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    Christian Devotional – July 27, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 61 How do we live out our faith and how does that faith define us? Read Luke 17. As Jesus continues teaching, we see his disciples asking him about the kingdom of heaven. They want to know and understand better what their future will look like and what it will mean to be part of the kingdom of heaven. Along with this, we see Jesus heal a group of lepers. What is the common theme throughout this chapter? Faith. Jesus wants us to understand that the same faith that allows him to work and move in our lives in miraculous and wonderful ways is…

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    Christian Devotional – July 26, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 60 How do we deal with what is most important to us? Read Luke 16. Much of this chapter discusses the way in which we view and use money. This story at the end of the chapter also is a reflection of what is most important to someone. Only after death did the rich man recognize that following God and being obedient to him was most important and now he’s desperate to pass that information on to his family. However, in this life, so many people already have so many things that are pointing them to God that if they don’t believe those things,…

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    Christian Devotional – July 25, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 59 Do we know our worth? Read Luke 15. Jesus shares several stories in this chapter to demonstrate our worth to God. We must come to the place of realizing that God is worthy and is above all. As a result, we come face to face with who we are. We are sinful and we need to understand our place compared to the Almighty God. Even as we see our sinfulness and depravity, we are pointed to the perfect Father who has created a path of forgiveness and cleansing for us. Confession. Are we coming to God in our sin and praising him and…

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    Christian Devotional – July 24, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 58 What do we seek for ourselves, glory or humility? Read Luke 14. Let’s be honest, we all have a tendency to seek out glory for ourselves. We are taught this and it is culturally acceptable and even expected to seek out the best for ourselves. However, Jesus is very specific that if we are seeking glory and honor then God will humble us. However, if we are seeking humility, then God will bring glory. What do we seek? Does humility dominate our life and are we seeking to point other people, not to us, but to God?

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    Christian Devotional – July 23, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 57 Freedom. Read Luke 13. This woman was in pain and Jesus freed her. He took her physically and he healed her. When we think about all that Jesus does for us and all that he wants to do for us and through us, we know that Jesus is the source of freedom. Even in the midst of the difficulties that we face, we know that Jesus’s freedom is actually a freedom that can be found in the middle of the most difficult and trying circumstances. Are we finding our peace and freedom in Christ? No matter our circumstances, we can come to Him…

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    Christian Devotional – July 22, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 56 Don’t Worry. Read Luke 12. As Jesus continues his teaching, he shares this teaching with his disciples. Don’t worry. Trust God. As we look at all that God does for us, we recognize that he knows more than we do about every situation and circumstance that we are part of. We don’t need to worry about anything in our life. God has our life much more under control then we do. God knows what we need, when we need it, and how we need it. We just trust in him and have faith that he is going to bring us where he wants…

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    Christian Devotional – July 21, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 55 Put it into practice. Read Luke 11. Jesus spends this chapter teaching. We see him initially teaching his disciples how to pray, and then throughout the rest of the chapter, he is teaching those who don’t necessarily believe in him. Jesus tried to help them understand the difference between talking about God and living for God. Jesus makes this statement in verse 28 as a way to help the people realize it’s not about the words that you say, it’s about the life that you live. The question for us becomes, are we living a life that puts our obedience to God into…

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    Christian Devotional – July 20, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 54 What is the better thing? Read Luke 10. As Jesus continues to share and teach, he shares with people that the important thing is Him. When we take a look at how we spend our time and the focus of our lives, is Christ the center? Do we focus on him no matter what else is going on?

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    Christian Devotional – July, 19, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 53 Short term or long term. Which are we aiming for? Read Luke 9. As Jesus is describing all that is required of people, we see him explain how important it is to focus on the eternal and the long term as opposed to just the immediate. Are we focusing on what God has for us on a short-term basis? Or, do we recognize that God is working and moving in every area and that he sees the long term picture. God is focused on the eternal. Are we willing to lose in the short term so that we can win in the long…

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    Christian Devotional – July 18, 2021

    The Gospels through the Summer, Day 52 Fear. If we’re not careful, fear can dictate so many of the actions that we take. Read Luke 8. We see Jesus continuing his teaching and his ministering to the people he is around through this chapter. So often though, we see people dealing with fear in order to be met by God and ministered to by him. Jesus specifically tells Jarius to not be afraid, but to believe. How often do we allow the actions that we take to be dictated by fear. Even those who have been Christians a long time believed in Jesus still struggle with fear and uncertainty. We…