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Weekly Devotional - June 21, 2017

“These things I command you, so that you will love one another. If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:17-18) Scripture Reading – I John 4:7-21 When we are under attack, our flesh wants to strike back. It’s natural for us to want to defend ourselves when we feel that we have been wronged. Although the world hates us and wants to do us harm, the gospel clearly teaches us that striking back this is not Jesus’ will. In fact, Peter writes: “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil” (1 Pet. 3:17). Sometimes God wills that we suffer, so that through our suffering, we testify to the power of the gospel. Ch

Weekly Devotional - June 14, 2017

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” (John 15:16) Scripture Reading – II Timothy 2:1-10 It’s a great honor and blessing to be chosen by God. Even though we were once rebels rejecting Him; He loved us and called us to Himself, giving us salvation through Jesus Christ. We are no longer enslaved by our sins and under the authority of Satan. Before Christ, our debt of sin was increasing every day. There was no way that we could free ourselves from the penalty of the sin we were under, death and destruction were waiting for us. But God di

Weekly Devotional - June 7, 2017

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) Scripture Reading – I Corinthians 3:9-15 The goal of our faith is to grow into maturity in Christ Jesus. Paul wrote that as we gaze upon the glory of Christ, we are transformed into His image (2 Cor.3:18). In other words, as we learn to abide in Christ day by day, we will be transformed becoming more like Him. When we first believed in Christ, we were redeemed or ransomed, which means Jesus bought us and we became His slaves. When a slave was bought in the market, he became the property of hi

Weekly Devotional - May 31, 2017

“You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:14) Scripture Reading – I Samuel 15:1-23 God wants us to bear fruit by involving ourselves in His work of bringing the gospel to the world. In order to do that, each disciple must be committed to serving with a humble heart and willing to deny himself. We must choose who we will serve daily. It’s easy for us to say that we will put God first, but when we are in a difficult situation, we tend to look out only for ourselves. When we are in a difficult situation, we immediately seek a way out instead of trying to understand God’s plan. Many believers are faithful to God when their lives are going smoothly, but can take matters into the

Weekly Devotional - May 24, 2017

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (15:12-13) Scripture Reading – I John 3:11-18 God is love (1 John 4:8). God has shown us His true character by through the most magnificent demonstration of His love. When Jesus died on the cross, He showed us what real love is. Love is the giving of yourself to others. Jesus bore our sins on the cross; He died a horrific death not because He was guilty of breaking God’s Law, but because He, the only perfect one, was paying our penalty. Because Jesus died, we are set free from the penalty of our sins. Jesus suffered, bled, and died showin

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