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Devotional: ‘Keep Us From Evil’

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‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6:13)

It would be wonderful to think that once we accept Christ as our Savior, our struggle with sin would be over. But, anyone who has been a Christian for any length of time knows that this is not the case. Consider these words from the book of James.

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Devotional: ‘Forgive Us Lord’   

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“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” (Lk 11:4 NLT)

We understand clearly that forgiveness is an essential part of our salvation. The Bible tells us that ‘we all have sinned and come short of God’s glory.’ (Romans 3:23) The Bible also teaches us that God’s eyes are ‘too pure to behold what is evil’ (Habakkuk 1:13); therefore, until there is forgiveness of our sins, we cannot have a relationship with God. That is why we need Christ to be our Savior. We read in Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”Salvation cleanses us of all of our sins and restores our relationship with God. Why then do we need to pray daily,“forgive us our sins?”

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Devotional: ‘Learning to Depend on God Daily’   

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“Give us each day the food we need.” (Luke 11:3)

Rarely do we pray for our daily provision. For most of us, we have been blessed with more than enough to eat and if something else is needed, all we have to do is run to the store and get it. This super-abundance of provision can be a blessing, yet it can also be a hazard. Consider what we read from scripture.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Overcoming the Fear of Letting God In’

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INTRODUCTION

An Epidemic of Loneliness

Have you ever felt lonely? Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in or that no one really cared about you? I suppose that we all have felt this way at some time or another. It’s only normal. However, recently I read that loneliness has reached epidemic proportions in America.[1]To call it an epidemic seems rather drastic, yet some say that loneliness can be as detrimental to our health as “smoking 15 cigarettes a day” and more harmful to us “than alcoholism or obesity.”[2]

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Devotional: ‘May Your Kingdom Come and Your Will be Done’   

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“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Luke 11:2)

Many believe that there are two aspects of God’s kingdom:

– His future kingdom

– His present kingdom

1) God’s Future Kingdom

The Bible teaches us that the day is coming when Christ will return to this earth to rule and reign. Consider what we read from scripture:

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.

One day, Jesus will return to this earth and establish a kingdom that will never end. Peter describes it as a kingdom where ‘righteousness dwells.’ (2 Peter 3:13)Every time we pray ‘thy kingdom come’, we are expressing our longing for that day.

2) God’s Present Kingdom

But there is also another aspect to God’s kingdom. There is the kingdom of God that is a part of our lives today. Consider the following passage of scripture.

One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” (Luke 17:20-21)  

Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is already among you.”Some translations say, “the kingdom of God is within you.”Though Jesus will one day rule over all the earth, He should be ruling in our lives today. Every time I pray “Thy kingdom come”, I think not only about some future time when Christ comes to rule and reign, I also think about His rule over my live each and every day. I want Christ to be as much a king in my life today as He will be on this earth someday.

God bless you my brethren.

Devotional: ‘Our Father, Which Art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name’  

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“When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name…” (Luke 11:2)

I have often wondered what it means to pray ‘hallowed be thy name.’ Does it mean that we are never to take God’s name in vain or use it as a curse word? We all know that it would be sinful for us to use God’s name the way some do. I am troubled even when I see the abbreviation ‘O.M.G.’ But perhaps Jesus meant more than just that we should never use God’s name as an expletive. Perhaps He was trying to teach us something important about how God’s name affects our prayers. Let’s take a moment and explore what it means to keep God’s name holy.

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Devotional: ‘Lord, Teach Us to Pray’

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One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)

Prayer is such a lifeline for the believer that if we fail to be strong in this area, we most likely will fail to be strong in all other areas of our Christian life as well. The disciples recognized this and that’s why they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.

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