Archive for January, 2010

Jan
30

It All Comes Down to Love

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    Well, fellow travelers on this journey, we have reached day 21. We will now prepare to break our fast tomorrow. I pray these days have been days of insight for you and days of personal growth in your relationship with God and others. Remember, God is always doing more than you can see and He honors every sacrifice we have made because we wanted to know his heart more.

    When Jesus summarized the two most important things about a believer’s life, he said 1) love God, and 2) love others. It all comes down to love so today I end these devotionals with this section of Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13. Read it prayerfully, slowly, listening and being sensitive for any way the Holy Spirit wants to speak to you.

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Jan
29

The Blessings of Unity

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In Psalm 133, David reflected on what it was like for God’s people to live together in unity.

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
         For brethren to dwell together in unity!         
 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
         Running down on the beard,
         The beard of Aaron,
         Running down on the edge of his garments.
 3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
         Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
         For there the LORD commanded the blessing—
         Life forevermore.

These are some of the principles we can draw out of this passage:

  • It is good for God’s people to live together in unity.
  • It is pleasant for God’s people to live together in unity.

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Jan
28

The Power of Prayer

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The book of Acts records the history of the early church. Acts 1:14 finds them meeting together after Jesus’ resurrection, continuing "with one accord in prayer and supplication". The Holy Spirit filled the disciples and they set out to fulfill Jesus’ words in Acts 1:8. The early days of the church were full of the apostles teaching doctrine,prayer, fellowship,shared resources, unity, power, signs and wonders, rejoicing, and the church grew as people were saved and baptized. Acts 4 again finds the church in need of God’s help and as they "raised their voice to God with one accord…the place where they assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit."

Throughout the history of the early church, and sometimes very often, things happened that once again proved a challenge to the believers.

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Jan
27

Embracing Truth; Experiencing Freedom

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A few days ago, I wrote about truth.

  • Truth is still truth whether you acknowledge it or not.
  • Jesus is truth.
  • Jesus said that known truth would make us free.

David, in a conversation with God, said

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts ;

       you teach me wisdom in the inmost place (Psalm 51:6).

Other translations render inner parts as "innermost being". God desires us to know truth from the inside out.

Our message at church on Sunday was about denial. We talked about how we all revert to using denial at times. For example, we refuse to step onto the scales so we don’t have to face the number which represents our weight. Or we don’t balance our checkbook because we are afraid of or dread to see the balance. And we could go on and on.

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Jan
26

The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

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In this busy world in which we live, Jesus offers a beautiful gift – rest. In Matthew 11:28-30, we find these words of Jesus:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (NKJV)

I also want to include that section of Scripture from The Message:

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Categories : Christian Living, rest
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