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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

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

Jul 14, 2017

Anticipating Complete Healing

By |Jul 14, 2017|Christ, Christ Coming, Death, Devotionals, Healing, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

The preaching of the arrival of the Kingdom of God came with miracles of healing the sick and casting out demons.  This was more than compassion for the hurting; it was saying that the promised future had arrived in the present manifested by these miracles.  He still heals, but our present healing is not final. 

Jul 5, 2017

Bad Things Happen

By |Jul 5, 2017|Choices, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Life, Resurrection, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Just because something bad has happened to you does not mean that something is wrong with you.  That is a lie the enemy tells us.  Neither is it because God has singled you out for some heavy burden just because He is trying to make you stronger.  Christians also get hit by stray bullets, cars,

Jun 22, 2017

Dying Seeds

By |Jun 22, 2017|Christ, Death, Devotionals, Life|0 Comments

Paul said, ”I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” Gal 2:20 (NASB).  Jesus said, “Truly,

Apr 19, 2017

Resurrection And Dry Bones

By |Apr 19, 2017|Christ, Death, Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Hope, Life, Resurrection, Spirit|0 Comments

Ezekiel saw a valley full of dry bones that represented a dead, defeated and exiled nation.  It was a hopeless situation.  Only the Creator God could bring them back to life.  When the people of God are down and out in the dry bones of exile, there is yet hope.  Just because we are in

Apr 16, 2017

First Fruits Of New Creation

By |Apr 16, 2017|Christ, Death, Devotionals, New Creation, Resurrection|0 Comments

The thing that most excited and animated the early disciples about Jesus’ resurrection was that it was completely different from a resuscitated human body.  Jesus himself had raised three people from the dead, but His own resurrection was very different.  His was a never-before-seen kind of body that made them know that the scriptural prophecies

Apr 15, 2017

Empty Tomb

By |Apr 15, 2017|Christ, Death, Devotionals, Easter, Life, Resurrection, Resurrection Day|0 Comments

Throughout history mankind discovered that the tomb was necessary to separate the living population from decaying bodies.  Tombs had a finality about them because death was seen as having the last word.  Messiah’s empty tomb changed all of that.  Death no longer has the last word.  Death is now emptied of its power, denied its

Mar 31, 2017

The Unplanned

By |Mar 31, 2017|Death, Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Formation, Growth, Lent, Love, Providence|1 Comment

It is good to make plans, set goals and dream dreams, but life has a way of handing us the unplanned.  Many of us could never have envisioned being where we now find ourselves.  A diagnosis, a disease, a death, a divorce, a disappointment, a disaster, and yes, and many more are unplanned events that

Mar 22, 2017

Suffering and Meaning

By |Mar 22, 2017|Christ, Cross, Death, Devotionals, Suffering|0 Comments

Evil and suffering are not inherently meaningful.  Chronic illness and chronic pain declares that well.  Rampant evil in the world illustrates it.  In itself, it has no meaning.  We do find meaning in the sufferings of our Messiah.  He came and let evil do its worst to Him, and yet He triumphed over it.  In