Staying Kingdom-focused in a selfie-focused world

Staying Kingdom-focused in a selfie-focused world

Devotional
It’s way too easy to take a selfie and put it up on every social media platform these days Because we are inundated by the selfie mindset, it’s only natural that this phenomenon would creep into the Church. Am I calling you out if you’ve ever taken a selfie? Absolutely not. There is nothing wrong with taking a picture of yourself and posting it online for the world to see (so long as you are clothed and in your right mind). It's the underlying attitude behind that post that can get us into trouble. Self & Flesh Self is always the hardest thing to crucify. Add an “H” and spell self backward and you have “flesh.” The Apostle Paul continually warned against catering to the flesh. Paul wrote in Galatians…
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Hope for troubled times

Hope for troubled times

Devotional
Have you watched the news lately? I can’t say that I blame you if you haven’t. There really is nothing but bad news these days. It seems like civilization stands on the brink of devastation. The pro-choice lobby is stronger than ever. The euthanasia debate has even come back to the fray in recent years. The faces of hopelessness have become even more real. Is there a better time than now for the Church to rise up and declare the hope we have? In Colossians 1, the Apostle Paul begins to reveal his ministry to the church at Colosse. Paul wrote the letter from prison after hearing that the Colosse church had begun to believe a mixture of false doctrines. Among those beliefs was the heresy of Gnosticism. The Gnostic…
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Victory Formation Christianity: Playing it safe til He comes

Victory Formation Christianity: Playing it safe til He comes

Devotional
It’s as frustratingly maddening as it is sweetly exhilarating. If you’re on the winning side there’s no greater sight. If you’re the loser, you’d rather stick a needle in your eye than watch as it plays out. It’s football’s Victory Formation. When the outcome of a football game is no longer in question late in the game, the team with the lead usually goes into an offensive formation that completely protects the quarterback as he takes the snap and almost immediately takes a knee to just keep the clock running. The losing side usually has no timeouts left and no hope of a comeback when the winning side begins this formality. The Victory Formation is the winning side’s way of making sure they don’t turn the ball over causing a…
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Overcoming Sudden Trials

Overcoming Sudden Trials

Devotional
Things are going smoothly. You feel like your steps are being ordered by the Lord as He positions you to move into a new season. You’re receiving fresh revelation and insight on a daily basis, it seems. Then it happens. Some random Satanic dart finds its way into your transition-zone, and it momentarily knocks you for a loop. It’s nothing major, just a little reminder that there’s still an enemy of your soul who’d love nothing more than to cause a setback on your journey. Maybe it’s a co-worker’s attitude, or a lying tongue spreading vicious rumors about you or your family. Maybe it’s an unexpected doctor visit and/or X-Ray in the middle of your day, or even a sudden negative report from your banker. These sudden trials sometimes have…
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