Friday, July 12, 2024

Daily Devotion - The Unseen Heroes


Friday: The Unseen Heroes


End the week by honoring and praying for the "unseen heroes" in your life & faith community—those who contribute silently but significantly. Recognize & appreciate the essential work of those who support & maintain the foundations of daily operations at your workplace, church, & broader community. Pray that God continues to use you as a vessel for His work, no matter how visible or invisible that role might be.

Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Daily Devotion - Supporting Like Dan


Thursday: Supporting Like Dan


The tribe of Dan, often at the back, played a supportive role, helping those who struggled to keep up. Reflect on who in your life might need support right now. Consider how you can be a source of encouragement & strength to those who are weary or faltering. Pray for a heart that is attentive & compassionate to those in need.

Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Daily Devotion - Stepping Up Like Judah



Wednesday: Stepping Up Like Judah

Judah, the tribe known for leading in praise & worship, was always first in line as Israel moved forward. Today, consider how you can lead with praise in your own life. How can you bring an attitude of worship into your everyday tasks? Pray for the courage to step up in leadership, carrying a spirit of gratitude & praise in all circumstances.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Daily Devotion - The Caulkers' Seal


Tuesday: The Caulkers' Seal

Focus on the role of the caulker, as described in Ezekiel 27. Caulkers, though unseen, are crucial for the integrity of a ship.

Meditate on how integrity in your personal and spiritual life acts as caulking, keeping you watertight and buoyant amidst life's challenges. Pray for the wisdom to recognize where you might be "leaking" and the strength to seal those breaches with godly wisdom and actions.

Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Monday, July 8, 2024

Daily Devotion - The Potter's Work



Monday: The Potter's Work

Today, reflect on the story of the potters mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:23. These humble figures, working quietly behind the scenes, played an essential role in the service of the king. Consider how you, like the potters, can serve in your daily environments—be it at home, in the workplace, or within your community. Remember, it's often in the unnoticed moments and behind-the-scenes efforts that we make the most significant impact.

Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Friday, June 28, 2024

Daily Devotion: Reflection on Spiritual Authority


Friday: Reflection on Spiritual Authority
Scripture: Philippians 2:9-11

This passage proclaims Jesus' authority over all, emphasizing that every knee shall bow to Him.

Application:
1. In prayer, commit to yielding your life daily to Jesus’ lordship.
2. Meditate on the authority of Jesus and write down how it impacts your daily decisions and interactions.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Daily Devotion: Chaos vs. Christ


Thursday: Contrast of Kings - Chaos vs. Christ

Scripture: Matthew 9:1

Jesus’ return to His town signifies the shift from chaos to restoration, highlighting His role as the bringer of peace against cultural chaos.

1. Identify ways you can bring peace and Christ's love into your community.
2. Volunteer or perform an act of kindness that shows Christ’s love in action.

Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Daily Devotion: Culture's Failure


Wednesday: Culture's Failure

Scripture: Matthew 8:34

After witnessing a miracle, the local community asks Jesus to leave, preferring to maintain their way of life rather than embracing the change He offers.

Application:
1. Think about what changes you might be resisting because they are uncomfortable.
2. Discuss with a group or a friend how culture can influence our openness to spiritual change.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Daily Devotion: The Power of Belief



Tuesday: The Power of Belief

Scripture: Matthew 8:29

The demons recognize Jesus as the Son of God & react in fear. This acknowledgment highlights the power of recognizing & naming the true authority of Christ.

Application:

1. Identify any doubts you have about Jesus' authority & power. Pray for increased faith.

2. Share with a friend or journal about a time when recognizing Jesus’ authority brought peace in your life.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Monday, June 24, 2024

Daily Devotion - The Encounter With Chaos


Monday: The Encounter with Chaos
Scripture: Matthew 8:28-34

In this passage, Jesus encounters two demon-possessed men whose lives epitomize chaos. Their transformation begins when Jesus commands the demons to leave, showing His authority over chaos.

Application:

1. Reflect on areas in your life that feel chaotic. Ask Jesus to bring peace and order.

2. Consider writing down the aspects of your life that you need Jesus to take control of.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Saturday, June 22, 2024

10 Types of Yard Sale Shoppers



Today, I think I've discovered that there are 10 types of Yard Sale shoppers:

1) THE EARLY SHOPPER: They show up early in the morning & are willing to pay full price to get the treasures (or junk) they want before anyone else can.

2. THE MOSEY SHOPPER: They aren't really looking for anything in particular but they like to talk a lot & see other people's houses while examining the landscape & items in your garage.

3. THE END OF THE DAY SHOPPER: They hope to get low ball deals because they know you don't want to carry all that stuff back into your house.

4. THE CHECK WRITING SHOPPER: They don't carry cash & they think you're going to feel pressured to accept their check because you're desperate for a sale, in the heat of the day.

5. THE RESALE SHOPPER: They are always on the lookout for items they can resale in their own sale at a higher price. They hope you don't know what you have & will sell it to them dirt cheap.

6. THE COLLECTION SHOPPER: They are looking for matching items to complete a collection they already have at home.

7. THE MAN SHOPPER: He looks for tools, antiques, pieces of equipment he can tinker with & odds & ends.

8. THE TOY SHOPPER: They are looking for play sets, kitchen sets, wagons, Disney items, powered jeeps, slides & water tables. The most common comment you'll hear from them is, "My grandkids would love this."

9. THE OBO SHOPPER: The first thing they say Is, "Will you take $_____ for it"?

10. THE "CAN YOU HAUL"? SHOPPER: They don't have any way to transport anything. (No bungee cords, no straps, no trunk or truck)
Which one are you? Comment below!

Happy Saturday!
Russell Hylton

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

What You Value, You Honor



What you value, you honor.

You cannot truly honor someone & try to control or belittle them. True honor is manifested when we celebrate the gift(s) someone is to us through our actions.

If we do not place value on the gift we have, we will end up losing that gift because we could not discern it's value properly.

I've seen organizations, churches, companies, etc., lose valuable leadership, that was postured to lead them from NOW to NEXT, because they didn't recognize the gift they had.

What a sad commentary of antiquity, when the whims of history distort the path of destiny. We can lock ourselves up in the trappings of Rip Van-winkle when everything that comes out of our mouth is, "yesterday, yesterday, yesterday".

Every living thing is either GROWING or DYING.

The FOOT does not need the permission of the SHOE, to grow.

May we examine our culture of anything that is hindering the organic growth needed to PRODUCE more than lethargy.

Russell Hylton
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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Daily Devotion: The Sweeping Anointing


THURSDAY: The Sweeping Anointing 6.13.24

Luke 15:8-10
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

Just as the woman sweeps her house to find the lost coin, we are called to actively work towards our spiritual goals & recoveries.

Application:

1. Actively 'sweep' through your daily routine to find & eliminate distractions or negative patterns.

2. Pray for the 'sweeping anointing' to effectively make changes & for the perseverance to keep going.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Daily Devotion: Association & Recovery


WEDNESDAY: Association & Recovery 6.12.24

Luke 15:8-10
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

The woman identifies with the lost coin, as she is one-tenth of the total coins. This identification with what is lost can be crucial in understanding & recovering our own losses.

Application:

1. Meditate on the areas of your life where you feel a deficit. How can identifying more closely with these areas help in recovery?

2. Share your thoughts with a trusted friend or mentor & ask for their insights & support.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Daily Devotion: The Importance of Individual Effort

TUESDAY: The Importance of Individual Effort 6.11.24

Luke 15:8-10
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

The woman in the parable takes it upon herself to search diligently for the lost coin. This speaks to the necessity of personal responsibility in our spiritual lives.

Application:

1. Identify one area of your spiritual life that needs attention. What steps can you take this week to 'sweep' through this area?

2. Journal about the personal efforts you are making and note any progress or revelations you have.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Monday, June 10, 2024

Daily Devotion: The Value of What's Lost


MONDAY: The Value of What's Lost
6.10.24


Luke 15:8-10
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

This parable highlights the determination of a woman to find a lost coin, illustrating the importance of every individual to God. The story parallels how God seeks out each of us, valuing each soul as the woman values her coins.

Application:

1. Reflect on what you value & why. How does this align with what God values?

2. Consider something you've 'lost' in your life. Commit to prayerfully seeking a way to recover or restore this aspect of your life.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton
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Friday, May 24, 2024

DAILY DEVOTION: From Barrenness to Birth

DAILY DEVOTION

Friday, May 24, 2024: From Barrenness to Birth

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:17-20

After enduring prolonged barrenness, Hannah's unwavering faith & her heartfelt prayers culminated in the birth of Samuel, who was destined to become one of Israel’s most influential prophets. This story is not just about the birth of a child but about the triumph of persistent faith over despair.

Reflection:
Every one of us faces 'barren' areas in our lives—situations where hope seems lost & fruitfulness appears impossible. Hannah’s story teaches us that through steadfast faith & prayer, what seems barren can bring forth life. Reflect on the areas in your life where you have felt discouraged or fruitless. How might Hannah's example of faith inspire you to approach these challenges differently?

Identifying Your Barren Area:
• Spend some quiet time reflecting on aspects of your life that feel unproductive or stagnant. It could be a personal goal, a relationship, or a professional aspiration.
• Write down these areas & articulate why they feel barren. Is it due to lack of effort, fear of failure, or perhaps external circumstances beyond your control?

Daily Prayer Commitment:
• Commit to praying over your identified barren area daily. Set a specific time each day for this prayer to ensure it becomes part of your routine.
• Use a journal to record your prayers & any thoughts or feelings that arise during this time. This can help you see how your perspective or situation evolves through sustained prayer.

Developing an Action Plan:
• For each barren area, develop a small, actionable plan that aligns with your faith & prayers. If it's a relationship, it might involve initiating communication or seeking reconciliation. If it’s a professional goal, it could involve acquiring new skills or seeking advice from mentors.
• Break down the plan into small steps that you can start implementing immediately. This helps to transform your prayers into concrete actions.

Seeking Spiritual Disciplines:
• Integrate relevant spiritual disciplines that can aid your growth in this area. This might include fasting, meditation on scripture, or other practices that draw you closer to God & strengthen your faith.
• Consider sharing this commitment with a trusted friend or mentor who can provide support & accountability.

Reflection & Adjustment:
• At the end of each week, reflect on the progress made in your barren area. Assess the effectiveness of your prayers & actions, & make adjustments as necessary.
• Celebrate any signs of progress or change, no matter how small, as evidence of God’s movement in your life.

Through Hannah’s story, we are reminded of the power of resilience & prayer. Her journey from barrenness to blessing exemplifies how our deepest struggles can lead to our greatest callings. Let this story encourage you to persist in faith, handle life’s misunderstandings with grace, & recognize the potential for growth in the challenges you face.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

DAILY DEVOTION: The Role of Our "Peninnahs"


DAILY DEVOTION 📖
Thursday, May 23, 2024: The Role of Our "Peninnahs"


Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:6-7

Peninnah's role in Hannah's life, while harsh, serves as a catalyst for Hannah’s spiritual growth. Her taunts, although painful, ultimately propel Hannah towards a deeper, more fervent relationship with God. This narrative encourages us to consider how adversarial relationships can sometimes serve a divine purpose.

Reflection: The people who challenge us the most can also drive our most significant growth. These "Peninnahs" might be colleagues, friends, or family members whose actions make us feel uncomfortable or pushed to our limits. Think about how such challenges can lead to greater resilience, deeper self-awareness, or renewed faith.

Expanded Application Steps:

1. Mapping Your Growth Influencers:

• Create a chart or list of people who have posed challenges in your life. Reflect on each relationship's dynamics & identify specific ways these individuals have pushed you to grow. These could include developing patience, resilience, better communication skills, or a stronger prayer life.

• For each name, write a brief note on what you learned from dealing with them & how this has or could lead to personal growth or greater spiritual depth.

2. Prayer for Understanding and Strength:

• Dedicate time to pray individually for each person on your list. In your prayers, focus not on changing them but on asking God to help you understand the role they play in your spiritual journey.

• Ask for the strength to interact with them with grace and to extract wisdom from these experiences. Pray also for their well-being and spiritual growth.

3. Journaling for Insight:

• Keep a journal over the next week where you note any interactions with these individuals. Observe any changes in your reactions & feelings towards them.

• At the end of the week, review your entries to see if your perspective on these relationships has shifted. Look for any signs of personal growth or opportunities to handle similar situations better in the future.

4. Seeking Counsel & Sharing:

• Consider discussing your feelings & experiences with a spiritual mentor or counselor. Sometimes, an external perspective can offer insights & strategies for dealing with challenging people more effectively.

• If appropriate, share your experiences with peers who might be facing similar challenges. Group discussion can lead to shared strategies for personal growth & understanding.

5. Committing to a Response Plan:

• Develop a personal action plan on how you will respond constructively to future provocations or challenges from these individuals. This plan might include taking a moment to breathe before responding, using a specific phrase to keep the conversation respectful, or turning to prayer in moments of frustration.

• Commit to reviewing this plan regularly and adjusting it as you grow & learn from these interactions.

This deeper engagement with the role of our "Peninnahs" helps us see adversarial relationships as opportunities for spiritual growth & personal development, aligning our responses more closely with our faith & values.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

DAILY DEVOTION: Misunderstandings Along The Path

 


DAILY DEVOTION 📖

Wednesday, May 22, 2024: Misunderstandings Along the Path

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:12-16

In these verses, we witness a moment where Hannah, deeply anguished & pouring out her soul to the Lord, is misunderstood by Eli, the High Priest. Mistaking her silent prayers for drunkenness, Eli initially rebukes her. However, Hannah's response is a model of dignity & grace; she calmly explains her situation, dispelling the misunderstanding without showing bitterness or anger.

Reflection: Misunderstandings are common in human interactions & can lead to conflict or hurt feelings. Hannah’s story teaches us the power of responding with grace rather than defensiveness. Reflect on how you typically handle misunderstandings. Do you quickly become defensive, or do you seek to clarify & resolve the issue with composure and kindness?

Application Steps:

1. Journaling Activity:

• Recall a recent situation where you felt misunderstood, perhaps at work, in your family, or among friends. Write about the incident in detail: what was misunderstood, how you felt, & how you responded.

• Reflect on your response & consider alternative ways you might have handled the situation inspired by Hannah's example. What could have been done differently to foster understanding and peace?

2. Role-playing Exercise:

• Envision a scenario where you might be misunderstood in the future. Role-play both your reaction & an ideal response based on grace & understanding. You can do this alone by imagining the conversation or with a friend or family member acting it out.

• Focus on maintaining composure, clearly expressing your feelings without accusation, & actively listening to the other person's perspective.

3. Prayer & Meditation:

• Spend some quiet time in prayer, asking God for the ability to respond to misunderstandings with grace & wisdom. Pray for patience & the strength to handle such situations constructively.

• Meditate on James 1:19, which advises everyone to be quick to hear, slow to speak, & slow to anger. Consider how this guidance can be applied in your daily interactions.

4. Commitment to Change:

• Commit to making a conscious effort to improve how you handle misunderstandings. Perhaps decide to take a moment to breathe & think before responding when you feel misunderstood.

• Write down your commitment & place it somewhere you will see it daily as a reminder of the grace you aim to embody.

By expanding your response to misunderstandings with these practices, you not only foster personal growth but also contribute to healthier, more understanding relationships around you.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

DAILY DEVOTION: Tuesday: The Power of Prayer in Despair


DAILY DEVOTION

Tuesday, May 21, 2024: The Power of Prayer in Despair


Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:9-11

In the depths of her despair, Hannah turned to fervent prayer, making a heartfelt vow to God. Her actions reveal the intensity of her faith & her understanding that true commitment in prayer involves both PLEAS & PROMISES.

Reflection: Consider the depth & substance of your prayers. Are they simple requests for aid, or do they reflect a deeper commitment to & trust in God's plan for your life? How can the act of making a vow, a commitment beyond mere request, deepen your relationship with God & transform your approach to challenges?

Application Steps:

1. Formulating a Prayer of Commitment:

• Identify a deep desire or challenge you are currently facing. Reflect on what you are willing to commit to or SACRIFICE for the fulfillment of this desire.

• Formulate a prayer that reflects this commitment. For example, if you are seeking a new job, you might commit to using your skills to serve others or to enhance where you serve. Your prayer could involve a promise to DEDICATE yourself to mentor others in your field.

2. Journaling Your Commitment:

• Write down the prayer & commitment you have formulated. Reflect on what this VOW means to you & how it represents a deeper engagement with your faith.

• Consider the potential impacts of this commitment on your spiritual life & personal growth. How does framing your prayer as a vow change your feelings & expectations about the outcome?

3. Meditation & Contemplation:

• Spend a quiet moment meditating on the story of Hannah. Think about her sincerity, her emotional rawness, & the strength of her faith.

• Meditate on the theme of SURRENDER & DEDICATION. Consider how you can apply these concepts in your daily life, beyond the specific context of your prayer.

4. Sharing Your Experience:

• Share the nature of your prayer & commitment with a trusted friend or spiritual leader. Discussing your spiritual journey can provide additional insights & support.

• Ask for feedback on how you can further embody the principles of faith & dedication in your everyday actions & decisions.

This approach to prayer—viewing it as a covenant with God rather than just a request line—can profoundly shape how you perceive & interact with the DIVINE. It frames your relationship with God as an active partnership, where YOUR ACTIONS & His BLESSINGS are intricately linked.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton

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Monday, May 20, 2024

DAILY DEVOTION: Understanding the Source of Our Tears


DAILY DEVOTION

Monday, May 20, 2024: Understanding the Source of Our Tears

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:1-8

Today, we revisit the story of Hannah, who was deeply distressed due to her barrenness. In her marriage to Elkanah, who had another wife, Peninnah, who had children, Hannah's pain was magnified not only by her own longing for a child but also by Peninnah's provocations & her husband's incomprehension of her grief. Despite Elkanah’s affection & his attempts to comfort her by asking, "Why are you crying, Hannah? Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?"—his words, though well-meaning, failed to ease her sorrow.

Reflection: This passage invites us to consider the depth & complexity of personal pain, which can often be misunderstood by even our closest friends & family. Reflect on moments when your inner turmoil was met with solutions that missed the heart of your distress. Think about how Hannah chose to turn to God in her profound grief, recognizing that our human understanding has its limits.

Application Steps:

1. Journaling Exercise:

• Write down a recent instance where you felt deeply misunderstood or alone in your troubles. Describe the situation & your emotional response. How did you cope with feeling misunderstood? Did you turn inward, or did you seek solace in sharing with someone else or with God?
• Reflect on what this misunderstanding taught you about the need for deeper communication or perhaps a different kind of support from those around you.

2. Prayer Focus:
• Set aside a quiet time for prayer. Begin by calmly presenting your current heartaches or disappointments to God. Describe your feelings in detail, as if explaining them to a close friend.
• Ask God to fill the spaces in your heart that human comfort cannot reach. Pray for the sensitivity to recognize His comforting presence in your life.
• Conclude your prayer by asking God to help you communicate your needs more clearly to those around you, & to open their hearts to understand and support you better.

Every Blessing,
Ps. Russell & Beverly Hylton

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