Oct 18, 2017

Confession, Repentance, Obedience

By |Oct 18, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Grace, Growth, Obedience, Repentance, Sin, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Confession of sin should lead to repentance (turning around) and should be followed by obedience.  Confession of sin, which has no intention of amending one’s ways, is an attempt to use grace as a license to sin.  Confession is meant to be an honest statement of where we are in light of where God’s Word

Oct 1, 2017

The Blessing Of Failure

By |Oct 1, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Growth, Humility, Sin|0 Comments

Failure can be a blessing.  It can keep you humble.  It teaches you what did not work.  It lets you join the rest of the imperfect human family.  Having failed, you can work more diligently, study harder and depend on God more fully.  All of us have had our failures.  We have had times when

Sep 30, 2017

Captives Of Love

By |Sep 30, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Freedom, Love, Obedience, Sin|0 Comments

When Paul said, “The love of Christ controls us,” he was using it in the sense of love being the driving force in His life.  The fact that “one died for all,” for love’s sake, is a life transforming worldview.  It changes how we see people.  It changes the way we treat everyone.  It changes

Sep 15, 2017

Love’s Power

By |Sep 15, 2017|Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Love, Patience, Perseverance, Reconciliation, Sin|0 Comments

No power is stronger than the power of love.  Hate is no match.  Love even triumphed over those who tried to crucify it on a cross.  When truly experienced, love can melt a heart of stone, break down walls, cover sins, forgive enemies, and reconcile families.  It is the most powerful tool at a parent’s

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

Aug 24, 2017

Free Grace

By |Aug 24, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Freedom, Grace, Sin|0 Comments

The protestant church has divided itself over predestination and free will.  John Wesley sought and found a middle way in prevenient grace.  In it he taught that all persons are given a measure of grace, which enables them to freely choose.  The implications of this are huge.  Without prevenient and ongoing grace we are still

Aug 22, 2017

Live Out Your Baptism

By |Aug 22, 2017|Baptism, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Grace, Resurrection, Sin, Spirit|0 Comments

The act of baptism is a re-enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  No matter at what age we were baptized, we are called to live out the reality of our baptism.  The Roman Christians were baptized but may have thought that they could continue in sin to get more grace.  What Paul

Jul 22, 2017

Replaced and Displaced

By |Jul 22, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Sin|0 Comments

Love covers a multitude of sins.  If love is the fulfillment of the law, and it is, then sin is at its core a failure to love.  Sins against God thrive when our love for Him is replaced by other loves. It is when we don’t actively love one another that we begin to sin

May 30, 2017

Temptation’s Lure

By |May 30, 2017|Choices, Devotionals, Grace, Prayer, Sin, Temptations, Trials|0 Comments

When fishing, you are seeking to attract a fish to your bait, to get the fish to look at it, smell it, follow it, and ultimately bite it.  This is not unlike what the Tempter does to us.  We are surrounded by hundreds of opportunities a day to take the bait.  Go the other way;

Mar 25, 2017

Transformed Character

By |Mar 25, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Lent, New Creation, Obedience, Sin|0 Comments

Someone has said, “Life evokes character.”  We learn who we are by living, and we become different when we learn to live in the ways Jesus taught us.  If “Life evokes character,” Jesus through the processes of His grace can transform character.  He did not come to us to give us a ticket to the