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Oct 17, 2017

The Blessing Of Crisis

By |Oct 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Growth, Maturity, Prayer, Relationships, Trials|0 Comments

A life crisis may be a catalyst for needed change.   Think of a crisis that became a positive turning point in your life.  It broke the status quo.  It set you on a new path.  It was the beginning of a new maturity.  It produced a deepening in your relationship with your Lord.  A

Sep 8, 2017

The Cross Was Already There

By |Sep 8, 2017|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Death, Devotionals, Maturity, Self-denial, Surrender|0 Comments

Jesus did not invent the cross.  The Romans already had them.  They were especially ready for rival kings.  No, Jesus did not devise the cross, He came to it.  There is a cross that is built into life; you come to a cross that is already there, it is called “life-the-way-it-is”.  There is a dying

Aug 4, 2017

Shaped by Grace

By |Aug 4, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Grace, Love, Maturity|0 Comments

Have you heard those grace filled words, “I forgive you?”  Have you heard that unconditional Voice which says, “I love you?”  Have you heard, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28 (NRSV)?  We are literally transformed by words of grace from

Aug 2, 2017

Satan’s Claim

By |Aug 2, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Maturity, Temptations|0 Comments

Jesus said, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me” John 14:30 (ESV).  Satan is always looking for something in us through which he can make a claim on us, get a hook in us, plant a seed, or find a

Jul 25, 2017

Decision Making

By |Jul 25, 2017|Devotionals, Formation, Guidance, Maturity, Word of God|0 Comments

The Lord does not always give specific guidance when we ask.  Could it be because He is trying to get us to make some decisions based on what we have learned about God through His Word?  Could it be that we cannot develop character without learning to make mature decisions?  When we are forced to

Jul 3, 2017

Regrets

By |Jul 3, 2017|Devotionals, Grace, Maturity, Patience|0 Comments

We all have things in our past that we regret.  We regret not keeping our mouth shut, not acting with maturity, not doing our homework, acting on partial information, etc.  We regret missing an opportunity to learn from another, teach another, to have been tender when we were tough, to have shown grace and not

Feb 18, 2017

Glad He Knows

By |Feb 18, 2017|Devotionals, Faith, Formation, Growth, Maturity|0 Comments

Do you remember being frightened by preachers who told you how God knows all the secret things in your life?  As you mature in the faith, you yourself are concerned about the secret things in your life for other reasons.  It is because they are the things that reflect who you are.  They are shaping

Nov 13, 2016

Destiny

By |Nov 13, 2016|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Growth, Maturity, Spirit|0 Comments

You have a destiny.  Not as in something predetermined for you, but a destination to which the Spirit of God is drawing you.  He is inviting your daily choices to get you to that place.  Our destiny is to be like God, to be restored to the divine likeness.  This is the destiny we pursue. 

Oct 31, 2016

Called To Be Saints

By |Oct 31, 2016|All Saints' Day, Devotionals, Discipleship, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Maturity, Spirit|0 Comments

The word for church in the Greek is ekklesia.  It is literally “the called-out ones.”  In the Roman world it could mean being conscripted for military service.  When Jesus gave the call to discipleship it was, “Follow me.  Take up your cross.”  Paul speaks of the call to sainthood, “To those who are sanctified in

Oct 23, 2016

Not Now

By |Oct 23, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Growth, Maturity|0 Comments

What we need to learn cannot always be discovered from where we are now.  We must get on the other side of our present perception with its blind spots.  Most of us have said, “If I could only go back to then, knowing what I know now, my life would be very different!”  Life does