• Awesome Bible Concepts (ABC)

    ABC: Ask and Accept

    Several years ago, I wrote a devotional entitled Awesome Biblical Concepts, a Devotional for Every Family. This devotional offers a challenging phrase using alliteration, and then expounds on it by looking at two different Bible stories, each one teaching us how to, or how not to live. In the following months of my posts, I hope you will be encouraged by God’s Word along with these alphabetical phrases. So, let us begin with A: Ask and Accept.Ask and Accept? There once was a rich young ruler who approached Jesus asking, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, knowing the pride in this man’s heart, and the dependence…

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    ABC: Believe and Be Bold

    In my last post, I began a series called Awesome Biblical Concepts which takes a look at two different Bible stories that teach us how to, and how not to live. I started with the letter “A”, penning the phrase Ask and Accept. In today’s post, it’s the letter “B” accompanied with the challenging phrase: Believe and Be Bold.Believe and Be Bold? The Lord said to Jonah, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah rose up… found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down into it to go with them to…

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    ABC: Call on Christ

    My last two posts were entitled:Ask and AcceptBelieve and Be BoldToday it’s, Call on Christ. Call on Christ? Jesus was once walking with two of His disciples, James and John, towards Jerusalem. After Jesus finished explaining very clearly to them that He would soon be condemned to death, they quickly changed the subject, disregarding Jesus’ important words about His future. Instead, James and John were focused on themselves, and from this self-centered mindset, they said, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”  And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” James and John selfishly asked to sit on either side…

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    ABC: Delightfully Do

    My three previous posts are:Ask and AcceptBelieve and Be BoldCall on Christ.Today, it’s Delightfully Do.Delightfully Do? In the beginning, God beautifully created the heavens and the earth. He also created Adam and Eve in His image and had a sweet personal relationship with them in the perfect garden called Eden. He told them to enjoy and cultivate the garden, and to eat from any of the trees except for one. Everything was theirs except for this one tree. He said, “You shall not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil or you will surely die.” Sadly, instead of delightfully doing what God decreed, both Adam and Eve…

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    ABC: Eagerly Exclaim

    The ABC posts continue. To review: Ask and Accept, Believe and Be Bold, Call on Christ, Delightfully Do. Today, it’s Eagerly Exclaim! Eagerly Exclaim? There once was a priest named Eli who served in the temple of the Lord. God had chosen him and his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, to carry out the duties of the sacrificial offerings of the Israelite people. This priestly role was a high honor and privilege; yet, Eli and his sons disrespected the ordained position. Instead of offering a burnt sacrifice of meat to the Lord for the people, Hophni and Phinehas would cook and eat the best part of the offering themselves. They were not eagerly…

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    ABC: Forgiven to Forgive

    ABC: Ask and Accept, Believe and Be Bold, Call on Christ, Delightfully Do, Eagerly Exclaim, and now Forgiven to Forgive. Forgiven to Forgive? One day the disciple Peter asked Jesus to explain forgiveness. Jesus answered him with parable: There once was a king who wanted to settle his accounts with his slaves. One slave owed the king a tremendous amout of money, which he could not repay. When the king summoned him, the slave fell on his face before the throne and begged him for mercy, saying, “Have mercy on me and I will repay you everything.” The king felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. Ironically, not…

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    ABC: Give with Gladness

    Ask and Accept, Believe and Be Bold, Call on Christ, Delightfully Do, Eagerly Exclaim, Forgiven to Forgiven…Give with Gladness. Give with Gladness? The book of Acts speaks about the formation of the early church. Believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and the church was alive with eagerness and excitement in coming together as a unified body. Many gave freely of their possessions to meet the needs of others; it was a powerful, beautiful time in biblical history. However, one man named Ananias, along with his wife Sapphira, only pretended to be part of this unity. Like others, they sold their land to benefit the church; but instead of giving with…

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    ABC: Helper, Please Help!

    Check out my previous ABC posts: Ask and Accept, Believe and Be Bold, Call on Christ, Delightfully Do, Eagerly Exclaim, Forgiven to Forgive, Give with Gladness…Helper, Please Help: Helper, Please Help? There once was a high standing Jewish leader named Saul who persecuted the faithful followers of Jesus. These new Christians believed in the Messiah’s resurrection, and they now lived with the Holy Spirit inside of them. Saul passionately pursued these men and women, even to the point of imprisonment and death. Saul wanted to stamp out the good news. Although he believed in God the Father, he could not accept Jesus as His Son, nor the Holy Spirit, who came…

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    ABC: Invade me and Involve me

    Check out my previous posts for other ABC scripture-based phrases. Last week’s was Helper, please Help! This week it’s Invade me and Involve me.Invade me and Involve me? During ancient times, the Israelite nation was in great distress because they were living as slaves in Egypt. The Pharaoh mistreated the Israelites by demanding hard physical labor with little rest and nourishment. Thankfully, God heard the desperate cry of His people; He then selected Moses to deliver them from bondage. When Moses and his brother Aaron approached Pharaoh about the Israelites’ freedom, he refused to listen. In fact, he responded to them by saying, “Who is the Lord that I should…

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    ABC: Just for the Unjust

    Last’s weeks ABC post was Invade me and Involve me. This week, it’s Just for the Unjust.Just for the Unjust? During Jesus’ questioning and trial before Pilate, a mocking crowd, spear-headed by the high ranking Jewish leaders, had gathered. These jealous leaders wanted Jesus to be put to death because He was gaining many followers into what they believed was heresy. Pilate was unsure of what to do because he fouund no guilt in this man (Jesus). He eventually spoke this option to the heated crowd, “You have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So, do you want me to release to you the…