Nov 26, 2017

True Christian Community

By |Nov 26, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Faith, Fellowship, God's Word, Kingdom of God, Mission|0 Comments

Someone has said, “People who come together just to be together do not comprise Christian community.”  Heretics can do that.  Gangs do that.  Social clubs do that.  In the church we gather around creeds that are still very relevant.  We gather around “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).  We live the life

Nov 21, 2017

Giants And Grasshoppers

By |Nov 21, 2017|Devotionals, Faith, Trust|0 Comments

The ten member committee report on giants and grasshoppers struck fear and depressing discouragement into the whole congregation of God’s people.  That still happens.  The report about giants and grasshoppers is constantly dug up and revived by a new committee of the congregation.  The giants we see or imagine always appear larger than us “little

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

Nov 2, 2017

Completing Our Conversion

By |Nov 2, 2017|Devotionals, Faith, Grace, Perseverance, Repentance|0 Comments

The fact that human beings can be converted and changed is a wonderful thing.  Without it there is no hope for individuals or society.   Conversion involves repentance, which is making an about face, turning in a new direction.  Grace enables this.  There is a paradoxical sense in which we keep completing our conversion.  Sometimes

Oct 7, 2017

Rely on God

By |Oct 7, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Trust|1 Comment

It is so easy for us to rely on lots of things besides God.  We have a desire for self-sufficiency and independence.  We want to be on our own.  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12, NASB).  We must rely fully on God and not

Sep 5, 2017

Keep Trusting

By |Sep 5, 2017|Devotionals, Faith, Father, Joy, Truth|0 Comments

When we pray and expect something to happen, that is faith.  When we turn a situation entirely over to God, no matter what happens, that is faith also.  Faith and trust are not determined by what it gets in return.  It is measured by leaning the whole soul on God in the good times and

Aug 30, 2017

The Process of Trust

By |Aug 30, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Trials, Trust|3 Comments

I heard my friend and fellow minister Rev. Richard Prince say in a sermon, “Trusting in Jesus is a process.”  I was arrested by his thought.  Trust is more than a past moment of saving faith.  Trust is indeed a process.  It must be lived out in the midst of all the tests that come

Aug 7, 2017

Captured By Your Emotions

By |Aug 7, 2017|Choices, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Faith, Trust|0 Comments

Emotional balance is not always easy to achieve.  We can allow our emotions to take us places we do not need to go.  We can allow our feelings to eclipse our faith.  We can allow an emotional place to make us miss the very place in which we find ourselves.  Anger can become uncontrolled rage

Jun 18, 2017

Really Knowing God

By |Jun 18, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Father|0 Comments

Just because you say you are not an atheist does not mean that you know God.  To acknowledge His existence should mean that we want to know Him and align ourselves to Him.  Christians believe that He has been made known in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth as God’s promised Messiah.  If God exists,

Jun 16, 2017

Enter Unity

By |Jun 16, 2017|Baptism, Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Father, Peace|1 Comment

We do not create unity, but we come to the unity that exists in Christ.  The unity we come to is stated this way in Eph 4:4-6 (KJV), “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and