Daily Devotional 8-30-20

Posted by on Aug 30, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Who is the Holy Spirit? We all enjoy a ball game when there is a lot of team spirit. Team spirit is unity of purpose and loyalty. It causes us to work hard for the team. And that work may involve cheering in the stands or playing on the field! But the Holy Spirit is not simply loyalty to God. The Holy Spirit is a person not a thing. And so we should never refer to the Holy Spirit as “it.” A long time ago, a man in the church lied to the apostle Peter. And Peter...

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Daily Devotional 8-29-20

Posted by on Aug 29, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Developing a Passion for God I remember a stained-glass window that adorned the library of my alma mater. It was situated above the stairwell at the second-floor landing. In leaded letters, the words in the window declared, “Knowledge is power.” Every time I ascended or descended that staircase I cringed at those words. I did not like them. There was something arrogant about them. I could not deny that the words were true. Knowledge is power. But the lust for...

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Daily Devotional 8-28-20

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Baptism as My Comfort The fact that baptism specifically unites me to Christ in his death means that I share in his sufferings in my identity, not in my activity. aul writes, regarding the Scriptures, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom 15:3-4). Thus, not merely for the sake of knowledge, nor for use in warfare, but for comfort, God has...

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Daily Devotional 8-27-20

Posted by on Aug 27, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Daring to Pray for the Impossible Prayer dares to call the impossible into reality. It trusts the One who can do all things to do impossible things. It rests its hope on God’s power and not man’s agency. Who can be saved!?” the disciples asked in astonishment. For Jesus had just told them that camels passing through needles eyes was more probable than rich people entering heaven. For ancient Jews like the disciples, there was a centuries-old understanding that wealth...

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Daily Devotional 8-26-20

Posted by on Aug 26, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Word on Wednesday – by John Mason Peace in a Troubled World – August 26, 2020 Two thousand years ago the angels sang at Jesus’ birth, “and on earth, peace …”  But the world hasn’t got any better. Indeed, while peace is something we all long for, it is one thing the world does not have. So, where is the fulfilment of the angelic promise?Before we charge the angels with false advertising, we need to read the full text of their song: “Glory to God in...

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