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Weekly Devotional - Aug 30, 2017

“They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.” (John 16:2-3) Scripture Reading – Acts 22:3-16 Violence done in the name of God is nothing new. The history of religion is filled with examples of those in the majority persecuting those in the minority. And this continues to be true today throughout the world. However, this isn’t what Jesus is telling His disciples; He’s not referring to the manipulation of religion for gaining power. He’s speaking of a much greater spiritual reality. When we enter into the ministry of making disci

Weekly Devotional - Aug 23, 2017

“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.” (John 16:1) Scripture Reading – Matthew 26:47-75 The gospel is God’s power to destroy the works of Satan. Satan masterfully manipulates the nations from age to age by creating new deceptions. Different political and economic systems give the appearance of independence from God yet all of these deceptions result in the same thing: They keep the nations from returning to God and worshipping Him. When the gospel comes, the nations are confronted with the reality that they are not God and that their devices are but a mere vapor. The true power to change the world is found in Christ. His death and resurrection have won the victo

Weekly Devotional - August 16, 2017

“And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:27) Scripture Reading – II Corinthians 4:7-14 John 15 starts out with abiding in Christ. Although we are not physically with Christ as His disciples were, we are with Him spiritually, and it’s our abiding in Him that compels us to act and bear fruit. John 15:27 says, “You also will bear witness.” Abiding in Christ and bearing witness are directly connected with one another. Jesus said that we are in Him and He is in us (John 14:20). If we are in Christ and abiding in Him, His life and love will flow through us. We will desire to go and bear fruit and we can face a hostile world with full confidence,

Weekly Devotional - August 9, 2017

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” (John 15:26) Scripture Reading – II Corinthians 4:1-6 God never gives up on the world. In spite of their hatred towards the Father, their rejection of the Son, and their persecution of the church, God has a plan to draw the lost to Himself. God knew that Satan would oppose Christ and His church. “The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:4). We are in a spiritual battle and God’s response to the world’s rebellion and hatred of Him was to send

Weekly Devotional - August 2, 2017

“If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’” (John 15:24-25) Scripture Reading – I Peter 2:4-12 Jesus performed many miracles. In the Gospel of John, we read that He turned water into wine, healed a man who was lame for 38 years, calmed the sea, fed thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two fish, healed a man born blind, and raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus did things that no other human could do. These miracles testified that Jesus is Lord, but instead of accepting these signs r

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