and family. Here are the best methods for both spouses to utilize in their relationship:

  1. Know the love of Christ
  2. Provide unconditional love
  3. Respect each other
  4. Encourage
  5. Support
  6. Empathize
  7. Listen intently
  8. Spend time together
  9. Agree to disagree
  • Forgiveness
  • Apologize
  • Provide spiritual guidance to the family.

The husband and wife should understand each other’s uniqueness and personality which should complement the relationship. Their priority should be to show Christ’s likeness in the marriage. They must not allow poverty, wealth, anger, lust resentment, bitterness, nor selfishness to destroy their love and commitment they have towards each other. Husbands should lead (God’s design) by Christ’s example and not by dictatorship.

(c) 2015 Billy J. Strawter Sr.

Hope in The Midst of the Storm

Devotional:  1 King 19:1-18

Have you every been in the midst of a storm and felt nothing but hopelessness. You are not alone and I hope and pray you will be encouraged by this devotional.  You must always trust God while you are in the midst of your storm.

Points to Ponder

  1. Sometimes an un-expected storm will come in our lives (1King 19:1-2).
  2. There may be a time when the storm (hopelessness, stress, depression, self-doubt) of life will get the best of us (1 King 19:3-4).
  3. God will provide spiritual nourishments during the storm in our lives (1King 19:5-9).
  4. You can be zealous for God but still face many dangerous storms but you are not alone (1 King 19:9-10).
  5. We must always remain hopeful and trust God to carry us through the storm (1 King 19:11-13).
  6. God will always give us strength to overcome any storm we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).
  7. God is willing to hear our perspective

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    Hope in the Midst of the Storm

    regarding the storm in our life (1 King 19:14).

  8. We can always expect God to send helpers our way when we are in the midst of the storm (1 King 19:15-17).
  9. God will always preserve a remnant of people who will not compromise their faith both young and old (1 King 19:18).

Something to Consider

As long as we live, we will face storms in our lives. They will suddenly appear just like a severe thunder storm during spring and summer months or anytime. The storms will cause tremendous lost to life and property. However, God always give believers and nonbelievers the ability to overcome the storm.  There will be times when the storm may overwhelm us but it will never overcome us if we put our hope and trust in God. He will strengthen us during the storm. The storms might be the results of natural disasters, and conflict within the family, friends, health issues, death, or disagreements with society because of our belief.

Elijah knew God but he felt lonely, hopeless, stress, depression, and doubt because Jezebel wanted his life because he had her false prophets killed. He felt alone because he was the only prophet left.  Elijah wanted to die but when God was ready He responded to Elijah and addressed him in love to encourage him, he was not alone and would receive help. God did give him the help necessary to perform the task.

Regardless of our faithfulness and strength, we must always be prepared when the storm arrives in our lives. God will help us by sending others in our lives to encourage us to remain faithful and trust in Him in the midst of the storm or God Almighty may do something supernaturally.

Are you trusting God in the midst of the storm?

(c) 2015 Devotional by Billy J. Strawter, Sr.