family devotions

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was shared on Sunday. Feel free to share them with friends!

Why are family devotions important? The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.

day 29 devotion

april 11 weekly devotion

They also will answer, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."
Matthew 25:44-45

In the Bible, there's a story where Jesus wiped some mud on a blind man's eyes, and the man saw colors for the first time. Jesus strolled up to a guy who had never walked before and said, "Get up, take up your mat and go home." Jesus felt the touch of a woman who'd been bleeding for twelve years, and He turned to her and said: "Your faith has made you well." And she became well.

Jesus showed up on the scene and helped people. But before He healed them, He saw them. He saw their immediate need, sure, but He also saw what was behind it, because Jesus was attentive to those most overlooked. It's hard to believe we can do greater things than Jesus when we think about His miracles, but it starts by taking Him at His word and then seeing people the way Jesus did. How can we go about healing people if we don't see them through a gate of love?

Of all the things Jesus did, I'm struck by what a miracle it was that He always had room for more. He seemed to pick up friends wherever He went: some who were hungry, some who were hurting, and some who were on a hunt for a new identity. Wherever they were, when they came with humble hearts, He said they were welcome.

This is the life Jesus wants for us: to see people, feed them, and welcome them. He wouldn't have told us we'd do greater things than Him if He didn't think we could.

Who do you see in your life who needs to be met by the love of God?

This week's devotion is from the 365-day devotion, Live in Grace Walk in Love by Bob Goff.

a note for parents

[ sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from HIM - Psalm 127:3 ]

If you read Psalm 127 in its entirety, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards.

What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow.

This note today is taken from Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.