Devotional Blog

Helping you grow deeper in your faith and God’s love, one day at a time.

Love and Reciprocity

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells two parables. One parable is of a loving shepherd who seeks a lost sheep at great cost and rejoices when the wayward lamb comes home. Jesus says, "This is what your Heavenly Father is like." The other parable tells of a generous master who...

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Freedom and Love

"But so we won't offend them..." (Matthew 17:27a) The point of Christian freedom is not to flaunt it before others, but simply to be free of excessive obligation. Yet, in Christ there is still an obligation to love and care for others. Paul knew this (see 1...

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Two Lenses

"You are a hinderance to me because you're not thinking about God's concerns but human concerns." (Matthew 16:23b) After Peter has a revelation from God, he quickly slips back into his old, human-centered ways of thinking. This is natural. We naturally are concerned...

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At the Feet of Jesus

"They put them at His feet, and He healed them." (Matthew 15:30b) Everyone needs healing. Some have sickness of the body, others of the mind and spirit, but in a world broken and scarred by sin, nobody gets through unscathed. We try our best to be healed, to find...

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More Than Enough

"Everyone ate and was satisfied. They picked up 12 baskets full of leftover pieces." (Matthew 14:20) Jesus is not a stingy Savior. He is not a miserly Messiah. When Jesus promises life, He means full, vibrant, overflowing life. When He promises joy, He means...

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Only time will tell

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells parable after parable about the Kingdom of God. He talks about what it's like, and what it's worth, who gets in and who's left out. Yet, through nearly all of the parables there is a single, simple idea that makes all the difference... Only...

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Words and Hearts

"For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart… By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:34a, 37) What is righteousness? What is innocence? In Jesus' teaching, they are a way of living brought about by a state of...

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The Path to Greatness

"Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he." (Matthew 11:11) Jesus offers high praise to John, and what did John do to earn it? He simply said "yes" to God's...

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Losing and Finding

"Whoever doesn't take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of me will find it." (Matthew 10:38-39) So often we come to Jesus as if He is a useful addition to the life we already...

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