Weekly Devotional – The Power of Knowing God Almighty

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless, that I may make My covenant between Me and you, and may multiply you greatly.’” – Genesis 17:1-2.

It is easy for believers to think that in our pursuit of holiness all we need to do is muster up enough self-discipline and “try harder.” But lately the Lord has reminded me that apart from Him, I have ZERO ability to change my own heart. And while He has been faithful to reveal my weakness, He has been even more faithful to remind me of His power and sufficiency to make me more like Him.

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Weekly Devotional – The Depth of His Sorrows

SMED“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Psalm 22:1

We here behold the Saviour in the depth of His sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which His cry rends the air—”My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” At this moment physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which He had to pass; and to make His grief culminate with emphasis, He suffered spiritual agony surpassing all expression, resulting from the departure of His Father’s presence.

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Weekly Devotional – In Everything Ye Are Enriched By Him

Daily_Light1 Corinthians 1:5 (NIV) 

5  For in him you have been enriched in every way–in all your speaking and in all your knowledge

When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. — He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall be not with him also freely give us all things?

In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

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Weekly Devotional – The Words of God

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWords are my passion. I love the big ones, the little ones, the ambiguous ones and the vivid ones that translate abstract ideas into language we share with other humans. When Eliza Doolittle sings about being fed up with words in My Fair Lady, I cringe. I don’t think I could ever become disillusioned with words.

But my passion soars to higher spheres when dealing with certain words: words that flow from the mouth of God. So, it won’t surprise you to know how meaningful I find His choice of imagery to introduce us to our Savior: “In the beginning was the Word,”John tells us. “And the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1 HCSB). God chooses to reveal Himself to us through words.

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Weekly Devotional: A Spiritual Check-up

Body of female doctorRead Mark 11:12-26

A spiritual check-up is necessary if we are to achieve our maximum potential.  Jeremiah warns, “The heart is deceitful above all things, / And desperately wicked; / Who can know it?  I, the Lord, search the heart, / I test the mind, / Even to give every man according to his ways, / According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9-10).  Therefore, I do not recommend that you trust your self-diagnosis.  David, a man after God’s own heart, understood this when he prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; / Try me, and know my anxieties; / And see if there is any wicked way in me, / And lead me in the way everlasting.”

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Weekly Devotional – Worship in Suffering

65894_156138861201803_148489531_nHave you ever sat in worship and thought to yourself, “This is getting old”?  Sometimes even the most devout Christians can find themselves in a rut, feeling as if all they are doing is spinning their wheels spiritually.  The answer is not to give up on worship, but rather to explore ways in which our worship experience can inform our “real-world” experience.

Take for instance, the issue of suffering.  Some have asked me what to say to those in the midst of great suffering.  The one thing I can say for sure is that no course or internship at a seminary can provide the words to say to those who are hurting.  Many times we only make matters worse when we try to mend deep wounds with shallow words, all the while inadvertently minimizing the pain felt by those who grieve.  The only answer that I can give, and the only answer that I feel gives us any hope, is that God in the person of Jesus Christ knows what it is to suffer.  Normally in worship, if we speak of suffering it is in relation to what Christ endured.

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