Sep 30, 2017

Captives Of Love

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When Paul said, “The love of Christ controls us,” he was using it in the sense of love being the driving force in His life.  The fact that “one died for all,” for love’s sake, is a life transforming worldview.  It changes how we see people.  It changes the way we treat everyone.  It changes

Sep 15, 2017

Love’s Power

By |Sep 15, 2017|Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Love, Patience, Perseverance, Reconciliation, Sin|0 Comments

No power is stronger than the power of love.  Hate is no match.  Love even triumphed over those who tried to crucify it on a cross.  When truly experienced, love can melt a heart of stone, break down walls, cover sins, forgive enemies, and reconcile families.  It is the most powerful tool at a parent’s

Sep 8, 2017

The Cross Was Already There

By |Sep 8, 2017|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Death, Devotionals, Maturity, Self-denial, Surrender|0 Comments

Jesus did not invent the cross.  The Romans already had them.  They were especially ready for rival kings.  No, Jesus did not devise the cross, He came to it.  There is a cross that is built into life; you come to a cross that is already there, it is called “life-the-way-it-is”.  There is a dying

Jun 25, 2017

Needing Grace

By |Jun 25, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Grace, Love, Mercy|0 Comments

I have met a few Christians along the way who know all about law, quoting the Ten Commandments, lifting high a moral standard who know nothing of grace.  They really don’t understand the cross, having never experienced or truly accepted grace, but continually quote the law to everyone.  Often they self-righteously feel they have kept

Jun 13, 2017

Where It Will Take You

By |Jun 13, 2017|Christ, Confession, Cross, Devotionals, Discipleship, Faith, Ministry, Suffering|0 Comments

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16).  Just because you have confessed your belief that Jesus is the Messiah does not mean that you know where it will take you.  The Messiah did suffer, and we join His suffering.  We as disciples learn to be disciples through

Jun 10, 2017

Forgiving Persecutors

By |Jun 10, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Love|0 Comments

How can one bless a persecutor?  How can one love an enemy?  How can one forgive, even when the crime is being committed?   Where does that come from?  It comes from the example of Messiah on the cross.  It comes from the Risen One living inside us, and bringing about His dying through us. 

Jun 2, 2017

Sent to Die

By |Jun 2, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Repentance|0 Comments

“As the Father has sent me, so send I you.  I send you to be hurt, to be rejected, to suffer and to bleed.  I send you to do My kind of ministry: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and prisoners, cast out demons.  Call for repentance!  Announce the good news that

May 5, 2017

Same Page

By |May 5, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Father, Love, Spirit, Trinity|0 Comments

Jesus was appointed by His Father for His mission, and He volunteered for it.  The appointing and volunteering occurred simultaneously without debate or reluctance in the councils of the Trinity.  The mission flowed out of the very nature of divine love.  It is who God is.  The Father and Son were not at odds with

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 4, 2017

An Inner Cross Attitude

By |Apr 4, 2017|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Lent, Obedience|0 Comments

If you are indulging in willful sin and knowing disobedience, then get the cross into your heart.  Your lack of self-denial mocks your profession of being a Christian, mocks discipleship and crucifies your Lord afresh.  There is a way to victory for you.  There is strength for your weakness.  There is a dying that will