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Dec 14, 2017

King of All

By |Dec 14, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Relationships|0 Comments

The world wants to restrict Jesus to your private spiritual life.  Sadly we have capitulated.  The world is fine with that.  It does not want His kingdom teachings messing up their lives and values.  Jesus wants to bring all things under the dominion of God as the true King of the world.  Nothing is left

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

Aug 25, 2017

Religious Clichés

By |Aug 25, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Relationships, Worship|0 Comments

You know what they are, old, tired and trite phrases that no longer communicate to the hearers, nor even to the speakers.  There are those who know how to use the accepted phrases of a religious culture in their conversations, testimonies and prayers to gain acceptance among their religious peers.  These folks have nothing fresh

Jul 8, 2017

Holiness And Change

By |Jul 8, 2017|Christ, Commitment, Devotionals, Father, Holiness, Love, Relationships, Spirit|0 Comments

So many times in Christian history the church has seen its role to be, resistors to all change.  Most of us like things the way they are without disturbing our routines, and especially our way of thinking.  For some, holiness has been seen as THE way to fight off change.  When this happens the idea

May 24, 2017

Turning The Conversation

By |May 24, 2017|Attentiveness, Devotionals, Healing, Humility, Relationships|0 Comments

We really do know how to turn the conversation back to ourselves.  We know how to get our opinions and preferences into the discussion.  In short, we know how to make a lot of things about us.  There is something else we need to learn.  We need to learn how to listen, how to be

May 13, 2017

Trust Matters

By |May 13, 2017|Devotionals, Justice, Relationships, Trust, Truth|0 Comments

We all know someone who has trouble trusting because of rejection, betrayal or abuse.  Trust matters in all human relationships.  We trust those who prepare our food, sell us products, protect our lives, preserve our health, and the list goes on and on.  Trust matters.  Trust leans on truth.  When truth does not matter, trust

May 4, 2017

Not Isolated

By |May 4, 2017|Devotionals, Discipleship, Father, Obedience, Relationships, Service, Truth, Works|0 Comments

When theological academia and Bible study are secluded from helping people and ministering to people on the “outside,” it becomes ivory towered isolationism.   The same is true for cloistered spirituality.  We cannot quarantine ourselves away from human need and not get sick ourselves.  God surely calls us to sharpen our theological and biblical understandings

Mar 24, 2017

Inner Sunshine

By |Mar 24, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Lent, Light, Love, Obedience, Relationships|0 Comments

The light that shines on our path comes from the Christ who dwells within.  If we do not have this Light in ourselves, then we cannot avoid walking in darkness.  “If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matt 6:23b).  If we are not responding in obedience to

Feb 25, 2017

Inordinate Self Focus

By |Feb 25, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, Inner healing, Love, Purpose, Relationships|0 Comments

When life is centered in the self, disorientation follows as well as an inner virus that eats away at healthy personhood.  We were not meant to be the focal point of life.  When we are, we fail to see others properly, along with their needs.  When Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” He gave

Jan 3, 2017

Reconciliation And Worship

By |Jan 3, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Reconciliation, Relationships, Worship|0 Comments

“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering” Matthew 5:23-24 (NASB).  Because Jesus cares about human relationships, He commands us to