Oct 5, 2017

Open My Eyes

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Watch how you are being formed.  The way you allow yourself to be shaped will determine how you interpret facts, data, and even the Bible itself.  We see life and all things through the way we have let our eyes develop.  We want to make the way we see things as the ultimate truth, when

Sep 28, 2017

Truth Added To Truth

By |Sep 28, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Incarnation, Kingdom of God, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Previously learned truth in us often awaits another piece of truth, like a catalyst that will explode with new and deeper insight.  The unanswered questions and partial understandings of yesterday are joined with today’s discoveries to sharpen and deepen our grasp of truth.  We are students of the greatest Jewish Rabbi who ever lived.  He

Sep 25, 2017

Clarifying Love for Enemies

By |Sep 25, 2017|Christ, Divine Likeness, Father, Truth|0 Comments

We all know Jesus said, “Love your enemies.”  What does that mean?  To love our enemies does not mean that we surrender all that we have come to know about God.  It does not mean that we agree with them if they are acting in evil ways.  It does not mean that we are so

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

Sep 5, 2017

Keep Trusting

By |Sep 5, 2017|Devotionals, Faith, Father, Joy, Truth|0 Comments

When we pray and expect something to happen, that is faith.  When we turn a situation entirely over to God, no matter what happens, that is faith also.  Faith and trust are not determined by what it gets in return.  It is measured by leaning the whole soul on God in the good times and

Sep 4, 2017

Listening and Hearing

By |Sep 4, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, God's Word, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Listening and hearing are not the same.  Listening may catch words, but hearing catches the heart of what is being said.  We often use words in inexact ways.  We can only express ideas with the analogies and symbols that have been handed to us.  These are limited, even when it comes to words about God

Aug 5, 2017

Cross Pollination

By |Aug 5, 2017|Devotionals, Faithfulness, Service, Truth|0 Comments

Hang out with mature Christians, good teachers, and faithful servants.  You need the influence of others to cross pollinate with what you are becoming.  You need the truth of others to fill in where your deficiencies are.  You need the example of others to inspire you.  You need the strength of others to spur you

Jul 27, 2017

The Spirit of Truth

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The One who said, “I am the truth” (Jn 14:6), promised to give us the Spirit of Truth.  Truth is more than a logical deduction.  Truth is more than the opposite of a lie.  Truth is Jesus revealing the nature of God.  Truth is a mark of who God is; the Spirit bears witness.  We

Jul 24, 2017

Theology and Passion

By |Jul 24, 2017|Devotionals, Father, God's Word, Idolatry, Love, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Theology is defined as “words about God”.  Anytime we say anything about God we are being a theologian.  Theological accuracy is called orthodoxy, though none of us gets it perfect.  This is why we need the creeds to keep us on track.  However, theology without passion for God is problematic.  It is really impossible to

May 18, 2017

Reason And Revelation

By |May 18, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Truth|0 Comments

God gave humans the power of thinking and reason to tell the difference between truth and falsehood, between sanity and insanity.  Normally, we have a truth bell that resonates with the sound of truth.  When we are asked to cast “human reason” aside to believe something about God that is contrary to the revelation we