Daily Devotional

July 31, 2014 – The Church Foretold In the Old Testament

“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Dan. 2:44)

Before God made man and established the foundation of the world, He devised a plan of redemption for him.  In this wonderful plan God chose to save man in ...

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July 30, 2014 – The Eternal Purpose of God

“To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:10-11)

One of the greatest passages picturing the eternal purpose in all its beauty is Ephesians 1:3-14.  R. C. Bell called this passage “the first chapter of Paul’s spiritual Genesis.”  It is interesting to realize that Paul ...

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July 29, 2014 – In Honor Giving Preference to One Another

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Rom. 12:10)

Jesus was asked “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two ...

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July 28, 2014 – Be Zealous

“Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” (Rom. 12:11)

Paul had just urged Christians to make sure that our love is sincere, that we hate what is evil, that we should cling to what is good, that we are devoted to one another in brotherly love and that we should honor one another above ourselves (12:9-10).  Now in our text he encourages us to be zealous or diligent in the work of the Lord.  ...

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July 25, 2014 – Humility

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” (Rom. 12:16)

Paul instructs us not to be proud but to have humility of mind to associate with and help those who are humble.  True humility requires that we eliminate the social and economic barriers we are so quick to erect in our lives.  As we grow spiritually ...

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July 24, 2014 – Bless Those Who Persecute You

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (Rom. 12:14)

The world says, “Do unto others before they do it to you.”  Our text  teaches the very opposite and runs contrary to our fleshly nature.  We need to remember that in New Testament times Christians suffered tremendously because they were Christians.  One writer stated the following: “Nero wrapped the Christians in pitch and set them alight, and used them as living torches to light his ...

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July 23, 2014 – Rejoice and Weep

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (Rom. 12:15)

Forty thousand fans were on hand in the Oakland stadium when Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brock’s career stolen base record. According to USA Today Lou, who had left baseball in 1979, had followed Henderson’s career and was excited about his success. Realizing that Rickey would set a new record, Brock said, “I’ll be there. Do you think I’m going to miss it now? Rickey ...

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July 22, 2014 – Whatever Things Are of Good Report

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)

The Bible tells us that “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” ...

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July 21, 2014 – Whatever Things Are Lovely

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)

We need to realize that it is in thoughts that horrendous deeds are conceived and nurtured that bring about actions that are not only detrimental but also destructive.  This is why one of ...

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July 18, 2014 – Whatever Things Are Pure

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)

The aim of Jesus Christ is not to reform the manners of society, but to change the hearts of sinners like you and me.  What’s in our hearts or minds is ...

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