Daily Devotional 2-10-17

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Daily Devotional, General

Lord, Make Me More Bold Article by Jon Bloom Staff writer, desiringGod.org Do you want to live and speak more boldly for Jesus Christ? I do. How badly do we want it? Do we want it enough to ask, seek, and knock untilGod answers us and to take risks that press on our timidity? Or, if we’re honest, would we rather just keep wishing we were bolder — admiring bold people, being inspired by biographies about bold people, talking with our friends and small group members about...

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Daily Devotional 1-15-17

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Daily Devotional, General

Lord, Increase My Capacity to Love Article by Jon Bloom Staff writer, desiringGod.org Do people know that we are Jesus’s disciples by the way we love one another (John 13:35)? This is a good question, though perhaps not the best way to ask it. The use of the plural “we” can have an unhelpful distancing effect. For instance, I might be prone to answer with a general critique of the state of love in “the church” and shake my head and lament how far “we” have...

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Daily Devotional 12-20-16

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Lord, Deliver Me from Indifference Passion, like many important words, has been overused, and therefore, devalued. It’s a victim of that inescapable English idiosyncrasy — the inclination to use one word for too many things. Zeal is the word in our English Bibles that perhaps gets closest to what we typically mean when we talk about “passion.” Well-known examples include [Jesus Christ] gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a...

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Daily Devotional 11-18-16

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Lay Aside the Weight of Pride Many of the burdens I bear in life are made far heavier by adding on top of them an oversized image of myself. I simply have a tendency to think more often about and more highly of myself than I ought to think (Romans 12:3). Ironically, the emotional effect of my oversized self-image is often a low self-image. I feel bad about myself. I can feel embarrassed about my poor memory when it comes to people’s names, Scripture quotes, book titles,...

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Daily Devotional 10-16-16

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Lay Aside the Weight of Flattery A loving person always speaks the truth because love rejoices in the truth(1 Corinthians 13:6; John 14:6). Love never speaks in the deceptive dialect of the devil (John 8:44). And a loving person always speaks the truth graciously(Ephesians 4:29). Gracious truth, though, is not always soothing truth. Sometimes grace comes to us in the form of a reproof or rebuke (2 Timothy 4:2). Wise people understand this. That’s why, even when they...

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