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Devotion: Sunday, June 12, 2016

 Alive in Christ We might well spend the rest of the year reverently inquiring into the meanings of the resurrection. And probably the best method to pursue is to search for those meanings that touch us as individual Christians here and now. It is, of course, necessary to preserve the theology of the resurrection and to guard the truth well an...
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Devotion: Sunday, June 5, 2016

​ Handling Criticism"Let not thy peace depend on the tongues of men," said the wise old Christian mystic, Thomas a Kempis; "for whether they judge well or ill, thou art not on that account other than thyself." The desire to stand well with our fellow men is a natural one, and quite harmless up to a point, but when that desire becomes so all-consumi...
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Devotion: Sunday, May 29, 2016

​Present Tense BelievingThe book of Acts lays strong emphasis upon steadfastness in the faith, as do the Pauline epistles and the Book of Hebrews. Obviously the apostles conceived the Christian life to be a long tough journey, requiring a lot of faith and determination but ending in glory at last. Neither Christ nor His apostles taught the once-for...
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Devotion: Sunday, May 22, 2016

 The Great and Sovereign God Any sound religious experience must begin with a proper conception of the nature of God. The terrible power of idolatry for evil lies in its unworthy conception of the character of the Supreme Being. Indeed it may be said without qualification that all religious experience that incorporates in itself low or ignoble...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 24, 2016

I will rise on eagles wingsThis is what the Lord wants us to doTo rise like eaglesTo overcome obstaclesPraise Him in time of troublePraise Him when all is wellPraise Him in sorrows and in victoriesAnd say all is well with my soulPraise Him, Oh my soulEven in persecution and trialsI will say all is well with my soulbecause all that You have done for...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 17, 2016

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. —John 14:16-17Whenever people embark on a perilous journey, they often bring with them an expe...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 10, 2016

​More Than ConquerorsRomans 8:37-39…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God tha...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 3, 2016

​"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)Many of us know this Scripture by heart, or have heard it sung in a song, or have heard...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 27, 2016

And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: Deliver me, I pray thee (Gen. 32:9, 11).There are many healthy symptoms in that prayer. In some respects it may serve as a mold into which our own spirits may pour themse...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 20, 2016

​The Last Part of the Great CommissionWe know Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen" So we have our orders or "commis...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 13, 2016

​The Wise and The FoolishDuring his ministry on earth Jesus told over 40 parables. Some are well-known, such as "The Prodigal Son" and "The Good Samaritan." All are meant to illustrate Biblical truths to those who are willing to hear and accept them. To those who are not, the true meaning of the parables remains hidden.Consider the "Parable of The ...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 6, 2016

​Proverbs 17:1-141 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers.3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts.4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens e...
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Devotion: Sunday, February 21, 2016

​He said to His disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord Who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields."-Matthew 9:37-38 This verse has always enamored me.As Christians, we want a big plentiful harvest of souls.Here Jesus is telling his disciples that there is indeed a huge harve...
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Devotion: Sunday, February 14, 2016

​The Apostle Paul writes in Philemon 4-5, "I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints." This is a great report that Paul writes about a faithful and loving church. Paul is always thanking God for the saints because of their faith and love ...
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Devotion: Sunday February 7, 2016

. . . it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. —Luke 1:3-4 Sometimes we may find ourselves in the dry places, thinking that the Lord is far from us. P...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 31, 2016

​The Spirit of Truth; God Through Love 1 John 3:24, Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 4:2-3, By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does ...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 24, 2016

​People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.The Word of God says that knowledge puffs up, but love edifies (1 Corinthians 8:1).The Word of God says that all men will know that we are His disciples, by our love for one another (John 13:35).The Word of God says that out of faith, hope, and love, the greatest of the three,...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 17, 2016

​Psalm 43Prayer to God in Time of Trouble43 Vindicate me, O God,And plead my cause against an ungodly nation;Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!2 For You are the God of my strength;Why do You cast me off?Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?3 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!Let them lead me;Let them bring...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 10, 2016

​I will give you the treasures of darkness (Isaiah 45:3).In the famous lace shops of Brussels, there are certain rooms devoted to the spinning of the finest and most delicate patterns. These rooms are altogether darkened, save for a light from one very small window, which falls directly upon the pattern. There is only one spinner in the room, and h...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 3, 2016

​And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls. — Joel 2:32Epiphany*Christina RossettiThey have brought gold and spices to my King,Incense and precious stuffs and ivory;O holy Mother mine,...