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Daily Devotions

John 8:31-33 “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’” vss. 31-32 Jesus was a Jew, his disciples were Jews, and nearly all the people with whom he had contact were Jews–initially, many of those persons were interested in what he had to say. Some  believed in him–but it seems to have been…

Daily Devotions: July 4, 2020

July 4, 2020                                                                                                    Matthew 11:16-19 … “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’” vss. 16-17 Jesus marveled at the fickleness of the crowds that he encountered. They were never satisfied and always critical in their assessments of those God had sent to them. They called John demonic and…

Daily Devotions: October 27, 2019

October 27, 2019 For full passage click: John 8:33-36 … “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” vs. 36 In 1945 the State of New Hampshire adopted the motto “Live Free or Die,” a slogan with roots dating back to the French Revolution. Some feel that it’s the perfect summation of the revolutionary principles that guided American patriots to declare independence in 1776. Like Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death,” its words…

Daily Devotions: October 24, 2019

October 24, 2019 For full passage click: Romans 3:19-22a … “But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” vss. 21-22a Paul was attempting to give the congregation in Rome a more theological perspective of what had happened through Jesus. As part of his argument, he takes pain to explain that the righteousness of God is in…

Daily Devotions: September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019 For full passage click: Philemon 8-25 … “Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.” vss. 15-16 Slavery was commonplace in the Roman Empire. It had an institutional presence and was unquestioned by…

Daily Devotions: July 4, 2019

July 4, 2019 – Independence Day For full passage click: Galatians 6:7-10 …“If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” vs. 8 Most world religions subscribe to a principle similar to that laid out by Paul in his letter to the Galatians. Human beings reap whatever they sow! Whether as nations or as individuals, there are always consequences for…

Daily Devotions: June 20, 2019

June 20, 2019 For full passage click: Galatians 3:23-26 …“Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith.” vs. 24 The coming of the Christ into the lives of the disciples marked a massive transition. No longer would they be controlled by the external demands of the law. Instead, the Spirit of Christ dwelling in their hearts would guide them on a journey marked by love and compassion. Many of us know…

Daily Devotions: October 27, 2018

October 27, 2018 John 8:31-33  …“They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’” When Jesus told the religious leaders that, as his disciples they could be made free, their response is both understandable and laughable. They were, of course, proud of their heritage as children of Abraham. It gave them a stable identity and set them apart from other people. But to…