Category Archives: Grace

Devotional: ‘Called by God’

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Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

The Bible says that Abraham was called by God. What does it mean to be ‘called?’ William Hendriksen defines the call of God in this way: “the operation of the Holy Spirit whereby he so applies the gospel to the minds and hearts of sinners that they become aware of their guilt, begin to understand their need of Jesus Christ, and embrace him as their Lord and Savior.” [1] We might look for another definition, but I think that Hendriksen has done a good job. What is he telling us?

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Devotional: ‘Taking a Bold Step of Faith’

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Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

I have often wondered what it was like for Peter to take that first step. Was he filled with courage and confidence, or was there a tinge of apprehension? I have also wondered what it was like for the rest of the disciples. Did one of them say to Peter, “You’re crazy. You can’t do this!”, or did some of them secretly wish that they had such faith? This is one thing we can be sure of, none of them ever forgot that night.

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Devotional: ‘God is a Rewarder of Those Who Diligently Seek Him’

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Numbers 14:11 Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

Would God have actually disinherited His people and started all over again? Some say yes because God does not make idle threats and others say no because God doesn’t make empty promises. To be honest, I don’t know where the answer is yes or no. This I do know, this was not the first time God had threatened to do away with these rebellious people. We read from the book of Exodus – “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.” (Exodus 32:9-10) On both occasions, Moses pleaded with the Lord to not destroy His people. Moses’ appeal was not based upon the goodness of the people but on the grace of God. “Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” (Numbers 14:19) “Show the world how great Your mercy is by forgiving this people.”

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Devotional: ‘Staying Focused During a Time of Trouble’   

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Most of us would prefer life to be clean and simple. We like it when everything is going according to plan. But sometimes, our plan is not God’s plan. The Bible says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ (Isaiah 55:8-9) Sometimes God’s plan for our life is something much greater than anything we could imagine.

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Devotional: ‘Coming Along Side of Each Other’

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Life can be very difficult sometimes. Not only are there trials to face, but temptation as well. If we are not careful, we can be drawn away from our faith in God. The purpose of the book of Hebrews is to warn us of these dangers and to encourage us to draw near to our Lord and Savior.

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Devotional: ‘Strength and Help From Our High Priest’

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The book of Hebrews is both a letter of encouragement and warning. It is a warning for those who fail to trust in Christ – “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” (Heb 10:38) But it is also an encouragement for those who will trust and remain faithful – “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Heb 10:39)

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Devotional: ‘Resting in Christ’

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Currently we are in a study of the book of Hebrews. The title ‘Hebrews’ suggest that this epistle was originally written to Jews. In specific, many of the original recipients were Jews who were struggling over whether they should trust in Christ as their Savior or continue to try to follow the Law of Moses.

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Devotional: ‘Old Men Who Still Think Young’

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2 Corinthians 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. ESV

I am now in my late fifties. Though I still enjoy a measure of good health, I am also having to deal more and more with some type of physical ailment. Each year there are a few more gray hairs in my head and a few more sags in my body. More and more I experience aches and pains in my joints and muscles, and I find that it is a whole lot easier to put weight on than it is to take it off. If the Lord tarries in His return and I continue to live, my physical condition will continue to weaken. Yet as the Apostle Paul said – ‘though my outer self is wasting away, my inner self is being renewed day by day.’

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Devotional: ‘Be Strong and Brave’

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Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them and don’t be frightened, because the Lord your God will go with you. He will not leave you or forget you.” NCV

For forty years Moses had been their faithful leader and had taken care of them during their many times of trouble. But now Moses was about to die and Joshua would soon become his successor. Though they were familiar with the man called Joshua, no doubt there was still some uncertainty in many of their minds. Would this new leader be to handle the challenges before him? What if Joshua could do what Moses had done?

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