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Dec 15, 2017

Return From Exile

By |Dec 15, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Joy|0 Comments

All of Israel did not return from exile, maybe only ten percent.  The land continued to be under foreign domination.  Those who did return came to understand that exile would never be fully over until Messiah came.  Part of the Christmas message is that Jesus has come to bring us back from the far country;

Oct 28, 2017

Religion, A Burden

By |Oct 28, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Joy, Peace, Trials, Worship|0 Comments

What do you do when religion becomes a burden?  Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  The context of this verse is addressed to the people who had been laden down with the joyless oppressive religion of the Pharisees.  True worship of the Father

Oct 23, 2017

Hospitality To The Spirit

By |Oct 23, 2017|Death, Devotionals, Formation, Growth, Joy, Peace, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

The Spirit goes into all kinds of areas where He may not be welcomed or invited.  All space is His space.  Those who would not welcome the Spirit do so that they may retain for themselves that which is not theirs.  Hospitality to the Spirit calls for surrender and is the secret of joy.  He

Sep 5, 2017

Keep Trusting

By |Sep 5, 2017|Devotionals, Faith, Father, Joy, Truth|0 Comments

When we pray and expect something to happen, that is faith.  When we turn a situation entirely over to God, no matter what happens, that is faith also.  Faith and trust are not determined by what it gets in return.  It is measured by leaning the whole soul on God in the good times and

May 2, 2017

All The Keys

By |May 2, 2017|Christ, Forgiveness, Grace, Joy, Mercy, Sanctification, Surrender|0 Comments

Jesus became my Savior.  I rejoiced in His forgiveness.  His grace and mercy overwhelmed me.  I walked many days in the joy of that.  Then one day He said, “When are you going to turn over all the keys?”  “Lord”, I said, “You have the key to the front door.  We sit in the living

Dec 13, 2016

Dying Before You Die

By |Dec 13, 2016|Christ, Cross, Death, Devotionals, Formation, Freedom, Growth, Joy, Surrender|0 Comments

You are called to die before you die.  In this dying you accept the demise of your own ego for a higher good.  In this dying you live.  In this dying there is a new way of living.  In this dying there is real fruit bearing.  What you thought would bind you has freed you. 

Nov 22, 2016

Gratitude and Presence

By |Nov 22, 2016|Devotionals, Encouragement, Gratitude, Humility, Joy, Kindness, Peace, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

Most of the times in my life when I am overwhelmed with gratitude, I experience simultaneously a sense of the divine Presence.  There are other times that it seems as if the Presence gives birth to the gratitude that I feel in my heart.  Coming with both are humility, a sense of unworthiness, and a

Oct 21, 2016

The Spirit of The Kingdom

By |Oct 21, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Joy, Kingdom of God, Peace, Righteousness, Spirit|0 Comments

The spirit of the Kingdom is shaped by the Spirit of the Kingdom.  It is seen in the fruit of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).  The spirit of the Kingdom is also seen in “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17).  A divisive

Sep 27, 2016

Rejoicing Angels

By |Sep 27, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Evangelism, Joy, Repentance, Worship|0 Comments

When a repentant sinner turns to the Lord, the angels in heaven break out in joy.  When they see this evidence of the Father’s will being embraced on earth, as in heaven, it stirs them to song.  Every time a sinner has a change of mind, they cannot keep silent.  Heaven and earth are connected. 

Sep 26, 2016

You Need The Book

By |Sep 26, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, God's Word, Grace, Joy, Love, Peace, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

We need a Bible in our hands so that we can get the Word into our hearts.  We need a road map for this journey that guides us away from pitfalls, dead end streets, and roads to no where.  We need The Book that will show us the vast planes of love, grace and peace.