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Jun 1, 2017

At-One With Him

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There is a sense in which I have not appropriated His death for me until I die with Him.  He died my death to be at-one with me.  I am to die His death to be at-one with Him.  When these two come together there is at-one-ment.  Atonement is not a legal transaction based on

Apr 14, 2017

Atonement (2)

By |Apr 14, 2017|Atonement, Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Father, Holy Week, Incarnation, Intercession, Mercy, Resurrection, Salvation|0 Comments

Atonement means at-one-ment.  Atonement restricted only to the cross always leads us astray with inadequate plans of salvation.  The atonement starts in the incarnation and includes the life He lived, the death He died, the burial He underwent, the resurrection He experienced, the ascension back to the Father, His enthronement in heaven at the right

Apr 13, 2017

Atonement (1)

By |Apr 13, 2017|Atonement, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Holy Week, Reconciliation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The word atonement in English is literally “at-one-ment”.  Theories that make the atonement a mere legal transaction because of the cross miss its fuller and richer meanings.  The idea is that God and man are reconciled.  When we are at-one with Jesus, being baptized into Him, in solidarity with Him, we are at-one with the

Dec 1, 2016

Bearing Sins Far Away

By |Dec 1, 2016|Atonement, Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Relationships, Sin|0 Comments

“But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.” Lev 16:10 (NASB).  The scapegoat symbolically carried sins away into the wilderness.  God wants to put distance between Himself and our sins.  Know

Oct 27, 2016

The Speaking Blood

By |Oct 27, 2016|Atonement, Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Mercy, Reconciliation|0 Comments

Cain killed his brother who was obeying God.  God said to Cain, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground” Gen 4:10.  Jesus was killed for obeying God.  His blood also cries out.  “And to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled

Sep 17, 2016

Touching The Holy

By |Sep 17, 2016|Atonement, Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Holiness, Relationships, Sanctification|0 Comments

When the priests ate unleavened bread and the meat of the sin offering, they became holy.  It says that whoever “touched it became holy” (Lev 6:18, 27).  Whatever touched the altar became holy (Ex 29:37).  Holy anointing oil (Ex 37:29) made holy what it touched (Ex 40:9).  The point of all of this is that

Sep 16, 2016

It Is Well

By |Sep 16, 2016|Atonement, Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Healing, Inner healing, Righteousness, Sin|0 Comments

It can only be well with our soul as we embrace what Jesus did for us on His cross.  At the cross our old life ends and our new life begins.  “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by

Sep 8, 2016

Grace For You

By |Sep 8, 2016|Atonement, Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Grace, Intercession, Prayer|0 Comments

My friend Paulette Woods said recently, “Nothing is more defeating than mean self-talk.”  How right she is!  Beat up on yourself and you will spend the rest of your day bruised and discouraged.  The cure for this is to give yourself grace.  In fact, it would be better said theologically, receive for yourself the grace

Sep 5, 2016

Hidden Faults

By |Sep 5, 2016|Atonement, Choices, Christ, Confession, Devotionals, Intercession, Prayer|0 Comments

We do not know ourselves nearly as well as we think we do.  Who we are and what we have become is always unfolding to us, like the turning of the pages of a book.  We have faults rooted in our DNA.  We have faults that were engrained in us by imperfect families and a

Aug 19, 2016

Dumb Things

By |Aug 19, 2016|Atonement, Christ, Confession, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Mercy, Redemption, Spirit|0 Comments

I have done lots of dumb things in my life.  They are not all “ancient history”.  They are painful to recall.  They keep me humble.  They remind me of my imperfections.  They remind me of my need of grace.  They remind me that God has a lot more work to do with this frail vessel.