Devotional

Sometimes I Doubt

Dear God: I was hit with a surging wave of doubt today. About You. Please forgive me, but I’m sometimes bombarded by the fact that everything about You, every claim You make, is invisible and has to be taken on faith.

My Child Is Hurting

Dear God: It's hard being a parent when I see my child experiencing something painful that I can't do anything about. My son is depressed and lonely. Help him take his medication.

Resurrection Hope

Dear God: Thank you for the Easter season that reaffirms our faith, trust and hope in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He gives us the hope to which we cling—"Because I live—you too shall live."

Exposing Your Grace

Dear God: It's a new day and I thank You for bringing me to it; for the benefits of rest and renewal. I just finished reading about when Jesus healed several people of their physical problems.

Sand Dollars and Snow

Dear God: Thank you for making our world so diverse. I used to live in the Midwest where it's cold much of the Winter, but once, when I lived there, I went to Florida and collected shells on a sunny beach.

Discouragement

Dear God: Be there for every person who is discouraged. For those who feel like giving up and calling it quits.

My Adversary

Dear God: I’m exhausted and feel like I’ve been fighting a war with one hand tied behind my back. I have misjudged my opponent.

Compliments

Dear God: It’s amazing how one word of praise can change a day! Heading out to the car after our small-group meeting last Thursday...

Holy Spirit

Dear God: It’s such an incredible gift of your Holy Spirit. Thank you. It’s impossible to picture your Spirit ministering throughout our lost and hurting world, but the Bible assures us of his omnipresent power.

Merry Christmas God

Dear God: The good news of salvation is the best news our world has ever heard! None of us deserves the grace you offer.

Holiday Stress

Dear God: I'm stressed out! Christmas is just around the corner and there's way too much going on! The traffic is crazy and I keep bumping into people who are downright rude!

God's Amazing Gift

Dear God: Two thousand years ago, in the fullness of time, an epoch-making event took place: Your Son was sent to our earth to become a human being—Jesus Christ.

The Good Ole Days

Dear God: When I was raising my kids, it was very different. They didn't sit and watch television all day. They didn't have iPods filled with trashy music and computers in their rooms. My children were respectful and dressed appropriately.

Constant Pain

Dear God: Help. Jesus, I can hardly pray beyond that one word. I hurt all over. The pain is with me in the morning, nags me through the day, and climbs into bed with me at night.

 

In Right Relationship

Justification, or righteousness (they are the same word in Greek), in Jewish thought is a covenant concept. Thus to be righteous means that a person is in a right relationship with God. In the Old Testament, righteousness is much more than an impersonal standard of justice; it is a personal concept: it is essentially the fulfillment of the demands of a relationship between two people.

     To be right with God, therefore, is to trust in His gracious promises and to act accordingly. That underlies one of Paul's key phrases in Romans: "the obedience of faith" Romans 1:5. In short, obedience does not lead to a saving relationship with Christ, but it does flow out of it, as Christ lives out His life in us (Galatians 2:20). Justification, for Paul, always leads to ethical living.

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The Appointed Time

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven...

His Sheep

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The Dew of Heaven

Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and an abundance of grain and new wine.

Wonderful Works

He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.