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Jan 25, 2018

The Servant Word

By |Jan 25, 2018|Christ, Devotionals, Father, God's Word, Word of God|0 Comments

God’s Word goes out as a servant on a mission (Isaiah 55:10-11).  It does God’s work wherever it goes.  The Spirit goes with it.  It does not bounce back to the Sender as an empty echo.  It is not returned as undeliverable.  It returns bearing fruit.  It returns by testimonies and praises.  The Word goes

Jan 20, 2018

The Bible’s Story

By |Jan 20, 2018|Christ, Deliverance, God's Word, Justice, Redemption, Word of God|0 Comments

The purpose of the Bible is a story that ends in Jesus.  Israel’s story is one of exodus and exile, rescue and redemption, kingdom and priests, law and justice.  This story was retold in some amazing ways, reinterpreted, and creatively reapplied by the prophets and Psalms for every new generation, which was a must for

Jan 14, 2018

Translating The Bible:

By |Jan 14, 2018|Baptism, Christ, Devotionals, Discipleship, God's Word, Love, Word of God|0 Comments

We translate the Bible to our peers by the life we live.  Some of our translations are not true to the text.  Some are distorted, robbing the text of its real meaning.  The Bible is summed up by loving God with our whole being and our neighbor as ourselves.  That is the big message.  That

Jan 11, 2018

Feeling Lonely

By |Jan 11, 2018|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Prayer, Relationships, Spirit, Word of God|0 Comments

It is possible to be all alone and not feel lonely.  It is also possible to be with another and yet feel lonely.  The reasons are as complex as our relationships and our personalities.  Christ came to connect us to His and our Father through the companionship of the Holy Spirit.  This we cultivate through

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

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 4, 2017

Facilitate The Spirit 

By |Nov 4, 2017|Devotionals, God's Word, Intercession, Prayer, Spirit, Word of God|0 Comments

As surely as we can quench the Spirit (I Thessalonians 5:19), we can facilitate His work by stirring up the gift that is in us.  To quench the Spirit is to put out the fire; to facilitate is to rekindle the fire.  As surely as we can grieve (sadden or hurt) the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30),

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 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