"You're STRANGE!" Have you ever been called that word? And, when that word is used to describe someone, it's meant to hurt and identify the other as a "wacko" or "wierdo." But, guess what,... God ALSO has a similar name for His beloved ones! We consider this concept in this week's midweek devotion. Scripture to be used is Hosea 8:11-12, 13b-14; 1 Peter 2:5, 9.
In this week's midweek devotion, we consider an Early Church Father's statement from over a 1500 years ago and how it applies to us TODAY! He urges Christians to not "deprive" themselves of this AND WHY! Be sure to catch this upcoming devotion to see how the things that were "contemporary" hundreds of years ago are still pertinent to us now!
Pastor Rock is in a different setting for where this devotion originates. It's a different setting than usual, but has the same content for you and our "woke" world rushing pell mell into violence, hurt, division, and angst where only Satan seems to win. Scripture reading is from John 14:1-6.
What is THE "greatest sin" that we who are created of God might embrace & engage in? Is it "having children?" (Yes, one person suggested THAT!) Might it be "pride" or "theft" or "sins of the flesh" or something else? We'll consider the answer to this question in today's devotion.
"No Place for Politics" was the quote of Pope Francis in a news story in the Chicago Tribune yesterday. Where or When does the Church have not only the right, but even the obligation to speak up and get involved in an issue that is prominent in the contemporary world? We'll discuss that question in this week's midweek devotion.
In today's devotion, we'll consider what - EXACTLY - this thing of "repentance" is. There are 3 parts to our definition. We explore each part together, and... we'll see the wonderful ending for the repentant Christian!
In this devotion we'll consider the 5 "laments" to be found in the Book of Lamentations. In the 5th "lament," we'll see what happents to our joy due to our sin. But... as is often the case, God turns things around in Psalm 30. We consider that too!
Using the pen of Zechariah, God tells His people that He "whistles" for them. Does that strike you as odd? God... whistling! But, there it is in 10:8! We discuss the amazing implications of that in this devotion!
Who or what should we blame for the "bad things" that are done in this world? Was the Chicago Tribune correct with its headline of last February? That major publication claimed to have identified a signficant cause for a certain type of crime. We disect that in this devotion based on Mt. 15:17-20a.