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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

Aug 27, 2017

Speak Creative Words

By |Aug 27, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, God's Word, Hope, Humility, Word of God|0 Comments

God’s Word creates.  It created the world.  It spoke into existence everything it willed.  It creates a whole new set of realities in our lives as we let it take root in us.  The Word creates new creatures and new creation.  To humbly live with the Word constantly changes us.  The God who speaks makes

Aug 14, 2017

Rediscovering The Book

By |Aug 14, 2017|Devotionals, God's Word, Word of God|0 Comments

“Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD’.  And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan” 2 Chronicles 34:15 (ESV).  An amazing OT story, when the Word of God got lost in the house of God.  It was there all the

Aug 11, 2017

Information or Transformation

By |Aug 11, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, God's Word, Word of God|0 Comments

We like to read the Word of God for information.  Information is something we have, we own, we possess.  It is under our control to “use” and “dispense”.  It puts us in the driver’s seat.  The Word was not given for our information, but for our transformation.  It is given to transform our character, our

Jul 30, 2017

Being Christian

By |Jul 30, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, God's Word, Kingdom of God, Spirit, Word of God|0 Comments

Culture is driven by accepted customs.  Churches are driven by established traditions, even the ones who think they are not.  There have been times in history when cultural forces were more Christian than the church.  There have been times that the church has used its voice to prevent needed change and even resist established truth.