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Heaven on earth…

“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
1 Corinthians 15:44

God loves you. He loves your body and wants to save your whole life right where you are, right now.

You may be thinking, “Bobby, I don’t believe that.” If that’s what you’re thinking, write to me. I want to pray for you. I want you to know God loves your body. Your body is a very sacred thing. He calls it a temple. And Easter is the celebration that someday God is going to rescue this earth.

Now, the cross may bring us to heaven, but resurrection brings heaven to earth. We must not forget that. What God wants done right here is heaven on earth today. We pray for it every day. And we continue to hope for it and work for it. If you believe in it, say, “Amen!”

Prayer: Dear Lord, I believe in your saving grace. Save me, my whole life, where I am right now. As we near Easter, and celebrate the hope that Easter brings, I also celebrate the day when God will rescue the whole world, bringing heaven to earth. Amen.

Devotion: Do you ever doubt that God loves you, your whole body, where you are right now? What convinces you that he does?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Rescue me…

“…in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
-Ephesians 2:7

Loving kindness – the care for every single body, the care for this world, living from the Easter message that God loves this world, that God brings heaven to earth.

Bring it here! Bring it now! Heal the sick, raise the dead, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, guide the blind. That prayer drove Christianity the first three centuries and unraveled Paganism with loving kindness.

That’s what Christians are still doing today. Because of Christianity, we believe the body is holy, we believe it is sacred. Do not give up. We believe in caring for every single person who is sick, who is aging, who is hurting. God loves you, God loves your body, and God wants to save your whole life right where you are, right now.

Prayer: Dear Lord, just as I come to accept my body as holy and sacred, help me to see others in the same light. Amen.

Devotion: How does your attitude and behavior change when you look at each person you meet as holy and sacred?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Loving kindness….

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…”
1 Corinthians 6:19

In the early centuries of the Roman Empire, at the first onset of disease, sick people were pushed away, and thrown into the roadways before they were dead. They treated unburied corpses as dirt hoping to avert the spread and contagion of fatal diseases.

By comparison, Dionysius, who was a bishop of the early church, said that most of our brother Christians, however, showed unbounded love and loyalty, never sparing themselves and thinking only of one another. Heedless of danger, they took charge of the sick, attending to their every need, ministering to them in Christ. Then, when infected by others, they departed this life serenely happy for having drawn unto themselves the sickness of their neighbors, cheerfully accepting their pains. Many, in nursing and curing others, transferred their deaths unto themselves, and died in their neighbor’s stead. The best of our brothers and sisters lost their lives in this manner. A number of presbyters, deacons, and laymen won high commendation so that death, which was the result of great piety and strong faith and seemed in every way the equal to martyrdom.

The loving kindness of the first and second century Christians is what unraveled the selfishness of Pagan culture.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to shed my selfish nature by considering, first, the needs and cares of others. Amen.

Devotion: How do we show this Christian loving kindness today?
By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Valued and treasured….

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
1 Corinthians 6:19

In the kingdom of God, a body is different than it is on earth. That extra weight, those wrinkles, a scar – you may think them ugly. But it was a smile that put those wrinkles around your eyes. For mothers, that tummy pooch is the result of bearing a child. The scar is the result of an important life experience. All are a part of your story. And God values that and treasures your body.

We think about all the things about our body that we hate – we’re bald, or we’re getting old, or we’re getting too fat, or we’re too short, or too tall, or too skinny, or whatever it is, corns on our toes. We think about all these things, how our bodies are changing. We think, “Someday, I will die and go to heaven. Who cares about this stupid body?” God cares about your body.

The Apostle Paul points this out all the time when he says, “Your body is a temple.” Your body is a temple, indeed. The Holy Spirit lives in your body, and wherever your body goes, you bring the Spirit of Christ with you – his love, his life. He chose your body. He values it. Your body is an important part of your spirituality.

Prayer: Dear Lord, this is a new thought for me. I never quite viewed my body as such a treasure to you. Thank you for this vessel that you have loaned to me to carry me through life and be a witness to your love. Amen.

Devotion: How does this devotion affect the way you view your body?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Never give up…

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

Jesus cares very much about this world. The way he lived in it is the way we are supposed to live in it. The things he cared about are the things about which we are to care. We are supposed to care that people know Jesus and go to heaven when they die, but we are also supposed to care about the body.

The body is important. Jesus saves them all. However, Easter shows us that God made the human body and that it’s something that he loves, cares about, and wants to rescue.

You may be sick, injured, weak, have chronic pain, are aging, or suffering in some way. You may be thinking, “I’m just going to give up. I hate this body. Who cares about the stupid body? I just want to go to heaven.” I understand why you may be thinking that, but please understand, that is not a Christian way view your life.

Jesus wants you to overcome your sickness. Jesus wants you to be healthy. Jesus wants you to pray and ask for healing. Do not give up until the last heartbeat. Never quit and never give up. Your body is sacred and holy.

Prayer: Dear Lord, the issue I’m experiencing with my body/health is ________. I pray to be healed. Amen.

Devotion: If you are experiencing a challenge with your health/body right now, how has this devotion encouraged you?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.

Preparing a place for you….

“The dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.”
-Isaiah 26:19a

I want to ask you a question. Why was it that Jesus was not just simply resurrected in Spirit? This is an important question. Why was Jesus not just resurrected in his Spirit?

Imagine, for example, that Jesus, after three days, comes out of the tomb in Spirit, goes to his disciples, and says, “You see, my children, I am alive.” You see him point to his body and say, “See, that body doesn’t matter. That body is just a shell. It doesn’t matter; it’s just laying there and it’s just a heap of dust. What really matters is that you can see that, in Spirit, I am alive, and now I am going to heaven in my Spirit to prepare a place for your Spirit.”

However, Jesus didn’t say that. Many agnostics in Jesus’ day wanted that to be the case because they hated the body. They believed the body was evil, and it was a prison, the source of all sin and awfulness. But hear me: Christians hated that Gnostics‘ view because Christians, especially in the first century, and Jesus, himself, valued the body. Your body is sacred.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for helping me to understand that you’re not only concerned with my spirit, but my body as well. Amen.

Devotion: How does it affect you to know that it’s not only your spirit, but your body, as well, that is important to God?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Love list…

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are.”
1 John 3:1a

Agape” love is a love that surpasses all understanding. It is the ultimate love that God has for us. It is also the love that should pass from him through us to others. You know you are truly loved or can show love, from a human perspective, if you…

…know someone in this world that loves you so much he or she would die for you.

…have at least 15 people in this world who would tell you that they love you.

…smile and bring happiness to anyone.

…know that every night someone thinks about you before he or she goes to sleep.

…mean the world to someone.

…helped someone to have the eternal hope of knowing God.

…are special and unique and use that uniqueness to honor God.

…are loved by someone that you don’t even suspect might love you.

…find out God made something good from one of your mistakes.

…always receive compliments with graciousness and forget about the rude remarks.

…frequently tell someone how you feel about him or her.

…can be trusted without concern.

…are honest enough with others to let them know how you really feel.

…are available when others need you, especially when it is inconvenient.

…can show joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control in all you do.

…take the time to let others know that they are great.

…know that true love comes from God.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your love and for the gifts of love you have given so generously, especially the sacrifice of your Son for my sake. I love you. Amen.

Devotion: Can you add anything else to this “love list”?

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Being available….

“…do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:4

Recently I was in my 14th day of chemotherapy on my entire head; I felt good in the morning and looked forward to a luncheon for seniors that my wife Karen and I assist with at the church.

There were 290 people who were coming and there was a lot of hustling, as we didn’t have as many volunteers as we normally have, so I was in the midst of it all. It was once everyone got their meals and started settling down that I began to feel the effects of all the hustle and medication.

I decided to go up to the Care Ministry office and lie down for a while. I had just settled in when the front desk phone started ringing. I decided to let it go to voice-mail and I would pick it up later. Immediately after it stopped ringing, other phones is the office rang. Perceiving there may be an emergency, I answered the phone. It was Betty, the Tower lobby receptionist. She said she had a young man in the lobby who wanted to become a Christian and he needed to talk to a pastor; just what I needed, a shot of adrenaline. “Send him up!”

A 16-year-old young man got off the elevator and we talked and prayed together for at least a half an hour. Convinced that he was a follower of Jesus, I gave him a Bible, we exchanged e-mail addresses so we could be of encouragement to one another.

It wasn’t until after he left that I realized that I had taken off my head cover when I had lain down. I was bald, my eyes and whole head swollen, bright red from the eyebrows up and scaly. What a sight I was and he never said a word about my head.

I am so glad I was available; he was my blessing. On my way back to the luncheon, Betty stopped me in the lobby and said that the young man passed her with an unmistakable “big” smile on his face. We never know when we are going to be used; we just need to be available.

Prayer: Father, thank you for allowing me to be available. No matter the circumstances, I want to be available to be a part of your great commission. I love you. Amen.

Devotion: How have you been available as an ambassador of Christ to others today?

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

It’s calling you…

“…for God‘s gifts and his call are irrevocable.”
-Romans 11:29

I have noticed in life that people who are concerned about being a Jesus kind of person always find their calling. People who are concerned about doing the next right thing and knowing the heart of God, these are people who always fall into a real calling and a real anointing.

There’s this fear that many of us have: I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss my calling. I’m going to live a trite and meaningless life. Well, that’s certainly possible. People do that all the time.

People go through life and maybe they made a lot of money but never gave back, or they watched a lot of television, or they had many hobbies, but they didn’t really find their calling. That’s a real fear, for sure.

The answers that the world gives you for these fears are not typically right answers. The right answer is this: Do the next right thing and seek and search for the heart of God. Then your calling in life will become clear.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I’m afraid that I won’t be the person who will do the things in life that you want me to do. I will stay on the path of doing the next right thing in life knowing that this is the path you’ve called me to. Amen.

Devotion: When you’ve done the right thing when the wrong or selfish thing would have been easier, what did you learn about God’s calling in your life?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.

Part 3: The right question…

“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God‘s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Here is the key to rising above my struggle with chronic illness: When I let go of my agenda, what I wanted God to do with my illnesses, then comes the healing.

Make no mistake, the random, physical healings are miracles. Yes, I still pray for a complete and total physical healing, if it be the will of God. However, the big miracle is my willingness to answer God’s calling, regardless of my circumstances.

God is sovereign, and healing may not look the way we expect. When we give up our attachment to our own desires, God does his work. I love my life, exactly as it is, sometimes ill, sometimes well. Life is awesome.

To those of you in the midst of turmoil: BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.

To those of you in the midst of celebration: BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.

Prayer: Dear Lord, as I deal with the challenges of life each day, I come to you for your strength and perfect will. I am calm and at peace knowing you are at work in every part of me. Amen.

Devotion: What challenge(s) in your life becomes less so when you allow God to be in control?.

By Sandra Herron, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

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