Posts from June 2016

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Daily Devotional – Wednesday, June 29

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Ephesians 2:11-22 Thoughts for reflection:  “………a dwelling place for God.”  This is a powerful phrase.  It is easy for children, and even for us adults, to believe that God lives in a church, and we go to visit God for an hour on Sunday morning most weeks.  What the author is saying is that God […]

Daily Devotional – June 28

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Ephesians 2:1-10 Thoughts for reflection:  Which came first; doing the right thing or believing the right thing?  According to the author of Ephesians, and United Methodism as well, first comes right belief which is followed by right action.  Grace is most commonly defined as “unmerited favor.”  Through grace we are given the gift of God’s […]

Daily Devotional – Monday, June 27

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Ephesians 1:3-23 Thoughts for reflection:  You may recognize, from previous books we have studied, the author uses the language of adoption and inheritance as it relates to followers of Jesus Christ.  In Galatians, Paul used this same language to address a situation where there were religious insiders trying to keep those they thought as unworthy […]

Daily Devotional – Sunday, June 26

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Galatians 6-1-16 Thoughts of reflection:  What do we do if we find someone doing one of these “works of the flesh?”  Does Paul tell us to throw them out or publicly shame them first?  No.  They are to be restored into the community, and we are to do so in a spirit of gentleness.  This […]

Daily Devotional – Saturday, June 25

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Galatians 5:13-26 Thoughts for reflection:  Verse 5:4 says, “For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”  You can see how this theme is present throughout Galatians by looking back to your reflection from Wednesday.  Paul is trying to get us to see how Jesus changed […]

Daily Devotional – Friday, June 24

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Galatians 4:4-7 Thoughts for reflection:  Virtually all wealth during biblical times was generational wealth.  Unless you were willing to take on some sort of unscrupulous work, i.e. tax collecting, prostitution, etc….., if you were wealthy, your family had been wealthy before you.  This was primarily due to the fact that the economies were primarily agrarian, […]

Daily Devotional – Thursday, June 23

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Galatians 3:23-29 Thoughts for reflection:  Paul is sometimes considered to be against women, Jews, or pick your group.  However, the profundity of Galatians 3:28 is often overlooked.  Nowhere else in the world at that time was anyone saying that their religion, or system of beliefs, should include this kind of unity or equality; nowhere!  If […]

Daily Devotional – Wednesday, June 22

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Galatians 3:19-22 Thoughts for reflection:  Why do we have all of the laws that we do in the Old Testament if we aren’t supposed to follow them?  This is a hard question to answer.  Jesus says that He came not to abolish the laws of what we know as the Old Testament.  He gave us […]

Daily Devotional – June 21

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Galatians 2:15-21 Thoughts for reflection:  The agitators in the Galatian Churches were telling the new converts that it was what they did, works of the law, that made them right with God.  Paul is reminding them, and us, in a very forceful manner, that the only thing that can make us right with God is […]