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Institutionalized Religion

  • For John the Baptizer came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard; a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Luke 7:33 WEB

    There was always a gloomy feeling that settled over you when you entered the church sanctuary. Everyone was somber with long faces like they were in mourning, but it was not a funeral. The elders, certainly looked elderly. The paintings of Jesus on the wall made Him look sad. He was either a baby in a manger, or bleeding out on a cross. The church was cold, quiet, and highly religious. It was institutionalized religion at its finest, and the denomination was little more than a franchise.

    When I read the Bible, I could not help but think, 'We seem to be missing something.' Jesus lived a colorful life, a full human life. He laughed with people, He loved people, He wept over people. Jesus had friends. He fasted often, but at other times, He ate well. The pharisees stood outside and watched Him eat with tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 9:11).

    Jesus gave His disciples nicknames like the 'Sons of Thunder' (Mark 3:17). He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21). The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17) and I believe that Jesus walked in that realm. The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and I believe that Jesus was strong in joy.

    The great reformer Martin Luther became a monk and wore himself out praying to saints, fasting, and confessing to his superiors, yet it gave him no peace. Then one day he found true grace, left monkery, married a nun, and changed the known world. Luther raised ten children and concluded that 'Marriage is a far better school for character than any monastery."

    The Lord Jesus wants you to live a full and wonderful life just like He did. There will be times of laughing, and times of weeping. There will be times of fasting, and there will be times of feasting. There is a time to be born, and a time to die. So allow room for joy in your life and balance the drudgery. Don't allow cold, dead religion to sap the joy from your life, for it was our God who invented sunshine.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please restore the joy to my life and let me feel Your touch once again. Help me focus on what is important to You, and guide my heart. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Monday, and thank you for all your prayers during our time with Hurricane Florence! We have power again, and are glad to be able to bring you the devotional again. If you have a moment, please lift us up in prayer for the flooding that is expected to be pouring in this week. As you might expect, we were not able to put together a Bible study, but all the better for those who might like to catch up :): RHM Bible Study


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Deshawn Johnson
Deshawn Johnson

Awesome word I needed it this morning!

Sep 17
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Wesley Cox
Wesley Cox

Praying for you in the Carolinas. Thank you for taking time to do this morning's devotional in the thick of a storm. We will be getting it tomorrow night, but it won't be as bad here in eastern Ohio. 

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you very much for your prayers, Wes, and praying for y'all too!

Sep 17
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Sep 17
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.edited: Sep 19

Lord bless the people who are (and may be) affected by the storm, please keep them safe. Amen

Sep 17
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Joseph!

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Joe, thank you for your prayers!

Sep 17
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Thank you both Dion and Sylvia for carrying out your work in the Lord even with all y'all are going through. May our Father continue to bless you both and this ministry.

Sep 17
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

And, may Father Yahweh bless those affected by this storm with the help they need. In Yeshua's name so be it.

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, thank you so much for your prayers, Richard, God bless!

Sep 17
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank you for helping me to bring the joy back in my life because it’s been missing for a long time Amen 

Sep 17
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! I have said this for a long time, fortunately we have a church at RHM that is not like that and we are very very happy about that! :)

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We are so blessed to have you and Karen here, too, brotha!

Sep 17
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen! This is so true  praises  ti god

Sep 17
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank you Father, Soloman said the is a season for everything. Help us to know your way!

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Jim, and praying all is ok at your house!

Sep 17
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God protect us all from the overflow of the rivers. In the name of Jesus. Amen. 

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, sister, thank you for your prayers!

Sep 17
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord! Thank you Father God for bringing us through this storm.

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, He is amazing!

Sep 17
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you for this devotional.  It is very encouraging.  Praying for you and Sylvia and all those in the Carolinas.  God bless and keep you safe.

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you very much for your prayers, my sister!

Sep 17
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen! Keeping you in my prayers

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Kay, we so appreciate your prayers!

Sep 17
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

Sep 17
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you for the devotional.God bless and be safe. Amen 

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, Earlywines!

Sep 17
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes Amen

Sep 17
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, please keep RHM, Pastor Dion and Sylvia and all those in the path of the storm safe from flooding and any other perils. Amen.

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We so appreciate your prayers, Lynn <3!

Sep 17
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Sep 17
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, show me the way to the truthfulness of Your designs. Lead me and I'll follow,in Jesus name I pray Amen. 

My prayers are up for you, Sylvia and those whom are in peril. Keep yourself safe.

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you very much for your prayers, Jose :)!

Sep 17
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Ilia Jefferson
Ilia Jefferson

Thank you for the word of the day! I think there are a lot of people who stay in churches for reasons other than God (maybe - my family has always gone here), and miss out on a full relationship with the Lord. I did that for many years. Since finding another church I think my growth with God has been exponential. I still have a long, long, long way to go. I've been in places where the Holy Spirit was only mentioned a distant member of the family and in places where the Holy Sprirt is alive. If you're stuck somewhere, have an honest conversation with God and He will help you. #nomoredeadprayers

 

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Glad that the Lord brought you to where you need to be, Ilia! We are all a work in progress :)!

Sep 17
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Bill Digiglio
Bill Digiglio

Amen!!!

Sep 17
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Yes, He is on their cross....so they missed the stone rolled away, they missed His appearance to many and they missed His return to the Father....they missed the joy of each event.   They haven't met Him yet...how sad.

Sep 17
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 17
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Through many trials, tribulations, tech issues, storms, blackouts, etc., the Word goes forth at RHM. Kudos to Pastor and First Lady Todd for their steadfast service to our Father and to us. Thanks for your commitment and dedication.

Sep 17
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Aww, thank you so much, Joe, God bless <3!

Sep 18
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen, Pastor Dion! Cont'd prayers!

Sep 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you always for your prayers, sister <3!

Sep 18
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen. Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please restore the joy to my life and let me feel Your touch once again. Help me focus on what is important to You, and guide my heart. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

Sep 18
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen and amen, brother <3!

Sep 18
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father please restore the joy to my life and let me feel Your touch once again. Help me focus on what is important to You, and guide my heart. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen, Thank you Father.

Sep 21