Category: Devos

Deny the Resurrection

Deny the Resurrection

A few years back, I was very excited to get to meet an author I admire, a man named Peter Rollins. Rollins is a post-modern philosopher from Belfast and a fantastic theologian (though he calls himself a pyro-theologian). He has written many books with titles like “The Fidelity of Betrayal,” “The Idolatry of God,” “The Divine…

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Road Maps

Road Maps

“How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in my pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.“ Psalm 119:9-10 (The Message)      As Methodist pastors who will move several times in the course of our careers my wife…

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The little things

The little things

“Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 2 Kings 5:13 Naaman was a commander for the armies of the king of Aram, and was well liked. He caught a case of…

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Self Deception

Self Deception

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Luke 1:3-4 Back when I was just starting out as a youth pastor, one of…

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Theo-philus

Theo-philus

“I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.” Luke 1:3-4      Have you ever read the introduction to the gospel of Luke and wondered just…

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Discipline

Discipline

“My child, do not despise God’s discipline or be weary of God’s reproof, for God reproves the one God loves, as a parent their child in whom they delights.’” Proverbs 3:11-12      In our house, we use the language of discipline instead of punishment.On the surface, they may seem like the same thing, but…

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Second Grade Wisdom

Second Grade Wisdom

“For the whole law is summed up in a single command, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Galatians 5:14 There is a quote, often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, that says “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary use words.” While it is not clear whether St. Francis ever actually said those…

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Ask you fool!

Ask you fool!

“Ask, and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Luke 11:9 My knees were weak, my palms were sweaty;  pretty sure there was something on my sweater already… Mom’s spaghetti? I was nervous. But, on the surface, I looked calm and ready…*…

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New Year Draw Near

New Year Draw Near

[box] “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ” – Hebrews 4:16[/box] Advent is the season of anticipation and preparation, but I think it is New Year’s Eve that causes more people to reflect on where…

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Annoying people for Jesus

Annoying people for Jesus

[box] “While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead.” Acts 4:1-2[/box] It is relatively easy to look at the world around…

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