Tagged: “Jesus Christ”

I am the Church?

“At that moment (when Jesus died) the curtain of the temple (which separated non-priests from God’s most holy place) was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split”  Matthew 27:51 (my notes added) Have you ever heard the saying, “The veil was torn,” but didn’t know what it meant? The […]

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What to do When Life Sucks

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 My life used to really suck. It never failed, no matter what I did to “try” to make my life better, it was still […]

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When Jesus Asks You to do Dumb Stuff

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:6 Sometimes Jesus asks us to do things that seem “not so bright.” In our finite, unrenewed minds, His […]

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What Makes You Good Enough For God?

“I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” Philippians 3:8,9 I almost titled this devotional What Makes You Righteous In […]

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How to do Your Best for God

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1 Do you ever have those days when you feel like you’re not good enough? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but there is a presence of lack, dread, and weakness–even as a Christian? […]

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How Can I Become Wise?

“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 For most of my life I lacked wisdom–exuding it, that is. Even though I thought I was living wisely, I wasn’t. This was because I was living according […]

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How I Beat Alcoholism

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” ~Jesus John 8:32 I’m in recovery for alcoholism, that is, the flesh’s cravings and my old thought processes. For years I drank way too much, way too often–even as a Christian. No I didn’t “get all religious” to try to stop drinking, I’ve been a […]

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Can I Command Someone to Love Me?

“This is my command: Love each other.” ~Jesus John 15:17 Most of us have seen the original Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, which was released in 1991. I was ten when it came out and we got it on VHS shortly after, so I can quote the entire movie nearly verbatim. In one scene, the […]

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Are You Living For Today?

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” See Philippians 4:12 For so many years I lived a life of discontentment. I was never truly happy, I never felt accomplished, and really, I was never satisfied with anything–myself included. The overall picture of my life was always changing and getting better, […]

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