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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Jun 2014, 7:01 am

Date: June 11, 2014 12:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+ We Like Predictability

We Like Predictability

"They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way." Luke 4:29-30

Scripture Focus: Luke 4:14-30

Many of us like predictability. We're comfortable with the expected. Perhaps it's because it gives us the illusion that we're in control. 

When Jesus taught in the Galilean region, He received praise from all who heard Him. Then He traveled to His home town of Nazareth. 

The people of Nazareth thought they knew Him. After all, they had watched Him play as a child. They had seen Him help Joseph in the carpenter shop. So they expected Him to behave the way all the hometown men behaved. How dare He declare Himself a prophet over them? Worse yet, He compared them to lepers! 

Mob mentality reigned. They took Him to the top of a cliff to throw Him off. "But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way" (vs. 30). 

Some might argue this wasn't a true miracle. Yet Jesus displayed His power in a clearly divine manner. He could not have walked through the crowd any other way. Sometimes a miracle is not found in signs or wonders, but in recognizing God for who He is when He is in our midst.

Insight: How has the Lord acted in unexpected ways in your life? Expect the unexpected as God works for your good and His glory!

Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship and Bible study groups.

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- "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." John Stuart Mill, 1867
- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
- "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."


Date: June 11, 2014 11:25 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Our Authority

Our Authority

"The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, What is this? A new teaching - and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." Mark 1:27

Scripture Focus: Mark 1:21-28

What do you want to be when you grow up? Vocational standards may influence the answer. While they may be difficult to achieve, these criteria often provide the authority we need to work in our chosen field. 

In Jesus' day, young men studied for years to be teachers of the law, also known as scribes. Some began training as early as 14 and finished at age 40. Then they could be ordained as judges or use the title of rabbi. 

But when Jesus taught them, He did not have the formal training His listeners had come to expect. Still, His teaching amazed them. But Jesus' teaching was not the only thing to inspire awe. They were also amazed at His authority over the spirit world. The evil spirit knew he had to obey Jesus' command. He recognized Jesus' authority and so did the people who watched. 

What the people did not realize was that Jesus' authority did not arise from merely learning the "written"  word of God. Jesus taught and acted with authority because He is the “living” Word of God.

Insight: In What Areas Should You Submit To Jesus Christ's Authority In Your Life? Submit To His Authority Today And He'll Amaze You, 
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- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
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Post  Admin on Wed 11 Jun 2014, 7:28 am

Date: June 9, 2014 11:41 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Chose To Believe

Chose To Believe

"Jesus replied, You may go. Your son will live. The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living." John 4:50-51

Scripture Focus: John 4:46-54

I'm from Missouri, and the unofficial slogan of the state of is, �he show me State.� But you don't have to be a resident of Missouri to be a bit cynical. Having heard one too many false promises, more than a few of us can identify with the phrase, "I'll believe it when I see it." 

So we wouldn't blame the nobleman in this passage for wanting Jesus to accompany him to his dying son. He believed that if Jesus came with him, his son would be healed. Shouldn't that have been enough? 

Jesus made the point that it �asn't enough� He told them, "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe" (John 4:48). Then he tested the nobleman's faith even more. Without going to see the dying boy, Jesus pronounced him healed. Later the man's servants met him on the road home with the news of his son's miraculous healing - a healing that occurred at the precise time Jesus declared it to be true! 

The nobleman chose to believe that Jesus' word was good enough ... and he was right.

Insight: Are there promises in the Bible that you struggle to believe? Take God at His word and trust Him for the results.

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Michael D. Inman

- "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." John Stuart Mill, 1867
- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
- "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."

Date: June 11, 2014 12:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+  We Like Predictability

We Like Predictability

"They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way." Luke 4:29-30

Scripture Focus: Luke 4:14-30

Many of us like predictability. We're comfortable with the expected. Perhaps it's because it gives us the illusion that we're in control. 

When Jesus taught in the Galilean region, He received praise from all who heard Him. Then He traveled to His home town of Nazareth. 

The people of Nazareth thought they knew Him. After all, they had watched Him play as a child. They had seen Him help Joseph in the carpenter shop. So they expected Him to behave the way all the hometown men behaved. How dare He declare Himself a prophet over them? Worse yet, He compared them to lepers! 

Mob mentality reigned. They took Him to the top of a cliff to throw Him off. "But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way" (vs. 30). 

Some might argue this wasn't a true miracle. Yet Jesus displayed His power in a clearly divine manner. He could not have walked through the crowd any other way. Sometimes a miracle is not found in signs or wonders, but in recognizing God for who He is when He is in our midst.

Insight: How has the Lord acted in unexpected ways in your life? Expect the unexpected as God works for your good and His
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Michael D. Inman

- "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." John Stuart Mill, 1867
- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
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Post  Admin on Thu 05 Jun 2014, 7:58 pm

Date: June 5, 2014 2:21 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Our First Impressions

Our First Impression

"This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him." John 2:11

Scripture Focus: John 2:1-11

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression," so the saying goes. If this is true, why did Jesus choose His first miracle to be one where He changed water into wine? Why not something more spectacular, such as giving sight to a blind man or raising the dead? 

But this miracle is as spectacular as any of His others. 

In the beginning, when God created the world, He made something out of nothing (Genesis 1). Since only God can create, what better way for Jesus Christ to begin His earthly ministry than by proving He is the Creator? Without grapes or grape juice, Jesus created a fine wine to be served to the wedding guests. 

Not only did this miracle affirm Jesus as Creator, it's setting also pointed to His relationship with believers. Marriage is a picture of our relationship with Christ. One day, the Church will be presented to Him as His perfect bride (Revelation 19:7-8). 

Jesus' first miracle revealed His glory. Today, it reminds us that He is our Creator and our Bridegroom. 

Insight: What situation is causing you to doubt God's power or compassion? Rest in the assurance that your powerful Creator is also your loving Bridegroom.

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- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
- "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."
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Post  Admin on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 10:05 pm

Date: June 4, 2014 12:06 AM
Topic: +DEV+ His Identity

His Identity

"Jesus did many other miraculous signs....But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:30-31

Scripture Focus: John 14:6-11

If your identity were in doubt, how would you prove who you are? You might show an ID card. You could ask someone to vouch for you. You may even offer to do something only you can do or provide answers no one else knows. 

In Jesus' day, Israel longed for the Messiah to come and defeat the Romans. They had already been disappointed by false messiahs. So how did Jesus Christ prove His identity as the Son of God and Israel's true Messiah? He did not have an ID card, but His genealogy was well documented. His brothers did not believe who He said he was at first (Mark 3:20-21), but His heavenly Father confirmed the He was the Son of God (Matthew 3:17). And Jesus performed miracles. 

The miracles of Jesus confirm who He is. God created the world, and only God could suspend its natural laws. Man was sin-sick; only God could bring healing - both physically and spiritually. Each miracle of Jesus points to His identity and His authority...and tells us something about the heart of God for His people. 

Insight: How do Jesus' miracles confirm His identity to you today? Allow these miraculous accounts to give you a fresh appreciation of who Christ is!

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Post  Admin on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 8:44 pm

Date: June 2, 2014 11:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Jesus Is God's Son

Jesus Is God's Son

"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:31

Scripture Focus: Ecclesiastes 12:12-14, John 21

This is the last place in his Gospel where John mentions "life." He tells his readers that his explicit purpose for writing was that they would believe. But notice how John does not simply say blind faith saves. He does not say that being saved comes from believing Jesus was a good man, a moral teacher, or a worker of miracles. Life, John says, can be ours only by believing Jesus to be the Christ - the promised coming Savior. 

Life comes by believing Jesus is the Christ and that He is God's Son (Romans 10:9-10). Many philosophies claim to have "the meaning of life." Many ideologies and religious cults deceive with empty promises of life. None of them has the truth that leads to eternal life.

Life - true life, changed life, eternal life - is ours only through Jesus. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:11). Will you commit your heart to Him and experience true "life in His name"? May your life in Jesus bring glory to God.

Insight: Jesus is ever-ready to impart life to the weary, broken, and humble. turn from sin and ask Him for life in His name today.
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Post  Admin on Mon 02 Jun 2014, 7:50 pm

Date: June 1, 2014 10:09 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Personally Knowing God

Personally Knowing God

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3

Scripture Focus: John 19-20

My wife works for a university which offers students over 200 different degree programs. Years of study can be invested to gain knowledge about almost anything under the sun. Many of those fields of study are gifts of grace from God to help us learn about the world He created and gave us dominion over. Yet, God inspired King Solomon 3,000 years ago to reflect that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). Nothing is worth knowing like knowing God. That's why theology is important. 

Theology, we said, is not just for pastors and scholars. Studied rightly, it has daily benefits of teaching us about the God who saved us and wants us to know Him more. Jesus has the authority to give eternal life (John 17:2), but what exactly is that? In today's verse Jesus provides the answer: To know God, and know His Son whom He sent. We can know a lot of things in life; many academics will insist that this is supreme. What (rather, Who?) can possibly be more important than knowing the Lord?

Insight: We must guard our hearts against the danger of knowing about God but not truly, personally knowing God.

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Post  Admin on Sat 31 May 2014, 10:15 pm

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Date: May 30, 2014 1:02 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Life through Theology

Life through Theology

"For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him." John 17:2

Scripture Focus: John 17, 18

Many Christians think theology (the study of God) is just for pastors and scholars. They think it is some lofty way to think about God with little practical value for the rest of us. Nothing is farther from the truth! Sound, Bible-based theology becomes beneficial to our everyday lives not in the facts we may accumulate, but when what we learn about God inspires us to worship and love Him more. When we know what we believe, it shapes who we are and how we behave day in and day out. Consider the rich theology in today's verse. 

The Father gave the Son authority over all people, and He gave the Son the authority to give eternal life to those whom the Father particularly gave Him (John 17:2, 20). Paul expands on this by saying that God was working this salvation for us in eternity past, for "He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight" and has given us the Holy Spirit as a promise of His continued work in us (Ephesians 1:4,13). That's good theology!

Insight: Theology, done rightly, always leads us to worship the Lord, either for who He is or for what He has done.

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Post  Admin on Fri 30 May 2014, 10:21 pm

Date: May 30, 2014 1:02 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Life through Theology

Life through Theology

"For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him." John 17:2

Scripture Focus: John 17, 18

Many Christians think theology (the study of God) is just for pastors and scholars. They think it is some lofty way to think about God with little practical value for the rest of us. Nothing is farther from the truth! Sound, Bible-based theology becomes beneficial to our everyday lives not in the facts we may accumulate, but when what we learn about God inspires us to worship and love Him more. When we know what we believe, it shapes who we are and how we behave day in and day out. Consider the rich theology in today's verse. 

The Father gave the Son authority over all people, and He gave the Son the authority to give eternal life to those whom the Father particularly gave Him (John 17:2, 20). Paul expands on this by saying that God was working this salvation for us in eternity past, for "He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight" and has given us the Holy Spirit as a promise of His continued work in us (Ephesians 1:4,13). That's good theology!

Insight: Theology, done rightly, always leads us to worship the Lord, either for who He is or for what  He has done.

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Post  Admin on Thu 29 May 2014, 4:34 pm

Date: May 28, 2014 1:24 AM
Topic: +DEV+ While We Were Still Sinners

While We Were Still Sinners

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Scripture Focus: John 15, 16

No one has ever spoken truer words than Jesus. His words are true because He is the truth (John 14:6). His words are life because He is the life (John 11:25; 14:6). And of all the lives laid down for others, none was so valuable, surrendered so selflessly, or given with greater love than Jesus'. If pressed into an urgent enough situation, you or I might give our own lives for a very best friend. I am humbled to think how Jesus willingly gave His life for me when I did not yet even know Him. 

Only because of Jesus' sacrifice can we move from being enemies of God to friends with Him. Paul wrote in Romans 5:10, "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!" It is a privilege to be given life and reconciliation with God, especially when we consider what He did to make it possible. Our life began where Jesus' life ended. That is the power of the cross. Greater love has no one than this!

Insight: "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

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Post  Admin on Wed 28 May 2014, 11:51 am

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Date: May 28, 2014 1:24 AM
Topic: +DEV+  While We Were Still Sinners

While We Were Still Sinners

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Scripture Focus: John 15, 16

No one has ever spoken truer words than Jesus. His words are true because He is the truth (John 14:6). His words are life because He is the life (John 11:25; 14:6). And of all the lives laid down for others, none was so valuable, surrendered so selflessly, or given with greater love than Jesus'. If pressed into an urgent enough situation, you or I might give our own lives for a very best friend. I am humbled to think how Jesus willingly gave His life for me when I did not yet even know Him. 

Only because of Jesus' sacrifice can we move from being enemies of God to friends with Him. Paul wrote in Romans 5:10, "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!" It is a privilege to be given life and reconciliation with God, especially when we consider what He did to make it possible. Our life began where Jesus' life ended. That is the power of the cross. Greater love has no one than this!

Insight: "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  (Romans 5:8

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Post  Admin on Tue 27 May 2014, 12:25 pm

Date: May 27, 2014 12:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Jesus And Salvation Is Powerful

Jesus And Salvation Is Powerful

"Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Scripture Focus: John 14

As I write this a missionary friend 8,000 miles away uses Twitter to ask for prayers. He and his team were preaching in a town in Asia. When one of them spoke this verse, the crowd erupted in protest and began hurling rocks and pieces of 2x4 lumber at them. The truth of Jesus and salvation is powerful, isn't it? 

Closer to home, I have noticed over the past few years a blue bumper sticker has gotten quite popular. Spelled out in a mix of white letters and symbols from the world's foremost religions, it simply says "Coexist." Maybe you've seen it. 

As followers of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), we are to live in peace as much as it depends on us (Romans 12:18). However, to simply "coexist" with other religions would be the most hateful thing we could do. Billions of people still don't know Jesus. They live in falsehood and darkness. By God's grace we now live in light, love, and truth. Then wouldn't the most loving thing we can do in this world be to tell people about eternal life in Jesus alone?

Insight: Lord, please strengthen missionaries around the world and encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters living in countries opposed to the Gospel. amen.

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Date: May 19, 2014 11:14 PM
Topic: +DEV+  His Words Are Eternal Life


His Words Are Eternal Life

"I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." John 12:50

Scripture Focus: John 12:34-50

Jesus always displayed courage and obedience in the face of opposition. Here, before the Jewish rulers who again press Him about His identity (though they refuse to believe what He has already told them), He does not back down. His words are the Father's words, which lead to eternal life. Everything Jesus did was of the Father. His words and His works were given to Him by the Father (John 5:36; 10:25, 32; 14:10; 17:8). His words and works were meant to glorify God and lead us to eternal life in Him. 

On earth He was fully obedient to the Father in declaring Him. Now Jesus has charged us to bring the Gospel to the world and make disciples. It seems daunting, but He has promised that He will never leave us (Matthew 28:19-20). He has left us the Holy Spirit (John 16:7) to empower us and our efforts. Despite whatever opposition may come in this world, Jesus has charged us to live courageously and obediently, glorifying Him among men and women as to save others, grabbing them out of the fire (Jude 23).

Insight: "This is love for God: To obey his commands, and His commands are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3)







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Topic: +DEV+ Live For Jesus

Live For Jesus

"Peter asked, Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." John 13:37

Scripture Focus: John 13

At their last meal together, Jesus told His disciples He was leaving. Where He was going they could not follow, though one day they would. Missing the significance, Peter thought only in the moment and expressed his heart's desire to be with Jesus. I can appreciate his sincerity and absolute devotion. I might have reacted the same way. Would you have, too? Even Paul later wrote that while he longed to be with Jesus, he knew he needed to remain alive a little while longer (Philippians 1:21-24). 

As Peter discovered, the truth is that we often offer to die for the Lord when what He really has for us to do is live for Him. Little did Peter know that night, but he had 30 years of Gospel ministry ahead of him. One day he would lay his life down for the cause of Christ. But not yet. 

How long you and I have on this earth is known only to the Lord, but today the harvest for Gospel work is plentiful and the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). Death will come soon enough, but today Jesus would have us live for Him.

Insight: Every christian wears bifocals, to see both the nearness of today and distance of eternity. He is returning soon to collect His church.

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Date: May 18, 2014 1:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Adversity Into Victory

Adversity Into Victory

"So from that day on they plotted to take his life." John 11:53

Scripture Focus: Psalm 2; John 11:45-57

As we've studied "life" in John, we have seen life explained, given, received, laid down, picked up, and personified in the Person of Jesus. Here, in what may be one of the most ominous sentences ever written, John tells of the plot to take that life away. Like in a movie, we can almost hear the dark orchestration of the film's score as the words are said by our narrator. 

The action of the ruling Jewish leaders came as a result of Jesus' raising Lazarus from the dead and their own high priest's prophesy that one would die for the nation of Israel (in fact, for all the "scattered children of God," John 11:52). Later, at Pentecost, Peter would preach in the power of the Holy Spirit that it was the sovereign plan of God, and yet also of wicked men who were humanly responsible for it (Acts 2:23). 

One thing is certain: "God has made this Jesus, whom they crucified, both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36). His purposes prevail over every scheme of man, and they prevail in your life too, securing you as His child.

Insight: Every human effort to oppose the Gospel is used by God to further it. 

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Date: May 16, 2014 6:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+ He Is Our Fortress

He is Our Fortress

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28)

Scripture Focus: John 10:22-42

We've all heard stories about secret underground bunkers or seen movies about some awesome, impenetrable fortress. Humanly speaking, the security of such places may be debated. But Jesus' words reveal the absolutely impenetrable fortress of every believer's eternally secure salvation. 

The "them" in this sentence refers to Jesus' sheep, those who "listen" and "follow" Him (vs. 27). The security of their souls is perfectly and infinitely guarded by at least six mighty truths: 1. They are His ("My sheep"); 2. He knows them (vs. 27); 3. He is the one who gives them eternal life; 4. That eternal life was given to Him by the Father to give (vs. 29); 5. Tthey are in the Father's Hand (vs. 29); and 6. Jesus and the Father are one (vs. 30). 

Your eternal future was forever won by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. You can rest assured it is held safe not by your own strivings, but by the hand of the omnipotent, loving, promise-keeping God. "A Mighty Fortress is our God... His kingdom is forever" (Martin Luther, 1529).

Insight: There is emphatic force behind "never." We can think of it as those who are the Lord's will "absolutely never" perish!

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Date: May 14, 2014 10:38 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10:11

Scripture Focus: Psalm 23; John 10:11-13

Why would any shepherd willingly die to save the flock he's watching over? They are, after all, only sheep. If we think about it, it sounds absurd. Only a shepherd of remarkable courage and benevolence would so commit himself, even to his own death. Such a selfless shepherd would act so devotedly because he knows the importance of the one who owns the sheep. 

The answer to the question, of course, is that Jesus is no ordinary shepherd. He is God. He is the Good Shepherd. From eternity past, God the Father entrusted every precious believing soul to the Son. The Son honors the Father in His perfect care of and sacrifice for the Father's flock. 

While He was with them, the Good Shepherd protected them and kept them safe, losing none except the one destined to be lost (John 17:12). Yet His greatest act of love and devotion would be His own obedient death for their sakes - for our sakes. We are those sheep! Through it He did what no one else could do; He secured our safety and peace for all eternity.

Insight: The Gospel is beautiful not because of the sheep but because of the Good Shepherd. our worth is due entirely to Him.

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Topic: +DEV+  He Is Our Fortress

He is Our Fortress

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28)

Scripture Focus: John 10:22-42

We've all heard stories about secret underground bunkers or seen movies about some awesome, impenetrable fortress. Humanly speaking, the security of such places may be debated. But Jesus' words reveal the absolutely impenetrable fortress of every believer's eternally secure salvation. 

The "them" in this sentence refers to Jesus' sheep, those who "listen" and "follow" Him (vs. 27). The security of their souls is perfectly and infinitely guarded by at least six mighty truths: 1. They are His ("My sheep"); 2. He knows them (vs. 27); 3. He is the one who gives them eternal life; 4. That eternal life was given to Him by the Father to give (vs. 29); 5. Tthey are in the Father's Hand (vs. 29); and 6. Jesus and the Father are one (vs. 30). 

Your eternal future was forever won by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. You can rest assured it is held safe not by your own strivings, but by the hand of the omnipotent, loving, promise-keeping God. "A Mighty Fortress is our God... His kingdom is forever" (Martin Luther, 1529).

Insight: There is emphatic force behind "never." We can think of it as those who are the Lord's will "absolutely never" perish!

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Date: May 13, 2014 11:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Son Of The Living God

The Son Of The Living God

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

Scripture Focus: John 10:1-10

We might think of this verse only for the "down and out" in life - those who appear to have given up on life. I know I have. I've quoted this verse to drug addicts and alcoholics. It exposes Satan's intentions behind those substances. My intentions were good. I meant to show the miserable end result of those things and the hope that can be theirs. But the ferocity of Satan's hate is not limited to addicts. He is equally happy to steal, kill and destroy a successful executive or a housewife caring for the family, a plumber or a religious monk trusting in his own piety. He is not particular. 

The message of the Gospel is that Jesus - also no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-36) - is God, and He came to earth to do for us what we never could: save us from all that holds us captive. He alone can break the bonds of sin shackling every human heart. Apart from Jesus we have only death, even in our greatest earthly successes. True life, overflowing life, eternal life, is found only in Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

Insight: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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Date: May 13, 2014 1:57 AM
Topic: +DEV+  To God Be The Glory

To God Be The Glory

"Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." John 9:3

Scripture Focus: John 9; Romans 8

Heaven will be filled with heroic saints. Think of the five young missionary men who lost their lives at the hands of the Waodani (Auca) Indians of Ecuador in 1956. Or think of Joni Erickson Tada of our lifetime, living courageously as a quadriplegic most of her life, and yet thanking God for the influence it has allowed her to have for His kingdom. Remember Job in the Bible, who endured so much yet refused to heed his wife's advice to "curse God and die" (Job 2:9). Four thousand years later, the story of his suffering continues to inspire people to draw ever closer to God in their trials. 

The account of the man born blind in John 9 is another such story. Receiving his sight was precious. But he received two greater gifts: eternal life and the privilege of being used by God. No matter what our disease or impairment, Jesus encourages us that God is sovereign in our weaknesses. He has a good purpose in mind for every detail of our lives. How amazing it will be to speak with these saints in heaven one day!

Insight:  "But We Have This Treasure In Jars Of Clay To Show That This All-Surpassing Power Is From God And Not From Us." (2 Corinthians 4:7)

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Date: May 12, 2014 2:16 AM
Topic: +DEV+ What Is Your Life’s Story 

What Is Your Life’s Story 

"No one, sir, she said. Then neither do I condemn you, Jesus declared. Go now and leave your life of sin." John 8:11

Scripture Focus: John 8:1-11

I'm fascinated by books and stories that tell how someone lived his or her life. In the Bible we read hundreds of mini biographies, some only a verse or two long. In 2 Samuel we read about Benaiah. One of King David's chief men, he "was a valiant fighter...who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab's best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion" (2 Samuel 23:20). The lives of most of the kings of Judah and Israel are summarized with the words, "and he did evil in the sight of the Lord." 

In John chapter 8 we get another brief life story. Jewish leaders brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. By Jewish Law she was to be stoned, but what would this Teacher say? Jesus did not condemn her, but He did write her biography when He summed up her life as a "life of sin." A good doctor shows the disease then dispenses the medicine. People don't need condemnation, but they do need to be shown their honest condition before God, and then the Savior He sent to save them.

Insight: What Better Biography Is There Than Of A Life Changed By Jesus? Does Your Life Tell That Story?

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Date: May 8, 2014 10:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Jews Wanted Him Dead

Jews Wanted Him Dead

"After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life." (John 7:1)

Scripture Focus: Genesis 39; John 7

In election years we constantly hear about poll numbers. One misstep on the campaign trail, and a candidate's popularity with voters can drop overnight. Jesus certainly wasn't running for office, but He knew first-hand how quickly the tides of public opinion can change. 

John 6 opens with Jesus being a hero to thousands. He miraculously fed over 5,000 people on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee in the North. The same chapter ends with most of the people abandoning Him (John 6:66). His "poll numbers" were far worse in Judea to the South: the ruling Jews there wanted Him dead! 

In today's verse John implies that Jesus stayed in Galilee for a time preaching, teaching, and healing. He did what ministry He could, where He could. Jesus was not afraid for His life. He went to Jerusalem shortly after (John 7:2). Even when opposed, He continued in ministry. With you and me in mind, Jesus was faithful to His purpose to save us, even becoming "obedient to death - even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:8)!

Insight: Lord Jesus, thank you for Your faithfulness in Your earthly ministry and that we now have life in You. Amen.

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Date: May 7, 2014 10:04 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Wonderful Words Of Life

Wonderful Words Of Life

"Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." (John 6:69)

Scripture Focus: John 6:64-71; 1 Peter 1

We have spent a few days together looking at Jesus' words about life in John 6. John tells us the crowd's reaction to what Jesus had taught them. "From this time, many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him" (vs. 66). "You don't also want to go away, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Peter's earnest reply has lived on in the hearts of believers 
for centuries. 

Forgiveness of sins and new life are free gifts to us. We simply cannot earn them. Yet, following Jesus will cost us. It may cost us a promotion, a friendship, possessions... It is a cross-bearing life (Luke 9:23). Jesus pictured it as striving to get through a gate with obstacles all around it (Luke 13:24). Tradition says Peter himself was crucified upside-down for his faith. 

In Peter's words we find inspiring reasons to press onward in Jesus: He is Lord; He alone has spoken the words of eternal life; He is the Savior God promised He would send. Along with Peter we testify that there is no one else we would follow.

Insight: Be encouraged today. every trial of life will one day be worth it all when we see Jesus face to face.

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Date: May 5, 2014 10:00 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Salvation By Faith Alone

Salvation By Faith Alone

"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:54

Scripture Focus: John 6:52-58

Jesus here continues to teach His hearers what it means to follow Him. Initially they heard Him on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, where He miraculously fed more than 5,000 of them. Some followed Him across the lake the next day, hoping for more free food. What they received instead was shocking. Not only did Jesus declare Himself to be the "bread of life," He said that one had to feed on His flesh and drink His blood if they would have eternal life! You can imagine how unsettling these words were. 

Athletes subject themselves to remarkable self-discipline. Achieving peak performance is their "flesh" and "blood." If you've ever committed to a sport or a race or a personal goal, you understand. What Jesus said to His hearers that day He still speaks to us: Eternal life is a gift, found in Him alone by faith alone. Our works can never save us. Yet, if we are going to follow after Him, nothing less than total, sold-out commitment to Him will do. Jesus must be our flesh and blood.

Insight: Is Jesus your greatest pursuit in life? He is the Lord, and He deserves to be.

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Post  Admin on Mon 05 May 2014, 6:54 pm

Date: May 5, 2014 1:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Bread Of Heaven

The Bread Of Heaven

"I am the bread of life." (John 6:48)

Scripture Focus: Exodus 16, John 6:30-51

Nearly 1,500 years before the events of John 6, God used Moses to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. For the 40 years that followed, God fed an estimated 2 million men, women, and children as they journeyed in the desert to the Promised Land. He did this by sending bread from heaven. Having just fed a crowd of 5,000, Jesus takes the opportunity to show that He is the true bread from heaven. What was only a shadowy allusion before was now perfectly revealed in Him. 

The Israelites who ate the manna (bread) God gave them in the desert all died (vs:49). But Jesus is the bread God gives, "who comes down from heaven" (vs:33), and those who eat of it "will live forever" (vs:51). 

How may we receive this bread? By believing entirely in Jesus Christ. If He is the bread, how do we "eat" Him? As we set out to make everything He is and everything He taught the very "foods" we desire to live by, we show that we long to know Him as our source of life. He is our sustenance, the daily bread we need.

Insight: Lord Jesus, you alone are the true bread of life, the bread of heaven. may we hunger to know and love You more each day. Amen.

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Post  Admin on Thu 01 May 2014, 8:44 pm

Date: May 1, 2014 1:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Spiritual Food

Spiritual Food

"Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." (John 6:27)

Scripture Focus: John 6:1-29

Today we read of Jesus using food as a metaphor for our life's foremost pursuits. He is addressing the multitude that crossed over Galilee after Him, mainly because they wanted more free food. Isn't that just like us? Jesus does not miraculously provide for them again, but He does give them - and us - a feast of truths to consider. 

First, Jesus gives a prohibitive command: "Do not work for food that spoils." He is not saying that we are to avoid the basic economy of working to provide for ourselves, our families, and others. But that must not be the sole focus of our lives. Whatever we do in life, He commands us to labor for the "food that endures to eternal life," to pursue those things that have an eternal value. Jesus tells us that He is the Source for lasting "food," and all of this is pleasing to the Father. 

Let's look to the Lord for our temporal nourishment (Matthew 6:11), but also remember that the better food is that which does us eternal good, every word from God (Deuteronomy 8:3). 
What a feast!

Insight:  "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33)
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Date: April 29, 2014 10:54 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Study The Scriptures

Study The Scriptures

"You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (John 5:39-40)

Scripture Focus: John 5:36-47; Luke 24:13-53

Many religious leaders in Jesus' day spent their entire lives in intense study of the Scriptures. They were proud of their knowledge, but it was misapplied because they failed to see that the Scriptures pointed in fact to Jesus. In their intellectual pride they refused to come to Him for eternal life. 

Some scholars today are no different. But it's not just academics who can be snared in their studies. You and I may fall into the very same error. If all I learn from my Bible study are facts, figures and rules then, Jesus says, I have missed the point. Does that strike a chord with you? All of the Bible is about Him. 

After He rose again, Jesus walked with two disciples along a road. "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself" (Luke 24:27). Whatever we may learn about the Bible, the knowledge we gain is misapplied if it takes our attention away from seeing Jesus on every page and growing in our love for Him.

Insight: Dear Lord, thank you for the Bible, a gift from you. send your Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to us on every page. Amen.

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Date: April 29, 2014 12:47 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Our New Address in Life

Our New Address in Life

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." (John 5:24)

Scripture Focus: John 5:22-35; Psalm 113

If asked, the average man or woman on the street probably would never consider themselves bad or guilty, much less "condemned," but that is what the Bible declares anyone to be who does not believe in Jesus as Savior. Such wrong thinking reveals a misunderstanding about God and about themselves. Jesus here begins with the words, "I tell you the truth." He reminds us of our spiritual address. Jesus makes it clear where my home is. 

Apart from God, we are all condemned - destined for God's judgment because of our sin. Yet He tells us more truth: There is hope. His words bring life; moreover, it is eternal life. When we believe the Gospel, we cross over - move - to a new place. A spiritual change of address happens. God moves us from condemnation and death, to pardon and life. Like moving out of a home we no longer own, our move is immediate and permanent. Nothing and no one can move us back. 

Insight: The christian life is a pilgrimage. we are on the way to our final home-forever with the Lord. the best is yet to come!

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