Sep 16, 2017

Hunger And Holiness

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There is a connection between holiness, the hunger for it, and the pursuit of it.  Our passion for holiness is a prerequisite for a life of holiness.  There is little progress without a total consecration to the process.  The hungry run after it (Heb 12:14).  Hunger for holiness is nothing more than hunger for the

Jul 24, 2017

Theology and Passion

By |Jul 24, 2017|Devotionals, Father, God's Word, Idolatry, Love, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Theology is defined as “words about God”.  Anytime we say anything about God we are being a theologian.  Theological accuracy is called orthodoxy, though none of us gets it perfect.  This is why we need the creeds to keep us on track.  However, theology without passion for God is problematic.  It is really impossible to

Jun 23, 2017

Things Above

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If you have died with Christ, if you have been raised with Christ, and if your life “is hidden with Christ in God,” then you are to “Seek those things which are above…set your mind on things above.”  This is not isolationism.  It is gaining perspective.  It is living with the right worldview.  It will

Jun 21, 2017

The Heart Throne

By |Jun 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Heart, Holiness, Idolatry, Sanctification|0 Comments

The heart has a throne.  The only One who should be on that throne is the Creator Himself.  There are a thousand ways that we can climb up and put ourselves on the throne.  There are a thousand gods that would like for us to empower them to take Him down.  To proclaim Jesus as

Jun 6, 2017

Renewing Energy

By |Jun 6, 2017|Devotionals, Father, Humility, Idolatry, Power, Renewal, Spirit|0 Comments

Power tends to dissipate.  It must be renewed.  A branch must have the vine.  An appliance needs to be plugged into an electrical source.  Batteries have to be recharged.  Energy must be renewed.  We are not self-sufficient.  We are not the source of power.  We are channels through which it flows.  If we seek to

Feb 7, 2017

Delight In Truth

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“But their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.” Ps 1:2 (NRSV).  Delight and meditate go hand in hand.  It is difficult to meditate on that in which we do not delight.  We always think on what delights our inner self.  What we think about

Nov 24, 2016

Thanksgiving and Focus

By |Nov 24, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Gratitude, Idolatry, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

Thanksgiving helps us keep focused on the Lord.  The material things of life can take our eyes off the Lord and giver of life.  When they do, they have become an idol.  No matter how much our things are worth, they are far too costly if they have turned our eyes from our greatest Treasure,

Nov 6, 2016

Fleeing And Pursuing

By |Nov 6, 2016|Devotionals, Faith, Formation, Idolatry, Light, Love, Peace, Perseverance, Righteousness, Wisdom, Worship|0 Comments

Paul, in both letters to Timothy advised, “flee and pursue”.  “But FLEE from these things, you man of God, and PURSUE righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness” (1 Tim 6:11, NASB).  “Now FLEE from youthful lusts and PURSUE righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart”

Nov 3, 2016

Worship And Idolatry

By |Nov 3, 2016|Devotionals, Father, Idolatry, Sin, Worship|0 Comments

N. T. Wright reminds us that standing in the background, before and behind sin, is a failure to worship.  Indeed, this is what happened in Eden.  Adam wanted to become a god rather than fully worship the one true God.  Idolatry!  That is the apple!  It still is!  It is to “exchange the truth of

Apr 25, 2016

Being Real

By |Apr 25, 2016|Devotionals, Evangelism, Humility, Idolatry, Pride|0 Comments

Being two persons is not real.  Being someone else is not real.  The essence of not being real is to have a divided heart.  To unite the whole person around God by driving out all idols is to unite the personality and to become real.  This is the core of sincerity.  To live in humility