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Discipleship Academy

April 7th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals
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Learn. Grow. Feast. Serve.

Discipleship Academy is a weekly, pastor-led gathering of 12 men and women for the purpose of Christian discipleship.  We cover five six-week modules over the course of a year. Our first group started in early January. We’re starting a new group in the first week in May. (more…)

Steal No Longer

April 7th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 30. Today’s meditation is on Eph 4:25-32.

In some parts of the world, people use an elegant method to trap monkeys. They hollow out a gourd or coconut and put a hole in it just big enough for a monkey’s open paw to squeeze through, put something desirable inside it like rice, and then stake it to the ground. Then all they have to do is wait. A monkey comes along and finds the rice, squeezes his hand inside to get it, and then finds his hand will not fit back through the hole while holding the rice. He can either let go of the object and be free, or hold on and remain stuck. Soon the hunters return, and the choice becomes clear. Let go or die. What most often happens? As I said, it is an elegant way to trap monkeys.

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Living Generously

April 6th, 2011 by Liz Laird Posted in Devotionals

Lenten Devotional Series Day 29. Today’s meditation is on the Eighth Commandment, “You shall not steal,” in Exodus 20:15.

Implicit in the Eighth Commandment’s prohibition against stealing is a Christian ethic of generous living in response to God’s gracious provision for us. This way of life is commended throughout the Scriptures in a variety of ways. Some of these include the value God places on work (Gen 2:15, Eph 4:28) and our diligence in it (Prov 12:11, 27); honest behavior in commerce (Lev 19:36); a modest lifestyle that keeps us from over-valuing the fruits of our labor (1 Tim 6:6-9, 17); and sacrificial giving (2 Cor 8:1-4).

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All Theft is Theft

April 5th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 28. Today’s meditation is on the eighth commandment, “You shall not steal,” found in Exodus 20:15.

The eighth commandment is not difficult to understand. A small child can read it and grasp its meaning. But it is difficult for us to obey.

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Glorify God with Your Body

April 4th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 27. Today’s meditation is on 1 Cor 6:12-20.

By God’s design, we are physical beings in a physical world. Before sin entered the world, God made us to reflect his image in human bodies, and he called what he had made very good. Then came the rebellion in Eden and two terrible consequences for our bodies. (more…)

Adultery Begins in the Heart

April 3rd, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 26. Today’s meditation is on Matthew 5:27-30.

It is hard to manage our hungers. We hunger for various things: success, recognition, admiration, respect, and love, among others. A Christ-centered appetite is good, but when our appetites start to control us they become idols which we serve in the place of our true Lord.

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Purity, Modesty & Fidelity

April 2nd, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 25. Today’s meditation is on the seventh commandment, “You shall not commit adultery,” found in Exodus 20:14.

In Matthew 12:43-45, Jesus warned the Pharisees that deliverance from Satan’s power without an accompanying conversion to faith in him would only leave a person ripe for worse Satanic oppression. One demon gone: good. Seven demons return: very bad. In the same way, if Jesus delivers us from sin but then we do not endeavor to live a transformed life, we are likely to fall back into the same bondage as before, perhaps this time inoculated against the power of the Gospel.

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Getting Serious about Sex

April 1st, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals

Lenten Devotional Series Day 24. Today’s meditation is on the seventh commandment, “You shall not commit adultery,” found in Exodus 20:14.

Adultery is sexual intimacy between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse. The seventh commandment explicitly prohibits adultery, and by implication, any and all other sexual acts outside of marriage. If there is any doubt about this, the rest of Scripture is overwhelmingly clear: God intends sexual intimacy exclusively for a man and a woman united in marriage.

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Murder in the Church

March 31st, 2011 by Aaron Damiani Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 23. Today’s meditation is on 1 John 3:10-15.

John writes, “Do not be surprised that the world hates you.”  Why would the world hate Christians?  (more…)

Murder Begins in the Heart

March 30th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 22. Today’s meditation is on Matthew 5:21-26.

Jesus said, “[21] You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ [22] But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

Murder stems from a heart misshapen by anger, false righteousness, and pride. (more…)