Devotional for Tuesday March 19th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”


Our Bible verse for today: “Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17 (CSB)


Our thought for today: “Children have a special place in the heart of God.”


Do you want to go to heaven? If so you will have to have child-like faith. That’s what Jesus teaches. Children have an amazing capacity to simply believe and trust, and that’s what is required of us as well. Children have a special place in the heart of God for many reasons, and their willingness to simply believe and trust is chief among them.


This morning I am leaving on a one week trip to the El Arca Children’s Home in the Amazon Jungle of Peru. I won’t have a mission team with me this time, it will just be me. I’m going down there to spend a week with my missionary friends Bud Lenz and Trevor Wright –and of course with the wonderful children in the home. I love being at El Arca. To me it’s a little slice of heaven. The children are amazing, my missionary friends are a joy to be with, and I really appreciate the peace and quiet that comes with being in a remote location out in the Jungle.


This will be the last daily devotional message until I get home. The next devotional you will receive will be on Wednesday morning March 27th. At that time we will conclude our study of “Understanding Salvation” with four final messages.


Until then I would like to ask you to do four things. First, spend the week reviewing some of the most helpful messages so far in this series. Think about your own salvation and thank God for it. Second, make it a point to share the Good News with others. If you have placed your faith in Christ then your salvation is secure and you have a wonderful eternity waiting for you. Now help that to become true for others as well.


Third, please pray for me, for the Lenz missionary family, for Trevor, and for the children of El Arca. In the last couple of years the Lenz family has experienced some special challenges in their ministry at El Arca and they need your prayers. Pray especially for Bud, Laura, Joseph, Rebecca, and Charity. My objective on this trip is to simply be there for them as a friend. I’m bringing some supplies for them too, but mostly it’s just about fellowship.


Pray for Trevor. As of August he will have completed two extended stints of service at El Arca totaling more than a year. In August he will come home to get married and to start a new season of life here in the USA. During the upcoming week Trevor and I will spend some time discussing his future. Pray that God will provide insight and clarity.


Finally, please visit the El Arca website at to find out more about this great ministry. Pray for the staff and for the children, and consider if the Lord might have you become a financial partner in their work, either with a one-time gift or perhaps on a monthly basis.


See you in one week!


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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