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Oct 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

Oct 13, 2017

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Love

By |Oct 13, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Love|0 Comments

Love does not control, manipulate, extort, demand, threaten, seek to harm, retaliate, nor is it vengeful (1 Corinthians 13).  God is love, and to the degree we do any of these things, we are just that much unlike God.  Love is self-sacrificial, seeks the best interest of the loved, persuades, and welcomes sinners.  God is

Sep 29, 2017

The Evil Of Controlling

By |Sep 29, 2017|Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Freedom, Love|0 Comments

The work of controllers is very un-God-like.  God gives us unconditional love.  God’s love is what gave us freedom in the first place.  This is freedom to disobey Him and go against His desires for us.  It is freedom to eat from the other tree.  It is freedom to go our own way and walk

Sep 25, 2017

Clarifying Love for Enemies

By |Sep 25, 2017|Christ, Divine Likeness, Father, Truth|0 Comments

We all know Jesus said, “Love your enemies.”  What does that mean?  To love our enemies does not mean that we surrender all that we have come to know about God.  It does not mean that we agree with them if they are acting in evil ways.  It does not mean that we are so

Aug 30, 2017

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. 

Jul 2, 2017

Value All People

By |Jul 2, 2017|Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Love, Service|0 Comments

Valuing people is necessary to a fulfilled life.  It is a must for servant leadership.  It is essential to keep our own personhood in perspective when we value others.  Sometimes we realize late how valuable some people have been in our lives.  Jesus valued the disciples by washing their feet, simply serving them.  Valuing people

May 31, 2017

Chosen for Christlikeness

By |May 31, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness|0 Comments

God has chosen that His people would become like His Son.  If we would be called His people, we should expect Him to be shaping us, not like the dominant culture, but like His Son.  It is our highest calling.  Amazingly, it will not destroy our individuality and personality; instead, it will make it.  It

Apr 18, 2017

Christlikeness and Resurrection

By |Apr 18, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Holiness, Resurrection, Spirit|0 Comments

Christlike means more than being similar to Him.  We are not to be Christian just in name.  We are not to be a pale imitation of Him, but one who has experienced inner transformation.  We can have something that comes up from within us that flows out through our finger tips.  This world needs more

Apr 17, 2017

Resurrection’s Hope

By |Apr 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Encouragement, Hope, Resurrection, Resurrection Day|0 Comments

God the Father, who has all the hairs of my head numbered, with its hourly changing count, also has my DNA, identity and all that makes me who I am recorded in His heart. He will use that data in my final resurrection.  After I have gone back to dust, He will look down and

Mar 25, 2017

Transformed Character

By |Mar 25, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Lent, New Creation, Obedience, Sin|0 Comments

Someone has said, “Life evokes character.”  We learn who we are by living, and we become different when we learn to live in the ways Jesus taught us.  If “Life evokes character,” Jesus through the processes of His grace can transform character.  He did not come to us to give us a ticket to the