Daily Devotional 3-10-18

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

Judgment: The Doctrine Lost to the Modern Pulpit, Pt 1   In John Bunyan’s book, The Pilgrim’s Progress, the story begins with Christian discovering news which causes him great alarm. Clothed in rags and with a burden upon his back, he is distressed to learn from a book he has been reading that the city he lives in is soon to be destroyed by fire from heaven. He tells his wife and children of their terrible danger. They must immediately try to escape.   But the...

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Daily Devotional 3-9-18

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS volume 17, number 9, March 8, 2018 “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent.” -Acts 17:30 Why So Little Preaching of Repentance? A few weeks ago I raised the question of why there is so little preaching of repentance in the modern, western church when the Scriptures are replete with references to it. I suggested three reasons for this. The first has to do with our tendency to preach a truncated gospel, a...

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Daily Devotional 3-8-18

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

MARCH 8, 2018 LEAVE A COMMENT The Time to Pray JMW Turner (1775-1851). “Moonlight on Lake Lucerne,” 1834. A portion of the Gospel Reading for today includes that time when Jesus miraculously fed the multitudes. “And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray” (Mark 6:46). Jesus valued prayer over publicity. He recognized that time with God is required for time with others. His purpose in public life was shaped by the power of  private...

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Daily Devotional 3-7-18

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

Word on Wednesday – by John Mason ‘Alienation…?’ – March 7, 2018 Despite extraordinary advances in science and technology, we are still incapable of making a just and lasting peace for all peoples of all nations. Peace at the best of times is an uncertain affair. It seems the only way we can ensure it, is through more laws, greater security and the loss of more personal freedoms. Commenting on why he had written The Lord of the Flies, William Golding said: “I...

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Daily Devotional 3-6-18

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

Zeal for Your House MARCH 4, 2018~ PASTORKOCH By Paul Koch – Tradition is an important part of our lives. Sometimes we scrape against our traditions, especially if they are in our way, or somehow slow our progress. Of course, there are traditions that we don’t really understand, and so we would rather not worry about them. Yet traditions are important. They carry with them an ancient understanding of things, a working of the world and our place in it. Our traditions are...

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Daily Devotional 3-5-18

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

The Sacred Household of Resident Aliens: The Rudiments of a Reformed Parochial Theology John Constable. “The Mill Stream, Verso: Night Scene with Bridge;” c.1810 Why “Parish?” Because “paroikos,”—from which came our English word “Parish,”—means (classical Greek) “near the household.” It also is used in the Bible (Koine Greek)  to refer to “strangers” (or, to borrow from Haurhaus and Willimon: “Resident Aliens,” 1989). Peter writes of...

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