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Post  Admin on Sat 10 Aug 2019, 9:54 am

Date: August 10, 2019 at 1:07 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God Delights in Mercy

God Delights in Mercy

"As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." Psalm 103:12

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

In an age that has a diminishing view of God, this declaration of radical mercy may sound hard to believe. God is often viewed today as unconcerned with His creation, unloving, or the one to blame for the evil that happens in the world. Surely you've heard others complaining, "How could a loving God allow that?" 

A grave catastrophe has hit our generation: ignoring the reality of sin and all its effects. We do not call sin by its name. Instead, we call it simply a "mistake," "an alternative lifestyle," or "an alternative truth." Only when we realize the serious nature of our sin will what David says here ring true as good news, showing us what the Lord has done for us. 

When Adam sinned, all creation was affected and now suffers the consequences of that sin. But God in His grace sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of many, in order that we may be forgiven. Sin no longer disrupts our relationship with God because Christ has carried the burden of sin and reconciled us to Him. This is the truth we stand on!

Insight: "My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the Cross, and I bear it no more, praise the lord, praise the LORD, O my soul!" (Horatio G. Spafford, 1873)

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Post  Admin on Thu 08 Aug 2019, 10:07 am

Date: August 7, 2019 at 1:05 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Love and Grace

Love and Grace

"He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities." Psalm 103:10

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Just imagine where we'd be if the opposite of this text were true. What if God repaid our sins and punished us all according to our iniquities? We couldn't make it through one day! No one in this world could survive the just punishment of God. This conclusion is not based on human laws operating in this world but on the absolute justice of God's kingdom, because not one of us is free from sin. 

Then why does God look at us as if we were without sin? Truly, we are on the receiving side of one-sided love and grace. This amazing love and grace springs from God alone, not from us. It is only Jesus Christ who paid the price. He paid the full penalty for sins, not because of His own wrongdoing, but because of ours. This atoning grace is also a holy grace to us, transforming us as our lives go on to become pure as He is pure. 

Now God's one-sided love and grace call us into an eternal two-sided relationship. His faithful love evokes our belief in that love, and this trust forms and fuels our response of love to Him.

Insight: "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." (1 Chronicles 16:34)

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Post  Admin on Wed 07 Aug 2019, 7:42 pm

Date: August 6, 2019 at 1:15 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God's Righteous Anger

God's Righteous Anger

“... nor will he harbor his anger forever." Psalm 103:9b

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Have you ever been cut off in traffic? Received an unduly cross word from someone? Been lied to or cheated? Maybe you've been wronged in a much deeper way by a friend or a loved one. Situations like these often stir up feelings of anger within us. Sometimes we may even want revenge. 

Thankfully, God's anger is not like ours. It is holy and just, never spiteful. God will never "fly off the handle" because of His short temper, nor will He stop listening to your prayers because of a personal grudge stewing within Him. God's righteous anger directed toward sin will be revealed at the final judgment. But this will not be the first time He has shown His anger. 

At Calvary, all of God's anger and wrath towards the sin of His people was poured out upon Jesus Christ. On that day, there was weeping. But just as the weeping of the disciples turned into joy when Christ resurrected, so the cross should bring joy to us. Because of Jesus, God's anger does not abide on any who have faith in Christ, not even for a moment.

Insight: "Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free; for God, the just, is satisfied, to look on him and pardon me." (Charitie L. Bancroft, 1863)

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Post  Admin on Tue 06 Aug 2019, 4:29 pm

Date: August 5, 2019 at 2:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Christ, Accused for Us

Christ, Accused for Us

"He will not always accuse." Psalm 103:9a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Our infinite God is loving and just at the same time. He is the author of the law that we must obey perfectly to live, yet we violate and break His commandments each day. God demonstrated both His perfect love and His perfect justice on the cross. 

There His steadfast love and His righteousness met; it was as if they kissed each other (see Psalm 85:10). On the one hand, God poured His full wrath on Christ as a substitute for believers. On the other, He demonstrated His love which would go to any length to save us. So the psalmist writes, "He will not always accuse," because God has condemned His only Son Jesus Christ in our place, once and for all, in order to gather us to Himself again. 

Yes, we continue to break His commandments even when we know better, even when we know He died for our failures. But we can always come to Him confidently by faith, throwing ourselves into His loving fatherly arms, confessing our sins, and asking for forgiveness. He forgives because He accused His Son once for all in our place.

Insight: "If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the father in our defense-Jesus Christ, the righteous one." (1 John 2:1)

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Post  Admin on Mon 05 Aug 2019, 8:35 pm

Date: August 5, 2019 at 2:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Christ, Accused for Us

Christ, Accused for Us

"He will not always accuse."  Psalm 103:9a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Our infinite God is loving and just at the same time. He is the author of the law that we must obey perfectly to live, yet we violate and break His commandments each day. God demonstrated both His perfect love and His perfect justice on the cross. 

There His steadfast love and His righteousness met; it was as if they kissed each other (see Psalm 85:10). On the one hand, God poured His full wrath on Christ as a substitute for believers. On the other, He demonstrated His love which would go to any length to save us. So the psalmist writes, "He will not always accuse," because God has condemned His only Son Jesus Christ in our place, once and for all, in order to gather us to Himself again. 

Yes, we continue to break His commandments even when we know better, even when we know He died for our failures. But we can always come to Him confidently by faith, throwing ourselves into His loving fatherly arms, confessing our sins, and asking for forgiveness. He forgives because He accused His Son once for all in our place.

Insight: "If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the father in our defense-Jesus Christ, the righteous one." (1 John 2:1)

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Post  Admin on Fri 26 Jul 2019, 11:11 pm

Date: July 26, 2019 at 1:04 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Anger with Love

Anger with Love

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." Psalm 103:8

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

During the Thanksgiving season as we try to show gratitude, we may be reminded of those who ought to thank us but haven't. And when this happens again and again, we start asking, "How many more times should I bear with this person's ingratitude?" Of course, it is not only ungrateful people who offend us. 

Countless offenses can have us wondering just how longsuffering we have to be. Out of a sense of justice, we declare, This is unfair or I have a right to be angry. Before we know it, our thankful thoughts at Thanksgiving have evolved into irritation and complaint. But God answers our ingratitude with abounding love. 

As we repeatedly offend Him by neglecting to thank Him and by doing wrong to others, He has every right to be angry with us. Yet He patiently bears with us. He compassionately bears our sins. He even "gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall Not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). God's righteous anger and infinite love met at the cross. Knowing this, how can we not praise Him?

Insight: "Do you wish to see God's love? Look at the cross." (D.A. Carson, 1999)

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Post  Admin on Thu 25 Jul 2019, 11:12 pm

Date: July 25, 2019 at 1:02 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Gracious God

Gracious God

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious,"  Psalm 103:8a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

When you think of "God," what words come to mind? Are "compassionate" and "gracious" among them? Maybe. But perhaps like many people, you think of the words "angry" or "judgmental." You might read the Bible and wonder how anyone could love such a terrible, holy God. Looking at your own sin may have you wondering if God would ever forgive you. 
The Bible presents God as compassionate and gracious. In Psalm 103, David recalled the words that the Lord spoke to Moses after Israel's idolatry with the golden calf: "The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness" (Exodus 34:6). God judged some Israelites, but He also heard Moses' pleas and spared many. God renewed His covenant with His people and remained with them. 
God never abandons His people. Neither will He abandon you. Do not let your sin stop you from coming to Him. Yes, the Lord is a judge, but He judged your sins on the cross so that right now He forgives you (1 John 1:9) and welcomes you into His glorious presence.

Insight: "For the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him." (2 Chronicles 30:9b)

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Post  Admin on Tue 23 Jul 2019, 10:31 pm

Date: July 23, 2019 at 1:22 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Deeds of Deliverance

Deeds of Deliverance

"He made known, his deeds to the people of Israel."  Psalm 103:7b

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

We know that oftentimes celebrating a person means praising their accomplishments: "Thirty years with the company - what an esteemed employee!" Or "Ten years and two championships for the team - he's this town's hero!" Or "First member of the family to graduate college - we couldn't be more proud of you!" In a similar manner, God's ways revealed to Israel something about who He is, making Him praiseworthy, indeed. 

He delivered Israel out of bondage, fear, and indignity in Egypt, calling them to be His people. He did this with great deeds. He released them from Pharaoh's iron grip. He took them across the Red Sea, and He defeated their enemies in the Exodus. Through these deeds God displayed to Israel who He is: the One full of steadfast love and faithfulness to His people. 

Let us not think He is done "making his deeds known" for us! "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). As strange as it may seem (1 Corinthians 1:18), this is His greatest deed. 

Insight: Take time today to reflect on all god has accomplished for you in the gospel, and in the countless ways he continues to be faithful.

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Post  Admin on Mon 22 Jul 2019, 10:14 pm

Date: July 22, 2019 at 1:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Gospel According to Moses

The Gospel According to Moses

"He made known His ways to Moses," Psalm 103:7a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Did you know that God revealed the gospel to Moses? Even in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve had sinned, God promised a Savior, the woman's offspring, saying to Satan (who tempted through the serpent), "He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel"(Genesis 3:15). And when the Lord revealed the law to Moses, He revealed not only His character but also the works that Jesus would accomplish for us. 

Truly there are many references to Christ in the biblical books Moses wrote: the garden; the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the priest-king, Melchizedek; the flood and Noah's ark; the Passover lamb; the bread from heaven; and even the tent in which God met Moses! Since the beginning of the Bible, God's revelation of His ways points us to Jesus who Himself gave us this example when, "Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself" (Luke 24:27). 

How thankful we are that the whole Bible calls out the name of Jesus who came to save us! 

Insight: "I know that everything god does will endure forever, God does it so that men will revere him." (Ecclesiastes 3:14)

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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Jul 2019, 3:10 pm

Date: July 18, 2019 at 12:31 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Cry for Justice

The Cry for Justice

"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed."  Psalm 103:6

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Early in life a child learns the age-old cry, "It's not fair!" Though adulthood lowers the frequency and volume of the lament, the truth is that it continues to ring in our hearts. Racism tears apart our social fabric. People around us lie and cheat yet are rewarded for it. 

We try to do the right thing, but we are unrecognized and uncompensated. So with all our hearts, we cry out, "It's not fair!" David tells us of the God who hears these cries and promises to make things right. He will work righteousness and justice for all who cry out, "It's not fair!" What sweet comfort and hope this gives us in a world that seems so unjust! You can be certain that it will not always be so. Yet, as good as this news is, we also tremble when we realize that we ourselves are often the oppressors and the unjust. 

Thanks be to God for Christ Jesus, who lived a life of righteousness and justice and who suffered injustice and oppression on our behalf. Because of Him, we will face God's justice not as His enemies, but as His friends. 

Insight: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." (Matthew 5:6)

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Date: July 16, 2019 at 12:51 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Discovering Our Role

Discovering Our Role

“…who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion."  Psalm 103:4

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Life is a story. Some people's stories make the front pages of newspapers or the covers of magazines. Some become interviews on popular talk shows. When the story features a hero, we all wish to be cast in the leading role as the one who saves the day. 

But who wants to be interviewed as the helpless victim being saved? Not many! Yet Scripture teaches us that we are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). While we were pronounced "dead at the scene," the amazing thing is that a Hero arrived to save us (vs. 5). It is in Jesus Christ that we find our true Hero who gave to us a believing heart that now beats with eternal life (see John 5:24)! So why wait to be featured in a story about you? Be cast in a supporting role of God's Story of Redemption

This is a chronicle of being rescued and redeemed from the present evil age by the will of God (Galatians 1:4). Let us never forget God's steadfast love to us as the one "who redeems your life" and who has written us beautifully into His magnificent story. 
Insight: "All my hope lies in this: I am a sinner, I trust him, then he came to save me, and I am saved." (Charles Spurgeon, 1898)

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Date: July 15, 2019 at 12:48 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Healer



The Healer

"Praise the LORD, O my soul, who, heals all your diseases."  Psalm 103:2-3b
Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Are you or someone you know suffering physically right now? In our text today, it assures us that the Lord "heals all your diseases." Our diseases may be illnesses, injuries or weaknesses, but they include spiritual disabilities as well.

John Calvin comments that not only has God forgiven our sins, but He also "cleanses us from our corruptions, and restores to us the healthy condition of a godly and upright life." In His earthly ministry, Jesus showed His care for sick people. He made the paralyzed and lame to walk again, He caused the blind to see, He healed the bleeding woman, and He raised the dead to life. He is able to heal our physical and spiritual diseases. 

In His own death on the cross, "he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;,and by his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). If you are in Christ, someday Our Savior will usher you into a new heavens and earth, where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, “…for the former things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4). 

Insight: "Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." (Jeremiah 17:14)

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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Jul 2019, 1:10 am

Date: July 12, 2019 at 1:15 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Inside Out Worship


Inside Out Worship

"All my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul."  Psalm 103:1-2a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

When you worship God, how deep down into you does your adoration go? Words of songs pass through your lips. But does their truth sink into your mind? Does the stunning splendor of God's glory and grace lay hold of your very core, stirring awestruck wonder? Or does your worship stay safely on the surface, lest God's reality rock your world? 

It is all too easy to say the right words of praise to God while our hearts focus elsewhere: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me" (Mark 7:6). David knows he must summon every fiber of who he is-"all my inmost being"-to praise his God. Such wholehearted praise does not come naturally to our self-centered hearts. In fact, only one man in all history could truly say, "I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart" (Psalm 40:8). 

He is the God-man Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:5-10). Fixing our heart's gaze on Jesus gradually attunes our inmost being to His delight in praising His Father, and we worship from the inside out. [Dr. Dennis Johnson, Seminary professor, Escondido, CA]

Insight: “…serve {god} with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts." (1 Chronicles 28:9)
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Post  Admin on Thu 11 Jul 2019, 12:00 pm

Date: July 11, 2019 at 12:21 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Talking to Yourself

Talking to Yourself

"Praise the LORD, O my soul." Psalm 103:1a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 103

Do you talk to yourself? Of course you do. We all do, at least silently (I call it bad when you aregue and loose the argument with yourself), if not out loud! What do you discuss with yourself? Worries and fears? Complaints? Criticisms? Or do you rehearse the abundant gifts of God? Each November we observe a national holiday called Thanksgiving. Although often overshadowed by football games and Christmas shopping, Thanksgiving's roots lie in an earlier generation's gratitude to God for a harvest sufficient to get them through the harsh winter. They stopped toiling and "took stock" of the generosity of their Creator, Provider, and Redeemer. 

In Psalm 103 David is "taking stock." He is talking to himself, reminding himself of God's grace. He lists not gifts he hopes to get, but gifts the Lord has already lavished on him. David savors the Lord as his heart's chief treasure and the theme that he loves to share. Let David's self- talk, his list of God's gifts in Jesus, sweeten the flavor of your internal conversation with heartfelt thanks. 

Insight: "Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done." (Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897)

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Date: July 10, 2019 at 1:14 AM
Topic: +DEV+ A Mighty Fortress

A Mighty Fortress

"The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." Psalm 46:11

Scripture Focus: Psalm 46

Martin Luther, the German-born Protestant Reformer who labored tirelessly to spread the message of God-given righteousness by faith in Christ, was no superhero. He was often tired and discouraged. In those times, it's said he would turn to his colleague Philip Melanchthon and say, "Let' s sing the forty-sixth psalm.” 

A Mighty Fortress is Our God, written by Luther and sung today in almost every known language, is based on this psalm. Verse two of the hymn captures the confidence God's people have: "Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing. You ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same; and he must win the battle.” 

Lord Sabaoth, reflecting the Hebrew (vs. 7, 11), means "the commander of heavenly armies." Five hundred years ago today Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door. The Lord of the heavenly armies still calls to unworthy sinners like you and me, all because of Jesus.

Insight: "Lord Sabaoth His name, from age to age the same; and he must win the battle." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: July 8, 2019 at 12:34 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Our Sweet Savior

Our Sweet Savior

"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy." 1 Peter 1:8

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 1

Martin Luther could be like a bull in a china shop when defending truth. Sometimes he said things he shouldn't have said. But he was a work in progress like any of us and, for all his faults, he could make the good news of Jesus beautiful for despairing sinners. He called Jesus "joy and sweetness" to broken hearts. 

It wasn't just about 95 theses and disputations for Luther-it was about the enduring love of Christ for people who desperately need Him. Peter wrote his first letter to people who suffered "all kinds of trials" (1:6). They were far from home, persecuted for their faith, and struggling to remember Jesus. 

In the middle of life's dark moments, it can be hard to remember the hope that's in store for us. When our hearts are broken, we forget the beauty that awaits God's people. But when we believe in Jesus, we're "filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy." Is your heart grieved and broken? Are you looking for hope? Remember your sweet Savior. Believe in Him and be filled with the inexpressible joy of salvation.

Insight: "For Christ is the Joy and Sweetness to a broken heart." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: July 9, 2019 at 1:10 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Event

The Event

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

Scripture Focus: Galatians 2

When October comes to a close, it means Christmas is just around the corner. A friend of mine who works for a major store chain tells me the company prepares all year for Christmas, or what they call "The Event." "The Event" is their biggest revenue season of the year. 

The Event that Christians celebrate at Christmas isn't about revenue at all. It's about the greatest gift ever given-Jesus Himself. Paul says that when the Son of God came from heaven to live among us, He wasn't motivated by personal gain but by pure kindness and love. Because of that selfless love, we receive the dividends of divine mercy. Without this mercy, we're left with obedience to God's law as the only way of salvation. But we're not up to that task. 

Jesus summed up the law as love for God and love for others. He fulfilled both for us when He lived the perfect life of obedience to the Father and when He gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin. It was The Event that brought us redemption, and it means the world to us all year long!

Insight: "Out of pure kindness He loved me, loved me so that He gave Himself for me." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: July 3, 2019 at 1:14 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Gospel Substitution

Gospel Substitution

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 53

The Book of Isaiah has been called the Fifth Gospel. It's the Mount Everest of the Old Testament, with steep slopes that are slow going but offer beautiful gospel vistas at the top. Isaiah 53 is one such point where the view takes our breath away. It's a prophecy about Jesus, who He would be, and what He would do. 

Isaiah 53:5 shows us that Jesus' horrible suffering and death were substitutionary; they stood in our place. He suffered and died for our transgressions, for our iniquities, for our sins. Martin Luther once said, "We all carry about in our pockets His very nails." That chilling thought could make us try to make up for the sins we've done. Luther certainly tried in his early days of following God, and he always fell short. But he finally understood that Jesus willingly bore the wounds we deserved so that we could be made whole again. 

All our efforts to atone for our own sins are superfluous: If Christ has born our sins, we need not attempt to bear them again. Gospel substitution is good news for sinners in need of grace.

Insight: "If Christ bears our sins, we do not bear them." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: July 1, 2019 at 12:12 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Best for the Worst

The Best for the Worst

"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst." 1 Timothy 1:15

Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 1

It's never good to revel in our sin. That's not what Paul is doing. But recognizing that we are sinners allows us to rejoice in the gospel. That Paul himself admitted he was a sinner is great encouragement to us. When we're overwhelmed by sin, try as we might to resist temptation, there is still hope. Paul gives us reason for hope when we fail. He says, "You think you're a sinner? I'm the worst! But Jesus came to save even the worst of us." 

Try as he might, Martin Luther failed to obey God over and over again. That frustrated him at first, because he had been told that God requires us to live perfectly righteous lives to receive redemption. But we can't do it ourselves. Our best is never enough. Thankfully, Jesus is the best. 

Paul went on: "But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life" (vs. 16). Admit you're "the worst," and rejoice in Jesus' best for you.

Insight: "If we cannot deny that we are sinners, we cannot deny that Christ died for our sins." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: June 27, 2019 at 12:42 AM
Topic: +DEV+ United with Christ

United with Christ

"When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Colossians 3:4

Scripture Focus: Colossians 3

If there's one thing that constantly drags us down in despair as we live the Christian life, it's our failure to understand what it means to be united with Christ. Often we think about justification, about forgiveness, about being reconciled with God. But we fail to grasp our union with Christ. We think it means to be devoted to Him, to be committed to His cause, to be about what He is about. But that's the wrong picture. 

Paul says that He is our life. Just try to grasp that! Our only hope of one day seeing God is that God now sees Jesus in us. If we have faith in Christ, we no longer exist as we once did. When He died, we died. When He was raised, we were raised. And most gloriously of all-when He appears in glory, we who believe in Him will appear in glory, too. Because of this, we can set our minds on things above instead of the temptations and concerns of this life. 

When we're united with Christ, as Martin Luther said, "Faith connects you so intimately with Christ, that He and you become as it were one person."

Insight: "Faith connects you so intimately with Christ, that he and you become as it were one person." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: June 26, 2019 at 12:45 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Abiding in Christ

Abiding in Christ

"If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5b

Scripture Focus: John 15

One of the wonderful things about our Savior is that He has a way with words. Jesus is a wordsmith, and the Gospels are filled with beautiful imagery about the secure hold He has on His people. In John 15, He gives us the picture of a vibrant grapevine to which we cling like clusters of grapes. His people flourish in Him. Growing up, we had a grapevine that intertwined itself into the orange tree beside our house. 

The grapes split on the vine before they ever ripened. Without a healthy vine, the grapes were no good. That will never happen with those who abide in Christ. Our Savior calls us to bear good, beautiful fruit, even though we can't do it ourselves. We're nothing if we're not continually drawing on the riches of His grace. 

If we try to bear fruit by our own self-effort, our own pride, our own pursuit of glory, we shrivel up as fast as those grapes at my home drying up in the Sinaloa sun. When we abide in Jesus' love, nothing can separate us from Him. We flourish because He is the true vine and holds us fast.

Insight: "As long as I abide in Christ, nothing can hurt me." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Topic: +DEV+ Lifted Up

Lifted Up

"The Lord said to Moses, Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." Numbers 21:8

Scripture Focus: Numbers 21

Jesus' words in John 3:16 might be the most famous words in all of Scripture: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Today's reading is the backstory to the two preceding verses: "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life" (John 3:14-15). There in the wilderness, God's judgment came against sinners in the terrifying form of snakes sent in to destroy. But God provided deliverance. A bronze snake was lifted up in their midst, and anyone who looked at it was saved. Jesus says in John 3, "That was about me." This becomes clear in light of the cross. The snakes sent in to destroy represented the consequences of our sin (Romans 3:23). But God's Son came down from heaven into our midst to be lifted up in our place, bearing the full weight of sin's consequences on His shoulders. Whoever looks to Him will be saved. Turn to Him today!

Insight: "We must turn our eyes to the brazen serpent, Christ crucified." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: June 21, 2019 at 12:58 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Look Up!

Look Up!

“…not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Philippians 3:9

Scripture Focus: Philippians 3

Martin Luther had an impressive moral resume. He was a dedicated Augustinian monk. Like Paul, Luther could say, "If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more." But also like Paul, once Luther understood that he was not declared righteous by his fine record of deeds but by God's free grace, he would say that all such résumés-however impressive-should be crumpled up and tossed in the garbage. 

Many of us live as though our lives were one long job interview with God. We think that if we can't present extraordinary qualifications, we will be rejected. But God doesn't want to see our résumés. It has too many gaps and fabricated facts. If it were up to us, we would be out of the running so fast our heads would spin. We'd be passed over and forgotten. 

There's only one thing God wants to see, and once He has, we're accepted forever-it's Jesus! God doesn't look at us and our record. We shouldn't either. Rather, look up by faith to what God requires: Christ and His righteousness alone.

Insight: I must look to Jesus, for "if I keep on looking at myself, I am gone" (Martin Luther, 1535).

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God At Eventide  by Two Listeners

June 21 - Yours

Appeal to Me often. Do not implore so much as claim My Help as your right.

It is yours in Friendship’s name. Claim it with a mighty, impelling insistence. It is yours.

Not so much Mine to give you, as yours; but yours because it is included in the Great Gift of Myself that I gave you.

An All-embracing Gift, a Wonder Gift. Claim, accept, use it. All is well.

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25

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Date: June 20, 2019 at 1:16 AM
Topic: +DEV+ No Fear of Death

No Fear of Death

"Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died." Genesis 5:5

Scripture Focus: Genesis 5

You might be scratching your head if you made it through today's reading, Genesis 5. Are you wondering, What's the point? There is a reason genealogies don't feature in our favorite memory verses. If you skimmed this reading, I hope you at least caught the four little words repeated throughout the chapter: “…and then he died." The stark reality of life's brevity is evident.

But we can rejoice as we read Genesis 5 because God also gave us Romans 5: "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned, if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ" (vs.12, 17).

Romans 5 gives the backstory to Genesis 5 and God's wonderful solution to the depressing refrain of death. Jesus lives, and no fear of death should distress those made alive by faith in Him.

Insight: "Christ is risen from death. Why should we now fear the grave?" (Martin Luther, 1535)

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Date: June 18, 2019 at 12:48 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Into the Arms of Christ

Into the Arms of Christ

", through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2

Scripture Focus: Romans 8

Today's reading undergirds Martin Luther's gospel logic. That is, it is only when we have been driven into the arms of Christ by the law, as Luther would say, that we experience the freedom and joy of living the Spirit-filled life, willing and even able to live a life pleasing to the Lord. Paul calls it our "obligation" (8:12). 

But it's not an obligation motivated by the threat of God's law. It's an obligation motivated by God's grace through Jesus and our heartfelt gratitude. The law that said "do this and live"-what Paul calls the law of sin and death-is replaced with "it's done!" And now that it's done, we're in the new realm of the Spirit where our gratitude and joy in salvation set our minds on what the Spirit wants us to be about. 

The Spirit tells us we are God's children (8:16) and teaches us to live like children, forever loved by their Father. By the Spirit, we've been given a new family name. By the Spirit, we learn to live out that new family identity, forever safe in Jesus' welcoming, loving, open arms.

Insight: "The law is abolished as far as I'm concerned, when it has driven me into the arms of Christ." (Martin Luther, 1535)

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