Karen's Devotions

This is a selected collection of my devotions e-published on Daily Devotions, Journey Christian Church, Irvine, California; George Bragg, Editor. To join the mailing list, email George, gbragg@cox.net.

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As a 25+ year homeschooling vet, post-cancer, math prof, mother of five, master's track and field athlete, and certificated private pilot, I have a lot to share about what God has done in my life. In 2000 I began writing devotions as something to try when it seemed like accoustic pianists were becoming an endangered species at church. I have since found great blessings from writing and sharing. God is good.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


First published July 17, 2013

One of the classic evangelistic ways of explaining God’s plan of salvation is outlined in the book of Romans.  Sometimes known as the Romans Road, the basic message involves the following:


            Who needs salvation – Everyone - Romans 3:10-12, 23

            Why we need salvation – The price of sin is death – Romans 6:23

            How God provides salvation – Jesus Christ died to pay the price – Romans 5:8

            How we receive salvation – Through faith and baptism in Jesus Christ

                  – Romans 10:9-10, 13, 6:4

            The results of salvation – Reconciled relationship of peace with God – Romans 5:1


One thing I noticed missing from this process was very much a part of New Testament culture back then.  People then really grieved.  Their grief was a very deep sadness and could last days.  Samuel grieved (1 Samuel 15:35). Jonathan grieved (1 Samuel 20:34). Jesus grieved (Matthew 26:38). God grieved (Genesis 6:6). 


In our modern culture, we are taught to redirect blame or to rationalize sin. The element of grief over sin and the people affected is missing, or at best negligible. I believe that grief is essential in the salvation process.  We are all guilty of sin. Grieve for your guilt. Have deep sadness for your sin. Confession can then come from a truly contrite heart. Accept God’s forgiveness. Let Jesus’ act on the Cross allow you to be renewed. Hallelujah, your burdens are released! You can now rejoice in reconciliation with God!


We need to be aware of the cultural disconnect.  Today in a private place, recall your sinful past.  Really grieve.  Thankfully acknowledge how accepting Christ as Lord and savior has changed your life.


Acts 3:19

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away,

in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…

 Copyright 2013, Karen Vaughn