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Daily Devotion: Lame Sheep

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40).

Charles Spurgeon contrasts believers who have a strong vigorous faith with others who are weak or troubled. “In God’s flock there are always some lame sheep.” Some […]

Daily Devotion: Forgiveness

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven’” (Matthew 18:21-22).

Peter interposes into Jesus’ insight in what to do when […]

Worship Moment of the Week: Glorious Praise

Have you made God’s praise glorious this week?

I think most of us would say, “Sure, I praised Him in church this past Sunday.” While this is a good answer, I wonder if the praise this weekend reflected the measure of God’s excellence. Meaning, did we celebrate His goodness in a way that measured up […]

Daily Devotion: Limitations?

“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21).

Both the apostle Paul and St. Francis considered themselves the worst of sinners. No one is too weak, too vile, too […]

Daily Devotion: Believe

“Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent’” (John 6: 28-29).

Jesus came to address the forces, influences, habits and thoughts that are destructive to ourselves and others. Jesus is the source of deliverance […]

Daily Devotion: Always There

“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them” (Matthew 18:20).

How is Christ there? As we, His people, meet, He is there because He is in every one of us. It is a blessed thing to see Christ in His people. Cultivate the practice of endeavoring to see your Lord […]

Daily Devotion: What’s It All About?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

Nancy Guthrie, writing from personal experience, says, “Significant suffering leaves us with significant questions.” Most people, it seems, are content to leave the wrenching questions of life’s unfairness and […]

Daily Devotion: Paul as Intercessor

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Ephesians 3:14-16).

We think of Paul as the great missionary, the great preacher, the great […]

A Note from the Pastor: You are a Prophet

“I wish all the Lord’s people were prophets” (Numbers 11:29).

Buzz Williams, a college basketball coach, teaches inner city kids. Most don’t know their biological fathers, so he not only invests into their athletic potential, but also in their spiritual future. This is how we are supposed to see everyone whom God has put into our […]

Daily Devotion: No Matter What Others Think

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).

Thomas Kempis advises that we shouldn’t get caught up in who’s for us and who’s against us because God is with us in everything we do. “Keep a clean conscience, and God will mightily defend you.” Yet, whether […]