Oct 15, 2017

Hope Of Eternal Life

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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

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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

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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,

Jun 22, 2017

Dying Seeds

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Paul said, ”I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” Gal 2:20 (NASB).  Jesus said, “Truly,

May 25, 2017

Richer Than We Know

By |May 25, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, God's Word, Guidance, Hope, Intercession, Life, Light, Love, Peace, Spirit, Word of God|0 Comments

The Book teaches, if we will listen!  The Spirit guides, if we will follow.  The Father loves, if we can grasp it.  The Son is interceding for us, if we can appreciate it.  The Bread of Heaven and the Water of Life sustains us.  The Light of the World enables us to see.  The peace

May 1, 2017

Believe, Obey, Live

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Jewish poetry was not about rhyming words, but about parallel thoughts that modified and complemented each other.  This is true of biblical prose as well.  A great example is John 3:36a (ESV):  ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life.”  This verse by design keeps

Apr 19, 2017

Resurrection And Dry Bones

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Ezekiel saw a valley full of dry bones that represented a dead, defeated and exiled nation.  It was a hopeless situation.  Only the Creator God could bring them back to life.  When the people of God are down and out in the dry bones of exile, there is yet hope.  Just because we are in

Apr 15, 2017

Empty Tomb

By |Apr 15, 2017|Christ, Death, Devotionals, Easter, Life, Resurrection, Resurrection Day|0 Comments

Throughout history mankind discovered that the tomb was necessary to separate the living population from decaying bodies.  Tombs had a finality about them because death was seen as having the last word.  Messiah’s empty tomb changed all of that.  Death no longer has the last word.  Death is now emptied of its power, denied its