Nov 26, 2017

True Christian Community

By |Nov 26, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Faith, Fellowship, God's Word, Kingdom of God, Mission|0 Comments

Someone has said, “People who come together just to be together do not comprise Christian community.”  Heretics can do that.  Gangs do that.  Social clubs do that.  In the church we gather around creeds that are still very relevant.  We gather around “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).  We live the life

Nov 14, 2017

Faithful To Christ and Others

By |Nov 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Father, Influence, Mission|0 Comments

Jesus was faithful to the Father in His mission to the world.  Since He was on a mission of rescue, His faithfulness to the Father proved to be faithfulness to us.  Our faithfulness to the Lord is also faithfulness to all of those in our sphere of influence.  We can’t let the Lord down without

Sep 7, 2017

Go To The Broken

By |Sep 7, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Grace, Love, Mission, Sin, Truth|0 Comments

Jesus saw His mission as healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds (Lu 4:18).  Jesus did not come to condemn sinners; since our mission is His mission, neither should we.  He has not called us to condemn people; He has called us to come to their brokenness.  They have been beaten up by their

Jul 17, 2017


By |Jul 17, 2017|Christ, Father, Love, Mission|0 Comments

Jesus was not preoccupied with self-focus.  He was focused on His Father.  It was the way He knew what to do and how to be.  This is the pattern for us.  Fallen humans need self-examination for confession, but they dare not fall into self-focus.  As the Son was focused in love upon His Father, so

Feb 15, 2017

The Good News Mission

By |Feb 15, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Mission, Spirit|0 Comments

At Nazareth, Jesus publicly declared His mission. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the

Feb 3, 2017

Fellowship With The Son

By |Feb 3, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Fellowship, Mission, Suffering|3 Comments

“God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” 1 Cor 1:9 (NRSV).  In the Greek, fellowship includes the ideas of participation and sharing.  God invites us to have communion and fellowship with His Eternal Son.  But more than that, we participate in His mission (Jn

Jun 20, 2016

The Blessing of Giving

By |Jun 20, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Giving, Mission|0 Comments

Giving for the religious spectator is usually spasmodic.  For the faithful, their giving is systematic.  For the radical, their giving is sacrificial.  To give out of passion for mission, and love for the Lord, divides the committed from the casual.  Giving frees us from the trap of being takers.  It transforms us from a stagnant

May 26, 2016

Holy Boldness

By |May 26, 2016|Devotionals, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Mission, Spirit, Trials|0 Comments

We are too intimidated by the culture’s limitations and parameters it seeks to impose on us.  The culture seeks to move us to silence.  It seeks to relegate the message of Christianity to the ash heap of history.  It insists that believers be quiet and keep their faith private.  The nature of the message is

May 6, 2016

A Bigger Life

By |May 6, 2016|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, Life, Mission, Service, Works|0 Comments

Live a life that is bigger than yourself.  Take on challenges that are too big for you to complete in your lifetime.  You can best do this in partnership with your Father.  Plant trees from which others can pick fruit.  Invest in enterprises that rescue the lost, feed the poor, nurture the broken and restore

Mar 10, 2016

Burning Bushes

By |Mar 10, 2016|Devotionals, Idolatry, Lent, Mission|0 Comments

We live in a culture that highly values experiences.  This helps to fuel the drug culture, as well as the search for emotional religious experiences.  To us, burning bushes are experiences to be highly prized.  In the biblical record, the burning bush launched Moses on a life-long difficult journey.  After the bush he would confront