Oct 16, 2017

Churchly Experiences

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It is possible to have a religious experience and never become a Christ follower.  You can enter a religious culture that will get you to jump through some hoops, so that you will be “in” or “accepted”, with the assurance that you have arrived.  You may do great works.  You can then spend your life

Oct 6, 2017

The Spirit And Sanctification

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There is no personal holiness without the Holy Spirit.  Jesus “suffered without the gate to sanctify the people with His own blood” (Heb 13:12).  The Bible also says that we are “sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:2).  What the blood of Christ provides, the Holy Spirit applies.  Without

Sep 27, 2017

Becoming Is Arriving

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Our spiritual formation is never finished in the same way that our sanctification is an ongoing process.  Perfection in the Greek NT means “completion” or “fulfilling one’s intended purpose”.  Our purpose is to love God with our whole being, expressed by loving our neighbor as ourself.  We are ever in the process of loving more

Sep 16, 2017

Hunger And Holiness

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There is a connection between holiness, the hunger for it, and the pursuit of it.  Our passion for holiness is a prerequisite for a life of holiness.  There is little progress without a total consecration to the process.  The hungry run after it (Heb 12:14).  Hunger for holiness is nothing more than hunger for the

Jun 21, 2017

The Heart Throne

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The heart has a throne.  The only One who should be on that throne is the Creator Himself.  There are a thousand ways that we can climb up and put ourselves on the throne.  There are a thousand gods that would like for us to empower them to take Him down.  To proclaim Jesus as

May 2, 2017

All The Keys

By |May 2, 2017|Christ, Forgiveness, Grace, Joy, Mercy, Sanctification, Surrender|0 Comments

Jesus became my Savior.  I rejoiced in His forgiveness.  His grace and mercy overwhelmed me.  I walked many days in the joy of that.  Then one day He said, “When are you going to turn over all the keys?”  “Lord”, I said, “You have the key to the front door.  We sit in the living

Jan 4, 2017

Religious Experiences

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Past religious experiences cannot bear all the weight of life.  When we think that our religious experiences have failed us, we tend to want to go back and fix them with a new and better experience.  This makes faith about our experience.  This is too often tied to our unreliable emotions and craving for magical

Dec 9, 2016

Sanctification’s Pursuit

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Sanctification is not a pursuit limited to super Christians.  To begin with, there is no such thing as a super Christian.  Sanctification is the daily pursuit of Christlikeness for all believers.  It is not a point of arrival, but a point of departure.  It is not a possession, but is about Who possesses us.  

Oct 19, 2016

Sanctified Suffering

By |Oct 19, 2016|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Death, Devotionals, Formation, Growth, Sanctification, Suffering, Surrender|0 Comments

Taking up a cross means that you are going to be wounded.  The wounds will end up being fatal.  You will die, but you will live again.  Your loss will be your gain.  This is more than a sterile religious experience.  Crosses get ugly.  It will affect your psyche at the deepest levels of who

Sep 17, 2016

Touching The Holy

By |Sep 17, 2016|Atonement, Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Holiness, Relationships, Sanctification|0 Comments

When the priests ate unleavened bread and the meat of the sin offering, they became holy.  It says that whoever “touched it became holy” (Lev 6:18, 27).  Whatever touched the altar became holy (Ex 29:37).  Holy anointing oil (Ex 37:29) made holy what it touched (Ex 40:9).  The point of all of this is that