The Story Weekly Devotional #1: Creation: God’s Greatest Masterpiece

Check out a brand new weekly series of daily devotionals from The Bible on the New Life Blog. Based on our series in “The Story.”

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(A Weekly Devotional Journey Through The Story by Pastor Chris Jordan)


“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).

What a brilliant introduction to God’s Story! The Bible doesn’t begin with “once upon a time” or “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” but “In the Beginning!” This bold statement tells us that everything that exists in our universe was created by God. From the sun, moon and the stars, to the mountains, oceans, and every living being, God made them all. In Genesis 1-2, we see the account of the six days of the creation story, culminating with God’s greatest masterpiece: Us!

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion… over all the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image…

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He Found Me – Sample Daily Devotional From “Our Daily Bread”

One of the best habits you can develop in your life is getting into God’s Word on a daily basis. And one of the ways you can begin to do that is through daily devotionals. Here is a sample from one of the devotionals I am currently going through, called Our Daily Bread. Check it out at

He Found Me

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Read: Luke 19:1-10 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 54–56; Romans 3

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. —Luke 19:10

The film Amazing Grace was set in the late 1700s. It tells the story of William Wilberforce, a politician who was driven by his faith in Christ to commit his money and energy to abolishing the slave trade in England. In one scene, Wilberforce’s butler finds him praying. The butler asks, “You found God, Sir?” Wilberforce responds, “I think He found me.”

The Bible pictures humanity as wayward and wandering sheep. It says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way” (Isa. 53:6). In fact, this wayward condition is so deeply rooted in us that the apostle Paul said: “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside” (Rom. 3:10-12). That is why Jesus came. We would never seek Him, so He came seeking us. Jesus declared His mission with the words, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Wilberforce was exactly right. Jesus came to find us, for we could never have found Him if left to ourselves. It is a clear expression of the Creator’s love for His lost creation that He pursues us and desires to make us His own.

Amazing grace—how sweet the sound—that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind, but now I see. John Newton

Once lost, now found. Eternally thankful!

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Four Blood Moons: Will Jesus Return on Sept. 28, 2015?


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Well, they’re at it again. The end-times doomsday prophets are crying out again saying, “The sky is falling!” But we shouldn’t be surprised by this – it’s nothing new! For as long as there have been people, there have been doomsday prophets predicting the imminent end of the world. It would almost be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that so many people were being fooled by these chicken littles!

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Check out The New Life Blog for a series of posts on Justice and Mercy!

Check out my other blog, New Life, for a series of posts on Justice and Mercy!

– Chris Jordan

Vision 2015 Micah 6-8



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The Top Ten Posts of 2014

Here’s a look at the Top Ten Posts on the Beausejour Pulpit blog in 2014:

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Title Views
Is this the end of the world as we know it? More stats 8,691
Home page / Archives More stats 2,809
Are You Ready for Heaven? More stats 2,763
The Foursquare Gospel #3 – Jesus is the Baptiser with the Holy Spirit More stats 649
More Wisdom from Proverbs #13: The Rejoicing Woman More stats 403
Why I Listen to Christian Music More stats 319
Triumphant #Joy #5: The Founding of the Church in Philippi More stats 286
#Proverbs #20: Mud Puddles More stats 284
A Good Friend is Loyal, Helpful, Friendly and Sticky More stats 282
More Wisdom from Proverbs #8: The Majestic Leader More stats 253

Here’s a look at the Top Ten Posts on the New Life blog in 2014:

Title Views
1. Home page / Archives More stats 7,633
2. Nine Secrets Your Pastor’s Wife Wishes You Knew More stats 7,503
3. #YOLO: You Only Live Once (#Sermon of the Week) More stats 2,958
4. Sermon of the Week – The Tabernacle More stats 2,825
5. How to Make a Ninja Mask out of a T-shirt More stats 1,744
6. Breakthrough: Run Towards Your Giant (#Sermon of the Week) More stats 1,558
7. Four Blood Moons: Will Jesus Return on Sept. 28, 2015? More stats 1,321
8. 15 Awesome Quotes on Preaching More stats 1,024
9. Sermon of the Week – Journey Through the O.T. #1 More stats 971
10. Jesus Turns Water into Wine – Sermon of the Week More stats 780

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The Beausejour Pulpit Blog: 2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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12 Christmas Gifts from Heaven #12 – Our Gift to Jesus

12 Christmas Gifts from Heaven #12 – Our Gift to Jesus:

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“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him…Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.” (Matthew 2:1-3,9-12).

So far, we have looked at 11 Christmas gifts from Heaven—Jesus, His presence (Emmanuel, God with us), great joy, wonderful counsel, transformation (changed lives), adoption, peace, hope, love & acceptance, salvation and Heaven. Today, we’re going to consider a different kind of gift—our gift to Jesus, to say thanks for all of the wonderful gifts that He has given to us.

The wise men are aptly named, because in their actions that they show to us in this Christmas story, they portray to us a wise response to God’s wonderful love for us. When they discovered the Christ-child, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they saw Jesus, they fell down and worshipped Him, and they presented gifts to Him. Here is wisdom! What should be our gift to Jesus? Worship. “And so, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?” (Romans 12:1). Our gift of worship to Jesus is our response to what He has done for us—His great gifts and awesome love that He has showered upon us.

When you read through the Christmas story, you find that this is the response of all of those who were impacted by the Christ-child, not just the wise men. After the shepherds encountered the baby Jesus in the manger, “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Luke 2:20).

This Christmas, I want to challenge you to reflect upon all of the wonderful Christmas gifts from Heaven that our Father God has freely given to us. And as you do, may they motivate you to give to Jesus the greatest gift that you possibly can—the gift of your heart of worship. Allow me to close with the words to a familiar Christmas carol. May this be the prayer of your heart both now and as we head into the New Year…

  • O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, Oh come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
  • Come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
  • Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
  • Glory to God in the highest: O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
  • Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given;
  • Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Pastor Chris Jordan

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