Weekly Devotional - July 26, 2017

“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also.” (John 15:22-23) Scripture Reading – Romans 1:18-32 The world doesn’t know God even though they have been told about Him. God has been actively revealing Himself through creation, the conscience, and Christ. Creation declares God’s glory (Ps. 19:1). Our consciences were created to know God’s Law since it is written on our hearts (Rom. 2:15). Enough evidence has been provided, so that we can recognize the one true God. Even though we have enough evidence that the Father sent the Son into the world, Jesus’ coming was a grace of God giv

Weekly Devotional - July 20, 2017

“But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” (John 15:21) Scripture Reading – John 8:31-47 Jesus not only prepares His disciples for the cruel persecution that will befall them, but He also identifies the root cause of that persecution. He says it’s because people do not know the true God. Instead of worshipping Christ, they have designed other gods to worship. Although these gods may no longer be made out of wood or stone, people today are still making idols—idols that people can manipulate into doing what they desire. These idols are often crafted in our minds. John Calvin says that the unbelieving heart is a “perpetual factory

Weekly Devotional - July 12, 2015

“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” (John 15:20) Scripture Reading – Acts 26:9-20 Throughout His final instructions to His disciples, Jesus stressed that humility is one of the keys to being in Christ and producing fruit that lasts. As He did earlier (John 13:16), Jesus reminds them that they are not greater than He is. Our model of humility is Christ Himself who left heaven to come to earth as a servant, and seek and save the lost. He suffered great humiliation as He bore our curse on the cross. Christ, who was in heaven, was willing to subjec

Weekly Devotional - July 5, 2017

“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19) Scripture Reading – Titus 2:11-14 When we think about living in a worldly manner, we tend to define worldliness in outward forms. Worldly people wear mini-skirts, drink alcohol, or watch movies. It’s comfortable for us to define people as either inside or outside of our group, based on what we deem to be appropriate behavior. But that’s not what the Bible means by “the world”. It has a much deeper meaning. The world is humanity’s outlook apart from God, and how their thoughts and actions are enslaved to Satan. Bei

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