Oct 18, 2017

Confession, Repentance, Obedience

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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

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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

Aug 24, 2017

Free Grace

By |Aug 24, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Freedom, Grace, Sin|0 Comments

The protestant church has divided itself over predestination and free will.  John Wesley sought and found a middle way in prevenient grace.  In it he taught that all persons are given a measure of grace, which enables them to freely choose.  The implications of this are huge.  Without prevenient and ongoing grace we are still

Aug 22, 2017

Live Out Your Baptism

By |Aug 22, 2017|Baptism, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Grace, Resurrection, Sin, Spirit|0 Comments

The act of baptism is a re-enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  No matter at what age we were baptized, we are called to live out the reality of our baptism.  The Roman Christians were baptized but may have thought that they could continue in sin to get more grace.  What Paul

Aug 13, 2017

Rebuilding Your Life

By |Aug 13, 2017|Devotionals, Grace, Hope, Trials, Trust|0 Comments

Storms can rearrange the landscape of your life.  You can be hit by a death, a divorce, a job loss, a rebellious child, a hateful act, a malicious person, a house fire, and even a literal storm.  They leave you with necessary cleanup.  You have to put your life back together in their aftermath.  There

Aug 4, 2017

Shaped by Grace

By |Aug 4, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Grace, Love, Maturity|0 Comments

Have you heard those grace filled words, “I forgive you?”  Have you heard that unconditional Voice which says, “I love you?”  Have you heard, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28 (NRSV)?  We are literally transformed by words of grace from

Aug 3, 2017

Life Is Good

By |Aug 3, 2017|Devotionals, Grace, Gratitude, Love, Mercy, Spirit|0 Comments

Life is good, in spite of all the things that are not so good.  We need to understand that.  It will give us perspective.  It will teach us to live our lives in gratitude.  It will rescue us from negativity.  It will make our life winsome.  Truth is, people are not attracted to folks who