A frontlet is something taken from the Old Testament. Some OT believers would literally tie little boxes called 'frontlets' around their foreheads. "Therefore you should lay up these words in your heart and in your soul...may they be as frontlets between your eyes." Deut.11:18 Inside these boxes were reminders; mostly scripture readings and/or things to remind them of God. These devotions are based on this coming week's scripture readings and are intended to both remind you of God, receive the blessing of His Word (for it never returns void-Isaiah 55:11) and prepare your heart and mind for this, His Word for this Sunday.
Devotions for the Week
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TEXT: (alt.) John 13:1-17
TITLE: Saying and Doing
"I have set you an example that you should do as I have done to you" John 13:15
Have you ever heard it said: "Do as I say, not as I do!" Kind of lame, don't you think? We know of those who get drunk, commit adultery, curse often, are lazy, abusive, and/or simply don't care. That list could easily go far beyond our devotional space and somewhere amidst the laundry list we find ourselves. "No one is righteous; no not one!" When it comes to 'saying' and 'doing' there's only One who has ever got it right; Jesus, our Savior. Fanny Crosby wrote a hymn that speaks to this thought:
More like Jesus would I be, let my Savior dwell with me;
Fill my soul with peace and love—make me gentle as a dove;
More like Jesus, while I go, pilgrim in this world below;
Poor in spirit would I be; let my Savior dwell in me.
Lukewarm or half-baked Christians just don't cut it with God. It's all or nothing! Say and Do! Since we can't, we ask Jesus to help us be like Him. By faith, His Spirit dwells within us. Following His lead, the 'saying' and 'doing' becomes a part of our everyday lives and who we are! Jesus is our perfect example.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your example and Spirit to help me follow it, in Jesus Name, Amen.
TEXT: John 18:1-19:42
TITLE: More Than Meets The Eye
"Jesus answered, You are right in saying I'm a King...I came into this world to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." "What is truth?" Pilate asked." John 18:37-38a
Ever heard the expression, "There is more to it than meets the eye!" There was more to the conversation of Jesus and Pilate than met the eye. For one thing, Pilate's truth was steeped in Roman culture; idols, art, and a power ("only the strong survive") mentality. Religion was mythology to which Pilate never took too seriously. Politically, he followed a one-time hero of Rome-Sejanes, who turned out to be a traitor to Caesar Tiberius. No wonder Pilate asked, "What is truth?"
Now Pilate faced a man who claimed to be a King but not in a political sense, but rather in a religious sense, which made him innocent as far as Rome was concerned. Yet, he stood before an angry crowd who wanted Him killed for claiming to be God. What Pilate could not see was that truth itself was standing before him. Jesus is our Way, Truth, and Life. We believe that His Word is truth as well. To an unbelieving world, the Bible is just another book. But the Bible is God-breathed, divinely inspired for our salvation and edification of faith. Thus, we cling to its words; truth, for our lives. As a result, what's more than meets the eye is that by believing God's Word, we're saved and heaven is our home.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing to me what eyes cannot see and ears cannot hear without your Spirit; truth, in Jesus Name, Amen.
TEXT: Luke 24:1-12
TITLE: Remember; He is Risen
"Remember how He told you..."The Son of Man must be...crucified and on the 3rd day be raised again?' Then they remembered His words." Luke 24:6b-8
I can remember times my wife calling me (phone) and just when she's about to hang up she'd add, "Oh by the way, remember to pick up some milk (or bread, or whatever) from the store on your way home?" "Sure! I'd say. Then later; "Where's the milk?" she'd ask. "What mi...oh ya, the milk!" was my wry reply. After that, her same request was politely prefaced; "Now write this down!"
Sometimes we don't remember things. We forget. But there's one thing we never want to forget; His death and resurrection! The women in our text apparently forgot. The disciples forgot. But upon hearing the words of our text their memory returned. God's Word is a way He wrote important things down for us to always remember. Such as....He is risen! And, as a result, we live and always shall as well! Remember!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for causing me to remember things that are important to my life through Your Word, in Jesus Name, Amen.