Dec 16, 2017

The Icon Of God

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In our computer world icons are the short-cuts that get us to apps and software on which we have come to depend.  In the Greek of 2 Corinthians 4:4 we learn that Jesus is the Icon of God.  Jesus, by incarnation, came to us so that we might know the God who is.  He is

Dec 10, 2017

With God And Was God

By |Dec 10, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Father, God's Word, Grace, Incarnation, Truth|0 Comments

The Bible declares, and Christianity, teaches the relationship Christ has to God.  Christ is the eternal Son.  He is the Word who was with God from the beginning.  He is the Word who is God (John 1:1-2).  He is the “Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the

Nov 16, 2017

Lovers Of Darkness

By |Nov 16, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Light, Sin, Truth|0 Comments

We blame lots of things for the sin of the world.  The problem is that people love sin; they love darkness because it hides their sin.  By the work of the Spirit, these persons can flee the darkness and go to the Light.  By conversion, they can become lovers of the Light and the Truth. 

Oct 5, 2017

Open My Eyes

By |Oct 5, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, God's Word, Growth, Spirit, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

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