Author Archives: Pastor Terry

Devotional: ‘A Personal Letter from the Lord’

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Revelation 2:1 To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: “The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says: 2 ‘I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. 3 You also possess endurance and have tolerated [many things] because of My name, and have not grown weary.

4 But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.’”

The book of Revelation begins with seven letters to seven churches. Many believe that these seven churches serve as examples of all churches throughout the ages. Therefore, there is something in each of these letters that every church can learn.

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Devotional: ‘Christ and His Churches’

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Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” 12 I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe, and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool-white as snow, His eyes like a fiery flame, 15 His feet like fine bronze fired in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of cascading waters. 16 In His right hand He had seven stars; from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was shining like the sun at midday. 17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man.

Perhaps no one has ever known Jesus better than the Apostle John. He was one of the Lord’s closest disciples and during his time with Jesus, John heard and saw many things. But though John knew Jesus on a very personal level, when he saw the Lord in all of His glory, he was overwhelmed. The Bible says “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man.”

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Devotional: ‘Take What You Have and Give it to God’  

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Exodus 3:7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of My people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their oppressors, and I am aware of their sufferings. 8 I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land flowing with milk and honey… 10 Therefore, go! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

Though Moses was amazed to hear that God was going to finally deliver His people from Egypt, he was even more shocked to hear that God was going to use him to do it. Almost immediately he began to make excuses for why he couldn’t do it.

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Devotional: ‘Fulfilling Our God-given Destiny’

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Exodus 3:1 Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from within a bush. Moses saw the bush ablaze with fire, but it was not consumed! 3 So Moses thought, “I must go over and see this marvelous sight. Why is the bush not burning up?” 4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from within the bush, “Moses, Moses!” “Here I am,” he answered.

5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

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Devotional: ‘Blessed Are the Broken’

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Luke 18:9 To some who trusted in their own righteousness and viewed others with contempt, He also told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the other men—swindlers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and pay tithes of all that I receive.’ 13 But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man, rather than the Pharisee, went home justified. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

We see in verse nine that this is a parable. A parable is a story told to help illustrate a spiritual truth. What are the truths our Lord wanted us to see in this parable?

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Devotional: ‘From the Inside Out’

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Yesterday we saw that the Pharisees scolded Jesus and His disciples for not going through ceremonial washing before they ate. (see Mark 7:1-8) These washings had nothing to do with someone’s personal hygiene, nor were they requirements commanded in the Law. They were a part of the traditions that the scribes and Pharisees had developed in addition to the Law. In their thinking, those who practiced these washings somehow became spiritually clean and superior to those who didn’t.  With that in mind, consider what Jesus said –

Mark 7:14 Once again Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, “All of you, listen to Me and understand: 15 Nothing that enters a man from the outside can defile him; but the things that come out of a man, these are what defile him.”

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Devotional: ‘Rituals Will Not Make Us More Righteous’    

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Mark 7:1 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, 2 and they saw some of His disciples eating with hands that were defiled—that is, unwashed. 3 Now in holding to the tradition of the elders, the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat until they wash their hands ceremonially. 4 And on returning from the market, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions for them to observe, including the washing of cups, pitchers, kettles, and couches for dining. 5 So the Pharisees and scribes questioned Jesus: “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders? Instead, they eat with defiled hands.”

These washings had nothing to do with someone’s personal hygiene, nor were they requirements commanded in the Law. They were a part of the ceremonial traditions that the scribes and Pharisees had developed in addition to the Law.

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