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June 7 Devotional

It’s amazing how addicted I’ve become to ease. And it’s even more amazing how that addiction doesn’t seem to alarm me the way it should. Maybe that’s why this reminder from Matthew is so helpful. It reminds me that if ease is my number one goal and pursuit--be it in my marriage, or my friendships, or my job, or my parenting, or my ministry, or even in my spiritua...

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June 6 Devotional

Nothing is more inviting than an open door; especially a door that has been opened by God. And that is the image we have before us today. God has set an open door before us, which no one is able to shut. No one! What does that mean? What is this mysterious door? And what is the invitation that this open door beckons us to? ...

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June 5 Devotional

Being tolerant is generally thought of as a positive virtue in this day and age. And in terms of being loving, caring, and accepting of those around us, that would seem to be a good and right thing. After all, didn’t Jesus eat withtax gatherers and sinners? Wasn’t it Jesus who said, “It is no the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. For I have not come to call th...

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June 4 Devotional

The cost of following Jesus is high. It is easy to lose sight of that fact in the country and the culture we live in. For most of us following Jesus in America has cost us very little, especially compared to those who live in other parts of the world. It seems that our culture is much like the one of the church in Laodicea rather than Smyrna. That is probably why we can te...

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June 3 Devotional

One of the constant struggles in the life of faith is to pay attention to the right voices and ignore the wrong ones. That would be especially true if you lived in a place like Pergamum. It was the heart of Enemy territory. The capital city of Evil. It was a place of indulgence, immorality, and deception. It was a place where the wrong voices abounded. And one of the chief...

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June 2 Devotional

A reputation is a powerful thing. Because a reputation (good or bad) is often not reality, but only someone’s impression of reality. And in our day and age - as well as that of the church at Sardis apparently - impression is everything. If you can create and maintain the impression you are hoping for then who cares what the reality is, right? Thus, impression becomes all...

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June 1 Devotional

It is amazing how easily love can turn into duty if we are not careful to keep the fires of romance alive deep in our hearts. Not that duty is a bad thing mind you, but if that’s all we’ve got, it is far from the passionate love that is what our hearts most deeply long for in relationship; particularly in our relationship with God....

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May 31 Devotional

The church at Laodicea was tepid. They had allowed their wealth and prosperity to lull them to sleep spiritually. Or, to use the metaphor the book of Revelation itself uses, they had become lukewarm. And lukewarm-ness is a trait that God doesn’t care for at all. Come to think of it, nobody cares for it. Because being lukewarm wreaks of apathy. It has no backbone to it, n...

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May 30 Devotional

Did God not know where Adam was? Of course he did. After all, he’s God, right? Why then the question? Most likely because God wanted Adam to know where Adam was. God wanted Adam to recognize that just moments before that first bite was taken, he and his new wife stood before God (and each other) naked and unashamed. And now, as a result of their choice, everything had ch...

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May 29 Devotional

There are questions, lots of questions. And it is good to live in the question. A pat answer is closed, it is finished; that’s it. It goes nowhere and leaves little room for hope. A question, the mystery, opens the space for us. It is full of possibility. It gives hope of life and even more abundant life. Our faith, solid as it might be is full of questions. And therefor...

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