DEVOTION: Jesus, My Vision

This afternoon I posted a hymn to my Instagram stories. I looked up the song and church that sang it on YouTube; I listened to Be Thou My Vision. Doing a thirty-day harmony of the Gospel's reading the last few days has magnified the beauty of Jesus to me. Jesus is beautiful, and men in... Continue Reading →

Resurrection Reflection

I pray everyone has enjoyed a wonderful Resurrection Sunday. The thing I love about Resurrection Sunday is that it wasn't a typical Sunday. I don't say that because Jesus rose from the dead, even though that is not typical in the least. However, the particular day had a significance of its own, which Jesus fulfilled... Continue Reading →

Good Friday Reflection

Today is Good Friday, the day we remember the sacrifice Jesus paid on behalf of our sin to redeem us and restore us to a right relationship with God. Many will attend Good Friday Communion services, and others will attend a Messianic Passover Seder, but all of our minds will be on Jesus, our Lord,... Continue Reading →

Grace, Mercy, and Celebration

Throughout Israel’s history, we see neglect and return. Israel neglects the commands of God, repents, and returns to the ways of God. At times we catch ourselves judging Israel and thinking, how could a people who saw such great miracles so quickly turn from God? But in reality, we are no different; we often neglect... Continue Reading →

A Heart Strangely Warmed

"I felt my heart strangely warmed…I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."  Those were the words of John Wesley after hearing someone read Martin Luther's preface... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Loving God

There is an abundance of teaching on the love of God in the Church today, which is a good thing, after all, "for God so loved the word that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." God's love is a central topic of Scripture,... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Presumption

Faith in God is not presumption.  What is presumption? “an idea that is taken to be true, and often used as the basis for other ideas, although it is not known for certain.” How do we presume upon God? By proclaiming instead of praying is one way we can presume upon God. Some see faith as... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Give it to God

Just give it to God. How often have we said that to ourselves or had someone say it to us? When we’re stressed, things are piling up, or we don’t know what to do in a situation, we know the answer is to give it to God. So many of us are quick to pray;... Continue Reading →

Good News of Great Joy

The most wonderful time of year has begun! I know many are not seeing the Christmas season as wonderful as they did a few years ago. A lot has changed, and things will continue to change, but the Christmas season gives us a chance to reset our focus. One of my favorite parts of the... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Pray About Everything

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV Pray about everything. Everything? Yes, everything. Now, before you pray about what shoes to put on,... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Thoughts

Take every thought captive. 2 Corinthians 10:5 As I began praying this morning, I was led to take authority over my thoughts. Last night I was listening to Rabbi Curt Landry talk about the importance of looking forward and thinking about the future. One of the things he mentioned was how we all have a... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: One New Man

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13 NKJV There is much division in the world today. And sadly, the same kind of division has come into the Church. That should not be so. In Christ, we are all one; Jew... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Incline Your Ear

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Proverbs 4:20 NKJV This verse and much of Proverbs talks about the Word of God, the Bible. To incline your ear means to bend your ear; we would say listen intently. But what about hearing God and knowing when the Spirit of... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Be Still

"Be still, and know I am God."Isaiah 46:10a I don't know about you, but when I go to bed at night, I can never get my mind to stop. Sometimes I'm thinking about a Scripture; sometimes it's just stuff, other times it's the weird, deep stuff, like what if there was nothing….. and other times,... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Stand Therefore

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13 ESV When we talk about the armor of God it is customary to hear the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit get most of the emphasis.... Continue Reading →

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