Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1Psalm 14

“Only fools say in their hearts, there is no God.”

Is this you today? Are you denying God even exists? If you are a Christian it is not likely. However, how much of our “Christian” lives do we act as if “there is no God?”

How are things going for you? Could a little humility help you today? How about a simple conversation with God (prayer), about something you are wondering about, sad about, struggling with? Perhaps there is a BIG thing that is overwhelming you and your solution revolves around meds or substances or other escapes.

This psalm describes the fool’s behavior as, “corrupt, evil actions, never learning, wouldn’t think of praying, terror gripping them” and more. If you have never asked Jesus to be YOUR SAVIOR, simply pray: “Jesus, please forgive me of my sins, be my Savior, protects and guide me Lord, amen.”

If you are a Christian take comfort in this: “…”but the Lord will protect his people.”
That means YOU. God WILL protect you! Also, “when the Lord restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.” Want Joy? Return back to God, face down​ β€‹πŸ™πŸ”₯

Remember the entire Bible is the greatest adventure and redemption story ever! Israel who was chosen by God…CHOSEN, ran the other way. Same with you and me. So, when we act like fools, there is a simple remedy, RETURN, REPENT, be REFRESHED.

Today, let’s stop living our so called Christian life like fools, where we move forward in our own wisdom, strength, ideas and instead humbly talk to God, (prayer). Then we can​ ​”be still and know He is God,” get His plan and allow “godliness with contentment is great gain” to envelop us as we walk in His Grace, peace and hope everlasting!

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1 Thess 5:23-24

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely: and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.”

Peace is the single greatest thing everyone in the world is seeking. There is only one way to have a “peace that surpasses all understanding,” and that is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you?

Sanctifying simply means we are becoming more like Jesus! Kinder, more hopeful, obedient to His still small voice, prayerful, joyful and the like. He wants to make us more like Him…completely. We never stop growing and being molded as Christians.

The idea of Spirit, soul and mind reminds us of the Trinity with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our mind in Greek is our Psyche. Our body is Soma. The Spirit is Pneuma.

The Psyche or our mind is where thoughts, ideas and vision come from. It directs us and sets in motion our decisions about our lives and choices we make.

Our body or Soma responds to what we think. When people have psychosomatic problems or larger ongoing health issues they often come from a mind/body relationship that is not healthy due to stress, bitterness, anger, hopelessness and worse. We are told our body or Soma is the temple of the living God. As such, do we care for our bodies through solid diet, regular exercise, prayer and meditation on God’s word, regular Church fellowship and short accounts with people?

The Pneuma or the Spirit in our lives is the place where the Holy Spirit dwells. He provides the breath of life and a sort of pneumatic jolt or shot of air into our otherwise dead and decaying lives. More importantly, for the Christian, the Pneuma of life, is in fact the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit living inside of you. Powerful!!

Finally, whatever you are doing or going through, know this, if God has called you to something, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”

God will take you from here to there. God set you up, God will provide. God will bless. God will be God in your life and God will be faithful to do all He has called you to do as you rely on His Holy Spirit in you today and beyond!

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1Let’s talk about Job!

“Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind.”

We can all remember the “whirlwind” that was Job’s life. Lost everything, in one day! Business, gone. Kids, gone. Reputation, gone. Retirement, gone. Everything, gone.

His friends, not helpful. Wife, told Job to, “curse God and die.” He was ALONE! Why? Because Satan “the accuser,” tried to bait God by saying Job only honored God because,” you have made him prosperous in everything he does.” Then, “take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

Job then goes through what most of us consider the “worst case scenario.” Eventually God shows up in Job’s life and after reminding Job of God’s authority, power and sovereignty via an illustration of the crocodile, blesses Job double!

“When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”

The only place God did not give Job double was his kids. He lost ten and gained another ten back. He would see his first batch of kids in heaven, so the second batch was ultimately a double blessing but not multiplied like the cattle and goods. Plus, presumably his wife who was a bit short with him during the crisis, would also be the one baring the new batch of kids and God’s Grace was on her since the pain of childbearing was still a thing for her in her later years too. Amazing, with every new pregnancy she would likely recall JOB’s suffering and God’s faithfulness and His mercy on she and her family as well.

Job’s life ends with this:

“Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, good life.”

The next time someone says to you, “I would never want the Job experience for me,” remind them the fruit of Job’s life was painful, devastating but also a fruitful, faithful one that shows God’s hand of protection, power and provision for a man caught in a worse case scenario. God blessed Job double and Satan lost that battle. Totally worth it, right?!

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1Nehemiah 1:1

“So it was when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days: I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”

There are times in your life where you are faithful. In fact, you could remain exactly where you are because of your faithfulness. Then one day you hear news from a far land, YOUR home, about YOUR people and your heart weeps for their condition. You literally have to sit down and cry over their plight because your passion for them is so strong!

This is what happened to Nehemiah. He was set for life. All he had to do was run the food and wine business for the King and ensure no one tried to poison the King. He had great access and authority and favor with the King. He was set for life…until!

He heard that in his home town and with his hometown people, that great trauma had occurred, “the wall of Jerusalem is also broken down and its gates are burned with fire.”

In one instant Nehemiah’s life changed. His perspective changed. His plans changed. Then, as he answered God’s call on his life, he would change. In each of our lives there is a divine burden. It has been placed in your heart by God. When the time is right, He will alert you to your divine destiny. It is only for you. It awaits you. It has been set aside by God for you. The people and the burden wait for you.

Do you sense the burden? If not, ask God. What is making you weep today? Perhaps it is your burden. What will cause you like Nehemiah to leave everything, comfort, prestige, place and position in life to follow your burden or call from God?

In one instant a simple word of hurt asking for help turned Nehemiah’s life on end. He went from running a kitchen and being close to the King to being used in the hands of THE KING and took his place leading HIS PEOPLE that God had given him a burden for.

Ask God today for your burden. It will lead you towards your divine destiny!

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1Graduation day!

Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

In this season of graduations from preschool to middle school and high school to college and even from spring to summer, perhaps it is a good time for us to simply exhale!

YOU DID IT!  As a student you have completed a section of your race in this life.  As a parent your kiddos are moving forward!  Take time to reflect on old pictures, memories, victories and sorrows but remember to enjoy this moment of graduation.  There will always be more mountains to climb but for now, look for an area in your life that you have seen the Lord grow YOU to a point you are now a successful graduate.  It could be selfishness, anger, greed or other things you simply are not entangled with anymore, because you have graduated!

So, this weekend, “Memorial” Day weekend, consider how far you have really come. Pause, praise God for your personal growth and enjoy a weekend of no striving or stress.  It is a time to celebrate what God has done in YOU.πŸ˜‰

You are graduating and all you need to hear this weekend is:

CONGRATULATIONS on GRADUATING!πŸ™πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ”₯πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŽ―πŸ€—

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