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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 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

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 1, 2017

The Blessing Of Failure

By |Oct 1, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Growth, Humility, Sin|0 Comments

Failure can be a blessing.  It can keep you humble.  It teaches you what did not work.  It lets you join the rest of the imperfect human family.  Having failed, you can work more diligently, study harder and depend on God more fully.  All of us have had our failures.  We have had times when

Sep 3, 2017

Higher Things

By |Sep 3, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Formation, Growth, Meditation|0 Comments

If you don’t read Christian literature that is sometimes over your head, then your head will never get any higher than it is right now.  As shown below, Peter had a hard time understanding Paul, but he did not reject his writings.  Addition and multiplication facts were above our head until we learned them.  This

May 31, 2017

Chosen for Christlikeness

By |May 31, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness|0 Comments

God has chosen that His people would become like His Son.  If we would be called His people, we should expect Him to be shaping us, not like the dominant culture, but like His Son.  It is our highest calling.  Amazingly, it will not destroy our individuality and personality; instead, it will make it.  It

May 26, 2017

Leftovers

By |May 26, 2017|Devotionals, Formation, Growth|0 Comments

Some people like leftovers and some do not.  Like them or not, God serves leftovers!  When God serves us leftovers He is kindly helping us with unfinished business with Him and others.  He is trying to help us grow and deal with life in new and more mature ways.  He wants to help us with

Mar 31, 2017

The Unplanned

By |Mar 31, 2017|Death, Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Formation, Growth, Lent, Love, Providence|1 Comment

It is good to make plans, set goals and dream dreams, but life has a way of handing us the unplanned.  Many of us could never have envisioned being where we now find ourselves.  A diagnosis, a disease, a death, a divorce, a disappointment, a disaster, and yes, and many more are unplanned events that

Mar 30, 2017

Brought Low

By |Mar 30, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Growth, Humility, Lent, Pride|0 Comments

Self-exalting narcissism never ends well.  The law of the universe is against it.  Jesus Himself taught, “Everyone who exalts himself will be brought low” (Lu 14:11a).  There is only one God and we are not Him.  We have to renounce our own throne and know how to humbly bow at the feet of our Heavenly Father.