May 28, 2017

Belief And Practice

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Belief follows practice, and practice follows belief.  We do what we believe, and we become what we do.  There is no believing without doing.  There is no faith without works.  There is a faith that shapes works and a practiced doing that builds faith and shapes character.  Practice changes habits.  It replaces bad habits with

May 12, 2017

By Chance

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I am stricken by Jesus’ chosen words in the parable of the Good Samaritan, “By chance”.  “And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.” (Lu 10:31).  On this well traveled road walked a priest and a Levite, where a random

May 4, 2017

Not Isolated

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When theological academia and Bible study are secluded from helping people and ministering to people on the “outside,” it becomes ivory towered isolationism.   The same is true for cloistered spirituality.  We cannot quarantine ourselves away from human need and not get sick ourselves.  God surely calls us to sharpen our theological and biblical understandings

Apr 21, 2017

Seeing The Risen Christ

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We sing and ask the Lord to draw us nearer to Him.  We say that is what we want.  I have found that when we do the righteous actions He commands, we find Him near.  When we forgive and show mercy, He is near.  He is really into forgiveness and mercy.  When we love and

Dec 5, 2016

Being Close

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Live close to the Lord.  Lean on Him enough to hear His heartbeat.  Be with Him in ways that you really come to know Him.  When you do, it will change what your eyes see in the world around you.  It will change what your ears hear.  It will change what your emotions feel.  It

Dec 4, 2016

A Way Of Life

By |Dec 4, 2016|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Love, Spirit, Suffering, Works|0 Comments

We have sadly reduced Christianity to a set of beliefs and doctrinal formulas.  We have made discipleship about sitting down and mastering beliefs instead of getting up and out to the hurting.  Belief is an easy way to define ourselves as “in” and others as “out”.  Even that violates the Spirit of Jesus.  Following Jesus

Oct 2, 2016

Hurting Jesus

By |Oct 2, 2016|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Repentance, Righteousness, Service, Works|0 Comments

“When you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me” (Mt. 25). We say, “I would never do anything to hurt Jesus.”  Are we sure?  He is there in the least, the last and the lost.  He is there in the lonely senior, the rejected spouse, the wounded, the

Sep 22, 2016

Windows of Opportunity

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“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15-16a (NIV).  Opportunities present themselves to us as unsought and unexpected surprises.  Opportunities can also be created by planned interactions with fellow humans.  Either way, these are occasions for ministry.  It

Jun 24, 2016

Under Construction

By |Jun 24, 2016|Devotionals, Discipleship, Discipline, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Maturity, Works|0 Comments

There are things about ourselves that we need to be working on regularly.  We would prefer that God would push a button and do it for us.  It does not happen that way.  We study to increase mental powers and our grasp for truth.  We work on changing habits that produce character.  We discipline ourselves