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Dec 6, 2017

Kingdom Triumph

By |Dec 6, 2017|Christ, Christ Coming, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, Peace, Righteousness|0 Comments

“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:7 NASB).  Our Lord is

Oct 20, 2017

Announcing The Gospel

By |Oct 20, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Righteousness|0 Comments

We have reduced announcing the gospel to how we can get a free ticket to heaven.  The real good news is that Jesus Christ, whom God raised from the dead, is Lord of Heaven and Earth, and He has come to restore all things with a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells. 

Aug 15, 2017

The Least of These

By |Aug 15, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, Righteousness|0 Comments

Doing good to the “least of these” separates the sheep from the goats (Mt 25:31-46).  This parable actually defines what righteousness is, compassionate actions toward the “least of these”.  The kingdoms of men care for those at the top.  The Kingdom of God cares for those at the bottom: the least, the lost, the last. 

Jun 20, 2017

Unholy Detours

By |Jun 20, 2017|Devotionals, Holiness, Love, Righteousness|0 Comments

Private piety along with emotionalism and legalism are true enemies of holiness and pitiful substitutes for holiness . Holiness cannot exist as mere private piety without undergoing a kind of rot and decay.  Holiness under the guise of emotionalism is an idol.  Holiness as legalism is a dead end, tending to self-righteousness.  Holiness is meant

Jun 17, 2017

Songs And Justice

By |Jun 17, 2017|Compassion, Devotionals, Justice, Righteousness, Worship|0 Comments

Songs are a turn-off to God if the singer is not working for righteousness and justice.  God said, ”Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:23-24, (NASB).  Our

Jun 7, 2017

The Conspiracy

By |Jun 7, 2017|Christ, Creation, Crucifixion, Devotionals, New Creation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The ancient world looked for a messiah.  False messiahs came and went.  Jesus was crucified, and yet His followers proclaimed the rejected Jesus to be the promised Messiah.  “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Messiah is Jesus” (Acts 5:42).  The good

May 17, 2017

Right Will Win

By |May 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, New Creation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The moral universe bends toward righteousness.  It will not stop until unfairness is banished and justice is established, until wrong is defeated and right wins.  We have a part in the move of justice.  We either work with its tide or we will be washed away with it.  “He will not fail nor be discouraged,

May 12, 2017

By Chance

By |May 12, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Mercy, Righteousness, Service, Works|0 Comments

I am stricken by Jesus’ chosen words in the parable of the Good Samaritan, “By chance”.  “And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.” (Lu 10:31).  On this well traveled road walked a priest and a Levite, where a random

May 8, 2017

Orientation

By |May 8, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Guidance, Righteousness, Spirit|0 Comments

The NT word translated “dayspring” is most often translated “east”.  In the ancient world everything was oriented toward the east.  The rising of the sun reaffirmed it every day.  Even Christian graves are oriented toward the east.  The English word “orient” comes from Latin which means “east”.  Jesus is our Dayspring and Sun of Righteousness

Apr 13, 2017

Atonement (1)

By |Apr 13, 2017|Atonement, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Holy Week, Reconciliation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The word atonement in English is literally “at-one-ment”.  Theories that make the atonement a mere legal transaction because of the cross miss its fuller and richer meanings.  The idea is that God and man are reconciled.  When we are at-one with Jesus, being baptized into Him, in solidarity with Him, we are at-one with the