Nov 13, 2017

Light Out Of Darkness

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In Mother Teresa’s biography, we learn that she lived her life with a private, deep blackness that often oppressed her.  Yet she lived her life with a smile lifting up to the world the Light of Christ.  She came to accept this blackness as her cross.  We can serve God out of our problems and

Nov 10, 2017

Valleys And Mountains

By |Nov 10, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Gratitude, Humility, Incarnation, Life|0 Comments

We place too much value on getting out of the valley and on top of the mountain, as if our goal and god is always some spiritual high.  I have learned that when I live in brokenness, valleys and mountain peaks mean very little.  There may be highs and lows even in brokenness, for it

Nov 3, 2017

Pioneer And Perfecter Of Faith

By |Nov 3, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Faith, Faithfulness, Father|0 Comments

Jesus is the founder and perfecter of faith/faithfulness.  After the roll call of faith in Hebrews 11, we run the faith race, “looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”  The faithfulness of Jesus is the pattern and description of what faith should be.  His faith in His Father was greater than the

Oct 30, 2017

At-One With God

By |Oct 30, 2017|Atonement, Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Father, Fellowship, Light, Sin, Spirit, Trinity|0 Comments

Atonement theories that stop with the cross rob the atonement of the beautiful big picture given to us in the NT.  Atonement places us into solidarity with the loving Savior (Romans 3:6-5), so much so that we are “in Christ”.  Because we have been reconciled to God, we have peace with God and are now

Sep 30, 2017

Captives Of Love

By |Sep 30, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Freedom, Love, Obedience, Sin|0 Comments

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.