The Friend of Sinners

By , February 17, 2018

“…neither do I condemn you…go and stop sinning.”
John 8:11

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The story of an adulterous woman being brought to Jesus for judgment (John 8:1-11) is one of the most touching incidents recorded in the Gospels. Apparently the men who accused the woman had caught her in the act of adultery.

It is obvious that those who brought the woman had little concern for her redemption. They only brought her to Jesus in order to trap Him in His words. If Jesus said, “Let her go.” the accusers would then say to the Jews that Jesus did not uphold the law of God concerning people who sinned as she did.

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“Wait ‘Til I Grow Up”

By , February 16, 2018

“When I was a child, I talked like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child…”
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

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As I grow older I find it easy to recall things from my distant past such a family picnics, working on my grandmother’s farm, fishing at the trout pond behind her farmhouse and other pleasant things. Happily I do not recall many unpleasant things that happened in childhood.

As a child I could hardly wait until I grew up so I would be able to make decisions for myself. Having to answer to my parents seemed like such a boring existence. As an adult I would do exactly what I wanted to do and no one would say, “No.” to me. Being my own boss sounded great. My, oh my, I had a lot to learn about life.

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Seeing Is Believing, Or Is It?

By , February 15, 2018

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

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It is interesting to consider how many biblical truths are twisted backwards like the title of our devotional today. In this world people wish to see and then believe.

In John 6:30 (NIV) we read of a crowd of people who wanted Jesus to perform some great miracle in order for them to then believe in Him. They said,

“What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?”

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Is Or Was?

By , February 14, 2018

“Father I wish that those you have given me
may be with me where I am…”
John 17:24
“…My desire is to depart and be with Christ,
for that is far better.”
Phil. 1:23

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When the great evangelist D. L. Moody lay dying his son Will was with him. Moody made several revealing comments. Waking from sleep he said, “Earth recedes, heaven opens before me.  If this is death it is sweet. This is my coronation day.”

I recall in Greek class as a seminary student translating the book of Philippians. When we came to verse 23 in chapter 1 our tender hearted professor stopped and told us with tears in his eyes, “All death can do to us as believers is give us more of Jesus Christ that we ever had in this life.”

When my father died various people told me why they thought my Dad had been a good man.  Your Dad was so honest.” one said. Another mentioned how kind he was. I thanked them for mentioning good things about my father. But I wanted to shout out, He IS more kind than ever. He IS better than ever.”

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Jesus and Children

By , February 13, 2018

“People were bringing little children to Jesus
for him to place his hands on them,
but the disciples rebuked them.”
Mark 10:13 (NIV)

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“When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:14-17 (NIV)

This passage has brought great comfort to parents who have lost one of their children through accident or illness. The words of Jesus describing the children as belonging to the kingdom of God is very reassuring and helps calm the broken hearts.

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