• Mar2018

    John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (ESV)   Listen to this from a letter that...

  • Feb2018

    Lots of areas of life have mnemonic devices employing acronyms to help us remember important procedures, tasks, etc. I remember in my Army days using the SALUTE report: Size of the enemy formation, Activity they were engaged in, Location, Uniform they were wearing, Time of the sighting, and Equipment they...

  • “Count it all joy”

    16 February 2018

    “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4, ESV) Affliction and trial are some of...

  • “Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21 ESV) The Spirit-filled person is characterized by love and justice and submission in their relationships. “Submit!” is the great mark of the Spirit-filled life. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (v.21). The word submit comes from...

  • “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20 ESV) Is your life characterized by an attitude of gratitude? The Spirit-filled man or woman is characterized by gratitude. They are always giving thanks to God the Father for all things....

  • Jan2018

    “…addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,” (Ephesians 5:19 ESV) In Ephesians 5:18-6:9, Paul describes the Spirit-filled life. He begins with the call that the Spirit-filled man or woman sings and makes melody in their heart. Such...

  • “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”    Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV) Our church’s location...

  • “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20 ESV) Paul’s effusive praise of God reflects the unbounded bounty of his ability to bless his people in response to their prayers: He...

  • “But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together.  One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your...

  • Dec2017

    In this devotional for the last week of 2017 we turn the pen over to Thomas Watson, the English Puritan cleric and theologian. Watson has lots of useful, practical material available today, thanks to the internet. In his A Body of Divinity, he deals with the subject of God’s infinite...