Daily Devotional 11-14-18

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

Word on Wednesday – by John Mason ‘Certainty…’ – November 14, 2018 It is often said that there are two certainties in life – death and taxes. Psalm 90 speaks of a far greater certainty that Western society is rapidly overlooking – the everlasting God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God, the Psalm...

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Daily Devotional 11-13-18

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

Faith and Repentance: Which Comes First? When the gospel is proclaimed, it seems at first sight that two different, even alternative, responses are called for. Sometimes the summons is, ‘Repent!’ Thus, John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”‘ (Matt. 3:1-2). Again, Peter urged the hearers whose consciences had been ripped open on the day of Pentecost, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the...

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Daily Devotional 11-12-18

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

NOVEMBER 12, 2018 The War to End All Wars: A Theological Reflection Poppies in Flanders Field. The Centennial of the Great War (28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918) affords one the possibility of theological reflection and, maybe, even an attempt at a fusion of foreign policy and religion. I am not the first observer of “the War to end all wars” to try such a mixture.[1]  H.G. Wells (1866 – 1946) was a futurist as well as a novelist.[2] He was a better novelist than a...

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Daily Devotional 11-11-18

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

Uncommonly Common NOVEMBER 11, 2018~ PASTORKOCH By Paul Koch – We have all known those people who seem to take joy in tearing down what we’ve built up. Perhaps it is the kid at the beach that just can’t help kicking over the sandcastle that you just finished building. Or it is the big sister who knocks over your stack of blocks. When we grow older, these people are still around. They call themselves realists or even pessimists. You speak of something you have...

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Daily Devotional 11-10-18

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

Total Transformation: the Power of the Reformation for Today There is a pernicious lie afoot. It has been told since the beginning of time.It goes like tzmhis: “Nothing ever really changes.” You have heard it, too. Do you buy it? Psalm 126 A Song of Ascents. (1-3) When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done...

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Daily Devotional 11-9-18

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

The Small Things and God’s Grace   Just a couple of weeks ago, Steve Burchett and I loaded up his van and drove to Oklahoma from Kansas City for retreat with the leaders of a well-known international ministry I won’t name. The trip was pleasant, but when we arrived after several hours, the gate of the retreat center was only partially opened and unmovable. Steve decided to slip through the gate on foot to see who could help us.    He found no one to help. So,...

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