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On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” - John 20:19-22 It is the Sunday of t…
 
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. - Romans 8:26-27 There are times in our live…
 
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of gr…
 
How much does God care about one human being who does not know Him? Think about one person you know who does not yet know Christ. Keep that special individual in mind as you consider the words of Jesus in The Parable of the Lost Sheep, Luke 15:1-7: “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and th…
 
We started this devo series by looking at creation and the amazing fact that we were made in God’s image. We saw how that image was marred by the fall when sin entered our world and how the story of God with mankind has been to rescue images that were broken and reimage us in His image once again. As we conclude this Big Word’s of the Bible series,…
 
You were created for a purpose. You were created to join Jesus in His work in this world. It matters not that you don’t have a Bible degree of some sort. There are no first and second bench Christians. We are all called, all gifted, all designed to join Jesus in His story in our world. Paul says this in Ephesians 2:8-10 and it should encourage you.…
 
Our world is deeply divided. Politics divides. Race divides. Social economic status divides. Even theology divides. Our personal preferences divide. The sad fact is that the church is not immune to these divisions but increasingly is being divided over the very same issues that divide society. Increasingly we have less and less tolerance for those …
 
We live in a society that places a great value on personal autonomy and freedom. Having traveled to many parts of the world where there are fewer personal freedoms I deeply appreciate what we have. However, those who choose to follow Christ have declared their willingness to live by the ethics, standards, teaching, and truth of His Kingdom. This is…
 
One of the signs of a Christ follower is that they are generous with their resources. Generous with God through giving and generous toward others who are in need. This should not be surprising because our Father has been incredibly generous toward us, including sending His son to live among us, die for our sins, and be our advocate before the Fathe…
 
Scriptures are clear that while our sin is paid for by Christ’s death and that He justifies us in the sight of God, regular confession of our sin is part of our journey toward greater Christ-likeness. In fact, the confession of our sin is tied to our commitment to walk in the light as Christ is in the light. In 1 John 1:5-10 we read this: "This is …
 
The word trinity is not found in Scripture. But the concept clearly is. Jesus talked about His Father and predicted the coming of the Holy Spirit after his leaving. He said that He and the Father are one and that the Holy Spirit would guide the disciples into all truth. In the great commission, the three members of the Godhead are mentioned togethe…
 
This is a big word in the Bible that we don’t talk about much. We don’t like it. Many choose not to believe that it is a real place and we have all kinds of questions as to why a loving God would send those who don’t know Him to eternal punishment. Having said all that, this is a series of devotionals on the Big Words of the Bible and one of those …
 
Do you have longings in your heart that never seem to be fully realized? At some point in our lives we realize that the next toy, the next experience, the next business deal or relationship, all good in themselves, will not satisfy our soul. There is a reason for this. We were made for something more, something greater, and something more satisfyin…
 
It was 2007. I was struggling for my life in an ICU room with massive MRSA pneumonia, multiple system failure, a failed mitral valve, tethered to 15 different machines including a ventilator that breathed for me. Each night, one of my siblings or family would spend the night in my room. This night, it was my youngest sister whom I am very close to.…
 
One of the central tenets of our faith is that of a personal God who cared enough to create us, love us and redeem us. So why would we be surprised when God intervenes in significant ways in a miraculous way? Think about it: The Bible is an account of the miraculous from start to finish: Creation; pregnant at 100; the plagues; the parting of the Re…
 
Have you ever realized that God had you in mind - yes - you, before the creation of the world took place? In fact, He knew your name, He knew how you were going to be wired, He knew what your personal story and journey would be and even your greatest failures. And knowing all this, He chose you and predestined you for His family. Listen to these wo…
 
The writer of the Gospel of John was one of Christ’s closest colleagues, along with Peter and James. In John 1:14, John writes these iconic two sentences. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." In his later book, 1 John 1:1…
 
Nothing we do in this life, nothing we accomplish, nothing we accumulate, nothing we find success in, no amount of money earned and no accolades received, none of this makes any difference if we don’t take eternity into account in all that we do. I am an avid reader of biographies. The stories of amazing men and women who have changed the course of…
 
Do you ever find yourself struggling between doing what God wants you to do and feeling pulled toward the sinful side of your character? There is a good reason for that. We have a savior but we also have an enemy and that enemy wants to derail your relationship with your savior. John 10:10 makes the dichotomy between our savior and our enemy clear.…
 
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Everyd…
 
I don’t meet many people who think they are very good at prayer. It may be that we have a faulty concept of what prayer looks like. We have this picture of men and women of God spending hours on their knees in prayer, and certainly there have been and are those who do so. The truth is that for most of us prayer is a conundrum. We don’t think we are…
 
We are all familiar with the word prayer but did you know that Jesus and the Holy Spirit pray for you? We pray to God but God also prays for us. In Romans 8:34 we read this: “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Did you get…
 
It has always made me wonder when I read a certain word in the New Testament. About God, I understand the meaning of the word. About you and me, especially me, I don’t. That word is “saint.” In Philippians 1:1, Paul opens his letter to the church at Philippi with the words, “To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi.” In his letter to the Colos…
 
The Christian life is one of growing to be more and more like Jesus. Listen to these words of Peter in 2 Peter 1:1-11. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them y…
 
We are frail and sinful people, even after our salvation. We are saved by Christ and have all the good news of the Gospel but we still struggle with our lower, ungodly nature and will until we see Jesus face to face in eternity. So the question is, how does God see us once we have given our hearts to Christ and He has forgiven our sin? This is wher…
 
The gospel is directly connected to another big word in the Bible: Salvation. As Paul says in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” It is the gospel, the good news of Jesus and His kingdom that brings salvation to those…
 
We have seen that the gospel of God is good news that ushers us into His kingdom, brings forgiveness of sin, the presence of the Holy Spirit who is the downpayment on our salvation and through Him, the very presence of God in our everyday lives. In fact, it is the ultimate good news because there is no bad news contained in the gospel. This is why …
 
We have been looking at the implications of the gospel for our lives and our world. As we have seen it encompasses all the blessings of God that come to us with salvation. We have also seen that it brings with it God’s Kingdom to earth. A heavenly kingdom with heavenly values and commitments. This is an important distinction about the gospel becaus…
 
Throughout the gospels, Jesus continually proclaims that the Kingdom of God has come. Sometimes he calls it the Kingdom of heaven or the good news of the Kingdom. In Matthew 4:23, for instance we read that “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness a…
 
Today’s word in the Big Words of the Bible Devo Series is Gospel. When you think of the word Gospel, what comes to mind? That word, which we toss around often, actually has a lot more packed into it than we realize. In the first chapter of Romans, Paul writes this to the church there. “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise …
 
We cannot leave the fall of mankind without understanding the amazing grace of God. In the aftermath of the decision by Adam and Eve to rebel against God’s command, judgment came and everything changed. “So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your …
 
Bernie Madoff pulled off the most massive personal fraud in history with his amazing 50 billion dollar ponzi scheme. How had he done it? He was a consummate liar, and like Satan in the garden, promised what he could not deliver: in this case, year after year, returns that were unheard of. And as it turns out, he could only do this by taking money f…
 
How did our world get from the Garden of Eden to the evil we see in our world today? Evil that drives wholesale destruction in places like Ukraine but closer to home, evil that lurks in our own hearts which we struggle with on a daily basis. How did a perfect creation become such a ruin? How did we get from peace and tranquility to conflict, relati…
 
Today's word in the big words of the Bible devo series is “In His Image - part 3.” Think of the amazing gift we have been given in being made in His image, in being “image bearers” of the Lord of the universe: We were created for eternity with an eternal soul We were made for a relationship with our creator We were given the gift of relationships w…
 
Today's word in the big words of the Bible devo series is “In His Image - part 2.” When God created Adam and breathed His breath into him, it was not just life that came to be. After all, animals and trees and fish and birds also have life. It was the breathing of His breath into man and woman. He was imparting to them something even more precious …
 
Today's word in the big words of the Bible devo series is “In His Image.” The last day of creation, when God created male and female, reveals the heart of our amazing and incomprehensible God. Think about this. God is complete in Himself. Long before creation He had the worship of the heavenly hosts but they were created to worship. Was the heart o…
 
Today's word in the big words of the Bible devo series is “Creation.” Before the universe was, there was nothing: a vast dark infinity without time, beginning, light or sound. Except, in that place known as heaven where God resided, One in three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in perfect fellowship, surrounded by multitudes of angelic beings worshipin…
 
I remember dinner conversations at our house with my two boys. From time to time they would interrupt our conversation and say, “That’s a BIG word.” In fact, they loved it when I used big words that they didn’t know and they would say, “what does it mean?” Or, they would go look it up. Well, the Bible is full of Big words. They are theological word…
 
Central to all the fruits of the Spirit is the last one, self-control. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness are all contingent on our ability, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to control our emotions and behaviors. We often get ourselves into trouble when we react to people and situations rather than res…
 
The eighth fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. There is more to this fruit than meets the eye and it goes to the core of who we are. The spirit of our age is not one of gentleness. It is often harsh, angry, judgmental, and unkind. At its core these are characteristics of pride and ego which cause us to believe we are better than others and therefore…
 
Faithfulness is the seventh fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. It is an interesting word when we consider the context of our world today. Let’s start with the fact that there are no absolutes in our world anymore. Your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth and both are true even when they totally disagree with one another. Two diametr…
 
The sixth fruit of the spirit is that of goodness. It comes from the Greek word “agathosune” meaning an uprightness of heart and life. It is a word that encompasses our whole life and translates from our minds to our hearts and then to our actions and words. Goodness is integrity of heart and life. Its goodness derives from God Himself who is chang…
 
The fifth fruit of the Spirit is that of kindness. Again, because kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit living with us, we need to look at God’s kindness to us which is the description of what we should understand by kindness. Again, the place to go is the Gospels because it is there, in the person of Jesus, that we see what kindness looked like. …
 
We live in an impatient world. Especially when it comes to other people. If someone does not live up to our expectations it is easy to write them off. If we disagree with another’s politics it is easy to allow that to create relational distance. We just don’t have much room for disagreements, people who disappoint us, or ministry situations that do…
 
Yesterday as we studied joy we concluded that “Joy is not the absence of difficulty but the presence of God.” A similar truth is found in the Gift of Peace. Peace is an unlikely state of being in a world that is so full of conflict, evil, and circumstances that bring anything but peace. It is the upper room discourse in the Gospel of John where we …
 
The second Fruit of the Spirit is that of joy. If you look the word up you get definitions like “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” The problem with that is that there is plenty in life to rob us of pleasure and happiness. Certainly, I have met people who are naturally joyful. My wife Cleo fits that description. On the other hand there are…
 
What is the one characteristic of those who you like to hang out with? What character trait makes you want to spend time with them? The answer can usually be summed up in one concept. They are people who love you and show you that love. In that love you feel accepted and valued and wanted. This is why Paul introduces the Fruit of the Spirit discuss…
 
Many Christians today have a lot of Bible knowledge - especially if they have been around the church for a while or grew up in Sunday School. What is often lacking in our Christian walk is not knowledge but what is called the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. That encompasses how we think about others, how we treat others, and how we demonstrate the love o…
 
Jonah is the only book in the bible that ends with a question. Let's review chapter four of the book. “But to Jonah, this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, "Isn't this what I said, Lord when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate Go…
 
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