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Dec 14, 2017

King of All

By |Dec 14, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Relationships|0 Comments

The world wants to restrict Jesus to your private spiritual life.  Sadly we have capitulated.  The world is fine with that.  It does not want His kingdom teachings messing up their lives and values.  Jesus wants to bring all things under the dominion of God as the true King of the world.  Nothing is left

Dec 11, 2017

The Freeing Jubilee

By |Dec 11, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

Jesus’ kingdom is a jubilee kingdom of forgiveness and cancelled debts.  He said, “When you pray say, ‘forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us’” (Luke 11:4).  Nothing can free you as much as receiving your own forgiveness and forgiving someone else.  The two go hand in hand; 

Dec 6, 2017

Kingdom Triumph

By |Dec 6, 2017|Christ, Christ Coming, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, Peace, Righteousness|0 Comments

“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:7 NASB).  Our Lord is

Nov 30, 2017

A Pagan World

By |Nov 30, 2017|Christ, Church, Death, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Power, Spirit|0 Comments

The church was born in a pagan world, and it did just fine.  Polytheism and idol worship were everywhere.  Sensuality with its confusion about human sexuality abounded.  Dehumanizing slavery was highly prevalent.  The pagan world was not a match for the Kingdom of God.  The announced gospel made it obsolete.  It crumbled before a Spirit

Nov 26, 2017

True Christian Community

By |Nov 26, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Faith, Fellowship, God's Word, Kingdom of God, Mission|0 Comments

Someone has said, “People who come together just to be together do not comprise Christian community.”  Heretics can do that.  Gangs do that.  Social clubs do that.  In the church we gather around creeds that are still very relevant.  We gather around “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).  We live the life

Nov 11, 2017

One Church

By |Nov 11, 2017|Church, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Kingdom of God, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

Why did Paul not “pull out and start a new church” after Peter showed prejudice about Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians eating together?  Because it is the family of God, and he was not disowning the family.  Because it was the Body of Christ, and he did not want to divide it.  The church is

Oct 21, 2017

On Our Knees Or Face

By |Oct 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Discipleship, Humility, Kingdom of God, Praise, Prayer, Worship|0 Comments

Some of the words for worship in the NT carry with them the picture of one bowing prostrate on face or knees.  The wise men gave gifts to Jesus on their knees (Mt 2:11).  The leper who was cleansed fell on His knees before Jesus (Luke 11:16).  The disciples were on their faces after Jesus

Oct 20, 2017

Announcing The Gospel

By |Oct 20, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Righteousness|0 Comments

We have reduced announcing the gospel to how we can get a free ticket to heaven.  The real good news is that Jesus Christ, whom God raised from the dead, is Lord of Heaven and Earth, and He has come to restore all things with a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells. 

Oct 11, 2017

Four Offices of Jesus

By |Oct 11, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Intercession, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

Jesus is Rabbi, Prophet, Priest and King.  Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God” (Jn 3:2).  He was the promised Prophet (Dt 18:18); He was a “Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people” (Lu 24:19).  He is our great High Priest (Heb 7-10).  He

Sep 28, 2017

Truth Added To Truth

By |Sep 28, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Incarnation, Kingdom of God, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Previously learned truth in us often awaits another piece of truth, like a catalyst that will explode with new and deeper insight.  The unanswered questions and partial understandings of yesterday are joined with today’s discoveries to sharpen and deepen our grasp of truth.  We are students of the greatest Jewish Rabbi who ever lived.  He