Nov 26, 2017

True Christian Community

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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 11, 2017

One Church

By |Nov 11, 2017|Church, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Kingdom of God, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

Why did Paul not “pull out and start a new church” after Peter showed prejudice about Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians eating together?  Because it is the family of God, and he was not disowning the family.  Because it was the Body of Christ, and he did not want to divide it.  The church is

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

Aug 26, 2017

Private Devotions

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As a devotional writer, I believe in private devotions, but I realize that the private part has in it a kind of danger.  Our spirituality disconnected from a body of believers is very incomplete.  We are not Lone Ranger Christians.  It is much more than “Jesus and Me”.  We are part of a community called

Jun 27, 2017

The Inner Circle

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The most common word in the NT for church is ecclesia.  It simply means the “called out ones.”  Another word for NT Christians is koninia.  It is translated “fellowship, partnership and communion”.   Conversion in the NT was marked by the ecclesia becoming a vital part of the koninia.  To say it concisely, we were

Feb 21, 2017

Partakers Of The Divine Nature

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The promises of God point us ultimately to the reality that we “may become partakers of the divine nature.”  The Greek word “koinos” is translated “partner”, “fellowship”, “companion”, as well as “partaker”.  Our Orthodox brothers cite this verse in support of “deification”.  They do not mean that we become God but we become like God. 

Feb 3, 2017

Fellowship With The Son

By |Feb 3, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Fellowship, Mission, Suffering|3 Comments

“God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” 1 Cor 1:9 (NRSV).  In the Greek, fellowship includes the ideas of participation and sharing.  God invites us to have communion and fellowship with His Eternal Son.  But more than that, we participate in His mission (Jn

Jul 13, 2016

Knowing God

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Our God is holy, but approachable.  He is exalted, but near.  He is infinite, but intimate.  Paul, in speaking of the “Unknown God,” said to those at Athens, “That they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). 

Jul 7, 2016

Lean The Other Way

By |Jul 7, 2016|Christ, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Fellowship, Obedience, Spirit, Worship|0 Comments

We are born with a lean toward self and away from God, though we have an intuitive longing for Him.  This problem is solved by the actions God has chosen to take on our behalf.  He died that our old self might be crucified with Christ (Rom 6:6, 11).  He sent His Spirit to be

May 11, 2016

Communication With The Father

By |May 11, 2016|Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Fellowship, Prayer, Sin, Spirit, Worship|0 Comments

Before the fall, Adam and Eve had open communication with God.  Being made in the image of God, our first parents were shaped by these regular encounters.  In this relationship the first humans knew who they were: those made in the divine likeness.  The conversations we have with God makes us remember who we are