Dec 16, 2017

The Icon Of God

By |Dec 16, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Growth, Incarnation, Life, Truth|0 Comments

In our computer world icons are the short-cuts that get us to apps and software on which we have come to depend.  In the Greek of 2 Corinthians 4:4 we learn that Jesus is the Icon of God.  Jesus, by incarnation, came to us so that we might know the God who is.  He is

Dec 8, 2017

What A Savior!

By |Dec 8, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Death, Deliverance, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Life, Love, Redemption, Salvation, Sin|1 Comment

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” Matthew 1:21 (NASB).  When I was lost, He came looking for me and found me.  When I confessed my sins, He forgave me.  I was unlovable, yet He loved me, a slave and He

Nov 18, 2017

Takers And Givers

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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10 (ESV).  A thief comes as a taker.  Jesus came as a giver.  The thief takes a life to get what he wants.  Jesus gave His life to rescue all.  The thief destroys. 

Nov 15, 2017

Light Expelling Darkness

By |Nov 15, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, Life, Light, New Creation|0 Comments

The parallels between the creation story in Genesis 1 and John’s new creation story in John 1 are amazing.  The first command in Genesis 1 is “let there be light.”  At this command darkness went away.  John tells us that Jesus is the Light Whom the darkness could not overcome/extinguish.  Jesus’ life enters our life

Nov 10, 2017

Valleys And Mountains

By |Nov 10, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Gratitude, Humility, Incarnation, Life|0 Comments

We place too much value on getting out of the valley and on top of the mountain, as if our goal and god is always some spiritual high.  I have learned that when I live in brokenness, valleys and mountain peaks mean very little.  There may be highs and lows even in brokenness, for it

Oct 15, 2017

Hope Of Eternal Life

By |Oct 15, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, God's Word, Life, Resurrection|0 Comments

Eternal life is not automatic.  The Greeks believed in the natural immortality of the soul, that is, everybody gets to live forever.  This is still popular, unfortunately, even in the church.  The Hebrew scripture does not teach that.  The NT does not teach that.  It teaches that life is a gift from God through His

Sep 23, 2017

My Garden of Decisions

By |Sep 23, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Life, Love, Mercy|2 Comments

I have growing in my life a garden of trees called decisions.  These trees were planted by the choices I have made.  I eat fruit daily from this garden.  Some trees bear fruit long after I think they should have stopped.  Some fruit is sweet and some of it is bitter.  There is no digging

Sep 13, 2017

Misplaced Hope

By |Sep 13, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Hope, Life, Resurrection|0 Comments

Martha said, “I know he will live in the resurrection of the last day” (John 11:24).   Jesus said, “I am the resurrection” (John 11:25).  Our hope is not in a day, but in a Person.  Our hope is not even in the Second Coming, but the One who is coming.  Our hope is not

Jul 19, 2017

The Light

By |Jul 19, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, Life, Light, Spirit|0 Comments

John deliberately begins his gospel as a parallel to the Genesis creation story.  John tells us how the Word existed before the world and that the Word created the world.  Both books start with, “In the beginning”.  Another striking parallel is that of light.  “Let there be light” and “There was the true Light which,

Jul 5, 2017

Bad Things Happen

By |Jul 5, 2017|Choices, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Life, Resurrection, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Just because something bad has happened to you does not mean that something is wrong with you.  That is a lie the enemy tells us.  Neither is it because God has singled you out for some heavy burden just because He is trying to make you stronger.  Christians also get hit by stray bullets, cars,