Aug 23, 2017

The Banned Jesus

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Jesus upset norms and long established customs.  This was more than the moment that He turned over the tables of the money changers.  Throughout His ministry He sought to bring Israel back to the true worship of God and with a real love-centered ethic.  He said, “You have heard it said, but I say to

Aug 15, 2017

The Least of These

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Doing good to the “least of these” separates the sheep from the goats (Mt 25:31-46).  This parable actually defines what righteousness is, compassionate actions toward the “least of these”.  The kingdoms of men care for those at the top.  The Kingdom of God cares for those at the bottom: the least, the lost, the last. 

Jul 29, 2017

Love’s Actions

By |Jul 29, 2017|Compassion, Devotionals, Giving, Justice, Love|0 Comments

If we love, it leads us to action.  Love that is not expressed is merely empty sentiment.  Real love for God expresses itself in obedience to its Lord.  Genuine love has empathy and compassion.  Agape is not passive.  It can’t be.  It will not allow us to sit on the sidelines.  It draws us toward

Jun 17, 2017

Songs And Justice

By |Jun 17, 2017|Compassion, Devotionals, Justice, Righteousness, Worship|0 Comments

Songs are a turn-off to God if the singer is not working for righteousness and justice.  God said, ”Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:23-24, (NASB).  Our

Jun 14, 2017

Body And Soul

By |Jun 14, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Evangelism, Justice, Kingdom of God, Ministry|0 Comments

To choose either evangelism or social justice over the other is to pervert the gospel.  The good news of the kingdom of God includes both.  People need to come to personal faith in Christ.  Human problems need to be met with true compassion.  A disciple of Christ is to be concerned about both.  Jesus fed

May 17, 2017

Right Will Win

By |May 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, New Creation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The moral universe bends toward righteousness.  It will not stop until unfairness is banished and justice is established, until wrong is defeated and right wins.  We have a part in the move of justice.  We either work with its tide or we will be washed away with it.  “He will not fail nor be discouraged,

May 13, 2017

Trust Matters

By |May 13, 2017|Devotionals, Justice, Relationships, Trust, Truth|0 Comments

We all know someone who has trouble trusting because of rejection, betrayal or abuse.  Trust matters in all human relationships.  We trust those who prepare our food, sell us products, protect our lives, preserve our health, and the list goes on and on.  Trust matters.  Trust leans on truth.  When truth does not matter, trust

Mar 21, 2017

Stand In The Gap

By |Mar 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Justice, Lent, Righteousness|0 Comments

“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none”  Ez 22:30 (ESV).  The city was exposed because there was a gap in the wall.  The gap had come because of

Feb 27, 2017

Negative and Positive Fasting

By |Feb 27, 2017|Devotionals, Fasting, Justice, Light, Prayer|0 Comments

There is a fasting that gives up something.  There is a fasting that adds something.  There is a fasting that is self-denial.  There is a fasting that is to restore the denied.  There is a fasting that gives up food, and there is a fasting that feeds the poor, frees the oppressed, clothes the naked

Feb 1, 2017

Justice And Light

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Citizens of the Kingdom of God are called to make the world a more just and kind place.  It is done by what we model.  This is the way of being salt and light.  “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out from me; my justice will become a