Monthly Archives: April 2019

“If you should choose to accept this mission . . .”

When Jesus approached Paul near Damascus, He told him through Ananias that he was to be “My chosen instrument to take My message to the Gentiles and to kings as well as to the people of Israel.  And I will … Continue reading

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Humility

As one approaches the house where the Japanese tea service is offered, the middle gate (naka kuguri) is purposefully small, requiring slight stooping to enter.  This is intended to help those who approach to do so humbly, reverently anticipating the … Continue reading

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O come let us adore Him!

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” “You are worthy, our Lord and God,     to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,     and by your will they were created … Continue reading

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Misusing the Precious Gift of Sex

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.  “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.  You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will … Continue reading

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Timid ambassadors

In Corinth, rebuffed and frustrated by resistance to his teaching, Paul was encouraged by his Lord in a night vision, “Do not be afraid!  Speak out!  Don’t be silent!  For I am with you, and no one will attack and … Continue reading

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Sin-expelling devotion

Jesus told the parable of the man healed of the unclean spirit who ended up in a worse condition than he had suffered before he was purged.  He had nothing to take the place in his life previously occupied by … Continue reading

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New citizenship; new King

In Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, chapter 6 is such good news!  Paul’s logic is that, since we have judicially died with Christ, we should exercise the confidence that we are also dead (or no longer obligated) to … Continue reading

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