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Dec 12, 2017

Temple Builder

By |Dec 12, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Resurrection, Worship|0 Comments

When the Messiah came, He came as the builder of a new temple.  The old one would be destroyed.  He said He would build a new one with His own body by His resurrection from the dead.  He is now gathering stones.  Sinners!  Outcasts!  Lonely!  Rich!  Poor!  Hopeless!  Ragamuffins!  Even me!  Even you!  These are

Dec 5, 2017

The Revealed Mystery

By |Dec 5, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Peace, Spirit, Worship|0 Comments

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NASB).  Soak in those words.  The awesome nature of who the Messiah is cannot be

Dec 4, 2017

The Messiah Is Lord

By |Dec 4, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Obedience, Worship|0 Comments

Messiah came first as a baby, wondered at by Jewish shepherds and later worshipped by Gentile magi.  He is not just the Jewish Messiah; He is the Messiah for the whole world.  He is the King to whom all kings will bow.  He is the Lord of all lords.  To confess him as Lord is

Nov 25, 2017

Hyper-Individualism

By |Nov 25, 2017|Church, Devotionals, Worship|0 Comments

A new term is coming to the fore to describe our day— hyper-individualism.  It is different from, but the first cousin of narcissism (self-worship).  Hyper-individualism is a culture turned totally to the individual.  You might call it hyper-selfishness.  Everything is about us, our needs, our whims and drives.  It has an aversion to community, which

Nov 22, 2017

Thanksgiving As Worship

By |Nov 22, 2017|Father, Giving, Salvation, Thanksgiving, Worship|0 Comments

Two words, thanks and giving, are joined to make one word.  Thanks given to a friend for some gift or act warms the heart of the receiver.  Thanks is an act of giving; directed toward God, it becomes worship and warms Abba’s heart.  “Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me.”  Whatever else you

Nov 19, 2017

Intentional Praise

By |Nov 19, 2017|Devotionals, Praise, Worship|0 Comments

We are prone to praise God only when we feel like it.  It is easy to praise Him in the high emotion of corporate worship.  Does He not deserve our praise when we do not feel like it?  Yes!  Do we not need to praise for our own good when we are emotionally drained?  Yes! 

Oct 28, 2017

Religion, A Burden

By |Oct 28, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Joy, Peace, Trials, Worship|0 Comments

What do you do when religion becomes a burden?  Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  The context of this verse is addressed to the people who had been laden down with the joyless oppressive religion of the Pharisees.  True worship of the Father

Oct 21, 2017

On Our Knees Or Face

By |Oct 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Discipleship, Humility, Kingdom of God, Praise, Prayer, Worship|0 Comments

Some of the words for worship in the NT carry with them the picture of one bowing prostrate on face or knees.  The wise men gave gifts to Jesus on their knees (Mt 2:11).  The leper who was cleansed fell on His knees before Jesus (Luke 11:16).  The disciples were on their faces after Jesus

Oct 2, 2017

Spiritual Immune System

By |Oct 2, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Fasting, Meditation, Praise, Prayer, Service, Thanksgiving, Worship|1 Comment

We are dependent on our immune system for survival on a planet where microbes come against us to bring disease.  We are told that there is no better way to strengthen our immune system than exercising, avoiding junk foods, and eating a broad variety of fruits and vegetables. Some foods let you survive and others

Sep 11, 2017

Spanky Taught Me

By |Sep 11, 2017|Devotionals, Father, Worship|0 Comments

I have a little dog, Spanky, who will watch me on my laptop, respecting my typing time, but the minute I close it, quick as a flash, he jumps into my lap for attention.  Spanky has taught me something.  He wants my undivided attention.  I think sadly of children and grandchildren awaiting time with a