Devotionals

Cur Deus Homo

, posted by drwayman

“God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things” (Colossians 1:19-20, NIV). “Cur Deus homo?” was the great question that challenged the Church for centuries. “Why…

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Worship and Holiness

, posted by drwayman

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers…

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Consecrate Yourselves

, posted by drwayman

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”- Joshua 3:5 In the Old Testament, Joshua had some big shoes to fill. He took over for Moses and…

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Wesley’s 4 Questions on the Use of Money

, posted by drwayman

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached a wealth of words about money. Wesley made enormous sums from the sale of his writings. In an age when a single man could live comfortably on $60…

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Wesley’s Question, “How’s Your Doing?”

, posted by drwayman

When Christians gather in small groups together, we usually greet one another with the colloquial “How are you doing?” This question can also be used to describe what happens thereafter. Many small groups that focus…

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“Tactics And Total Depravity”

, posted by jeremyo1610

A recent article stated: “Millennials leaving the church in droves, study finds.” We could say, “oh, that’s just young people these days”, or “it’s a sign of the times!” Or, perhaps we should consider that…

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Wesley’s 22 questions

, posted by drwayman

These are 22 questions the members of John Wesley’s Holy Club asked themselves every day in their private devotions over 200 years ago. Interesting how they are still relevant today. 1. Am I consciously or…

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Roy Ingle, “Preaching Perseverance”

, posted by SEA

Is it wrong to preach on perseverance? This seems like a logical question to ask if you come from a Calvinist perspective. For many Calvinists, it would not be wrong to preach on perseverance and…

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Roy Ingle, “God Loves Me!”

, posted by SEA

I stand in awe of the reality that God loves me. The Scriptures clearly reveal this truth (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4; 1 John 4:9-10). Over and over again I have failed to live…

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Humanity Needs a Personal God

, posted by drwayman

Humanity demands a [personal] God who can thus be recognized and worshiped. The instinct of reverence and homage, which evidently pervades the human heart, so much so that it has found its place as an…

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A Good Friday

, posted by Martin Glynn

Let me rephrase what Jesus said to the rich young ruler: why do we call today good? I love Jesus. He comforts me, He takes care of me, and He defines my very existence. Yet…

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Entire New Testament Expounded – free and digital

, posted by drwayman

The Beacon Bible Expositions is a 12 volume devotional resource on the New Testament designed to provide a systematic Bible study aid for individuals, teachers, and pastors. Includes complete KJV text. This resource may be…

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The One Purpose of Prayer

, posted by drwayman

“Now, the whole thought in prayer is to get the will of God like that done in our lives and upon this old earth. The greatest prayer any one can offer is, “Thy will be…

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How do you know when you are righteous?

, posted by drwayman

By Dr. Dale Wayman

It seems to me that some people have more faith in their relationship with God than I do. I hear people talking about how God does special things for them. For example, I hear people say, “God made this sunny day just for me. I prayed that God would let the weather be nice and sunny and dry so that I would have a good day on my birthday.” I think, “Really? God put in a high pressure system over where you are today just so you could have a good day?” I then imagine a farmer in the same region praying, “Lord, today, could you make it rain really good? My crops aren’t doing well and they could use the moisture.” So, now we have competing prayers. How does God know who to listen to?

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For God So Loved the World

, posted by drwayman

This is the heart of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and therefore of authentic Christianity: the incarnation of God as “one of us.” Take it away and Christianity is little more than a moralistic, therapeutic deism. The incarnation, as event and doctrine, is the distinctive note of the Christian witness and the basis of Christian hope.

But many Christians believe in the incarnation of God in Jesus, but fail to grasp the fullness of it as good news about God. Karl Barth best expressed this good news about God in a nutshell: the humanity of God—the startling title (given his early emphasis on God’s “wholly otherness”) of one of his last books.

If Barth was right, and I believe he was, God was always inclined toward us, always determined in himself, by his free decision, as “He who loves in freedom,” to be for us in Jesus Christ. Thus, we must think of the Son of God, the second person of the Godhead, the Word, as the “Platzhalter” for Jesus Christ in the Trinity.

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