Posts by John Butler

Posts by John Butler

Morning Devotional, Monday, 24 June 2024

Devotional 1: “Called by God”Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1 Reflection: In the quiet of the morning, as you sit with your Bible open, meditate on the words of 1 Corinthians 1:1: “Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.” Consider the weight of these words—Paul wasn’t just a man with a mission; he was a vessel chosen and commissioned by God Himself. Paul’s calling was unique, but it serves as a powerful reminder that…

Reflective Questions on the Sermon “The Tragedy of Disunity Among God’s People” – Judges 12

Reflective questions following a sermon can help deepen understanding and encourage personal application of the message. Here are several questions based on the sermon about Judges 12 and the leadership of Christ: Personal Reflection on Conflict: Think of a recent conflict you experienced. Could it have been handled differently? What steps could you take next time to prevent escalation? Assessing Inclusivity: Reflect on your role in your various communities (e.g., family, church, workplace). Are there ways you could help ensure…

Reflective Questions on the sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

 Here is a series of reflective questions based on the sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:1-3: Paul’s Divine Calling: Partnership in the Gospel: 4. Who are the “Sosthenes” in your life—people who support and partner with you in your spiritual journey? How can you strengthen these partnerships? 5. How can you foster a spirit of unity and collaboration within your church or community to advance the gospel? 6. Reflect on a ministry or project you are involved in. How can you…

Devotional on Larger Catechism Q&A 37

Devotional on Westminster Larger Catechism Q&A 37 Q&A 37: What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death? A: “The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory; and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves till the resurrection.” Reflection Death, often feared and shrouded in sorrow, holds a significantly different meaning for the believer in Christ. According to the Westminster Larger Catechism, death is not…

Devotional on Larger Catechism Q&A 36

Devotional on Westminster Larger Catechism Q&A 36 Q&A 36: What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification? A: “The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are, assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end.” Reflection The Christian journey, while marked by trials and challenges, is also richly endowed with divine…

Evening Devotional, Friday, 14 June 2024

Night 5: The Assurance of God’s Presence Text: Psalm 73:23-28 Devotional: “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For behold, those who are far from…

Morning Devotional, Friday, 14 June 2024

Day 5: The Ministry of Angels Text: Matthew 4:11 Devotional: “Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.” After Jesus’ steadfast resistance to the devil’s temptations, we see a powerful conclusion: “Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.” This verse encapsulates the victory and divine care that follow faithful endurance. Jesus’ triumph over temptation underscores His righteousness and obedience, setting the stage for His public ministry. The…

Evening Devotional, Thursday, 13 June 2024

Week Night Devotionals: Reflections on Psalm 73 Night 4: The Foolishness of Forgetting God Text: Psalm 73:18-22 Devotional: “Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a…

Morning Devotionals, Thursday, 13 June 2024

Day 4: The Tempter’s Third Challenge Text: Matthew 4:8-10 Devotional: “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”‘” In this third and…

Evening Devotional, WednESDAY, 12 June 2024

Week Night Devotionals: Reflections on Psalm 73 Night 3: The Turning Point Text: Psalm 73:13-17 Devotional: “All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, ‘I will speak thus,’ I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into…

Morning Devotional, WedneSDAY, 12 June 2024

Day 3: The Tempter’s Second Challenge Text: Matthew 4:5-7 Devotional: “Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you,” and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”‘ Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “You shall…

Evening Devotional, Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Week Night Devotionals: Reflections on Psalm 73 Night 2: The Folly of Envy Text: Psalm 73:4-12 Devotional: “For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They…