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Daily Devotions

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” vss. 1-3 Ephesians 4:1-10 Followers of Jesus from the beginning have understood themselves to be his living presence in the world. Early on they began to speak of living…

Daily Devotions

and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.’” vss. 20-21 Mark 3:20-27 According to Mark it took a while for Jesus’ family to adjust to his popularity as he began his ministry. And that’s probably to be expected. He had had what seems to have been a normal childhood and adolescence in Nazareth–there…

Daily Devotions: May 10, 2020

May 10, 2020 John 14:7-14 … “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” vs. 12 Those who put their trust in Jesus in this world shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out how they’re going to spend their lives. John’s Gospel makes it very clear that disciples will do…

Daily Devotions: January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020 For full passage click:  Isaiah 42:1-9   …   “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” vs. 1 Isaiah wrote these words with respect to Israel, and he presumed that the nation would be the agent of the Lord’s redemptive power. This was the “new-look-Israel” – a country focused not on tribal expansion, but on being the…

Daily Devotions: August 19, 2019

August 19, 2019                                                                                                    For full passage click: Jeremiah 1:4-6 … “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” vs. 5 Jeremiah did not believe that he was a prophet by chance, nor did he think he had chosen to be one. Rather, he was convinced that what he was doing in Jerusalem was his destiny. God had appointed him even before…

Daily Devotions: February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019 For full passage click: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 …“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.” vs. 18 Paul had come a long way from his days as a zealous Pharisee. As he reflected on the old story from Exodus where Moses had veiled his…

Daily Devotions: January 28, 2019

January 28, 2019                                                                                                                                To read full passage click: Jeremiah 1:4-7 …“But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.’” vs. 7 The story of Jeremiah’s call gives a perfect example of the special connection that some people of faith have to God. According to his own testimony, Jeremiah knew from his youth that God wanted…

Daily Devotions: December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018 To read full passage click: Luke 3:1-3 …“during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.” vs. 2 John wasn’t ordained. He wasn’t even a licensed preacher. He had no credentials or standing to set him apart. He didn’t even live in Jerusalem! He may have belonged to the mysterious party of renegades who had set up shop at Qumran, no one knows for sure.…

Daily Devotions: July 8 , 2018

July 8, 2018 Mark 6:7-13…“So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” vss. 12-13 After the debacle in Nazareth, it appears that Jesus doubled down. He saw his rejection as an anomaly and was convinced that his early Galilean efforts at proclaiming the kingdom could be expanded, and that his disciples could do more than just follow him around. They were ready…