Devotion – May 25, 2015 – Justice!

isaiah42_3-4In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.
—Isaiah 42:3-4

When we are wronged, we demand justice.  If a product doesn’t live up to our expectations, we return it.  If someone steals from us, we demand to be paid back and they be punished.  We innately know that the world is supposed to be just, but the affects of sin has made our world unjust and corrupt.

Injustice is all around us, whether it is political corruption, racism, human trafficking, or something else.  This should bother us and we should not ignore the cries of the oppressed.  Over and over the Bible calls for us to stand up for powerless, speak for the voiceless, and bring justice to the oppressed. [Read more…]

Telling the Gospel – Cleansed of Our Sins

sins-washed-awayThis is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
– 1 John 1:5-7

I remember watching one of the TV crime dramas (like CSI) a while back.  A person had been killed and the killer had scoured the crime scene.  To the naked eye, the place looked spotless, but the investigators brought in a special spray and some black lights and when they turned on the black lights everything looked different.  Every drop of blood that had been spilled was suddenly lit up and plain for all to see. [Read more…]

Devotion – May 24, 2015 – Speaking Boldly

acts28_31Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
—Acts 28:31

This is how the book of Acts ends.  What a way to end it!!  The Apostle Paul had endured many hardships in his ministry, from being rejected by his people (the Jews) and shipwrecked to prison, beatings, and the threat of the death penalty.  Through all this Paul spoke about Jesus the same it describes here at the end of Acts, boldly and without hindrance. [Read more…]

Devotion – May 22, 2015 – For His Name’s Sake

psalm79_9Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
—Psalm 79:9

Have you ever felt the need to confess your sins to God, but also felt like you had no right to ask?  Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “God, why would you ever love a person like me?  I keep doing things I know are wrong.” [Read more…]

Telling Our Stories – Getting What I Don’t Deserve

what-you-deserveThis is a continuation of a blog series of the stories of God working in people’s lives.  This story is from missionalrev as found on SearchChurch.co.uk.

Living a life I don’t deserve

They say you get what you deserve in life: Good things come to the good, and the bad guys will have justice poured out them at some point! I grew up wanting to believe that, but I experienced the opposite! [Read more…]

Telling Our Stories – God’s Provision

tell-your-storyWe’ve been talking a lot about evangelism at Family of Christ North and I’ve started blogging about different ways to talk about the Gospel (such as Jesus taking our place or Victory over death and hell).  It’s important to be able to tell people what Jesus has done for us, but it’s also good to be able to talk about how God is working in your own life.  People are often more open to hearing about what’s happening (has happened) in your life.  So, this can be a good way to start talking about God.

So, in addition to writing about ways to talk about the Gospel, I thought I’d share some people’s stories of God’s work in their lives.  I figured I’d start with one of my own stories to get things going.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!…Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
– Luke 12:27-28, 31

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Telling the Gospel – Victory in Christ

Victory_300“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 15:54b-57

When mankind fell into sin, death entered the world and the condemnation of hell became the future of every human being.  This is the result of rebelling against God.  What can we do? [Read more…]

Telling the Gospel

4youThe Gospel is the Good News of what Jesus has done for us, what His death and resurrection mean for us and all creation.  While Jesus died once for us, there are many ways we may talk about what He did for us.  At Family of Christ North, we’ve been talking about sharing the Gospel with others.  So, I thought I’d write some posts over the next few days showing some different ways we might tell others about what Jesus has done.

Jesus Took Our Place

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
1 Peter 3:18

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Devotion – May 19, 2015 – Authority to Serve

isaiah10_1-2bWoe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people.
—Isaiah 10:1-2

We tend to look up to those with wealth, fame, and power.  We figure they are the ones who are blessed because they have what so many desire.  Yet, in God we see something different.  After an encounter with a young rich man, Jesus told His disciples that it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Mark 10:17-31).  It’s not that having money is evil, it’s just that we tend to put money above God.  That young rich man wasn’t willing to give up his wealth for eternal life! [Read more…]

Sharing God’s Story

John316All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
– 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

You are an Ambassador:
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