Devotionals

These are short devotional readings that are a product of my own daily devotional readings. I share them with you in the hopes that God might use them to speak to your heart as well.

  • Five Women – Matthew 1:3, 5, 6, 16 - November 2, 2017
    Why does Matthew include these five scandalous women in Jesus' genealogy? To show that he loves all people, even those we might view as less desirable.
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  • A Star in the East – Matthew 2:1-2 - November 3, 2017
    A star led wise men from the east to Jesus. The same one who was responsible for that star shines a light in our hearts. WIll we follow it to Jesus and life?
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  • Dressed in Camel’s Hair – Matthew 3:4 - November 5, 2017
    John dressed coarsely and preached in the wilderness, and the people flocked to him in repentance. It's not how we proclaim that matters, it's what we proclaim.
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  • Following Jesus – Matthew 4:19 - November 6, 2017
    Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John to leave all behind and to follow him. But most of us he calls to follow him where we are, faithfully serving him.
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  • Blessed Peacemakers – Matthew 5:9 - November 7, 2017
    Blessed are the peacemakers. those who seek resolution to the the things that divide us rather than further fanning the flames that drive us apart.
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  • Forgiveness – Matthew 6:14-15 - November 8, 2017
    Do you struggle with forgiveness? Jesus tells us to forgive in order to experience forgiveness from God. But forgiveness also heals our poisoned spirits.
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  • House on the Rock – Matthew 7:24-25 - November 9, 2017
    When the storms of life come, will you be able to stand strong in Christ? You can if your life is lived in obedience to his teachings. Otherwise disaster looms.
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  • The Cost of Following Jesus – Matthew 8:19-20 - November 10, 2017
    We do people a disservice when we invite them to salvation without challenging them to first count the cost. Following Christ costs us everything.
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  • Calling Matthew – Matthew 9:9 - November 11, 2017
    Jesus sets an example for us when he calls Matthew, the lowest of the low. WIll I follow his example and reach out to the dregs of society; looking to the inside rather than being blinded by the outward appearance?
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  • Taking Up My Cross – Matthew 10:38 - November 13, 2017
    Jesus' call to take up our cross and follow him is a call to self-denial, a call to die to self and to live for him. It is the only way to be worthy of him.
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  • The Yoke of Jesus – Matthew 11:28-30 - November 14, 2017
    The yoke of this world is heavy and burdensome. Throw if off and take up Jesus' yoke instead. His burden on us is light and refreshing to our souls.
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  • Brothers and Sisters of Jesus – Matthew 12:50 - November 15, 2017
    How does one come into the family of God as a brother or sister of Jesus? By doing the will of the Father; coming to Jesus and walking with him.
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  • A Pearl of Great Price – Matthew 13:45-46 - November 16, 2017
    The kingdom of heaven is like a pearl of great price. Are you like the merchant who was willing to sell everything in order to obtain it?
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  • Saving Face – Matthew 14:9 - November 17, 2017
    When you make a commitment and then discover it was a mistake, do you correct that mistake, or does your pride force you to follow through?
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  • The Mouth Reflects the Heart – Matthew 15:18 - November 18, 2017
    My outward words and actions are merely a reflection of what is on the inside. If I want to be clean outside, I will need to be holy in the inner man.
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  • Get Behind Me Satan – Matthew 16:23 - November 20, 2017
    I wonder how often Jesus is tempted to say to me, 'get behind me Satan', because I am wanting to do things my way rather than submit to his direction?
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  • Moving Mountains – Matthew 17:20 - November 21, 2017
    How do you move mountains? Only by trust in the one who called you to journey with him. Faith in him will deal with the obstacles that life throws in your way.
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  • Cutting Off Your Hand – Matthew 18:8 - November 22, 2017
    What is it in your life that causes you to sin? Jesus warns us to remove those things from our lives. Don't allow the pleasures of this world to cause you eternal loss.
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  • Leaving It All Behind – Matthew 19:29 - November 24, 2017
    Is there anything that you are unwilling to surrender to the lordship of Jesus? His promise to us is that if we will give him our all, our eternal reward will be much greater than anything we left behind for him.
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  • Heading to the Cross – Matthew 20:18-19 - November 25, 2017
    Jesus' trip to the cross seemed like defeat in human eyes. But it was an act of love on his part that brought to us forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
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  • Parable of the Two Sons – Matthew 21:28-31 - November 27, 2017
    How many of us today are guilty of only giving lip service to Christ, bearing his name and going through the motions, but not actually living in obedience to him? That is not enough. He wants, and deserves, our full obedience.
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  • Giving to Caesar – Matthew 22:21 - November 28, 2017
    In matters concerning the physical realm, I live in obedience to my government. But in matters concerning my relationship and walk with God, I obey God.
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  • Full of Greed and Self-Indulgence – Matthew 23:25-26 - November 29, 2017
    Many people are content with living a life that appears good on the outside, while their hearts are corrupt. Jesus tells us to first clean the inside, and then the outside will also be clean.
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  • Gathering the Elect – Matthew 24:30-31 - November 30, 2017
    Even though it has been 2000 years since Jesus left, his promise to return for us remains. No matter what we may go through here, we can always look forward to his return to take us to himself.
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  • Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant – Matthew 25:21 - December 1, 2017
    When I stand before my Lord someday, I long to hear him say to me, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’
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  • I Will Never Fall Away – Matthew 26:33 - December 2, 2017
    How often do we follow Peter's example of commitment, followed by failure? I am so thankful that Jesus is always ready to pick us up, dust us off, and put us back to work.
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  • Come Down from the Cross – Matthew 27:42 - December 4, 2017
    Would the religious leaders have believed in Jesus if he had come down from the cross in response to their challenge? Probably not. They had already rejected every other proof. They were not going to believe.
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  • I Am With You Always – Matthew 28:20 - December 5, 2017
    Jesus commissioned us to make disciples throughout the world. But he did not leave us to do it alone. He promised to be with us until the very end.
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  • Giving to Caesar – Luke 20:25 - June 29, 2017
    He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” - Luke 20:25 NIV As Christians we have citizenship in two kingdoms; the country we live in, and the Kingdom of God. As a citizen of the USA, I have certain obligations…
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  • Lift Up Your Heads – Luke 21:28 - June 30, 2017
    When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” - Luke 21:28 NIV Imagine being a refugee waiting for a plane to come and take you away to a new life. You would likely yearn for that plane to…
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  • Weeping Over Sin – Luke 22:62 - July 1, 2017
    And he went outside and wept bitterly. - Luke 22:62 NIV Sin is disobedience to God, which is the same thing as denying his lordship in my life. It is saying to God, I don't know you. But so often we minimize our sin, after all, I am just human.…
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  • Solving the Problem of Sin – Luke 23:33 - July 2, 2017
    When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. - Luke 23:33 NIV The religious leadership of Jesus day thought they were solving a problem by having Jesus crucified. And they did; just not…
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  • He has Risen! – Luke 24:5-6 - July 3, 2017
    Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! - Luke 24:5-6 NIV What wonderful news the angels had to share with the women. Jesus was no longer in the tomb. He had risen. Death could not keep him. The news turned…
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  • The Word – John 1:1-4, 14a - September 9, 2017
    In Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection, we most commonly see the Word as flesh. But he is so much more than that. He is God! He is the true light that gives light to the world. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the…
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  • A Sign to Reveal his Glory – John 2:11 - September 10, 2017
    Jesus performed many miracles during his earthly ministry (John 20:30), but John only records seven of them. And he does so for a very specific purpose, which he shares here. The term John uses for miracles is instructive, calling them 'signs'. A sign gives direction, pointing us toward something. And…
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  • Because God Loves Us – John 3:16 - September 13, 2017
    This is likely one of the best known verses in the Bible. It is also one of the most significant; containing the heart of the gospel. Humanity is a lost and fallen race, unable to do anything to please God, condemned to perish. But God loves us, and not just…
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  • Worship in Spirit and Truth – John 4:23 - September 14, 2017
    God wants worshippers who will worship in spirit and in truth. The outward forms of worship are good if they help in leading me to do homage to God. But what is important is that I do obeisance to God, whether it is corporately or individually. Join with the twenty-four…
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  • Mimicking the Father – John 5:19 - September 15, 2017
    It is easy to find something to do and jump into it. But how much better it is to follow Jesus example, seeking out the activity of the Father and joining him. God has not called us to labor on our own, but rather to labor alongside of him. If…
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  • To Whom Shall We Go? – John 6:67-69 - September 16, 2017
    Many people today do the same thing that the crowd did; they follow Jesus so long as he is feeding them and the going is easy. But when the teaching gets hard, when life gets in the way, or the novelty wears off, they turn back and no longer follow…
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  • Hated by the World – John 7:7 - September 17, 2017
    As disciples of Jesus, we should not wave the flag of tolerance. Let your life and your words bear witness to the truth and against evil. But do so in love and with the hope of rescuing the perishing (Jude 1:22-23).
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  • The Great I AM – John 8:58-59 - September 18, 2017
    I have had several people tell me that Jesus never claimed to be God; that claims for his divinity were a later embellishment of the church. But these verses makes clear that Jesus saw himself as God.
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  • One Thing I Know – John 9:25 - September 19, 2017
    But fear did not stop the formerly blind man, nor did a lack of knowledge. He freely confessed what he didn't know, and stuck to what he did, to what had happened to him; "I once was blind, but now I see."
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  • Following the Shepherd – John 10:3-4 - September 20, 2017
    Look at what Jesus says here about the sheep. His sheep recognize and listen to his voice, and they follow him where he leads. If I follow him, then I am his sheep. But if I follow another shepherd, then I belong to that shepherd. Whose voice do I hear…
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  • The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25-26 - September 21, 2017
    I am so thankful that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. That in him I have eternal life; life that will endure beyond the few short years I have left on earth. An eternity to spend united with God, experiencing his glory and love (John 17:20-26). Can anything be…
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  • Loving Human Praise – John 12:43 - September 22, 2017
    Most people care what others think of them. We are social creatures and it is only natural that we want to be accepted by the rest of the herd. But Jesus calls us to come out of the herd and to walk with him. For many of us it is…
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  • A New Command – John 13:34 - September 23, 2017
    Jesus gave to his disciples a new command; that they love each other in the same fashion that Jesus had loved them. This was not a suggestion, nor was it optional; it was a command. Nor should it be considered as something unique to them. Love one another!
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  • The Only Way – John 14:6 - September 24, 2017
    That Jesus is the only way is not popular in our culture and is considered to be too exclusive. There are many 'other ways' advertised all around us: other religions or philosophies; being good enough; or even denying that the Father's house even exists. But Jesus doesn't say here that…
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  • Remaining in Christ – John 15:5 - September 25, 2017
    When you look at a grape vine, can you tell where the vine ends and the branches begin? If, like the branches, we remain in Christ, we will draw our nourishment from him, his life will flow through us, and we will become like him.
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  • The Advocate – John 16:7 - September 26, 2017
    I suspect that most believers would love to have Jesus physically present with us through the day. But Jesus tells us that it is better for us to have the Holy Spirit in our lives than to have his physical presence. The Holy Spirit within gives us assurance of salvation,…
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  • A Prayer for Unity – John 17:20-21 - September 27, 2017
    As Jesus prepares for the cross, he prays for the unity of his disciples and those who would come after them; something of great importance to him.
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  • What is Truth – John 18:37-38 - September 28, 2017
    What is truth? Jesus is the ultimate truth on which all other truths stand. All other 'truths' should be judged by his truth.
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  • Three Crosses – John 19:18 - September 29, 2017
    There were 3 crosses at Calvary. Jesus was on the cross of atonement. Were the other crosses the cross of repentance and the cross of rejection?
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  • That You May Believe – John 20:30-31 - September 30, 2017
    Jesus' many signs should direct us to belief and eternal life. Will you see and believe, or close your eyes and stumble?
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  • What About Him? – John 21:21 - October 1, 2017
    It is only natural to want to compare ourselves with others. But Jesus calls us to follow him and the plan he has for us; not to be like someone else.
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  • Being a Witness – Acts 1:8 - July 4, 2017
    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8 NIV Was Jesus instruction to be his witnesses given solely to those who were…
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  • Lord and Messiah – Acts 2:36 - July 5, 2017
    “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” - Acts 2:36 NIV Jesus is not Lord and Messiah because I want him to be. It is God who has made him that. The world may say that Jesus…
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  • Silver or Gold – Acts 3:6 - July 8, 2017
    Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” - Acts 3:6 NIV I suspect that I am not alone in preferring to give money to the needy rather than getting actively…
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  • Time Spent with Jesus – Acts 4:13 - July 9, 2017
    When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. - Acts 4:13 NIV Peter and John are on trial for proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead,…
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  • Worthy to Suffer for Christ- Acts 5:41-42 - July 10, 2017
    The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. - Acts 5:41-42 NIV The apostles…
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  • Resolving Conflict in the Church – Acts 6:7 - July 11, 2017
    So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. - Acts 6:7 NIV The church in Jerusalem was facing a crisis. Internal dissention was disrupting the harmony of the body; some among them felt…
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  • Forgiveness as an Expression of Love – Acts 7:60 - July 12, 2017
    Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. - Acts 7:60 NIV When someone wrongs me, I am instructed to forgive them. Forgiveness is important for my own spiritual health and relationship with…
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  • Following God’s Call – Acts 8:26 - July 13, 2017
    Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” - Acts 8:26 NIV Philip is in the midst of revival in Samaria with great numbers of people coming to the Lord; it's an exciting time and Philip…
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  • Following the Way – Acts 9:3 - July 14, 2017
    [Paul] went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. - Acts 9:3 NIV 'The Way' is the name for…
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  • Even on the Gentiles – Acts 10:45 - July 15, 2017
    The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. - Acts 10:45 NIV Peter had been invited to the home of Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, a despised Gentile. And God instructed him to accept the…
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  • First Called Christians – Acts 11:26 - July 16, 2017
    The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. - Acts 11:26b NIV There is some debate as to what the name Christian means, little Christ or Christ followers, and who coined the name, whether the disciples themselves or those around them. But most scholars seem to believe that it was…
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  • Unexpected Answered Prayer – Acts 12:15 - July 17, 2017
    “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” - Acts 12:15 NIV I have always found this verse amusing, maybe in part because I identify with it. Peter is in prison and the church is…
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  • Seeking God’s Direction – Acts 13:2 - July 21, 2017
    While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” - Acts 13:2 NIV Antioch was the home of the first known, predominately Gentile church. While it is not explicitly stated here,…
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  • Stoned and Left for Dead – Acts 14:19 - July 22, 2017
    Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. - Acts 14:19 NIV Have you ever suffered for doing what is right, for doing what God wants you to do? What's up with…
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  • Saved by Grace – Acts 15:11 - July 23, 2017
    No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are. - Acts 15:11 NIV What must I do to be saved? This question comes up several times in the book of Acts, and in this chapter the first church council…
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  • Believe in the Lord Jesus – Acts 16:30-31 - July 24, 2017
    He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” - Acts 16:30-31 NIV The Philippian jailed asked "what must I do to be saved?" And in one form or…
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  • Examining the Scriptures – Acts 17:11 - July 25, 2017
    Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. - Acts 17:11 NIV I remember as a young Christian reading several books about end…
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  • A Vigilant Watchman? – Acts 18:6 - July 26, 2017
    But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” - Acts 18:6 NIV This passage is reminiscent of Ezekiel…
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  • How to Change Society – Acts 19:26-27 - July 27, 2017
    And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will…
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  • Repentance and Faith – Acts 20:21 - July 28, 2017
    I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. - Acts 20:21 NIV While I know that this was not all that Paul taught, it was at the center of his proclamation. Theology is good and…
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  • Willing to Die for the Lord Jesus – Acts 21:13 - July 29, 2017
    Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13 NIV How much grief and suffering are you willing to endure to follow where God leads…
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  • Avoiding a Beating – Acts 22:25 - July 30, 2017
    As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?” - Acts 22:25 NIV In the previous chapter Paul expressed his willingness to suffer and even to die for…
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  • Following Through on Commitments – Acts 23:12 - July 31, 2017
    The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. - Acts 23:12 NIV A group of over 40 men have made a vow, I assume to God, to kill Paul before they ate or drank…
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  • Fearing the Consequences – Acts 24:25 - August 1, 2017
    As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” - Acts 24:25 NIV In this passage Paul is talking to Felix, the Roman governor about faith…
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  • A Dead Man Named Jesus – Acts 25:19 - August 2, 2017
    25-30 years prior to this Paul was in the camp claiming Jesus was dead. So what happened? He encountered the resurrected Jesus and it turned his world upside down.
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  • Demonstrating Repentance – Acts 26:20 - August 3, 2017
    Demonstrate your conversion by your deeds.
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  • Mutual Encouragement – Romans 1:12 - December 6, 2017
    Believers are called to be in community, not to be Lone Rangers. We need to gather together to encourage one another and to provide avenues for service.
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  • Do Others See Jesus In You – Romans 2:24 - December 9, 2017
    Does my life attract people to Christ, or do others use it as an excuse to reject the God I serve? Let others see Jesus in me; and in you.
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  • By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone – Romans 3:22-25 - December 10, 2017
    It is by grace that I have been saved through faith in Christ Jesus. A gift freely given and totally undeserved. Thank you Lord!
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  • Belief Credited as Righteousness – Romans 4:3 - December 11, 2017
    Abraham is the example of salvation by faith and not by works. Abraham believed God's promise to him, and God counted it to him as righteousness.
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  • Glory in Suffering – Romans 5:3-4 - December 12, 2017
    How do you respond to the challenges of life? Paul, and other NT writers, tell us to rejoice in them because of what those trials can produce in your life.
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  • In the Same Way – Romans 6:11 - December 13, 2017
    As a believer, I am in Christ, and participate in his death, burial, and resurrection. My daily life should reflect that reality, being dead to sin and alive to God.
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  • The War Within – Romans 7:21-25 - December 14, 2017
    So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a…
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  • Suffering for Christ and Future Glory – Romans 8:17-18 - December 15, 2017
    As a child of God I am his heir, so long as I am willing to suffer for Christ. But that suffering is nothing compared to the glory that awaits me as God's heir.
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  • Salvation Depends on God’s Mercy – Romans 9:16 - December 16, 2017
    Salvation is only by God's mercy and grace. There is nothing I can do to earn it. Nor will it come about through human desire.
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  • Share the Good News – Romans 10:13-15 - December 17, 2017
    For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?…
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  • The Depth of God’s Wisdom – Romans 11:33-34 - December 18, 2017
    Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and untraceable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? - Romans 11:33-34 CSB This hymn at the end of the…
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  • The Mark of True Worship – Romans 12:1 - December 19, 2017
    Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. - Romans 12:1 CSB What is worship? To most of us it is something we do on Sunday…
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  • The Debt of Love – Romans 13:8 - December 30, 2017
    Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. - Romans 13:8 CSB All you need is love All you need is love, love, love is all you need. These words are from a 1967 song by the Beatles…
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  • Judging Over Disputable Matters – Romans 14:12 - January 1, 2018
    There are a number of core truths that we should not compromise on. But there are also many disputable matters that we should be careful not to make a test of the faith.
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  • Overflowing Hope through Joy and Peace – Romans 15:13 - January 2, 2018
    Hope grows in the soil of joy and peace, tended by the Holy Spirit. If your hope is weak, seek the joy and peace God will give to those who believe in him.
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  • Greeting with a Holy Kiss – Romans 16:16 - January 3, 2018
    For most of us in the US, a kiss in greeting is uncomfortable, preferring to shake hands. But as we do so, as fellow believers, let's recognize our spiritual union together in Christ.
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  • The Foolishness of the Cross – 1 Corinthians 1:21 - January 4, 2018
    The cross was a bloody symbol of death and defeat and the idea of a crucified messiah was offensive to both Jew and Gentile. And yet, in his wisdom, God chose the foolishness of the cross to bring salvation to those who believe.
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  • The Holy Spirit, our Translator – 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 - January 5, 2018
    Apart from the Holy Spirit, we are incapable of understanding the things of God. But God has graciously provided us with his Spirit to help us to understand what he has given us as well as how to live for him.
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  • Building on the Foundation of Christ – 1 Corinthians 3:11-13 - January 6, 2018
    As a believer, building your life on the foundation of Christ, what type of building materials are you using? Are you investing in quality materials, or just getting by with the bare minimum? How you build today will impact your eternity.
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  • Faithful Stewardship – 1 Corinthians 4:2 - January 8, 2018
    A steward is one who had been entrusted with the possessions of another in order to manage them. As believers we have been entrusted with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And we need to be faithful to that trust.
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  • Church Discipline – 1 Corinthians 5:11 - January 9, 2018
    Are we willing, as the church of God, to be holy, removing the leaven that causes corruption within us? If we want to be holy, we will follow God's direction rather than conforming to the culture around us.
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  • Honor God With Your Body – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - January 10, 2018
    Would I act any different in my daily life if Jesus were with me in person? As a believer, the Holy Spirit is in me wherever I go and whatever I say. If I would not do something with Jesus, I should not do it with his Spirit. Honor God…
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  • Contentment in Life – 1 Corinthians 7:24 - January 11, 2018
    Regardless the life situation you find yourself in, learn to be content. Contentment in life allows us to invest instead in the future that God is even now preparing us for.
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  • A Stumbling Block to the Weak – 1 Corinthians 8:9 - January 12, 2018
    As a Christian, there are many things that I am free to do. But I need to ensure that in exercising my freedom I do not become a stumbling block to a weaker brother or sister. The exercise of my freedom should be guided by love.
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  • Run to Get the Prize – 1 Corinthians 9:24 - January 13, 2018
    In order to win to successfully compete in a race, the participants have to be focused and invest time and effort in their training. In the same way, as believers we need to persevere in our faith. Run to get the prize at the end.
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  • Resisting Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13 - January 14, 2018
    God does not leave me alone in dealing with temptation. He knows me and what I am capable of, ensuring that my temptation does not exceed my ability to resist. And he always provides a way to escape.
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  • The Lord’s Supper – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - January 15, 2018
    Regardless how you might view the elements of the Lord's Supper and the grace they bring to the participants, we should always remember his death and look forward to his return as we share in his table.
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  • Spiritual Giftedness – 1 Corinthians 12:7 - January 16, 2018
    Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. - 1 Corinthians 12:7 NIV The model of the church as the body of Christ is a very common one in the New Testament. And this chapter is very instrumental in developing that model. Christ…
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  • Love: the Most Excellent Way – 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 - January 17, 2018
    There are many things we might strive after as believers. But nothing is more important than love. Without love we are nothing. No matter how gifted we are, and how effectively we might serve, without love, it is worthless.
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  • Encouraging Speech – 1 Corinthians 14:19 - January 18, 2018
    When we assemble together as the body of Christ, we should be seeking ways to be an encouragement to each other. In particular our speech should be an encouragement to each other. Learn to practice encouraging speech.
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  • Hope in Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19 - January 19, 2018
    What is our hope in Christ? That this life is not all there is. That at the end we will be resurrected into new and glorious bodies for an eternity with our creator. We need not be pitied for our hope in Christ. What we gain is infinitely greater than…
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  • Let Nothing Move You – 1 Corinthians 15:58 - January 20, 2018
    Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV This verse reminds me very much of a recent picture making…
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  • Walking Worthy – Philippians 1:27 - May 4, 2017
    Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. - Philippians 1:27 Regardless the circumstances you find yourself in, live up to the calling you have received. Don't respond to your circumstances as those who have no hope. Rather, respond as a child of God. Rejoice…
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  • Working Out Your Salvation – Philippians 2:12-13 - May 6, 2017
    Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. - Philippians 2:12b-13 NIV I am not yet a finished product; far from it. But God is working in me…
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  • What is Knowing Christ Worth – Philippians 3:7-8 - May 7, 2017
    But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. - Philippians 3:7-8 Paul lists all of the…
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  • Living a Worthy Life – Colossians 1:9-10 - May 12, 2017
    "I continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way." - Colossians 1:9-10 This is my prayer for you who…
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  • Deceptive Philosophy – Colossians 2:8 - May 13, 2017
    See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. - Colossians 2:8 NIV There are many 'isms' and false gospels in the world today, and their voices are…
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  • Clothed With Compassion – Colossians 3:12-14 - May 14, 2017
    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which…
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  • Devoted to Prayer – Colossians 4:2 - May 15, 2017
    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. - Colossians 4:2 NIV “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” ―Martin Luther Have you spent time alone with God today?
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  • Faith, Hope, and Love – 1 Thessalonians 1:2 - May 16, 2017
    We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Thessalonians 1:2 NIV Our faith, love, and hope are not something that we should keep tucked away on a shelf,…
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  • Pleasing God – 1 Thessalonians 2:4 - May 17, 2017
    We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. - 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV As much as I might like to pretend otherwise, I do care about what others think of me, and it affects how I relate to them. But God, who knows my heart…
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  • Increasing in Love – 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - June 9, 2017
    Love is not just an emotional feeling. It is a conscious choice of the will; choosing to do what is best for another.
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  • Jesus’ Divine Nature – Heb 1:3 - August 4, 2017
    The author of Hebrews makes clear the divine nature of Jesus. He is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of God's being; he is fully God. This reminds me of the account in Exodus 33:18-23 where Moses asks to see God's glory, and God grants him a…
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  • The Humanity of Jesus – Heb. 2:17 - August 5, 2017
    Jesus was made fully human in every way. He lived for 33 years as an infant/child/youth/adult going through all of the same things we did and do. He got hungry, thirsty and tired. He was tempted. He was limited in his knowledge and had to learn like we do. I'm…
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  • Hold Firmly to the End – Heb. 3:14 - August 6, 2017
    Could it be that only those who are faithful to the end are ever actually saved? That salvation is not based on how you start the journey, but on how you finish it?
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  • Giving Account – Heb. 4:13 - August 7, 2017
    All of my thoughts, attitudes, secret activities as well as the more public stuff will be uncovered and laid bare before God. And I can just picture him saying "so what about this time when you . . . ? How did that glorify me?"
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  • Milk, or Solid Food? – Heb. 5:12 - August 8, 2017
    Dig into God's word. Don't be content with just the elementary truths it contains; start eating some steak. Grow in your faith and in turn help those who are just starting the journey.
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  • An Anchor for the Soul – Heb 6:19 - August 12, 2017
    Our hope of salvation serves as an anchor that keeps us from drifting and being shipwrecked. And that anchor is not embedded in the sand or rock at the bottom of the ocean, but is secured within the heavenly Holy of Holies where Jesus, our great high priest, is serving.
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  • An Exalted Intercessor – Heb 7:26 - August 13, 2017
    Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. - Hebrews 7:26 NIV What do we need from a high priest? The Old Testament high priest, what the author of Hebrews is alluding to here, had the responsibility…
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  • Better Promises – Heb. 8:6 - August 14, 2017
    The promises of the new covenant, of which Jesus is the mediator, are superior. Under the new covenant there is no promise of earthly possessions. Instead we have the promise of eternal life (1 John 2:25) as God's children (Rom 8:14-17). I am so thankful for the promises of the…
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  • Coming a Second Time – Heb 9:28 - August 15, 2017
    2000 years ago Christ came to earth to be a sacrifice for our sin. When he left, it was with a promise that he would return. There are many things in life that we look forward to. But which of them are better than Christ's return for those who are…
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  • Spurring One Another On – Heb 10:24 - August 16, 2017
    Think about (consider) how to be an encourager today for other believers you come into contact with. Let us consider how to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds." If you struggle with how to do that, start by growing in live and good deeds yourself, and then…
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  • Faith Defined – Heb 11:6 - August 17, 2017
    It would be so much easier if God would just reveal himself visibly to all, removing any doubts as to his existence and his intent for humanity. But then there would be no place for faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God. He wants those who will…
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  • Run with Perseverance – Heb 12:1-3 - August 18, 2017
    As the athlete in the stadium is cheered on and encouraged by the crowd, so we should be encouraged by those who have come before us. We may not see them now, and may not be able to physically hear their voices, but they do speak out to us from…
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  • Pleasing Sacrifices – Heb 13:15 - August 25, 2017
    Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. - Hebrews 13:15-16 NIV It is not uncommon to hear…
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  • Finding Joy in Difficulties – James 1:2-4 - August 26, 2017
    Next time you find yourself facing challenges or difficulties, rather than complain and/or give up; persevere, and be thankful for how God can use them for your good.
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  • A Living Faith – James 2:14 - August 27, 2017
    Does your faith in Christ prompt you to give to the needy, to care for the down and out, or to comfort those experiencing loss (Matt 25:34-40). If it does not, then James' message in this passage is for you; it may be that your faith is dead and of…
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  • Blessing and Cursing – James 3:9-10 - August 28, 2017
    James has a lot to say about the tongue, and most of it is not very good. It is amazing how much trouble that little 3 ounce chunk of flesh can cause. James is directing his comments in this passage to believers, to people who use their tongue to praise…
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  • Failure to do Good – James 4:17 - August 29, 2017
    Sin! As Christians we know that sin is bad and we should avoid it. But how often are we guilty of thinking of sin as just doing bad things? James makes clear that sin is much broader than that. Sin also includes failure to do good when I have the…
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  • Powerful and Effective Prayer – James 5:16 - August 30, 2017
    If I am striving for personal holiness, and I am praying for others, I should expect that my prayer would be effective; that it will make a real difference in people's lives. What a privilege God has granted us, to help direct his activity on the earth.
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  • A Call to Holiness – 1 Peter 1:15 - August 31, 2017
    Being holy doesn't mean we are perfect, it means we are dedicated for God's use; for him to use as he sees fit. And that is the challenge for us. We want to fit in with the world, we don't generally like being different. But we are different. So don't…
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  • Waging War on Desire – 1 Peter 2:11 - September 1, 2017
    In Ephesians 6:10-17 Paul talks about the spiritual warfare that we are engaged in, urging us to put on the armor God has provided. In this passage Peter looks at one of the primary weapons of our adversary; our own sinful desires. In my own experience there is no bigger…
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  • Always Be Prepared – 1 Peter 3:15-16 - September 2, 2017
    Peter is assuming that someone else has initiated the conversation, asking about the hope I have in Christ, likely because they see something different in me. And when that happens, I need to be ready to share my faith with them, including why I believe it.
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  • Love Deeply – 1 Peter 4:8 - September 3, 2017
    The more we love, the less likely the differences in our personalities and ways of doing things will be to divide us. Instead, we will likely learn to appreciate the differences and find that they actually compliment us and make us more effective in the Lord's service. Love each other…
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  • Like a Roaring Lion – 1 Peter 5:8-9 - September 4, 2017
    Peter pictures Satan as a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Belief in a personal devil, Satan, is often given lip service, but do we really believe it? I suspect we would take Satan more seriously if we could see him roaming the streets looking for victims. On our…
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  • An Effective and Productive Walk with Christ – 2 Peter 1:5-8 - September 5, 2017
    Peter here tells us to work at growing in faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love. We should be making every effort to increase in these virtues. Why? In order to be effective and productive in our walk with Christ.
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  • False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:1 - September 6, 2017
    So how can you tell if it is a false teacher you are hearing? Sometimes their error is obvious, while other times it is more subtle. The best way to protect yourself from them is to know the Scriptures. Be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and study the Scriptures. If…
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  • Looking Forward to a New Creation – 2 Peter 3:11-13 - September 7, 2017
    This world and all it contains is temporary and is facing destruction at some time in the future. But the good news is that its destruction makes way for a new and improved heaven and earth. In some ways it is like demolishing an old run down shack and replacing…
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  • Walking in the Light – 1 John 1:7 - October 2, 2017
    How can I know that I am in relationship with God? One good indicator is my relationship with other believers. Am I walking together with them?
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  • Loving the World – 1 John 2:15 - October 3, 2017
    You cannot love the things of this world and also love God. You cannot serve two masters. Hold tightly to God and loosely to the things of the world.
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  • Being Like Christ – 1 John 3:2 - October 4, 2017
    While we do not know what heaven holds for us, we have the promise of being like Christ. And with that hope, we should strive for holiness.
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  • No Fear in Love – 1 John 4:18 - October 5, 2017
    Love drives out fear, fear of death and the judgement. When we abide in God's love we do not need to fear what is to come and instead can have confidence.
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  • Loving God – 1 John 5:3 - October 6, 2017
    Can you love God without obedience to him? John pretty clearly responds to that question saying that obedience to God is love for him. I cannot rightly claim to love God and blatantly disregard his instruction for my life.
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  • Antichrists – 2 John 1:10-11 - October 7, 2017
    Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, of one essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit, but a distinct person. Those who teach otherwise are antichrists. Do not aid or encourage these antichrists in their false teachings.
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  • Fellow Workers – 3 John 1:8 - October 8, 2017
    Support a missionary; pray for them, write to them, offer financial support, welcome them when they visit; be a fellow worker with them for the truth.
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  • Kept from Stumbling – Jude 1:24-25 - September 8, 2017
    In Jude's doxology he offers praise to the one who is able to keep us from stumbling and who will present us to himself without fault and with great joy. It is only by the grace of God that we am able to enter into a relationship with God, and…
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  • Reading and Keeping the Words of this Prophecy – Rev 1:3 - October 9, 2017
    While we may not understand Revelation and all of it's symbolism, we will be blessed as we read it and as we hold it in our hearts and minds. Don't allow all of the talk of beasts, dragons and plagues keep you from it.
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  • Abandoning Your First Love – Rev. 2:4 - October 10, 2017
    The church at Ephesus was an example for service and obedience, with one hugh problem; they had drifted away from a love relationship with Christ. And Christ warns them to return to that early relationship before it's too late and they lose their place.
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  • The Lukewarm Church – Rev 3:17 - October 11, 2017
    Don't be deceived by the outward appearance of a local church body. Christ looks, not on what is on the outside, but what is in the heart of a church. Success on the outside doesn't matter if Christ finds us wanting on the inside.
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  • Heavenly Worship – Rev 4:9 - October 12, 2017
    Heaven is a place of continuous worship and praise for our creator and redeemer. We will join that heavenly chorus someday, but why not start now? He is worthy of our praise and adoration. Join with the cherubim and elders in offering continuous praise to him who sits on the…
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  • The Prayers of the Saints – Rev 5:8 - October 13, 2017
    Revelation pictures the prayers of the saints as incense being offered up before God. Our prayer is a sweet smelling sacrifice that God is pleased with. Offer up to God a continuous sacrifice of prayer.
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  • The Blessedness of Martyrdom – Rev 6:9 - October 14, 2017
    Suffering for our faith and martyrdom are probably not high up on the list of things we look forward to. But what a privilege it would be to join this select group under the altar. Remember, and hold in honor, those who have given their lives for Christ in the…
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  • Sheltered by His Presence – Rev 7:13-17 - October 15, 2017
    Revelation is not all about punishment and wrath. It also contains images of the future for those who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.
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  • A Response to Prayer – Rev 8:5 - October 16, 2017
    Does God answer prayer? This scene from Revelation shows that he does, as the saints prayer for justice is answered and judgement on the earth begins.
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  • Refusal to Repent – Rev 9:20 - October 17, 2017
    How would people respond if they experienced a touch of hell here on earth. Revelation 9 indicates that they would still refuse to repent and turn to God.
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  • Consuming the Word – Rev 10:10 - October 18, 2017
    Follow the example of John and consume the Word, making it a part of your life. It will be sweet at times and bitter at other times. But always it is good.
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  • The Last Trumpet – Rev 11:15 - October 19, 2017
    The last trumpet announces a divine takeover of the earth where Christ will reign eternally. Is it also the last trumpet that announces the resurrection?
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  • Conquering by the Blood – Rev 12:11 - October 20, 2017
    In the heavenly courtroom drama, we defeat Satan, our accuser, by two pieces of evidence; the blood of the Lamb, and the testimony of our lives.
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  • The Persecuted Church – Rev 13:7 - October 21, 2017
    The spirit of antichrist is active in the world today waging war on the saints, and conquering them. Pray for those who are suffering and dying for their faith.
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  • Harvesting the Earth – Rev 14:14 - October 22, 2017
    There are two harvests of the earth coming; one to eternal life and the other to destruction. Are you ready?
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  • Conquerors – Rev 15:2 - October 23, 2017
    How do you come out on top in the end? By trusting your life to Christ and being faithful to him even unto death. Nothing in this life can compare to that.
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  • Bowls of Wrath – Rev 16:1 - October 25, 2017
    God's judgement and wrath are coming to this world. The only way to escape this judgement is to listen to the words of Christ and believe in him.
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  • Carrying Out God’s Purpose – Rev 17:17 - October 26, 2017
    God is in control, even in directing the affairs of nations, and those opposing him, in the accomplishment of his purpose for creation. He will not be thwarted.
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  • Leaving Babylon – Rev 18:4 - October 27, 2017
    As believers we need to come out of Babylon. Don't be a part of this world and its way of doing things. But seek after holiness instead.
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  • The Marriage of the Lamb – Rev 19:7 - October 28, 2017
    The marriage of the Lamb is coming and his Bride the Church) is making herself ready. Hold onto that hope and let it sustain you during the trials of this life.
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  • A Millennium Kingdom? – Rev 20:4 - October 29, 2017
    How should we understand this passage that describes the 1000 year reign of Christ with the tribulation martyrs? Is this a critical doctrine, or less important?
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  • Unveiling of the Bride – Rev 21:9-10 - October 31, 2017
    The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ, a redeemed and glorious church prepared for her wedding to the Lamb. How great to be a part of that.
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  • The Tree of Life – Rev 22:1-2 - November 1, 2017
    The tree of life is lost in Eden, but restored in the Holy City, the new paradise. Blessed are those who are given the right to eat from the tree of life.
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  • Thanksgiving – Psalm 118:1 - November 23, 2017
    Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! I have so many things to be thankful for. God has blessed me richly.
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