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February 20, 2019

HOW TO READ THE BIBLE

Growing up in a Christian home, I was familiar with the Bible. But it wasn’t until I began trusting Christ personally, that I began to have a hunger to study God’s Word. Now, 49 years later, I’m still amazed...

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

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February 19, 2019

JESUS SAID IT. DO YOU BELIEVE IT?

In 2009, a Pew Forum study found that 52% of all American Christians believe that other religions can lead to eternal life. This is a problem because it is 100% contrary to the teachings of Jesus. By taking the...

“Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14: 5-6

 

Daily Devotional

February 18, 2019

WHEN WE THINK WE KNOW GOD

There are a lot of folks in the church who THINK they know God. After all, they’re involved in their church. Many can even rattle off a list of what Jesus said or did. And yet, in spite of...

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one… And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you,  there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15: 8, 9-10

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Jesus said it. Do you believe it? In 2009, a Pew Forum study found that 52% of American Christians believe other religions can lead to eternal life. This is a problem because it is 100% contrary to the teachings of Jesus. By taking the “politically correct,” all-inclusive stance, you’re saying that Jesus was a liar when He. Are the statement, “I am the ONLY way to the Father” (my paraphrase). So, the question to ask is this: Do you believe Jesus? There are only 3 responses:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Those are the options. Now for those debating the options, it’s important to know WHY Christians choose option #3. Firstly, Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross for you and for me. He loved us so much that He willingly went to the cross to take upon Himself OUR sin so that we could have a relationship wi5h God. Secondly, Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death and proving that He was more than an ordinary man. And for those interested, the historical evidence is absolutely overwhelming that Christ did in fact rise from the dead. And thirdly, Jesus predicted all this would happen. Now I don’t know about you, but if someone is able to predict Their own death and resurrection and pull it off... they might just be worth paying attention to.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Christian faith rises and falls on the resurrection of Jesus. A risen Jesus has more authority than Mohammed or Buddha who lived and died saying, “I’m going to show you A way.” Instead, Jesus said, “I am THE way.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s a love that won’t fade, change, or lose interest - it’s a real love that God alone can give. And it starts at the cross. Jesus loved us enough to take our place on the cross. It’s a sacrificial love like no other. Augustine wrote, “Our hearts are restless til they find rest in thee.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Where have you been searching for love and acceptance, but still turning up empty? In work, family, a relationship? Maybe it’s time to look at Jesus. Only Jesus offers this sacrificial love that we don’t deserve and could never earn. Be honest - is your heart ‘restless’, never really satisfied from romance, friendship, entertainment, or work? Wouldn’t you like to finally find “rest” (fulfillment, joy) that comes from knowing God’s love?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But what if there was a love greater? A love more powerful and enduring, one not based on circumstances or feelings, but based on commitment and certainty. There is - it’s God’s love. And it’s very real.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus makes it very clear that this REAL love is available to all of us. And God’s love is unlike anything we’ll ever find in the movies or even with another person - because God’s love never fails. It never walks out or grows cold. It never lets us down - it’s the real deal.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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And when we experience this kind of love, it changes us. God’s love even changes how we love others. Because when we know the assurance of God’s love for us, God gives us a love powerful enough to love others, even those we don’t like. And that’s a kind of love worth finding.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In fact, the Bible was written over 1600 years by about 40 different writers. The argument is that these men were just like you and me, so they made mistakes. And that’s exactly right - the part about these writers being ordinary men. But the miracle of the Scriptures is the fact that it came into existence THROUGH this group of flawed, sinful men to tell ONE, cohesive story. .
The story of the Bible is that of a loving God desiring the redemption of mankind.
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2 Peter 1 describes the power of the Holy Spirit working through these writers to reveal the perfect truth OF God, FROM God. In other words, the Bible is divinely inspired BY God, in order to reveal Himself to the world.
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So what about you? Are you willing to believe what the Word of God (The Bible) says about the Word of God (Jesus)?
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 #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #biblestudy #walkingwithgod #faithstep #studytime #realitycheck #heart2heartIf Christ is the only way to heaven, then what about all those who have never heard of Jesus? God’s Word tells us in Romans chapter 1 that there are two ways that ALL mankind has knowledge of God:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Anthropologists have discovered that in every people group throughout history, there has been a belief in some kind of higher power and a sense of right and wrong. The Atheism of today was not the norm throughout history. C.S. Lewis refers to man’s sense of conscience or “moral ought-ness” as evidence that God exists. Why? Because being made in the image of God, mankind has this inner wrestling between right and wrong. It’s what makes us unique from the animal kingdom. It’s evidence of God’s existence.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In Romans 1:19-20, it’s very clear that God displays His glory in all that He has made. We see the evidence of God in the beauty and complexity of creation. Therefore, no man can claim ignorance before God, because all mankind can see the evidence of an intelligent designer in Creation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So for those who haven’t yet heard the good news of Jesus? The evidence is clearly there and no one can claim ignorance. In fact, scripture is full of examples of God revealing Himself to those who truly seek Him: the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8), the Roman centurion (Acts 10), Lydia (Acts 16). But that doesn’t mean Christians get to sit back and just let it happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus called on the church to go and tell others (Matthew 28:19-20). So how will you take part in taking the Gospel to those who don’t yet know Jesus personally?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This rich man could be many of us today. He was materially wealthy, and yet spiritually poor. Maybe you’ve done pretty well for yourself career-wise and you’ve built up a nice nest egg just waiting for the day you can relax and enjoy the rewards of all your hard work. For others, maybe you’re focused on experiencing all life has to offer right now - you’re living in the moment but failing to consider the impact today has on tomorrow. Jesus would argue that you’re both missing the point.
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Many people fill up churches professing to follow Jesus, and yet their lives betray them. They trust more in their bank account or in momentary experiences- the things of this world, than they trust in God. And all the while, God is asking us to trust HIM to show us how to live the most meaningful and abundant lives today AND in the days to come.
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The protagonist is clearly the younger son; however, Jesus specifically mentions a second son - the ELDER son. Watching the warm welcome this screwup son received, the elder son becomes angry: “What about me? I’ve never once left your side or dishonored you, he complains to his father (my paraphrase of Luke 15: 28-30). “It’s just not fair!” And he’s right; it’s not fair.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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God’s love and forgiveness is free of charge no matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done - once we reach that point of finally turning back towards God. For the younger sons among us, that unconditional love often translates into powerful life changing testimonies. But for the elder sons - the faithful Christians? Well, it’s easy to look down on those younger sons with judgement and disdain. This was the mentality of the Pharisees.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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And yet, the church today is full of elder sons, who are quick to point out the flaws of others, while remaining blind to their own. And yet, God loves BOTH sons depicted in the parable. He pursues both. The invitation to return home is there, will you accept? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #storytime #pride #son #dad #instatruth #heartcheckOne of Jesus’ most famous parables is the story of a man who had two sons. His youngest son was fed up with the day to day lifestyle of living at home under Dad’s rules. One day, he decided to take his share of his inheritance and head off to the big city. In other words, this son wanted the benefit of his dad, without his dad. Have you ever treated God this way? It’s the “what can God do for me mentality.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Amazingly, the father agreed and handed over his share of the inheritance. Pretty soon, the son’s partying lifestyle got the best of him and all his money dried up. Out of options and with nowhere left to turn, this son came crawling back home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s easy to judge this young, arrogant, and entitled son. And yet the power of this story is in the father’s response. In a culture where honor and shame are everything, the father would be justified in sending his son away without a second thought. And yet the father RAN to him, embraced him, and celebrated his lost son’s return home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus tells this story to paint a very clear picture of repentant faith. In other words, Jesus is talking about recognizing our own sins and turning back towards God, our Heavenly Father. It’s about receiving God’s abundant love and grace in spite of our sin and shame. We definitely don’t deserve it, but like the father in the story, God is ready and waiting if we will only return home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Prayer is an incredible discipline that brings us back to that sense of total dependence on God. (And that keeps our pride in check). It’s about remaining plugged into prayer that keeps our eyes FIXED on Jesus rather than ourselves or our situation. Only then, will we experience God’s mighty power.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you’ve shifted away from total reliance on God to leaning on your own strength, ask God to realign your heart with His.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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