Monthly Archives: August 2017

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Aug 31, 2017

The Full Revelation

By |Aug 31, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father|0 Comments

The old covenant was lacking until Jesus came.  Its words about God were partial and incomplete.  These words were shaped by men, trying to express to their contemporary culture what God was like and what He was saying.  All fell short of knowing what the Father was really like until One came and said, “Whoever

Aug 30, 2017

The Process of Trust

By |Aug 30, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Trials, Trust|3 Comments

I heard my friend and fellow minister Rev. Richard Prince say in a sermon, “Trusting in Jesus is a process.”  I was arrested by his thought.  Trust is more than a past moment of saving faith.  Trust is indeed a process.  It must be lived out in the midst of all the tests that come

Neither Male Nor Female

By |Aug 30, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Ministry, Pentecost, Redemption, Spirit|2 Comments

The human family is male and female.  Both were made in the divine likeness (Gen 1:27).  Both fell.  God desired to rescue both.  The purpose of redemption is to restore the divine likeness, so of necessity, women are recipients and full participants in that.  Both men and women received the Spirit at Pentecost and prophesied. 

Aug 28, 2017

Avoidance

By |Aug 28, 2017|Cleansed, Confession, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Heart, Pride|0 Comments

Every counselor knows, or should know, that it takes time for a person to come to a confession or even realization of their core problem.  Before then the counselor must detect false clues and detours that keep him or her away from the core issues at the heart of the problem.  We must know that

Aug 27, 2017

Speak Creative Words

By |Aug 27, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, God's Word, Hope, Humility, Word of God|0 Comments

God’s Word creates.  It created the world.  It spoke into existence everything it willed.  It creates a whole new set of realities in our lives as we let it take root in us.  The Word creates new creatures and new creation.  To humbly live with the Word constantly changes us.  The God who speaks makes

Aug 26, 2017

Private Devotions

By |Aug 26, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Father, Fellowship, Love, Prayer, Worship|0 Comments

As a devotional writer, I believe in private devotions, but I realize that the private part has in it a kind of danger.  Our spirituality disconnected from a body of believers is very incomplete.  We are not Lone Ranger Christians.  It is much more than “Jesus and Me”.  We are part of a community called

Aug 25, 2017

Religious Clichés

By |Aug 25, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Relationships, Worship|0 Comments

You know what they are, old, tired and trite phrases that no longer communicate to the hearers, nor even to the speakers.  There are those who know how to use the accepted phrases of a religious culture in their conversations, testimonies and prayers to gain acceptance among their religious peers.  These folks have nothing fresh

Aug 24, 2017

Free Grace

By |Aug 24, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Freedom, Grace, Sin|0 Comments

The protestant church has divided itself over predestination and free will.  John Wesley sought and found a middle way in prevenient grace.  In it he taught that all persons are given a measure of grace, which enables them to freely choose.  The implications of this are huge.  Without prevenient and ongoing grace we are still

Aug 23, 2017

The Banned Jesus

By |Aug 23, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Justice, Love|0 Comments

Jesus upset norms and long established customs.  This was more than the moment that He turned over the tables of the money changers.  Throughout His ministry He sought to bring Israel back to the true worship of God and with a real love-centered ethic.  He said, “You have heard it said, but I say to

Aug 22, 2017

Live Out Your Baptism

By |Aug 22, 2017|Baptism, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Grace, Resurrection, Sin, Spirit|0 Comments

The act of baptism is a re-enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  No matter at what age we were baptized, we are called to live out the reality of our baptism.  The Roman Christians were baptized but may have thought that they could continue in sin to get more grace.  What Paul