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Devotion: Isaiah 40:31

Devotion: Isaiah 40:31

Devotion: Isaiah 40:315 (100%) 2 votes The NIV translation of Isaiah 40:31 reads, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on their wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Today marks one year since the first blog post went up on Facing Down Fears. Today also marks my completion of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. For me the passage and…

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Devotion for Earth Day Genesis 1:27-28

Devotion for Earth Day Genesis 1:27-28

Devotion for Earth Day Genesis 1:27-281 (20%) 1 vote “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1, 27-28 (NIV) On Earth Day, it…

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Devotion 15: Colossians 3:12 Patience

Devotion 15: Colossians 3:12 Patience

Devotion 15: Colossians 3:12 PatienceStars, please! “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NIV) Though certainly not the newest, Christianity is still a relatively new kid on the block among the major world religions. While it was still considered a cult, many thought that Jesus would return in their lifetime. Most would agree, such has not proven to be the case. What happens when a longed-for hope…

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Devotion: Colossians 3:12 Humility

Devotion: Colossians 3:12 Humility

Devotion: Colossians 3:12 HumilityStars, please! “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 Perhaps one of the greatest sins that the church is guilty of is pride. How else would you explain all of the divisions within the church as far as the different denominations?  The very foundations of Christianity were established because of pride. After all, how would Christianity be if it were not for the rejection…

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Devotion 13: Compassion

Devotion 13: Compassion

Devotion 13: CompassionStars, please! This may sound ridiculous to some, and when I began memorizing scriptures in earnest one of the first verses of the Bible I memorized was not the ever famous John 3:16. I memorized Colossians 3:12: “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (NIV) When I looked at this verse before the Lenten season, I almost felt I could write a treatise on it, and decided…

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Devotion 12 Colossians 3:12 Clothe Yourselves

Devotion 12 Colossians 3:12 Clothe Yourselves

Devotion 12 Colossians 3:12 Clothe YourselvesStars, please! “Therefore as God’s chosen people holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NIV) Often times it is easy to just assume that the work of being a Christian is done with just believing. The problem is that the person who said, “Just believe!” was one of the most active. There is a danger in assuming that words from one person mean the same thing as…

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Devotion 11 Colossians 3:12 Holy

Devotion 11 Colossians 3:12 Holy

Devotion 11 Colossians 3:12 HolyStars, please! “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12 Holy. It refers to people or objects that are set apart dedicated to a particular purpose or use. This separation is usually in dedication to God. People that are separated. It is funny how there are people that truly stand out, that it is obvious that they are different. They tend to be rare. And…

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Devotion 10: Colossians 3:12 Chosen

Devotion 10: Colossians 3:12 Chosen

Devotion 10: Colossians 3:12 ChosenStars, please! “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 NIV Last week in the prequel we covered how there was no ethnic group who was greater than another. Now in Verse 12 we encounter that there are a chosen people for God. Chosen. Not just chosen, they are chosen by God. Imagine how you may have felt when you were chosen for a…

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Devotion 9, Colossians 3:12 Prequel

Devotion 9, Colossians 3:12 Prequel

Devotion 9, Colossians 3:12 PrequelStars, please! “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:11-12, NIV Perhaps one of the more useful lessons that I had in seminary was that when you see a therefore, you need to see why it is there for. In other words,…

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Devotion 8: On Ziklag

Devotion 8: On Ziklag

Devotion 8: On ZiklagStars, please! There are times when we are in the cusp. During these times things seem like they could either go tremendously right or shatter in a septillion pieces. In 1 Samuel 30, David was having such a moment when he returned from raiding the Philistines. He had his band with him and they returned from a raid to find their home base Ziklag had been burned while they were gone. They also found that their treasure…

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Devotion 7: Fear the Lord means Respect

Devotion 7: Fear the Lord means Respect

Devotion 7: Fear the Lord means RespectStars, please! Whatever your bent related to faith, I think there are some important lessons as it relates to 1 Samuel 12 relating to fear. Yes, it relates to my rant on being Fearless. We see the importance of fear as it relates to respect. In 1 Samuel 12, we have Samuel who is about to hand off power. What has been traditionally a theocracy is just about to become a monarchy. Samuel is…

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Devotion 6: Be Strong and Courageous

Devotion 6: Be Strong and Courageous

Devotion 6: Be Strong and CourageousStars, please! It very well may be because of my background in the Christian faith, I tend to feel that the book of Deuteronomy in the Bible gets short shrift, which is ironic because it is perhaps one of the most quoted by Jesus in his teachings. We are told in Joshua that Joshua was commanded to “Be Strong and Courageous” as he led the Israelites to take their promised land. The same is first…

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Devotion 5: Peace in the Turmoil

Devotion 5: Peace in the Turmoil

Devotion 5: Peace in the TurmoilStars, please! In John 14, Jesus tells his disciples in some of his very last instructions not to be afraid. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:20) It is easy to get caught up in everyday anxieties. Many would attest that the “What would happen if…” notions can…

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Devotion 4: Owning Your Purpose

Devotion 4: Owning Your Purpose

Devotion 4: Owning Your Purpose5 (100%) 2 votes In Matthew 8, we see Jesus come down from the mountainside where he presumably had finished giving his sermon on the mount. He has just given what may be his most famous teachings to a large gathering. Even though Jesus taught and healed, perhaps his main purpose was to spread his teaching. That meant once a crowd had been addressed, it was time to go elsewhere to see the teaching was spread….

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Devotional 3: On Being Fearless

Devotional 3: On Being Fearless

Devotional 3: On Being Fearless4.3 (85.71%) 7 votes It seems several times recently I have seen the concept of being fearless brought up. Though the blog is titled Facing Down Fears, I want to be very clear about something. I believe that the concept of being fearless is crazy. Seriously. There are a time and a season for everything. Though we are commanded to not worry, that is entirely different than commanded to being fearless. Fear exists both for our survival…

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