The Rich Young Ruler (Part 2)
on August 3rd, 2020
Read: Matthew 19:20-22 (NASB)I absolutely love the questions Jesus asks. While sometimes they are introductory or invitational, eventually they always get to the deepest need of the people who come to Him.Often Jesus’ question is in response to a question that has been asked of Him. An effective method of teaching both in Jesus’ time and even today is the use of questions. That’s why I wanted to c...  Read More
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The Rich Young Ruler (Part 1)
on July 20th, 2020
Read: Matthew 19:16-26 (NASB)It is obvious by reading the gospels that people are drawn to Jesus. While it is true that many came seeking healing or deliverance, there were always those who came with a questioning and sincere heart.I believe that this man, known as “the rich young ruler,” was genuinely seeking some answers to what he knew what was missing in his life.In Mark and Luke, we see Jesus...  Read More
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In Christ Jesus
on July 6th, 2020
Read: Romans 8:1-2Oh, what an incredible verse to begin our day with! No matter what has happened, no matter how many times we may have “missed the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus,” this verse obliterates it all.As my custom is, as I’m writing this post I’m listening to worship songs. Again today started off with “What a Beautiful Name,” and the words, “You have no rival, You have no equa...  Read More
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Seeing Things New (Part 3)
on June 22nd, 2020
Read: Galatians 5:22 and Proverbs 25:28Here is the definition of this word that Paul uses that is listed last in the fruits of the Spirit: “egkrateia: mastery, self-control – proceeding out from within oneself, but not by oneself.  self-mastery, self-restraint, self-control, continence.”You might remember last week how we continued to share how one of the best ways to understand the fruit of the S...  Read More
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Seeing Things New (Part 2)
on June 15th, 2020
Read: Galatians 5:22Last week’s post went as far as the first two fruits of the Spirit. We also established the concept of progression - that is, as the child of God grows in experiencing some of the fruits of the Spirit, this paves the way for other fruits to begin to manifest themselves.The fruit of peaceSo now we are looking at the third fruit listed - peace.There is no doubt in my mind that bo...  Read More
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Seeing Things New (Part 1)
on June 8th, 2020
Read: Galatians 5:22God’s Word help us see new truthsOh how I love the word of God!For over six decades, the Lord has granted me to know Him in His Word. I praise Him for being the Author of our salvation. But I pray that I may never, ever lose the expectation that the Word of God will always speak to me truths I know, and grant me to see truths yet to be discovered.No matter where we find ourselv...  Read More
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Armor of God (Part 6)
on June 1st, 2020
The Helmet Rule and Final ThoughtsRead: Ephesians 6:17-20I love to ride motorcycles. I still keep the (M) on my driver’s license, although for my family’s peace of mind and for the protection of other people on the road, I rarely, if ever, now ride.I start off with this “confession” because I want to talk about helmets. Most of us know that many states have a “no helmet rule,” while others states ...  Read More
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Armor of God (Part 5)
on May 25th, 2020
“Everybody Needs a Shield”Read: Ephesians 6:14-16 Shield - do you have one? Especially now in this time of the pandemic, we see images among the medical community of actual face shields.When there is a riot, or major disturbance that is life threatening, we see officers of law enforcement wearing helmets with face shields. The officers may even have a literal shield to protect them from hurled mis...  Read More
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Armor of God (Part 4)
on May 18th, 2020
C’mon, Get Dressed!Read: Ephesians 6:10-17As best as I can understand this whole concept of being an armored believer, I’ll begin with what I know of how the Roman soldier was clothed.Most soldiers of any rank at all usually had someone to help them put on their armor. It was either a servant or valet, or it could have been a lower enlisted person who was partnered with them.Usually the first piec...  Read More
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Armor of God (Part 3)
on May 11th, 2020
“Hey, Who Is It We Are Really Fighting?”Read: Ephesians 6:12, 13Let’s review again this principle from 1 Corinthians 15:46 - first the natural, then the spiritual.The “natural” reason for the Roman soldier to be amor-clad was because A, he needed the protection, and B, he was more often than not engaged in warfare and needed effective offensive weapons.The Holy Spirit took this image of the fully ...  Read More
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Armor of God (Part 2)
on May 4th, 2020
Read: Ephesians 6:10-20The truths that are placed in this portion of Ephesians 6 need to be divided into multiple posts. Don’t worry, we will get to each piece of the armor - I promise!But first, there are some biblical principles that I want us to observe.God uses the natural to reveal the spiritualIn 1 Corinthians 15:46, we read “The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that ...  Read More
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Armor of God (Part 1)
on April 27th, 2020
Read: Ephesians 6:10-20Recently one of our leaders issued a prayer challenge to all of the staff here at Coastal. To help reinforce the challenge, he quoted the passage from Ephesians 6 about the “Armor of God.”The Lord prompted me to begin a series of devotional posts that would offer some insight into this key part of our lives as Christians. But before we get to chapter 6 regarding the armor, w...  Read More
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