Dec 10, 2017

With God And Was God

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The Bible declares, and Christianity, teaches the relationship Christ has to God.  Christ is the eternal Son.  He is the Word who was with God from the beginning.  He is the Word who is God (John 1:1-2).  He is the “Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the

Nov 29, 2017

Feet Of Clay

By |Nov 29, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Grace, Love|2 Comments

We all have had and should have spiritual leaders that help to guide us.  We must remember, however, that our spiritual leaders and heroes have feet of clay.  Do not be alarmed when you see clay feet in others.  Do not discount their leadership because of it.  When you see it up close and personal,

Nov 9, 2017

Gentle Grace

By |Nov 9, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Father, Grace, Humility, Justice|0 Comments

Wise parents do not treat all of their children the same.  Yes, the same kind of love, but it is expressed differently because of the different sensitivities of the child.  This can be true of all the people in our lives.  Please be careful in running rough shod over sensitive souls.  Certainly, our Heavenly Father

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 27, 2017

The Stream Of Choices

By |Oct 27, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Grace|0 Comments

When God created humans they began to reshape this world by their choices.  We live on a choice-shaped planet.  We have been shaped by thousands of choices, by thousands of people, some a thousand miles away.  Some of these are ancient history, some recent history and some contemporary.  This does not mean we are in

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

Sep 20, 2017

The Hidden Christ

By |Sep 20, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Grace, Spirit|0 Comments

Prevenient grace is at work in all people.  This grace at work in all is another way of describing the work of the Holy Spirit in all.  Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of our Lord Jesus, we have to say that this grace is the Hidden Christ at work in all people and

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 7, 2017

Go To The Broken

By |Sep 7, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Grace, Love, Mission, Sin, Truth|0 Comments

Jesus saw His mission as healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds (Lu 4:18).  Jesus did not come to condemn sinners; since our mission is His mission, neither should we.  He has not called us to condemn people; He has called us to come to their brokenness.  They have been beaten up by their

Sep 6, 2017

They Left Everything

By |Sep 6, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Discipleship, Grace, Surrender|0 Comments

Peter said, “We left everything and followed you.”  We see that as a boast, but it was the fact of what had happened.  Peter needed a perspective that included the end in view, and Christ gave it to him.  In following Jesus we receive more than we left, we gain more than we lost.  The