His powerful word: Hebrews 1.3 VOTD

“The Son … sustains all things by his powerful word …”

Hebrews 1.3

The beginning of this book holds a beautiful summary of the gospel. “All things” is inclusive. It includes his followers as well as the universe. His word, spoken and written, contains all power.

The Christian’s power is in the Bible, in great measure. We deprive ourselves of God’s help when we fail to read and follow it. Describe your practice of finding power in Christ’s word.

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Lord of all: Romans 10.12 VOTD

“For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.”

Romans 10.12

Paul argues that Christ brings righteousness to everyone who believes, v. 4. His rich blessings refer to salvation and all that accompanies it. To call upon him is to appeal to God for salvation rather than one’s own righteousness.

Christ is Lord of all, so that means there is one way to be saved, by calling on him. What does this calling entail, according to the Bible?

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To bring salvation: Hebrews 9.28 VOTD

“so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”

Hebrews 9.28

Christ is a once-for-all Savior. His sacrifice was sufficient for all, for all time. Now he will come again, but not to suffer again. The next time he will bring eternal salvation to those who are awaiting him.

Christ’s two comings are related. Those who receive his sacrifice made in his first coming will eagerly receive him in his second. Have you received him through faith and obedience?

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VOTD: Matthew 16.15 ‘You say’

“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?'”

Matthew 16.15

This question of the Lord brought out Peter’s greater confession of Christ.

Why is it important for us to answer this question today?

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VOTD: Colossians 3.11 ‘Here’

“Here there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all.”

Colossians 3.11

Where is ‘here’ that Paul refers to?

How does a person get to this place where Christ is all and in all?

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Renowned for wisdom

In his online devotional today David Deffenbaugh wrote:

People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom.  Who today is renown for their wisdom?  The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.

There’s no way to research if the percentage of fools today is greater than in the days of Solomon. But mankind today is drawn to entertainment, desires thrills for the moment, and appreciates a cheap laugh more than deep truth. People today are renowned for their studies in science, their attempts to break silly world records, or the lack of self-control of the rich and famous. We’re interested in comfort and gadgets and virtual gossip.

Let the family of God desire his wisdom and live in the discernment of his will, as did the eternal Son. Let their televisions be conspicuously silent, and their screens frequently dark. Let their hands be busy in the service of Christ and their resources given to the gospel. Let their thoughts turn often to heaven, and their words to the inspired Scriptures. Let their lives be undiluted beacons of light in a world drowning in the darkness of trivial pursuits.

Let Jesus Christ truly become for them the wisdom of God, 1 Cor 1.30.

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Motivations for Hating God

In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading

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