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Oct 18, 2017

Confession, Repentance, Obedience

By |Oct 18, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Grace, Growth, Obedience, Repentance, Sin, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Confession of sin should lead to repentance (turning around) and should be followed by obedience.  Confession of sin, which has no intention of amending one’s ways, is an attempt to use grace as a license to sin.  Confession is meant to be an honest statement of where we are in light of where God’s Word

Oct 17, 2017

The Blessing Of Crisis

By |Oct 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Growth, Maturity, Prayer, Relationships, Trials|0 Comments

A life crisis may be a catalyst for needed change.   Think of a crisis that became a positive turning point in your life.  It broke the status quo.  It set you on a new path.  It was the beginning of a new maturity.  It produced a deepening in your relationship with your Lord.  A

Oct 12, 2017

Finding Meaning

By |Oct 12, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Surrender|0 Comments

Rational human beings want to know that life and the things that happen in it have meaning, because meaning gives us significance.  It is haunting to think that things are happening for no reason.  God does not order everything that comes into our lives.  It is just the way life works out on this fallen

Oct 5, 2017

Open My Eyes

By |Oct 5, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, God's Word, Growth, Spirit, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Watch how you are being formed.  The way you allow yourself to be shaped will determine how you interpret facts, data, and even the Bible itself.  We see life and all things through the way we have let our eyes develop.  We want to make the way we see things as the ultimate truth, when

Oct 4, 2017

Generosity

By |Oct 4, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Giving|0 Comments

Generosity flows to us from a generous Father.  It flows to us, not to give us this or that blessing, but with the intent of making us generous persons like our Father.  We freely give because He freely gave.  His benevolence enables us to be changed into a benevolent person.  We, the children of this

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

Sep 19, 2017

You Did Not Deserve It

By |Sep 19, 2017|Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Grace, Love, Trials|0 Comments

We have seen many sad things happen in individual lives that they did not deserve.  The problem arises when we think we have no value because of what has come our way.  We can feel beat up and beat down by such an occurrence.  We are not worth-less because of what has happened to us. 

Sep 11, 2017

Spanky Taught Me

By |Sep 11, 2017|Devotionals, Father, Worship|0 Comments

I have a little dog, Spanky, who will watch me on my laptop, respecting my typing time, but the minute I close it, quick as a flash, he jumps into my lap for attention.  Spanky has taught me something.  He wants my undivided attention.  I think sadly of children and grandchildren awaiting time with a

Sep 10, 2017

Daddy

By |Sep 10, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Spirit|0 Comments

Most every language has two-syllable words that are often the first words a baby speaks:  DaDa, MaMa, PaPa.  For the infant Jesus it was Abba.  As an adult He taught us to address God that way.  It is hard for me to call God Daddy.  I think that God needs aloof titles that express His