Aug 30, 2017

Neither Male Nor Female

By |Aug 30, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Ministry, Pentecost, Redemption, Spirit|2 Comments

The human family is male and female.  Both were made in the divine likeness (Gen 1:27).  Both fell.  God desired to rescue both.  The purpose of redemption is to restore the divine likeness, so of necessity, women are recipients and full participants in that.  Both men and women received the Spirit at Pentecost and prophesied. 

Jul 4, 2017

Be Like Jesus

By |Jul 4, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Kindness, Love, Mercy, Ministry, Prayer, Service, Spirit|0 Comments

So you want to be like Jesus!  It is more than gentleness, kindness and loving your enemies.  Eaten with any sinners lately?  Fed any hungry people?  Prayed for the sick?  Had any prayer vigils all by yourself?  Have you yet been moved by compassion for folks who have no Shepherd?  Have you brought any straying

Jun 14, 2017

Body And Soul

By |Jun 14, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Evangelism, Justice, Kingdom of God, Ministry|0 Comments

To choose either evangelism or social justice over the other is to pervert the gospel.  The good news of the kingdom of God includes both.  People need to come to personal faith in Christ.  Human problems need to be met with true compassion.  A disciple of Christ is to be concerned about both.  Jesus fed

Jun 13, 2017

Where It Will Take You

By |Jun 13, 2017|Christ, Confession, Cross, Devotionals, Discipleship, Faith, Ministry, Suffering|0 Comments

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16).  Just because you have confessed your belief that Jesus is the Messiah does not mean that you know where it will take you.  The Messiah did suffer, and we join His suffering.  We as disciples learn to be disciples through

Jun 5, 2017

The Spirit and Vocation

By |Jun 5, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Ministry, Service, Spirit|0 Comments

Jesus’ reception of the Holy Spirit at His baptism marked the beginning of His ministry, His work on this earth.  The Holy Spirit is given to us for our work on this earth.  We have made the Holy Spirit to be about wonderful religious experiences in our unrelenting self-focus.  He is given to us, not

Feb 17, 2017

Jesus Became Weary

By |Feb 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Ministry, Renewal, Spirit|0 Comments

“Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well” Jn 4:6 (NKJV).  We forget that He was fully human.  His physical energy could be strained and drained.  The long journey left Him tired.  He felt the demands of ministry.  But even in the midst of his tiredness, He was able to effectively

Feb 14, 2017

Cloudy Glasses

By |Feb 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Encouragement, Grace, Healing, Hope, Ministry|0 Comments

Take off your cloudy glasses when you look at other people, glasses clouded by negativity and prejudgment.  When you look at people through lens that are cloudy it blinds you to who they are and to their needs.  It blinds you to ministry.  It prevents you from giving healing and encouragement.  Replace the cloudy lens

Jan 21, 2017

The Hurting People

By |Jan 21, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Ministry, Service|1 Comment

Jesus intentionally moved among hurting people.  He surrounded Himself with them.  He did not go out of His way to miss them.  He served them to the point of physical exhaustion.  He did not seek a place of luxury so that He would have a lifestyle above them.  He only retreated from them for necessary

Sep 22, 2016

Windows of Opportunity

By |Sep 22, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Evangelism, Love, Ministry, Service, Time, Works|0 Comments

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16a (NIV).  Opportunities present themselves to us as unsought and unexpected surprises.  Opportunities can also be created by planned interactions with fellow humans.  Either way, these are occasions for ministry.  It