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Short devotions pointing you to Jesus and His work on your behalf every week.

Christ, the Bread from Heaven

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“When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. (Exodus 16:15 – 16) God gave His people bread in the wilderness, and they responded, ‘what is this?’ That’s literally what Manna means. I am writing this on a Saturday morning, a supposed break from the work week and fully...

Contentment

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Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper;     I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:5-6, 8) It is so easy to confuse law and gospel when talking about being content...

Don’t Need No Superman

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Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5...

How to: Be Holy

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You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, ESV) I remember back then when I was stuck in charismatic spirituality; we never started a prayer without an attempt to first ‘purify’ ourselves, or make ourselves holy, or perfect as Jesus puts it in Matthew 5:48. I was convinced, both implicitly and explicitly, that God would only listen to my prayers if I...

There is no Shadow of Turning with Him

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“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”—2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV) Not you—and certainly not me. Ten-time over, I have broken all the promises I set out to uphold. I have broken all the promises I made to other people. I have broken all the promises I have to God. I have also broken all the promises I have made to myself. Every day, before I leave my bed, I shatter the...

The Black hole in the Human Heart

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.—Colossians 1:18-20 (ESV) In the middle of the Earth’s galaxy, the Milky Way is an...

You Are Not What You Do

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“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”— Colossians 3:12-13 From all sides, the world shouts one thing: You are what you do. Your value, identity, and worth are...

Your God is Ugly

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“And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.”—Luke 15:14 (ESV) The two sons in the parable of the prodigal demonstrate before our eyes the futility of giving ultimate worth to anything smaller than the Jesus of the Bible. The younger son, who came peddling his Father’s death certificate before he could drop dead, showed that what he needed...

God’s Glory vs. Man’s Glory

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 “And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”—Isaiah 6:4-5 (ESV) When one of God’s archangels in charge of administration started to question the...

One Rejected Prayer which Forever Changed the World

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“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”—Luke 22:44 (ESV) The culture we live in today is so full of itself. One unanswered prayer can mean so many things. I have heard someone say to a group of people that their prayers remain unanswered because they did not purify themselves. I am still trying to figure out what...

How to Pray like a Pharisee

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“The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’”—Luke 18:11-12 (ESV) When you hear the “Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector,” you can quickly brush it off as something you have moved past. The initial reaction to this...

Christ Came To Save Sinners

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“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”—1 Timothy 1:15 (KJV) The Apostle Paul, after planting numerous churches in the Gentile world and taking the Gospel of God’s free forgiveness of sins to places it had never been heard before, still thought that he needed saving. After healing the sick, going...