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James 1:27 gives us a good assessment tool for measuring if our faith is doing any good for God and for others.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

Active, sacrificial compassion and consistent rejection of Satan’s temptations.

Can you do better than you have in this regard?

I can.

Let’s each pray for the Holy Spirit to convict and guide us into becoming more like Jesus.

This will bring more glory to God and more good to people in difficult circumstances.

As always, I love you

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I love a phrase I read this morning in Hebrews 7:16.

“Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.”

I am deeply humbled when I think of how God is transforming me into a priest of the God Most High, not because I’m becoming more worthy but instead because of His power, His purpose, His promise and my desire to serve as a minister for His sake.

To think that Satan cannot destroy my life and my faith against my will — just as he couldn’t destroy Jesus’ life– is such an encouragement.

I was reminded by this verse of the passage in I Peter 2:9 of the mission of our salvation:

“…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.”

The power that cannot be destroyed — that which flows from the throne of God — is poured into surrendered Christians who are priests by means of the confession that Jesus is Lord.

Let’s live confidently and compassionately and biblically so that others see power compelling us that is greater than our own, keeping us going down the straight and narrow when others would have given up.

As always, I love you

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“He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”

Titus 2:14 pretty much sums it up.

Let’s do good deeds today.

It’s what the committed do.

As always, I love you

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Morning Devotion: Before

Before the world was, God is.


That’s right.

Before there was even the concept of time, God exists.

There is no “before” or “after” with God’s identity.

It’s hard to grasp but understanding 2 Timothy 1:9 requires us to stretch our minds.

It’s worth it to do so, however.

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.”

Before the first “Let there be…” was a plan and a promise established so that we not-yet-created humans might spend a timeless forever with God.

Everything involved in creation is somehow tied to God’s pre-creation desire for the salvation of your soul and the godliness of your life.

Can I explain to you how an inanimate galaxy spinning around gazillions of miles away from earth can relate to your choice to seek Jesus as Lord?


We’ll have to add that to our list of questions for God when we’re in His presence.

But God wastes no effort and there’s a reason for that galaxy out there and the untold numbers of other galaxies just like it.

Let’s not waste time pondering things that consume brain time better spent on trying to serve the Lord.

Before we were conceived, God had already made the way for us to receive salvation even though we wouldn’t deserve it.

That’s reason enough to live a holy life.

As always, I love you

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There are many good reasons to teach accurately the wholesome words of Christ.

But Paul provided a particularly compelling reason in I Timothy 6:4.

“Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding.”


The last thing any believer will want to hear on Judgment Day is that his or her teachings had been arrogant and misinformed.

Let’s each commit to a probing, deeper understanding and humble sharing with others of Christ’s Living Water.

It will be SO much better to hear God say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

As always, I love you

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