Category Archives: growth

care’s root and fruit

Ephesians 3:14-19 (JDV) Ephesians 3:14 In favor of this, I kneel before the Father Ephesians 3:15 from whom every family in the sky and on the land is named. Ephesians 3:16 I pray that he may grant you, according to … Continue reading

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evangelism done right

HOW DO WE DO IT RIGHT? Luke 8:4-8 Luk 8:4 While a big crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, he spoke to them using an illustration: Luk 8:5 “A farmer went out … Continue reading

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whole health

Luke 2:39-41 Luk 2:39 And when they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Luk 2:40 And the child continued growing and becoming strong, filled with wisdom, … Continue reading

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servants of the sovereign

STOP WORSHIPING SERVANTS 1 Corinthians 3:4-6 4 Because when someone says, “I am in Paul’s group,” and another, “I am in Apollos’ group,” are you not mere humans? 5 What then is Apollos, and what is Paul? We are servants … Continue reading

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we become the message

Matthew 13:31-35 31 He entrusted another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom from the sky is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and planted in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but … Continue reading

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three prayers

Psalm 144 David prayed for three things with no reservation or feeling of shame: rescue from the plots of his enemies, growth of the LORD’s kingdom among men, and prosperity for the righteous.  May our prayers reflect the same reliance … Continue reading

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missions and procrastination

Joshua 18-19 The land lay subdued before them, but the Israelites took their time allotting the land.  Joshua said “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the LORD, the God of your … Continue reading

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in retrospect: dos and don’ts

Deuteronomy 27 Our relationship with God is by grace, not on the basis of what we have done or not done.  It also not on the basis of what we are doing, might do, or will do.  We did not, … Continue reading

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devotion and redemption

Leviticus 25    The LORD commanded the Israelites to live under an economic  system that reflected his character as rescuer and redeemer.  Both the land and its occupants were to be geared towards rescue.  The poor were to be progressing toward … Continue reading

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blameless devotion

Leviticus 5:14-6:7         These are not the words of a God who ignores sin and guilt.    These are the words of the LORD, who punishes the guilty.  But he does not want to.  It is not God’s desire that any perish, … Continue reading

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