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Light + Life Devotion for October 1

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage John 1:1–18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 30

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Today's Passage Proverbs 7 My son, keep my words   and store up my commands within you.2 Keep my commands and you will live;   guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.3 Bind them on your fingers;   write them on the tablet of your heart.4 Say to wisdom...

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This Sunday: The Cross

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Something ugly sits at the middle of The Beautiful Story. It is the cross. One of my favorites, Eugene Peterson, talks about the crucifixion this way:  "This story of Jesus's passion-his suffering and crucifixion-is the most powerful piece of writing in the world. It has embedded itself in...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 29

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Today's Passage Acts 7:54–60 54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 28

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Today's Passage Colossians 1:15–20 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 25

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Today's Passage Colossians 1:9–14 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 24

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Today's Passage Titus 3:1–8 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 23

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Today's Passage Proverbs 6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,   if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,2 you have been trapped by what you said,   ensnared by the words of your mouth.3 So do this, my son, to free yourself,   since...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 22

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Today's Passage Matthew 1:18–25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and...

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The Savior Arrives

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are telling The Beautiful Story. There are plenty of ugly stories out there, but this is The Beautiful Story—of God and the world and the love He has for us. A beautiful God who lives as the perfect, eternal, loving community of the Trinity created a beautiful world, not out of need or...

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