Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Sep 29, 2019

F.O.M.O.

Daily Devotionals


Monday, September 30

Luke 15:13
Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.

Depending upon how familiar you are with social media and the language that is used within it, you may or may not know what F.O.M.O. means. F.O.M.O. is an acronym for the ‘fear of missing out’. There has never a time in which it has been so easy to know what’s going on in the world around you. You can literally hold the world in the palm of your hand in the form of a phone or computer. While this convenience can be a benefit, more often than not, it causes people to experience F.O.M.O. People spend a large percentage of their time viewing what all of their ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ post on their social media accounts. The resulting jealousy and hurt that comes from not being involved in an activity they saw others attend or the pictures posted of someone’s vacation actually effect their mental health. Social anxiety is a condition that effects as much as 13% of the population because people spend more time focussing on what other’s have instead of what the Lord has graciously provided for them. This is exactly what the prodigal son in today’s scripture was experiencing. His thought life became so engulfed in what He felt He was missing out on that it drew him away from the amazing life his father had already provided for him. Do you experience F.O.M.O. when you see or hear of something you’re not a part of? If so, how you deal with those thoughts can determine the course your life takes. Don’t allow the highlight reel of someone else’s life to decrease the value of yours. If you need to, disconnect from any source of information that would cause you to question God’s love and provision. Your relationship with Him cannot be gauged by what you see taking place in someone else’s life. Don’t allow the jealousy that can come from what you think you know keep you from experiencing the blessings of the One you need to know. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

6 days! We are only 6 days away from launching into a new season here at TWBC. Beginning this Sunday, October 6th, we will be hosting 3 Sunday morning services @ 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30. We are making room for your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Invite them, save them a seat, and watch them experience the Lord in a way they never have before.


Tuesday, October 1

Luke 15:12
And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.

Who is God to you? Is He a loving Father who you long to spend time with, or is He simply someone you run to when you need something or find yourself in a tough spot and everything and everyone else has failed to come through for you? In the account of the prodigal son, when the younger son asks for his share of the father’s estate, he was in essence saying that his father was dead to him. As with any inheritance, the property wasn’t supposed to be given away until the father had died. In essence, what the son was saying to the father was, “You’re dead to me, just give me what’s mine so I can get on with my life.” Think about how difficult this must have been for the father to hear. The father, who represents God in this text, was no doubt heart broken. Not just because he was abandoned by his son, but because he knew that the path his son was about to go down was a hard one. Think about the times in your life that have been difficult, disappointing and disastrous. At the time you may have wondered what God was trying to do, but by looking back further you can always see where you left God behind in pursuit of your own desires. Maybe not as blatantly as what this son did, but essentially that’s what happened. Your Heavenly Father always has the very best thoughts and intentions for you. If you’re in a place where you feel like there’s something more to life than what you’re currently experiencing, ask your Father to show you. Don’t just take what He’s given you so far and run away to figure it out on your own. While he will always welcome you back, you can avoid the life of difficulty and struggle that comes with not staying under His covering of grace. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

5 days! We are only 5 days away from launching into a new season here at TWBC. Beginning this Sunday, October 6th, we will be hosting 3 Sunday morning services @ 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30. We are making room for your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Invite them, save them a seat, and watch them experience the Lord in a way they never have before.


Wednesday, October 2

Luke 15:13
Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.

You’ve probably heard an expression that says something to the effect of, “We live in a microwave society.” What this refers to is how people today seem to think that they shouldn’t have to wait to get what they want. Just like you can cook a meal in a microwave and have it in 5 minutes, you should be able to have anything else you desire in life in a relatively short time as well. With this in mind, stop for a moment and think about the quality of microwave food compared to the quality of a traditionally prepared meal. This should give you an idea of what happens when you try to obtain something quickly that God may intend for you to receive through a process. Even though you do get fed via a microwave, what you eat isn’t nearly the same quality in nutrition or taste that you would get by eating something that was prepared traditionally. You can probably recall a time in your life in which your waiting just a little while longer, would’ve have gotten you something much better than what you ended up with. The same is true with the things of God. Just like the prodigal son was the rightful beneficiary of his father’s inheritance, he wasn’t prepared to handle it properly. You may feel like God needs to give you what you’e asking for right now. But, in His eyes, and from His perspective, if you’ll just be patient and stick with Him, what He’s preparing for you will far exceed anything you could have ever asked for. Whether you’re waiting on a spouse, a ministry, or anything else, don’t hate the process, embrace it. The time that you spend waiting isn’t for God to prepare what He has for you, it’s for Him to prepare you to receive it. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

4 days! We are only 4 days away from launching into a new season here at TWBC. Beginning this Sunday, October 6th, we will be hosting 3 Sunday morning services @ 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30. We are making room for your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Invite them, save them a seat, and watch them experience the Lord in a way they never have before.


Thursday, October 3

Ephesians 4:13-14
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[a] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

No matter who you are or where you come from, no one is exempt from the maturing process. While this may seem like a statement of the obvious, most people fail to consider this process while they’re going through it. Everyone will experience pain and discomfort of being grown and stretched but few people, if any, will take account of where they are in life and recognize where they’re at in this process. If they did, they would be more patient and make the effort to learn all they could as they went through it. In fact, being impatient is a sign of immaturity. Just like a young child refuses to consider why they may not be getting what they want and cry and throw a fit, many immature grown ups do the same thing with God. Their prayers are full of ‘how much longer’s’, ‘why me’s’, and ‘don’t you love me anymore’s’, just like you would hear from a three year old wanting candy. All the while, as they’re acting this way, they’re wondering why God doesn’t open a door for them. God values you too much to let even the good things He wants to give you overload you. His grace and anointing are there in immeasurable quantities but the extent of your maturity while determine the extent of which you receive them. If you’ve come to a place of wanting to quit and your patience is wearing thin, take some time and allow Him to speak into that frustration. Give Him a chance to reveal what areas you’re needing to grow in and humbly accept what He shows you. The maturing process doesn’t have to be brutal and difficult if you’ll give Him the opportunity to walk through it with you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

3 days! We are only 3 days away from launching into a new season here at TWBC. Beginning this Sunday, October 6th, we will be hosting 3 Sunday morning services @ 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30. We are making room for your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Invite them, save them a seat, and watch them experience the Lord in a way they never have before.


Friday, October 4

Ephesians 4:17
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!

Everyone goes through times and seasons where they lose track of who they are in relationship to their Father. The young prodigal had walked away from what he thought was hindering him only to find out that he’d taken for granted and taken advantage of the love and protection that his father had provided for him all along. An exact reason why he walked away isn’t given, but if he was like many others, immature and prideful, he probably thought he was missing out on life outside of his father’s household. If you’ll allow him to, the enemy will fill your mind with thoughts and lies about how unfair God can be in an effort to coax you out from under His protection. Once you step away, you’re fair game to any attack that he wants to throw at you. After you’ve been beaten up and are on the brink of being destroyed the enemy will tell you that you’re no longer welcome in your Father’s house. This is when you must ‘come to yourself’. You have to remember that you’re a child of the Most High God and no matter what your choices and the devil have put you through, your Daddy is waiting with open arms to restore you to your rightful place as His child. Nothing you have done has changed God’s mind about you. He’s on the porch, looking down the road, waiting for a glimpse of you to run after. All you have to do is call out to Him. He’s not waiting to beat you over the head with the Bible or shoot a lightening bolt at you. He is ready to throw His loving arms of grace and mercy around you and redeem and restore you to the place He’s called you to. Coming to yourself means recognizing who you are in His eyes. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

2 days! We are only 2 days away from launching into a new season here at TWBC. Beginning this Sunday, October 6th, we will be hosting 3 Sunday morning services @ 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30. We are making room for your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Invite them, save them a seat, and watch them experience the Lord in a way they never have before.


Saturday, October 5

Romans 10:11
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Shame is one of your enemy’s greatest tools. He is constantly trying to push you into a place of guilt and regret over your past mistakes and shortcomings. As he does he will try to convince you that God is the one putting this shame on you. The truth of the matter is that God is in the business of doing away with your shame not using it as a means of punishment. He hung your shame on the cross and sentenced it to hell when Jesus took your place. When God, through His Holy Spirit, convicts you of a shortcoming in your life, He does so in an effort to draw you closer to Himself. He knows that those things in your life that are not of Him keep you from experiencing deeper intimacy in your relationship. Many Christians confuse conviction with condemnation because of the lies that religious leaders and ignorant believers have taught them. Your condemnation was put on your Savior and done away with forever. It is time to stop letting shame and regret keep you from returning to a loving Father who wants nothing more than to pour His love and blessing out upon your life. Don’t let the enemy or someone who doesn’t know how to deal with their own shame and sin tell you that you’re anything less than wholly and eternally accepted by God. If you’ll embrace His conviction, He’ll keep you out of shame and condemnation. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Tomorrow! We are only 1 day away from launching into a new season here at TWBC. Beginning tomorrow morning, October 6th, we will be hosting 3 Sunday morning services @ 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30. We are making room for your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Invite them, save them a seat, and watch them experience the Lord in a way they never have before.

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