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The Proper Thing to Do

Hebrews 2:10“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.”The Proper Thing to Do                 What does it mean to be fitting, and who is Him? Another term that could be used in…

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Listen to the Son

Hebrews 2:1-4 “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After…

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Better Than Angels

  Hebrews 1:3-4 “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels,…

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One Who is Son

Hebrews 1:2-3 “(God), in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” One Who…

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God’s Final Word

Hebrews 1:1-2 “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” God’s Final Word  In the Prophets God is the…

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The Cross of Christ

Galatians 6:14 “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” The Cross of Christ             The Cross of Christ is in view for us to see in one various form or…

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The Father’s Face

Luke 15:20-24 “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am…

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Sowing to the Spirit

Galatians 6:7-8  “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”  Sowing to the Spirit             …

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Clothed in Humility

1 Peter 5:5-7 “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting…

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Growing in Christ

2 Peter 1:5-8 “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities…

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Our Precious Faith

2 Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Our Precious Faith                 Have you ever won the lottery? Have you ever won a prize of any sort? Have…

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The Example of Paul

1 Corinthians 15:9-10 “For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them,…

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God’s Adoption Process

1 John 3:1 “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” God’s Adoption Process                 In the last devotion we discussed repentance and faith. We…

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Repentance and Faith

Acts 20:20-21 “how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Repentance and Faith                 We have discussed who God is. We talked about…

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Jesus is Coming Back

  1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”  Jesus is Coming Back                 We have discussed the person and works of our Lord Jesus Christ within the last…

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Christ the Lord

Philippians 2:9-11  “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory…

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10 thoughts about Summer Ministry

In a few days, it will officially be summer. Often, we look upon summer as a time of ministry slow-down. Home fellowships stop or meet less often during the summer months. There are less scheduled church events during the summer. Some people go away on holiday for a few weeks at a time. Let me…

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Show Me Your Glory

2 Corinthians 3:18                “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”  Show Me Your Glory                  Exodus 33:18-19 reads, “Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And…

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What Love is This?

Philippians 2:6-7               “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”  What Love is This?                  Last week we discussed the works of Jesus. We talked about…

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What Did Jesus Do?

John 21:25           “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written”  What Did Jesus Do?                  In the last two weeks we explored who Jesus is. We explored His being. To…

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Christ the Perfect Man

Hebrews 2:14-18              “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it…

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God the Son

Luke 22:70                  “And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”  God the Son                                Who do you say Jesus is? This is a very important question in God’s Adoption Process. Many people say Jesus lived and He is an actual historic figure. You…

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The Theme of Scripture

Acts 8:35                  “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.”  The Theme of Scripture                                Any good book that you read or any major motion picture you watch usually has a main character. The book or movie is centered on this primary character. The person is usually…

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Adopted by Love

Galatians 2:20                  “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  Adopted by Love                                The…

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The Consequence of Sin

Romans 6:23                  “For the wages of sin is death………..”  The Consequence of Sin                  Enough about sin!! Right! Well, one more week but it is crucial to the whole counsel of God. Our prayer is that you would love God more by deepening your understanding of sin.                 What is death? When we thinking…

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The Heart of the Root of Sin

Romans 1:18, 19             “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.”  The Heart of the Root of Sin              Last week we…

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The Root of Sin

Romans 1:22-25                  “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.       Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be…

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Good Friday Prayer

  [Jesus death on the cross allowed us entry before the throne room of God to make supplication and entreaties before our heavenly Father. This prayer is for our church body; that God would be faithful to fulfill what Christ has earned on our behalf. It is in light of Christ’s death we plead before…

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What is Sin?

Romans 5:12  “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned”  What is Sin?                 Sin! Yuck! Why do we need to talk about sin? Well, to stay true to the Gospel of Christ we have to know sin.…

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The Purpose of Man

Genesis 1:27  God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. The Purpose of Man                  The last few weeks we have spent reflecting on the attributes of God. God’s attributes do not define God but God defines His attributes. There is His…

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S.A.L.T

1 Corinthians 1:4-9 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift,…

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Eat your veggies!

“Children, eat your vegetables.” Children don’t always want to eat their vegetables. There are times parents command their children to eat their vegetables. Sometimes parents take the time to sit and explain how the body needs vegetables as part of the overall diet. Either way, the parents know if the children eat their vegetables they…

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Jesus Is Righteous

Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD Jesus Is Righteous              In last week’s devotion we discussed the justice of Jesus. Jesus is Judge…

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Jesus Is Judge

**These weekly devotionals are sponsored by S.A.L.T (formally known as the Fisherman’s Club) in order to help cultivate passionate hearts for Christ and a desire to make Him famous** Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice………. Jesus…

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Jesus Is Love

Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness………. Jesus Is Love              In last week’s devotion we discussed on how God “delights” in doing His will. God’s will is action oriented and He delights to love, to do justice…

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Jesus Delights

Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD” Jesus Delights              In the next three weeks we are going to investigate God’s loving-kindness, justice and…

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Jesus Speaks, Creation Happens

Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Jesus Speaks, Creation Happens Last week we focused our attention on God’s creative nature. The first sentence of the Bible indicates that God wants us to know that He is the source of all creation; “In the beginning God created.” Colossians 1:16…

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Jesus Is Creator

Colossians 1:16  “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Jesus Is Creator              In the study of God’s attributes it is important to remember that God’s attributes do…

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Darkness … A poem by Paul Biebel

DARKNESS – By Paul Biebel 02/19/1991 –  (A rather difficult time )             Psalm 139:9-12 “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness…

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God Defines Attributes

Exodus 3:14-15  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham,…

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God Centered Gospel

Colossians 1:15-17 He[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and…

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God’s Love Letter

Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” God’s Love Letter                 In this technological savvy stage of life, communication in the form of a hand written letter is…

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God is the Gospel!

2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” God is the Gospel According to 2 Corinthians 4:4 we have received a ministry as we…

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 Shepherd’s Morning Psalm

  A Psalm in the morning … My rest has ended, but Yours never began You have kept me through my slumber You were awake keeping watch with concern and prudence. Your grand omniscience is to be marveled Your awesome power too grand to comprehend. When I consider your grandness, why do I struggle so…

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Enjoy God’s glory!

Are you seeking what is glorious? If you want to be in the presence of a king, then you should seek the presence of the King of Kings, the one true God. He is the most powerful ruler there ever was or ever shall be. He commands the heavenly hosts; they are His army. Just…

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Post-Christian Era Evangelism: Programs or Personal

 Evangelism has become more and more challenging as our culture has become less and less moored to its Christian heritage. The old ways of thinking, and the old ways of doing “outreach” and “evangelism” do not connect with most people today (and even less so here in New England). Here is the material that the…

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Life After Death?

If you ever lost a loved one, faced a serious operation, or flown in an airplane, chances are you have thought about dying. Some people have no fear of death, others do fear death. But, whether you fear death or not, you can’t help but wonder if there is life after death. Is this all…

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Romans 1, Homosexuality, and the Judgment of God

In my current preaching series through Romans, our church family had to join with me in navigating the ethical high wire act Romans 1:24-32—the New Testament passage that most clearly and thoroughly discusses the sin of homosexuality. This article is an “edited for reading” version of my two sermon manuscripts on that passage. It is…

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Have I Become Complacent?

  Have I Become Complacent? As camp director of Camp Good News, I had the honor and pleasure to work alongside some very fine young people. We had great fellowship and joy ministering the Gospel together in the vibrant summer ministry. Since leaving the ministry of Camp Good News, I have kept in contact with…

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How To Win A Spiritual Battle

  Spiritual Warfare: How to Win How to win a spiritual battle To human reasoning, it seems impossible for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to accomplish great spiritual feat. To the Jew, the cross is a stumbling block. To the Greek, the cross is foolishness. But to God, it is powerful to rescue His saints…