Category Devotional

“Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:17-18) Christians are so . . . . How do you think most people would finish that sentence? How about your friends who are not Christians […]

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.” (Romans 12:17) Ooh. Ouch. Walking like Jesus is sounding weaker and weaker. It’s sounding like the fast lane to doormat-ville, like a guaranteed strategy for getting used and abused and disrespected. Once the bad guys find […]

Walk This Way: Harmonize

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” (Romans 12:16) Is it just me, or is this verse repeating itself? Is it just me, or is this very saying the same thing more than once? It’s like Paul thought […]

Walk This Way: Empathize

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) This week, we’re jumping back into Romans 12 for to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus in our everyday lives. My wife is one of the best empathizers I know. She is really good at walking after Jesus this way. […]

Countforward: How Long?

“He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, […]

” ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.’ ” (Mark 16:6) You know it’s a big deal when the angels show up – and the news is almost always good. This time, it […]

Easter Countdown: 3 Days

“Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, […]

Easter Countdown: 1 Year

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31) Jesus was not surprised. By any of it. He knew who Isaiah was […]

Easter Countdown: 3 Years

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ ” (John 1:29) We’re leaping forward 30 years from the birth of Jesus to the beginning of his three-year ministry before the cross. His cousin John the Baptist declares to all […]

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby […]

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