Devotionals
 

Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

 
Daily Devotion
Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

I have a really hard time in election seasons. I just struggle with the polarization of every matter under the sun. Being encouraged by one another to demonize, vilify, distrust, and discredit our neighbors because of their party affiliations and voting preferences brings down a gluttonous extrovert like myself who has, on more than a few occasions, been compared to a labrador retriever. I love people!  
 A word that I have been encouraged by in the midst of these seasons is from Mark chapter 9.
 
38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
 
This text reminds me that the good works of our neighbors are to be encouraged, not critiqued. Not stifled. In this case, other followers are casting out demons but they were not part of the “Jesus clique,” and that was an outrage to the loyal and obedient disciples of Jesus. Jesus hears their outrage and is stumped. “Why would you stop someone from doing a good thing?”
“Well… because they are doing it… not us!”
“Well if it's good, it’s good.”
 
I am reminded that I would do well to fix my eyes on the good works done by my neighbors before I fixate on where they have missed the mark or failed to meet all my expectations. Like Jesus explains, when someone gives someone a drink of water, that is a good thing. I may need to better investigate my own insecurities and fears if I find myself questioning my neighbors’ motives or sincerity. Good work is good work.
 
 

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