Friday, April 18, 2014

Search For Leaven / Fellowship Begins

The 5th day of“Pesach”
"The Feast Of Unleavened Bread"




(Adapted from Exodus 12:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)


During the feast of unleavened bread there is a tradition called “The search for leaven” in which the father will cut a piece of bread in twelve pieces and hide the pieces of leavened bread in different places throughout the house. All the lights will be turned off and everyone will look for the pieces with flash lights. While we are doing this we will ask God to shine His light on any leaven in our lives. When all 12 pieces are found, they will be placed in a little sack. The following evening of Passover we will build a little camp fire or light up the grill. We will gather together with the sack of leaven, bow our heads in quiet meditation concerning the leaven (sin) in our lives. And after this we will throw the leaven into the fire.

I do not believe that God was concerned about the leaven in the houses of the Israelites during the feast of unleavened bread. I do believe that God was concerned about the leaven in their hearts.
Father, shine your light on the leaven in my heart. I will confess my leaven to You and You are faithful to cleanse me from all kinds of leaven and bring me back into fellowship with You.

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Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley
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FELLOWSHIP BEGINS
(Adapted from Exodus 12:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
Verse
If we confess our sins, He is faithful
If we confess our sins,
He is just to forgive and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
Chorus
I’m not in denial anymore
Shine Your light on my sins
One by one I’m confessing all of them
This is where fellowship begins
Ending
This is where my love walk begins
In fellowship with You
As I walk in the light You are in the light
This is where fellowship, fellowship, fellowship,
Fellowship begins
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A NEW LUMP OF DOUGH / Unleavened

This devotion is for the 4th day of “Pesach”
And the first day of 
"The Feast of Unleavened Bread"


(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

Purge out therefore the old leaven, 
that you may be a new lump,
as you are unleavened.
For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old leaven,
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness;
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


Leaven is a substance used to produce fermentation in dough. Fermentation is really the beginning of the process of rotting. Leaven in scripture is a type of sin. Sin begins a process of decay and puffs us up with pride. 

As you read the whole fifth chapter of 1 Corinthians, you will see that Paul actually uses the term ‘puffed up.’ Because it is not possible to remove leaven from bread, Paul suggests that they become a new lump. The term lump indicates that he is suggesting that they start the process over with repentance. As you read this chapter, and also the seventh chapter of 2 Corinthians, you will see that they humbled themselves, took sin more seriously, came out of denial, and had godly sorrow that lead to repentance unto salvation.

He mentions two kinds of leaven - malice and wickedness. Many believers are good at identifying what is wicked and they would not involve themselves in any such thing. However, malice can slip in because of pride. A believer may not be guilty of a dark sin such as lying, stealing or adultery yet there could be malice under the disguise of unforgiveness. After we purge ourselves from wickedness, we should also purge ourselves of all malice and unforgiveness and become a new lump of unleavened dough.

Search me o God and know my thoughts. Search my heart for any wickedness or uncleanness that may be there. Cleanse me from every sin and set me free. I forgive everyone for every wrong, fully and completely even as You have forgiven me, fully and completely. I keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


© LoveWalkPublishing 
Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley







UNLEAVENED
Devotion: A New Lump Of Dough
(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
Verse 1
We should be unleavened even as 
Y’shua the messiah is unleavened
We should be unleavened even as 
Y’shua the messiah is unleavened
Chorus
We should be unleavened 
We should be unleavened
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

APPLYING THE BLOOD / A Lamb 4 A House

The 3rd day of Passover


(Adapted from Exodus 12:3; 1 Timothy 6:12; Revelation 12:10)

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying,
In the tenth day of this month 
they shall take to them 
every man a lamb,
according to the house of their fathers, 
a lamb for an house:

The very first Passover began with a special emphasis on the family unit. God did not command the Israelites to take a lamb for a village or a lamb for an individual. His command was that they take a lamb for a house.

I had a great head start in life because of parents who began their marriage under the lordship of Jesus Christ. My siblings and I went to church every Sunday morning and evening, every Wednesday evening and every revival service nearby. We attended Vacation Bible Schools every summer. Our parents also planned ahead and made sure they had the money for us to go to Christian youth camps every summer. I received Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at one of those summer camps and the blood was applied to my life. The blood that was applied that day at that camp is still on the door posts of my heart.

Rebecca And I began our marriage in March of 1997 also under the lordship of Jesus Christ. In July of 1998, the Lord entrusted us with a daughter. In similar fashion, we have made sure Hannah attends church, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Christian summer youth camps. In addition, we have put our faith on making sure Hannah is enrolled in a Christian school for most of her schooling. The most important thing is that she has received Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and it has been a direct result from decisions made in these areas.

All the pressures of the ungodly influences of this world are a factor in her life. However, the blood has been applied to our house and to her life personally. And the blood is the most powerful force in her world.
Father, we will not give up, yield or surrender to ungodly influences. As a family, we apply the blood of the Lamb to our door post. We fight the good fight of faith. We pledge our allegiance to the Lamb. As a family we are in this fight together. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb, just like they did on the first Passover. We have also read the back of the book and we know that “We Win!” So, we take courage today and receive all that is provided for us by the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
© LoveWalkPublishing
Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley






A LAMB FOR A HOUSE
(Adapted from Exodus 12:3; 1 Timothy 6:12; Revelation 12:10)
Verse 1
God spoke to Moses,
“Let every man take a lamb for a house,
Slay the lame, place the blood
On their upper and side door post’s
And when I see the blood, I will pass over you
And when I see the blood, I will pass over you
Chorus
A lamb for a house
A lamb for a house
The blood has been applied to our door
A lamb for a house
A lamb for a house
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
Verse 2
There are some promises
That we can claim for our children
We don’t have to let the enemy have them,
We can claim them for the kingdom
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OUR PASSOVER LAMB / Jesus, Our Passover Lamb

This is the 2nd of 7 devotions for the 2nd day of
“Passover”


(Adapted from John 18:1-14; 19:9, 29-31 / 1 Corinthians 5:7)
“Hail, King of the Jews!” His own people were screaming at Him and striking Him. They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head. They threw a purple cloak around Him. “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Their shouts were loud and hateful.
It was the day of preparation for the Passover Feast. In their homes, the Jewish people should have been preparing a lamb to be eaten at their table, with their family. Little did they know that they were preparing a lamb, the Passover Lamb for all eternity. They would never be required to slay a lamb for a sacrifice again. Jesus was about to become their Passover Lamb.

Lord, why did Your own people reject You? I know that prophecy had to be carried out and fulfilled but Your very own people fulfilled it. It would have been different if you had been crucified through the hands of the enemy. Is that why you are truly their Passover Lamb?

My child, they did not know or understand the statement of Scripture that I must die and rise again from the dead. My death, My blood and My love covered all of their ignorance of these things. I was their Passover Lamb. I did many other things for them but these things are recorded in order that you may believe that I am the Anointed One, the Son of God. If you will believe and cleave to and trust this, I will be your Passover Lamb. I will make your house a home. I am the door to all provision for salvation and every need that you have. You are blessed and happy because you believe and trust this.
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Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley




JESUS OUR PASSOVER LAMB
Devotion: Our Passover Lamb
(Adapted from John 18:1-14; 19:9, 29-31)
Verse 1
The very first Passover Feast there was a lamb for a house
They took that little lamb into their home for four days
Slew the lamb and with hyssop,
Placed the blood on their upper and side posts
Verse 2
The very first Passover Feast
Families standing round their tables
While a lamb roasted in fire to be eaten in haste
Nothing can waste for this is the Lord’s Passover
Chorus
Jesus our Passover Lamb, You never leave us alone
Jesus our Passover Lamb, You make our house a home
Verse 3
During the Passover Feast priests were slaying lambs in the temple
While a man crucified cried, ‘It is finished’
The veil in the temple rent in twain for me and you
© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Monday, April 14, 2014

THE ARRIVAL OF THE KING / Hosanna

This is the 1st of 7 devotions for the 1st day of
“Passover” and Palm Sunday


(Adapted from John 12:12-19; Luke 28-40)
It is Passover. Jesus is going to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast. As He neared the city, the news of His arrival swept through the streets. The crowd of Passover visitors was eager and excited to see this man who had power to raise the dead. They wanted to touch the miracle man.
As they neared the city, Jesus said to two of His disciples, “Go into the village yonder and you will see a donkey’s colt tied. Loose it and bring it to me.”
Jesus rode into the city on the back of a donkey. The crowd was waiting. They threw palm branches and their garments down in front of the donkey giving the Messiah a grand welcome. They began to shout and rejoice loudly for all the mighty miracles and works of power that they had witnessed. “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!” “Hail to the King of Israel!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
The Pharisees were also in the crowd. Several of the Jewish leaders pushed their way through shouting at the Messiah, “Rebuke your disciples! Get them under control!”
Jesus calmly looks down from the donkey’s colt into the eyes of the shouting Pharisee, “I tell you mister, if these people keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”
The very presence of the Messiah requires praise. It did then and it does now.
Lord, I don’t want the rocks to cry out my praise. I want to worship You with my life, with my thoughts, with the attitudes of my heart and with the words of my mouth. When I step in Your steps and walk in love, I am worshiping You.

© LoveWalkPublishing Recitation authored by RebeccaAnnCooley



HOSANNA
(Adapted from John 12:12-19; Luke 28-40)
Verse 1
Coming to Jerusalem again, 
But this time something’s different
This time something’s stirring, 
This time they’re singing
Chorus
Hosanna, 
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna, 
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Verse 2
Oh what humility this King displays, 
Meek and lowly, on a donkey
As palm branches are laid in His way.
© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Friday, April 11, 2014

A GLORIOUS AND BOUNTIFUL SPRING / New Life

This is the 3rd of 7 devotions with the theme
From 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Is Not Self Seeking”




(Adapted from Zechariah 4:10;  Colossians 1:24-2:7)

Spring is my favorite time of the year.  I would like very much for it to be Spring all year round.  However, Spring would not be Spring if it were not for the other three seasons!

Even if you were to travel north close to the North Pole or south close to the South Pole, you would still see that the seasons exist even though they would not be very distinct.  The same is true concerning areas near the equator where it would be summer like all year round but the seasons still manifest though not as distinctly.  In climates where each season is very distinct, spring is the most beautiful and bountiful time of the year.  The farmers in Illinois depend on heavy winter snows to provide certain nutrients to the soil for a bountiful end of the summer harvest.

Consider the distinctions of the seasons.  During the summer, it is hot and plant life is thriving and growing fast.  During the fall season trees go into a kind of hibernation.  The leaves lose their green pigment and we see the beautiful fall colors as the energy of the trees begin to focus on the root system.  During the winter months there is no visible demonstration of life but that is the time the energy in the root system of the tree thrives and the roots grow deep and strong. 

The same is true concerning the distinct seasons of our lives.  There are fall and winter-like seasons of our lives that God is working on our root system and there are spring and summer-like seasons of our lives when there is a visible manifestation of life and fruit.

I remember when Rebecca and I spent 3 ½ years developing our root system as we soaked in hours of teaching day and night.  During this time we felt an especially strong unction to fast and pray.  Our fall and winter season ended as we began to write devotions and songs and a "spring season" in our lives began to manifest.

When someone is attending Bible school, God is working on a root system in their life.  When the "school season" or "fall and winter season" of this time of their lives is over, the results of the root system manifest into a wonderful and bountiful "spring season." 

Father, I will not despise the day of small things.  I will not despise the season that you are working on my root system.  I prefer spring and summer but I will embrace fall and winter.  May my roots go deep to fully prepare me for a glorious & bountiful Spring.

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Devotion Authored by Kent Clifford Cooley
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NEW LIFE
(Adapted from Zechariah 4:10;  Colossians 1:24-2:7)
Verse 1:
How sweet the Spring, after the fall, 
After the winter when the snow thaws
How sweet the Spring, after the fall, 
After the winter when the snow thaws
Chorus:
New life spring forth (4X)
Verse 2:
The tree looks dead, oh but it’s not 
It is alive down deep inside
The winter’s when the roots flourish 
I n preparation of new spring growth 

©LoveWalkMusic 
WordsAndMusic by Kent Clifford Cooley

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

DEVELOPING SELFLESSNESS / I'm So Glad

This is the 2nd of seven devotions with the theme

From 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Is Not Self Seeking”





DEVELOPING SELFLESSNESS

Song: I’m So Glad
(Adapted from 1 Cor. 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:17)

Spring has always been my favorite time of year, so much so that during my childhood and teen years, I would sometimes experience mild depression during the fall and winter months.  Instead of enjoying all the seasons, I just enjoyed spring and summer and despised fall and winter.  I took some delight in the beauty of the fall colors but knowing that the trees would soon be bare was depressing to me. 

It dawned on me one day as I was approaching my 20’s that it was not the will of God for me to be depressed about anything, especially something that is in His grand design such as the four distinct seasons.  So I made a choice and a quality decision to enjoy all four seasons.  I realized that my favorite season could still be Spring but I would now chose to enjoy the other seasons. 

I am older now and the Holy Spirit still continues to teach me to get rid of negative mindsets. The Father has given me all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).  Also I am learning to get rid of selfish ways of thinking.  For instance, my favorite season may be Spring and my favorite music might be Southern Gospel.  What if my neighbor’s favorite season is winter and their favorite music is Contemporary Christian? They should not feel peer pressure from me nor should I feel peer pressure from them.  I should not attempt to create them in my image and attempt to make them like what I like. 

As a worship leader, I am learning the importance of developing selflessness by considering the kinds of music that the people in the audience might enjoy.  It is not at all about the kind of music I relate to but rather about the kinds of music that individuals in the audience relate to.   When I lead a congregation in praise worship, I will exhort them to develop selfless thinking by being considerate of one another.  We do not want to leave anybody out.  A hymn might lift the spirit of an older person while a new chorus might help a young adult to experience the presence of God.  It is an oxymoron for a worship leader or a worshiper to attempt to connect with God in a worship service with any sort of selfish thinking that would say “I do not care about what other people want or need.  I want my kind of music and I am not going to be considerate of what other people want or need.”

Father, You are love. I am learning that love and selflessness are synonymous and that love and selfishness are incompatible.    Thank you for teaching me to develop positive and selfless ways of thinking.  I chose to enjoy You.  I chose to enjoy all the seasons and I chose to enjoy all Your people and develop a servant’s heart, not for them to serve me but for me to serve them selflessly.         
© LoveWalkPublishing Authored by Kent Clifford Cooley






I’M SO GLAD

(Adapted from 1 Cor. 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:17)

Verse:
We enjoy the summer 
We enjoy the fall 
We enjoy the winter
But most of all

Chorus:
I’m so glad to see Spring here 
Flowers are bloomin’ 
Song birds are singin’
I’m so glad to see Spring here 
Everything is coming alive
Bridge:
The calendar has rolled around 
To the month of March
And we have been looking forward to Spring 
From the bottom of our hearts

© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by Kent Clifford Cooley