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Cultivating the Art of Christian Friendship

March 29th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 21. Today’s meditation is on the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder,” found in Exodus 20:13.

The sixth commandment forbids doing any harm to one of God’s image-bearers. But implicit within its prohibition is also the call to do all things necessary to love my neighbor, including to protect and defend her and help her flourish.

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Thou Shalt Not Murder… Anyone

March 28th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals

Lenten Devotional Series Day 20. Today’s meditation is on the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder,” found in Exodus 20:13.

The sixth commandment is rooted in the imago Dei (image of God). Because humans are made in God’s image, we owe special love and respect to one another, over and beyond the respect we owe to other creatures.

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Having the Faith of a Child

March 27th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 19. Today’s meditation is on Luke 18:15-43.

Jesus loves our children. Even the tiniest ones. He loves them in the womb, he loves them in their mother’s arms. He loves them even when they start running around, getting under our feet, and fighting with their siblings. He loves them, and he wants us to bring them to him. In fact, only children can enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Seeing our Parents through God’s Eyes

March 26th, 2011 by Rez Admin Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 18. Today’s meditation is on the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12), “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

A year and a half ago, I lost my mother to breast cancer. Six months after that, my dad was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. Six weeks ago, his cancer took a serious turn for the worse. Now he too has gone to be with the Lord.

I’m thankful I was able to help care for my dad in his last weeks. However, despite having deep affection for him, I found myself fighting deep anger toward him because of his behavior and our broken past. Losing my mom highlighted serious deficiencies in my relationship with my dad. Because she had been the “good” parent and he hadn’t been, I had poison for him in my heart.

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Respect Authority, Honor the Lord

March 25th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 17. Today’s meditation is on the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12), “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

The commandment to honor father and mother makes plenty of sense for children. But what use is it for adults? How could it be anything more than an artifact of bygone patriarchy?

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Finding Time for the Fourth Commandment

March 24th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 16. Today’s meditation is on Exodus 18:13-27.

Doesn’t the fourth commandment seems antiquated in the modern world? We’re too busy for Sabbath-keeping; there aren’t enough hours in the day. But God made time—and us. Is his purpose in this commandment merely to confirm and demonstrate our own sinfulness? Or does he genuinely intend for us to keep it?

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Finding Rest in Christ

March 23rd, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals

Lenten Devotional Series Day 15. Today’s meditation is on Matthew 11:25-30.

Lent is a season of penitence, a time for intentionality in dying to self. On the other hand, the fourth commandment (see yesterday’s devotional) is an injunction to rest. How do Lenten contrition and rest go together?

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The Gift of Sabbath Rest

March 22nd, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Lenten Devotional Series Day 14. Today’s meditation is on the fourth commandment, Exodus 20:8-11.

Traditionally, each of the Ten Commandments has been understood to include both a prohibition and a duty. As we observed yesterday, the fourth commandment prohibits a life of unceasing labor, without rest and reflection. Today we focus on the duty—or perhaps better, the gift—of Sabbath-keeping.

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Remember the Sabbath Day

March 21st, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals

Lenten Devotional Series Day 13. Today’s meditation is on the fourth commandment, Exodus 20:8-11.

Recently our family had epiphany of sorts. We were falling prey—regularly—to an all too-common problem: saying yes to too many good things. Our margins had disappeared, such that we were hardly getting enough sleep at night, let alone time for spiritual disciplines and family life. Running hard, we were also running dry without a spiritual wellspring for life and ministry.

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Praying in Jesus’ Name

March 20th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals

Lenten Devotional Series Day 12. Today’s meditation is on John 16:16-28.

Among evangelical Christians, it is customary to end our prayers “in Jesus’ name.” Let’s think about how and why we do this in light of the third commandment’s prohibition against misusing God’s name. The most important consideration is this: do we believe effective prayer chiefly depends upon us, or God?

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