Daily Devotional 9-15-18

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Daily Devotional, General

How to Prepare a Biblically Faithful Devotional I’ve often been asked to help laymen in our churches to prepare devotional messages for civic clubs, work, or even for Sunday school classes. I have worked with staff ministers to help create meaningful small group studies for groups within the churches that I’ve served. So, whether a minister seeking to equip others for small group Bible studies, or a member of the church wanting to prepare a devotional for a club or her...

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Daily Devotional 9-13-18

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

Word on Wednesday – by John Mason ‘Strength…’ – September 12, 2018 Seventeen years ago yesterday (September 11, 2001), Judith and I were living in Downtown Manhattan in close proximity to the Twin Towers. The second of the terrorist planes flew above us at a high-pitched scream before a mighty explosion as it crashed into the South Tower. In spring and early summer that year I had started a mid-week interactive Bible program on Wall Street, Downtown and in Midtown...

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Daily Devotional 9-11-18

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

Imagination v. inspiration The simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Cor. 11:3. Simplicity is the secret of seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly for a long while, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think a spiritual muddle clear, you have to obey it clear. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will think yourself into cotton wool. If there is something upon which God has put His pressure,...

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Daily Devotional 9-10-18

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

O How Tender was the Man: An Advent Hymn about Joseph Italian manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1953, no. 32. Icomposed the following hymn about Joseph while preaching through an Advent sermon series on “The Christmas Family” (as senior minister, First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga). In my research for preaching and the organization of the liturgy, I found little in the treasury of Christian hymnody about the earthly...

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