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August 16, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Today's 2




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08-17-2019 at 8:07 AM
Nina Benson
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August 15, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Today's 1


Today

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

 

Thought for Today

The second word in our purpose statement is small but critical: Developing Today’s Disciples. Today is a new day with unique challenges and understandings. The church has always supposed to have been about developing disciples. However, we do not live in the world of 2000 years ago. We understand how the brain works in ways we never did before. These understandings have led us to a better grasp of why relationships are the key to discipleship, not formulaic education. We are called to raise up a people committed to building the kingdom of God in our generation. We need to learn from the past and prepare for the future. This is a challenging calling. It is much easier to sit on the past than to walk toward the future. This little word “today’s” is a constant reminder that God’s work is not done inn us.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us to be faithful to You in all things, to honor the past, the stand on the truth, and to walk boldly into the future with You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Only God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Church has always been changing. — Gene Robinson

 

Quote of the Day

What worked yesterday doesn't always work today. ― Elizabeth Gilbert

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August 14, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Unpacking Our Purpose: Developing 3


The Process of Salvation

 

Romans 6:4

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

 

Thought for Today

God worked through process when He decided to redeem His fallen people. He could have just snapped His fingers, reversed time and declared that humanity’s fall into sin never happened, or restored us in some other instantaneous manner. Instead, He set in motion a process that has taken some twelve thousand years and involved coming personally in the person of Jesus to endure the torture of the cross on which He bore our sins away. The process He started has not even finished yet! Your life is no different. If you are a Christian at some point you were introduced to Jesus. It may have been through the waters of Baptism, finding a Gideon’s Bible in your hotel room, or a conversation with your grandmother. In that encounter you discovered that Jesus had taken your sins away and you became a child of God. This was the beginning of the process of redemption in your life, not the end. In that moment God declared that according to His sight in heaven you were now pure, sinless and holy. Then He sent the Holy Spirit to begin to make true on earth what He had declared in heaven. It is through the working of the Holy Spirit in your life (called sanctification) that you begin to have a real, personal relationship with the Jesus who took away your sins. You begin to hear His voice, learn to obey His direction, and discover the grand adventure He has planned for you. Another word for this process is discipleship. Immanuel is committed to partnering with you and the Holy Spirit to help you live fully into this process of discipleship.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, grant me the will and desire to become more of what my Heavenly Father has already said is true of me in heaven. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love. ― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

 

Quote of the Day

To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship. — Wendell Phillips

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