ARCHIVE April, 2017

Fruit of Light, Not Fruit Lite (Lent 35, 2017)

Have you ever bought canned Lite fruit at the grocery store?  Sometimes, it’s real fruit packaged with fruit juices and no added sugar.  Sometimes it’s real fruit packaged with an artificial sweetener.  It’s pretending to be healthful when really, it’s not the real thing.  The Christian life can be the same way.  Real fruit and […]

April 9, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Palm Sunday 2017

Matthew 21:1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone […]

April 8, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Visible Relationship of Light (Lent 34, 2017)

Throughout this 2017 Lenten devotional series, Light: There’s Nothing Like It, we’ve seen that light is an amazing creation and a very apt metaphor for everything from witnessing to righteousness, from the hope of the Gospel to the assurance of salvation, and from the Christian community’s relationship to the world to that same dark world’s […]

April 7, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Pressing On into the Light (Lent 33, 2017)

Do you ever feel like giving up?  Just throwing up your hands and saying this whole Christian thing just simply isn’t worth it?  Maybe you’re under spiritual attack or even persecution. Maybe you’re just plain tired.  In those moments of temptation and feeling under pressure, I remember the journey Jesus embarked on.  Pressing on to Jerusalem.  […]

April 6, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Let Your Love Light Shine (Lent 32, 2017)

Display on the outside what’s on the inside.  Consider it like truth in advertising.  No one prefers those chocolate bunnies at Easter that you bite its head off and there’s nothing but air inside.  We all like something solid, something true, something reliable, and something that communicates on the outside what is truly on the […]

April 5, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Reason, Season, Lifetime, and Eternal Light (Lent 31, 2017)

You may have heard the quote “We have three types of friends in life: Friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for a lifetime.”  * * * Jesus came for more than that.  He came as the reason, for a season on earth, so that we could see God during Jesus’ lifetime, […]

April 4, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Dark Noir of Evil (Lent 30, 2017)

Most people know John 3:16 exists if only from end zone placards.  The rest of this passage where Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the dark of night presents a clear case and a verdict.  If it were filmed, I’d picture it as film noir, but don’t worry, Jesus wouldn’t be chain-smoking with some femme fatale.  […]

April 3, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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A Spotlight on Witnessing (Lent 29, 2017)

I hate buying light bulbs these days.  I miss the good old days of energy ignorance and the carefree joy of my incandescent 100 watt bulbs that were easy to identify, always made me happy, and were highly affordable.  Light is good whether a spotlight or a floodlight. Knowing who belongs in the spotlight and […]

April 2, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Sabbath 5 of Lent 2017

Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year […]

April 1, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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