Good Morning Trinity,

I hope you’re having the kind of week people like to brag about. You know, when everything goes right and even when you think something is going wrong, you are mistaken, it was going right all along. Now you might be thinking to yourself, I wouldn’t know a week like that if it came up and slapped me. Listen, the secret to a great week is all in how you start it. Every great journey begins with the first step.

Here’s the secret – when you come to church on Sunday, (1st day of the week), grab the first person you see, give them a big hug and say “God loves you and so do I.” If you do that a few times on Sunday I guarantee people will be grinning ear to ear and the ones that aren’t will be wondering what is going on in this crazy church. It’s tough to keep a frown in a hugging church. Try it, God loves you and so do I. Here is your scripture and devotion for the week.



Learning from Failure              By Charles Stanley

Luke 22:31-34

The disciple Peter was a man of great faith and bold action. But as readers of the New Testament know, his brash style sometimes led him to make humiliating mistakes. More than once, this disciple had to wear the label of “miserable failure” rather than that of “obedient servant.”

We can all relate when it comes to falling short of expectations. Obedience to God is a learning process, and failure is a part of our development as humble servants. When we yield to temptation or rebel against God’s authority, we realize that sin has few rewards, and even those are fleeting.

Failure is an excellent learning tool, as Peter could certainly attest. Through trial and error, he discovered that humility is required of believers (John 13:5-14); that God’s ways are higher than the world’s ways (Mark 8:33); and that one should never take his eyes off Jesus (Matt. 14:30). He took each of those lessons to heart and thereby grew stronger in his faith. Isn’t that Romans 8:28 in action? God caused Peter’s failures to be put to good use as training material because the disciple was eager to mature and serve.

God doesn’t reward rebellion or wrongdoing. However, by His grace, He blesses those who choose repentance and embrace chastisement as a tool for growth.

We would probably all prefer to grow in our faith without ever making a mistake before God’s eyes, but we cannot deny that missteps are instructive. Failure teaches believers that it is much wiser and more profitable to be obedient to the Lord. That’s a lesson we all should take to heart.