Ready. Set. Go. The people of Israel, during Hosea's prophetic work, were primed and prepared for rebellion. Their hearts, like a preheated oven ready to bake, were predisposed to chase after various forms of heartbreaking and painful sin. Their temperature was on high -- 450 degrees and ready to get into something harmful. (3 Minutes, 500 Words) Read More
The Lord wants to move his people forward, upward, onward. He has a plan for each one of you. Recently, I've seen this in a fresh way in my own life. The fruit of the Spirit is love -- and there are many outworkings of that love (Galatians 5:22). I believe the Spirit wants to produce a heightened joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in me. And in you. (10 Minutes/1700 Words) Read More
Perhaps, when thinking of that old life of spiritual deadness, believers might remember themselves as brimming with originality. But it would be wrong to think this way, for our past life was not a self-willed one. Instead, Paul shows us we were all followers. Again, Christ has made a way of escape, and believers have experienced that rescue. We are no longer spiritually dead, and we are no longer hopeless followers. But what had we followed? Read More
Power. Might. Strength. There is a brand of power that is human. There is also a power that belongs to God. Our text calls it “surpassing power.” I am born with Nate-power, but God gives surpassing power. He gives a might and strength which surpasses. But what does God’s surpassing power surpass?
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