Devotionals


September 4, 2019

September 04, 2019
Ephesians 3:14-21 The context of this passage, in the first thirteen verses, Paul lays out his calling as an apostle to preach to the Gentiles. The church in Ephesus prays for and supports him. From verse fourteen through nineteen, he prays for them. Then he closes in verse twen...

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August 28, 2019

August 28, 2019
Psalm 46 God is a God of truth. This is important to remind ourselves in this postmodern age, when people tell us that there are no absolutes. It doesn’t matter what you believe. What I believe, I believe. What you believe, you believe. What’s true for me is differen...

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August 7, 2019

August 07, 2019
Acts 13 Notice in this passage that it is the Holy Spirit who sets apart Saul and Barnabas (v 2). He is actively involved in sending out these men as missionaries to do His work. What are they called to do? Are they called to do whatever their own minds design? No, we see back i...

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July 24, 2019

July 24, 2019
Acts 2:42-47 Where in the Bible can we go to teach God’s people about commitment to the church? The church is likened to the bride of Christ, a family, the army of God – all connotate commitment. In Acts 2 the Spirit came; it is the birth of the New Covenant communit...

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July 3, 2019

July 03, 2019
Philippians 3: 8-11 In Sunday school we’ve been reading the classic work “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer. This book is probably his most well-known book and in it he argues that our greatest ambition in life is to know God. The church father Augustine also said, &...

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June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019
Exodus 3: 1-6 In this familiar passage, Moses is face to face with God. We call this Old Testament manifestation a theophany. (Read Ex 3: 1-6) The most amazing thing about prayer is that we get to talk to God. We see how amazing it is when we realize who God is. Who is He? From...

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June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019
1 Corinthians 11:1 See how Paul begins his epistle, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” He says something similar in Philippians 3: 17, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” Ag...

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June 5, 2019

June 05, 2019
Matthew 5:1-11 This is a good passage to see a composite of the children of God. “The Godly Man’s Picture”, a book by Puritan Thomas Watson, sketches out a picture of several characteristics of a godly man or woman. In typical Puritan fashion, he has twenty-fou...

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May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019
Philippians 1: 3-11 One theme that becomes apparent when we read the book of Philippians all the way through in one sitting is prayer. This theme is one we focus on when we talk about missions and the work of Gospel proclamation. Tonight, we are going to pray for the persecuted ...

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May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019
Psalm 61 “Why Do We Pray?” I have one question to prime the pump of our praying: Why do we pray? How many reasons can we give? We pray because we need help for our personal needs. We pray because God expects us to pray. This is evident in Jesus’ teaching His di...

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April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019
2 Timothy 2:8 “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel”. When preaching from this passage last Sunday, I quoted one of the Puritans who said, “Faith has a good memory.” That means, Christians make good ...

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April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019
2 Corinthians 12: 7-10  A few weeks ago, we talked about what distinguishes Christianity from every other religion – the fact that we worship a Triune God. The god of Islam, Allah, is not a three-person god, and Hindus worship 3 million gods. We worship one God, who h...

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April 3, 2019

April 03, 2019
Ephesians 6:10-20 We can certainly say that Christianity is like no other religion. To prove this, we can start with God Himself. Any of His attributes show that our God is incomparable. If someone from another religious background were to visit our church, what difference would...

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March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019
Psalm 4 As we read this psalm, we sense that David is facing distress. In verse 1, he recalls his past distresses, and he seeks relief. Looking over this entire psalm, it appears this distress is very intense. It is causing him to even deal with anger. Verse 4, “Be angry, ...

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February 27, 2018

February 27, 2019
Mark 10: 46-52 Dr. Stott has suggested that perhaps the most neglected ingredient in Christian discipleship is the cultivation of hearing, or the listening ear. He says, “Bad listeners do not make good disciples.” The Lord used to say, “He who has ears, let him...

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February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019
Matthew 6: 25-34 When we think of the greatest dangers to prayer, we may think of the Devil or the world, which is no friend to grace, but the greatest challenge is our own sin. What are some sins that keep us from praying? Certainly, laziness could be on the list. Taking our cu...

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February 6, 2019

February 06, 2019
  John 15: 7 & 8 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” As we read this promise we might be tempted ...

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January 23, 2019

January 23, 2019
  Mark 4:35-41 What comes to mind when we read the story of the disciples in this passage is that they are desperate and in a high degree of panic. We can understand why: they are in a life-threatening situation beyond their capabilities. It is a storm they cannot handle. ...

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January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019
1 Corinthians 7:35 “Undivided Devotion” The Puritan Richard Steele wrote a whole book on this one text addressing the subject of prayer. He spoke of the undivided devotion of prayer. We all agree that prayer can be a difficult spiritual discipline, but what would you...

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January 2, 2019

January 02, 2019
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 Thinking about the New Year, I thought this an appropriate passage for our meditation. Here Paul puts the Christian under the metaphor of a runner and the Christian life under the metaphor of a race. Everyone of us is running; we are in a race. It isn&rsqu...

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December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018
Proof of the Incarnation We often thank God for his death and resurrection, but perhaps not as much for his birth, for the incarnation. That word incarnation comes from the Latin. It means “in flesh”. It is a staggering miracle. Dr. Packer argues it is the ...

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December 5, 2018

December 05, 2018
John 17 We are going to focus tonight on Jesus’ prayer in John 17 to help us learn better how we should pray. First, we see that Jesus’ prayer is focused, not so much on Himself, but on how He may glorify God in doing the work God has given Him. In verse 1 Jesus says...

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November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018
1 Thes 5:14-18 Why give thanks? The simplest answer, from this? text, is because God commands us. It is a Christian’s duty, but that’s not all God says. He graciously gives us reasons to encourage us and motivate us to give thanks. Psalm 107, “it is good to giv...

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November 7, 2018

November 07, 2018
1 Timothy 2: 1-8 Tonight, we are paying particular attention to two specific words in this passage: all and every. They are adjectives that help inform how we ought to pray for the world and others. These are the same words used in John 3:16, used in this passage ...

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October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018
Psalm 150 The last five Psalms begin with a note of praise. Give me five ‘P’ words that should shape our prayers.  #1 Praise – we can argue this from the Lord’s Prayer. It begins with God’s greatness and holiness; also, the last five psalm...

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October 3, 2018

October 03, 2018
Psalm 139: 1-18 Four Doctrines to Shape Our Prayer Life  Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones said a lot about prayer. I quoted him last Sunday, “What a man is on his knees, that he is and nothing more.” He called prayer the noblest of activities and believed the best posture...

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September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018
Acts 14: 19-22 We can deduce from our Bibles that the Christian life is not going to be an easy one. Jesus made this very plain. What is the figure that He used to underscore the pain and suffering of the child of God? Six times He uses the cross: pick up a cross. He wanted...

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September 5, 2018

September 05, 2018
Matthew 21:18-22 This passage comes after Jesus’ triumphal entry. He had left Jerusalem and was returning to the city. The imagery here is clear. Using the fig tree, Jesus is teaching us that wherever there is true life, there is fruit. And wherever there is the appearance...

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August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018
Romans 8: 26 If I were to ask what is the most crucial doctrine when it comes to prayer, what would you say? The doctrine of the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It should shape our Christian lives more than anything else. The doctrine of the Trinity is probably...

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August 22, 2018

August 22, 2018
Matthew 6: 9 We are returning to look at the most famous prayer in the world, which is probably uttered millions of times daily. Jesus obviously wanted us to pray this prayer frequently. He says, “Pray in this way”; at least take hold of the principles found here. I...

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August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018
Humble Prayer: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10  I’ve been meditating on this passage where Paul is talking about the supernatural privileges he’s had. He starts by telling how he was taking up by the Spirit and was with the Lord, a supernatural experience. In verse 7 he b...

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July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018
Exodus 20: 1-18 Arguably the most important words in the Bible regarding ethical and moral behavior come from this passage. When we think of the Ten Commandments we ought to think of it as a wonderful gift from God. What would this world be like had these commandments not been w...

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June 27, 2018

June 27, 2018
Luke 18: 1-8 This familiar story is a parable the Lord told. We often stress that prayer is difficult, a struggle. We could argue that from this very parable. Jesus understood that when it comes to prayer we have to practice perseverance. Where else in our Bible’s could we...

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June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018
Matthew 6 – A Focus on the Lord’s Prayer We would all agree that if there is one area where Christians all need encouragement it is with regard to prayer. Spurgeon said, “The common sin of God’s people is slackness in prayer.” He said, “If the...

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June 6, 2018

June 06, 2018
2 Thessalonians 1: 3 & 4 Remember the church in Thessalonica was a fairly young church. Paul and his other missionary companions had to flee due to religious persecution. So, Paul is concerned with how they are doing. He begins this second letter similarly to how he begins t...

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May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018
1 Thessalonians 5: 12-22 This last chapter is full of imperatives. Paul begins his epistle like many others reminding us what Christ has done for us, emphasizing Gospel indicatives- based on what God has done, this is how we should live - Gospel imperatives. I want to focus on ...

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May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018
1 Peter 5:6-11 “Watch and Pray” The theme I want to focus on tonight is Watch and Pray, the command we receive from Christ in Mark 14:38. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” This same conc...

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May 2, 2018

May 02, 2018
Ephesians 6:10-20 Remember how Ephesians begins. It couldn’t begin on a more positive note, beginning with all the blessings we have in Christ. He ends the epistle on a realistic note, reminding us that we are engaged in warfare. Notice, he uses corporate language. This is...

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April 25, 2018

April 25, 2018
John 8:31-36 This past Sunday Pr. Ibrahim dealt with the Confession chapter 21, on Christian Liberty and the conscience. The framers of the confession place this chapter right after the one on the Gospel. It is only because of the Gospel that we are set free. Christ is the great...

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April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018
It should never cease to amaze us that God delights in our prayers. We are to delight in Him, but He delights in our prayers. One way to show that we delight in God is by praying. If we had only one place to go in our Bibles concerning prayer, where would you go? One good place ...

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April 4, 2018

April 04, 2018
Matthew 6: 9-15 As Calvin once said, “You will never understand who you are unless you have first understood Who God is.” What can we learn about God from this prayer? First, God is our Father (v9). What else can we learn about His character? God is sovereign (v10)...

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March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018
Psalm 2 When you think of the images of God in Scripture, what comes to mind? We think of God as our Father; that is a beautiful picture of God. There are other images: Shepherd, Rock, Stronghold, Lion. Isaiah uses the image of a Mother with her children. One image we might n...

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March 21, 2018

March 21, 2018
Romans 5:1 & 2 “Paul continues to expound the great doctrine of justification by faith, showing the outcome of those who have believed in Christ. If we look back at chapter3:24, he picks up that word justified again but also, as in chapter 5, he uses the phrase, &lsquo...

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March 7, 2018

March 12, 2018
Matthew 6:9 This passage is different than Luke’s version where Jesus says, “Pray this.” It is almost as if in Luke’s account He is saying, “Pray these very words.” But in Matthew it is more broad in the sense pray like this, or according to t...

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February 7, 2018

February 07, 2018
Psalm 86: 1-13 – A prayer of David David here makes a petition and then follows it with the reasons why he is able to make the petition. In verse 1 we see, “Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me for I am poor and needy.” As David prays to God he acknowledges ...

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January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018
1 Peter 5:6-8 What are the two questions regarding identity that we need to be constantly asking as Christians? One is, “Who is God?” and the other is, “Who am I?” It was Tozer who said, “What comes to your mind when you think of God is what is most...

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