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 29, 2017

Feet Of Clay

By |Nov 29, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Grace, Love|2 Comments

We all have had and should have spiritual leaders that help to guide us.  We must remember, however, that our spiritual leaders and heroes have feet of clay.  Do not be alarmed when you see clay feet in others.  Do not discount their leadership because of it.  When you see it up close and personal,

Nov 24, 2017

Loving At A Distance

By |Nov 24, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Patience|0 Comments

It is easier to love people at a distance than those closest to us.  We can love people at a distance with a kind of idealized love.  We may tend to lose patience with those who are nearby.  It takes more effort, spiritual energy and grace to love folks up close.  The problem-laden people in

Nov 23, 2017

Wear These Clothes

By |Nov 23, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Humility, Kindness, Love, Patience, Peace|0 Comments

What if all of us wore the same outfit to church and then wore it everyday throughout the week?  What outfit am I talking about?  “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”  If all of us wore that outfit, what kind of church would we have?  What kind of world would we have? 

Nov 20, 2017

Fearful Slaves

By |Nov 20, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father’” Romans 8:15 (NLT).  Slaves are held by fear of punishment.  We no longer look at God as His fearful slaves.  He has been revealed

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

Nov 7, 2017

On Being Compulsive

By |Nov 7, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Prayer, Spirit|2 Comments

Those of us who may have compulsive tendencies have to be careful of what drives us and how we are driven.  We must know that this drivenness may make us do lots of good things, even for the Lord.  But what we want to happen is for us to be motivated by love rather than

Oct 29, 2017

The Mark Of Knowing God

By |Oct 29, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Maturity, Sanctification, Spirit|0 Comments

There is something God-like in all of us when we are born into this world.  It is called the divine image, marred by the fall, but still present in all.  This is meant to be the magnet that draws us to come to know God Himself and to be restored to the divine likeness.  This

Oct 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

Oct 13, 2017

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Love

By |Oct 13, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Love|0 Comments

Love does not control, manipulate, extort, demand, threaten, seek to harm, retaliate, nor is it vengeful (1 Corinthians 13).  God is love, and to the degree we do any of these things, we are just that much unlike God.  Love is self-sacrificial, seeks the best interest of the loved, persuades, and welcomes sinners.  God is