Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

From a friend of mine:
Do you take heed to God’s word?  Let’s consider the example of the word “heed” taken from the book of Hebrews in chapter 2 verse 1.  The Holy Spirit provides unique contrast of words in this verse.  The word “heed” is prosechō in Greek, which means to “bring near” or “To bring a ship to land, and simply to touch at, put in”

The other word in contrast to earnest heed would be the last word of the verse, “slip” (KJV).  What is implied by the contrast presented by the author is that if they don’t take in what He is speaking it may “slip” or as the Greek word “pararreō”  implies, what was spoken might “glide by:” or, “lest we be carried by, pass by”

This is what can happen when we don’t take God’s word to heart especially when we become too casual with God’s Word.  What you have in the verse is what appears to be mariner’s terminology where we can with common sense and knowledge assume that skill is required both by the captain and the shore-men to bring a ship to shore.   This is the case with the content of chapter one where we have the most important aspects of the doctrine of Jesus Christ clearly portrayed.  In short what chapter one is stating is that Jesus is fully God and fully man.  This doctrinal point is what they (the readers) must take the more earnest heed to receive.  They need to skillfully receive this doctrine and it must be properly settled and anchored within the harbor or center of their hearts.

Like a ship without a shoreman or a good captain, this critical doctrine will pass by if it is not anchored firmly in the heart, and there will be little hope for the intended recipients of this message.  Chapter 1 of the book of Hebrews is a critical chapter.  It seems so critical that you can’t very well move on to chapter 2, or any of the following chapters without first grasping the important truths of chapter 1.  This is the reason you and I must take the more earnest heed.

This principle of taking heed skillfully may remind us of the parable of the soils. Jesus speaks about the need for a particular soil and condition of that soil for fruit to occur.  Jesus likens the soil to our hearts.  Chapter 2:1 of Hebrews seems to be saying; for you, Hebrews, I am not just randomly sowing seed everywhere.  I am using intention and skill to make sure it lands properly in the best soil of your hearts.  I end the devotion with the same sentence with which I began the devotion; do you take heed to God’s word?

By Gordon DeBever

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1Blessings Galore for you!!!

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Today, the message is very simple.  Paul is on his knees praying for the gentiles, (that’s us:).  Here is your blessing for today:

1. Glorious riches will strengthen your inner man.  You will be at peace with new hope in surprisingly fresh ways. 🙏😉

2. Your roots are growing deep which means your spiritual growth and maturity are more fruitful now than you were this time last year…God is doing that in your life, enjoy Him. 🙏

3. There is an Unfathomable power at work and living inside you by His Spirit, that simply desires to…wait for it…LOVE YOU.

4. Whatever is immeasurably and exceedingly above and beyond your imagination…the Lord is excited…excited…to walk with you in that.  What inspires you today?  Perhaps that is what the Lord is up to in your life!

Remember, Jesus is a multiplying God.  When Jesus multiplied the little boy’s loaves and fishes he took what the boy had…in his hands…to meet BIG needs and show his disciples (you and me too), that Jesus stands ready to do “exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond what you can expect or imagine,” because first, He is strengthening your inner man, growing your roots deep, and because HE LOVES YOU DEEPLY, is wanting to take you beyond your natural limitations and expectations.

Enjoy Him, receive His love and enjoy your life today! 😉🙏🔥

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh


Proverbs 27

“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth: a stranger, and not your own lips.”

Simple encouragement for us today.  Of course you are doing MANY things well.  Be satisfied that God sees that in you and don’t look for man’s approval by slightly bringing attention to the fruitful and cool stuff you are doing.  Let another person notice and bring it up😉

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

The two times in the Bible where people kissed someone did not end well for the “kissers.”

Orpah kisses Naomi and leaves while Ruth clings to Naomi and though the road is hard, initially she finds her Boaz, destiny, and even as a foreigner,  becomes part of the line of David and Jesus!

Judas kisses Jesus and loses everything.  Both Orpah and Judas were so very close to their “friends” but really turned out to be enemies.

When Nathan corrected David it was no doubt “wounding” but it was a faithful thing.

Today, let’s see if we can humble ourselves, allow our good works to be noticed by God and wait for our promotion from God, while not fearing correction and redirection by God through another believer, that may feel wounding, but will actually be part of a faithful healing for us.  Lastly, be careful who you “kiss” or flatter or who may wish to do so to you.  It is often folks closest to us who like Orpah simply “give up” and leave the ministry or relationship or job, or Judas who misunderstood God’s plan, wanted to be “in charge” and eventually got so far down the wrong path that there was no way back, who can harm and disappoint us the most.

Be a true friend and try and hang with true friends:

“Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a
Man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.”

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1Proverbs 26:4-5

“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him.  Answer a fool according to his folly lest he be wise in his own eyes.”

Does this passage seem contradictory to you?  First, we are told to NOT answer a fool, then we are told TO answer a fool.  Which one is it?  It seems double minded right?

How about this answer:

“For it is not by might, not by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord.”

Perhaps, every situation will be different (they are), and each circumstance requires us to rely on the moment by moment wisdom of God through the Holy Spirit to be able to discern what to do.

So, today as we walk out our life in Christ, consider looking at each situation in light of prayer, listening to God’s still small voice, heeding those simple, way down deep promptings in your spirit, and let the Holy Spirit direct you with a spouse, child, friend, boss, neighbor.  The solution today may not be the solution you used last time.  In fact in the work of the Spirit, it will likely be very different.

Jesus healed and moved very differently each time he met people.  Remember everyone wanted Him to avoid Matthew and the tax collectors (sounds like a garage band name), and sinners but Jesus went in and ate with them.  He literally hung with the oppressors of the people.  He answered a fool by joining them. 

This week, be ready for God to bring a potentially contradictory matter into your life that will require you to have to lean on the His Spirit.  When you do, great fruit will result.🙏🔥👊🏼


Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1Proverbs 25

“These are the Proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:”

Ok, have you ever thought about the fact that this richest and “wisest man” in history, Solomon, wrote so many of these “words of wisdom?”  His mom (Bathsheba) and dad (King David) had committed adultery.  He disobeyed God and had hundreds of horses and hundreds of wives and concubines.  He ended his own life simply saying everything, the very end of all things is, “vanity.”

But, it is right here that we clearly see God’s Grace.  Even an Old Testament leader experienced God’s Grace.  How much more you and I?  Do you drink from the Grace well lovingly provided for you by your wonderful Heavenly Father?

Today, stop judging yourself by standards that you make up on your own.  Release…surrender…it is ok to not hit every “goal” or “expectation” you have placed on yourself.  Let God lead you from today on.

Last thing, the men of Hezekiah had to have just hung out together…a lot…talking…sharing…listening to God’s Word come to them orally and as they wrote the WORD down, they must have been immeasurably blessed.  

Want something amazing to begin in your life?  Find your K-HOUSE…that is find your local and intimate Koininia place of small group, core group, fellowship or whatever you call it.  Hang with other believers who are love to read, listen to, talk about and write down the WORD of God.

Watch your life accelerate in Grace, Grace and the “peace that surpasses all understanding!”

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