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Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Lone Ranger was Not Real

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

I want to share with you some summary thoughts and some thoughts that have come from my experience as well in relation to church attendance and being active in church:

It’s been my experience that when you disconnect from the church (the people), you begin to drift spiritually. That’s not always the case, but in the majority of situations, that represents reality.

We need Christ, and we need each other, that truth won’t change. The Church is the greatest force on earth to that end.

4 good reasons it’s important to be part of a local church:

1) We tend to drift spiritually when not connected relationally.

A church is not required for salvation but it is necessary in spiritual growth.  Without the Church as the foundation (the organized body of Christ), the message of Jesus travels much slower.

When we drift from a community of believers, the human mind begins to rationalize. “I love God, and He loves me, I don’t need to go to church.” That’s true, but it’s only a half-truth, and half-truths often lead us down a dangerous road.

The other half is the overwhelming evidence that when you are connected to a group of committed believers, the likelihood of your continued spiritual growth is exponentially higher.

2) God did not make the Spiritual Lone Ranger.

Christianity was never intended to be an independent endeavor.  There will be no crowns in heaven for those “Lone Rangers”.

The nature of Christianity is essentially relational. The primary relationship is between God and mankind. That relationship was perfect until broken by sin. (Genesis 3:1-19) The relationship was restored by a covenant. That covenant promise was fulfilled through Christ.

Christianity was never intended to be a “Lone Ranger” proposition. We need each other. There is no perfect church, and there are no perfect Christians, but together we help each other become the persons God intended us to be.  I have found that those who want to be the “Lone Ranger Christian” are those who can not accept any correction that comes and they bristle at the fact that they are a sinner in need of Christian fellowship like everyone else.  God has given us a gift of the fellowship of the church for us to be loved and admonished.  What a blessing!

Just a Quick note to my Wonderful Best Friend!….

Happy Birthday Angela!  I Love You!

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July 21, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , | 1 Comment

20 Years From Now….

Philippians 3:10-15

(10)  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

(11)  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

(12)  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

(13)  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

(14)  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

(15)  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

In this passage, we must go back to verse 10 to understand what Paul was talking about in verses 12-14.  In verse 10, the apostle Paul is telling us that he wants to know Christ, and understand a special type of fellowship; and in doing that, that causes him to try to be a better Christian and is on a continual path of growth.  Verse 11 is the indicator that he is attaining unto something and verses 12-14 makes it clear that he is pursuing growth in Christ.  I want to point out that growth in Christ is not something that is automatic, neither is it guaranteed.  Growth in Christ takes diligent persistence on the part of the one needing growth.  When God chose to give us the ability to choose right or wrong, one of the by-products of that is now we must continue to decide to grow and improve in any particular area in life.  Make no mistake, this lesson is not about “becoming a better you” in your own strength and absent of the power of God; these devotionals are about becoming conformed to the image of Christ.

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The drive to constantly grow in Christ is something that most people do not have.  A continual growth in your life will be tiresome and exhausting, but also extremely rewarding.  I want to challenge you to do exactly what the Apostle Paul is admonishing us to do…Grow in Christ.  I am now 20 years past my High School graduation and the realization of this makes me feel old.  I clearly remember having conversations (20 years ago) with my fellow class mates and encouraging them to go to college of some form to get either a trade or a degree in some field.  I remember that a few of them did not want to further their education.  I and many of my class mates knew they would regret it later in life, but they would not be convinced to continue their education.  How sad it is now that we are 20 years removed from our graduation.  I wonder how I would look back on my life 20 years from now.  If I will continue the growth process, I firmly believe that I can be pleased rather than regretful; and so can you!

-Pastor CW Kennedy

June 27, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment