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Dec 17, 2017

Israel’s Great Shema

By |Dec 17, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Freedom, Spirit|0 Comments

The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 ) calls us, as it did Israel, to love God with our whole being.  Jesus called this the greatest commandment of all.  Our ability to do this has been hampered by the bondage to sin (Romans 7).  Jesus Christ has come to set us free from that captivity and to bring

Dec 7, 2017

Mary’s Pregnancy

By |Dec 7, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Father, Humility, Incarnation, Mary, Spirit|0 Comments

Mary was an ovulating young Jewish virgin. Inside her body was a special egg. This ovum was chosen by the Father to live out the humility of God.  By the Holy Spirit, the seed of God enters the ovum.  Once this union takes place, before the first division of the cell, “It” is not half-human

Dec 5, 2017

The Revealed Mystery

By |Dec 5, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Peace, Spirit, Worship|0 Comments

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NASB).  Soak in those words.  The awesome nature of who the Messiah is cannot be

Dec 3, 2017

Emmanuel

By |Dec 3, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christ Coming, Devotionals, Spirit, Word of God|0 Comments

The movements of our Lord as expressed in the Scriptures, the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds, are that He descended, He ascended, and He will descend again.  He dwelt with us as a human named God-with-us.  After He ascended, His Spirit descended.  He dwells with us and in us by the Holy Spirit of Christ.  He

Dec 2, 2017

The Eternal Son

By |Dec 2, 2017|Advent, Christ, Church, Devotionals, Father, Spirit|0 Comments

About 1700 years ago there was a pastor name Arius who threw the church into controversy.  He was teaching, “There was a time when the Son was not.”  In 325 AD, the shepherds of the church came together to unify its teaching on the Son.  They concluded, with apostolic teaching, that the Son is co-eternal

Nov 30, 2017

A Pagan World

By |Nov 30, 2017|Christ, Church, Death, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Power, Spirit|0 Comments

The church was born in a pagan world, and it did just fine.  Polytheism and idol worship were everywhere.  Sensuality with its confusion about human sexuality abounded.  Dehumanizing slavery was highly prevalent.  The pagan world was not a match for the Kingdom of God.  The announced gospel made it obsolete.  It crumbled before a Spirit

Nov 28, 2017

Derailed Prayer

By |Nov 28, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, God's Word, Intercession, Prayer, Spirit, Word of God|0 Comments

Prayer running on the rails of selfish-asking is a train to nowhere.  Prayers motivated by greed get nowhere with our generous Father and His sacrificial Son.  Prayer running on a rail of selfishness is not really on rail but in a quagmire.  This praying does not yet have the words of its Lord abiding in

Nov 20, 2017

Fearful Slaves

By |Nov 20, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father’” Romans 8:15 (NLT).  Slaves are held by fear of punishment.  We no longer look at God as His fearful slaves.  He has been revealed

Nov 11, 2017

One Church

By |Nov 11, 2017|Church, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Kingdom of God, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

Why did Paul not “pull out and start a new church” after Peter showed prejudice about Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians eating together?  Because it is the family of God, and he was not disowning the family.  Because it was the Body of Christ, and he did not want to divide it.  The church is

Nov 7, 2017

On Being Compulsive

By |Nov 7, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Prayer, Spirit|2 Comments

Those of us who may have compulsive tendencies have to be careful of what drives us and how we are driven.  We must know that this drivenness may make us do lots of good things, even for the Lord.  But what we want to happen is for us to be motivated by love rather than