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“Do You Know Your Mission”

GROWING IN CHRIST John 21:15-18 “Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love Me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love You.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed My lambs.’ Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love Me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love You.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of My sheep.’ The third time He said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know […]

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“Sin Shows the Way to God’s Power”

GROWING IN CHRIST Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (NIV) God calls you to be fruitful. John 15:8 “This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” Christians often mistake fruitfulness with “doing” for God. Fruitfulness in your Christian life is an opposite paradigm of fruitfulness in the world’s ways. Your fruitfulness as a Christian occurs through a deeper revelation of the sin in your life. A deeper revelation of sin in you comes through a deeper relationship with God. As you come to know God better, the impurity of […]

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“On Mission for Jesus”

GROWING IN CHRIST Luke 4:42-44 “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them.  But He said, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’”  (NIV) Jesus was constantly going non-stop from one group. . .to crowds. . .to other ministry opportunities.  Jesus began his day by finding a solitary place for time with His heavenly Father before leaving for another town when […]

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“Focus Small – Grow Big”

GROWING IN CHRIST “Focus Small – Grow Big”  Luke 16:10 “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” (NRSV) God not only wants you to exhibit faithfulness in every aspect of your life, but He also wants you to be faithful in what He has called you to do. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 states, “So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been […]

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“Let Go and Let God”

GROWING IN CHRIST “Let Go and Let God”  2 Chronicles 20:12a “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.”  (NIV) Your journey through life will confront you with many changes, challenges, and opportunities.  Many of these will seem insurmountable – bringing fear and uncertainty.  How you respond to these times will impact God’s work and purpose in you.  The passage in 2 Chronicles 20:12-27 will give you some rich insights on how to approach adversity through God’s power and grace. The Jewish people were moving according to God’s call but still feared the dangers […]

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As the Nation Struggles

With all of the everyday chaos, and uncertainty around the world we need encouragement. Even the best of us feel sometime that we just want to throw up our hands and quit. But remember what Paul wrote to the Roman church in such times and be encouraged: Romans 12:9-21 (New Living Translation – NLT) Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically Rejoice in our […]

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“Take No Seconds”

GROWING IN CHRIST “Take No Seconds” Galatians 1:12 “I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” (NIV) Our world is filled with new avenues to be spiritually fed. Social media inundates you with spiritual truths, teachings, Scriptures, wisdom, and impressions. You can receive any number of devotions every day, read a book on any topic, listen to sermons online from churches throughout the world, and basically satisfy every spiritual need or curiosity that you have. Knowledge has become so numerous and plentiful that a follower of Christ can easily […]

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“No Martha For Christmas”

GROWING IN CHRIST “No Martha For Christmas”   Luke 10:41-42 “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.’” (NIV) Martha had a wonderful opportunity to be in the very presence of the Lord Jesus, yet she let her meal preparation for Him take away from the opportunity to be with Him. Christmas is an opportunity similar to Martha’s experience to be with Jesus.  Christmas is a time when you can not only recognize God’s great […]

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“Stepping into Jesus”

“Stepping into Jesus”  Psalm 111:7 “The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy.” (NIV)      This is a verse that every follower of Christ should memorize and keep before them daily. Each day your life is filled with opportunities to trust God or give way to the flesh, the world, or Satan. The over-riding principle is that God is faithful, and everything He does is just. The various opportunities you face each day call on various Scriptural truths that are trustworthy. Psalm 37:5 encourages you in the response God desires of you, “Commit your way to the LORD; […]

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“Trusting Love”

“Trusting Love” Psalm 85:10 “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (NIV)  We begin this week’s devotion with the verse we ended with last week. This verse gives a beautiful picture of faith, obedience, and what follows. Love is at the core of the gospel. The gospel expresses God’s love for you. Out of His love for you, God desires a transformative opportunity to express His love through you to others. Your faithfulness to God is demonstrated as your love for Him grows and God is able to express His love in an increasing measure to others. Psalm 89:14 declares, […]

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