Daily Devotional 11-19-20

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Sanctification: The Powerful Pardon There is a saying in our success-oriented culture: “Dress for success: you are what you wear.” In other words, the clothes make the person. Imagine what this could mean if it were literally true. You take an uneducated and inexperienced man and dress him in a fine Brooks Brothers suit, a nice white button-down shirt, a power tie, and voila! He is dressed for success. Now, tell him he has just become a qualified business executive,...

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Daily Devotional 11-18-20

Posted by on Nov 18, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Light in a Troubled World 2020 has been a turbulent year. Many have been hurt; many are suffering. How can we pass on God’s good news of hope? Today we come to Jesus’ words, “You are the light of the world…” His words are blunt, for in speaking of his people as ‘the light of the world’ the implication is that there is a darkness about our human existence. Indeed, because we live in an age of relativism and tolerance, we don’t easily understand the moral...

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Daily Devotional 11-17-20

Posted by on Nov 17, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Producing Fruit One cannot be a Christian and have no fruit. Indeed, all Christians yield some measure of all the fruit of the Spirit. It is not that one receives the fruit of love and another the fruit of joy. All the fruit is to be manifest in all Christians. The degree of the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit may vary from Christian to Christian, and even episodically in the individual Christian’s life. The Holy Spirit produces the fruit. The fruit of the...

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Daily Devotional 11-16-20

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

New Treasure from the Old Mine The church is walking a tightrope. We commonly say we are in the world but we are not to be of the world. Jesus Christ put it this way, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). The world is the system of values and the way of life contrary to God. God’s values are given in the Bible. They are summarized in...

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Daily Devotional 11-13-20

Posted by on Nov 13, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

The Church’s Special Privilege Jesus has sent His Church into the world on the same errand upon which He Himself came, and this mission includes intercession. What if I say that the Church is the world’s priest? Creation is dumb, but the Church finds a mouth for it. It is the Church’s high privilege to pray with acceptance. The door of grace is always open for her petitions, and they never return empty-handed. The curtain was torn for her; the blood...

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Daily Devotional 11-12-20

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Rethinking Social Justice Social-justice causes are the piety of our time. But should they be the heart of the church’s mission? There are at least seven obstacles that prevent the reduction of the gospel to politics. [This is an adaptation listing a few of the seven obstacles outlined by Mark Mattes in his book, Law and Gospel in Action.] We Don’t Live in Biblical Times First, the political context of today’s endeavors to achieve social equity is simply not the...

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