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October 14 – 18, 2019

Monday 1 John 3:10, 11; Galatians 5:22, 23 Unless one is a botanist, it is difficult to distinguish a tangerine tree from an orange tree. Only when a tree bears fruit can one tell what type of tree it is. So too with Christians. The evidence that we are “walking in Truth” is the fruit...

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October 7 – 11, 2019

Monday 1 John 2:28-3:2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 Have you ever heard this from another who self-describes as “spiritual” or “good”: “I don’t like organized religion—I have my own relationship with God.” A generally effective way of responding, unexpected while also meeting others where they are, is the sincere reply, “Neither do I. In fact, I’m...

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September 30 – October 4, 2019

Monday 1 John 2:18-27 “From that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.” (1 Samuel 16:13) Samuel anointed the boy David to be king. In an instant, God changed the trajectory of David’s life. The anointing—the Holy Spirit—would affect his life forever. The anointing would get him into scrapes (Saul trying...

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September 23 – 27, 2019

Monday 1 John 2:12-14 We went to Alaska a few summers ago and experienced the super growth of local gardens due to the nearly endless hours of sunshine in July. Life was evident everywhere. Where there is life, there will be growth. And where there is growth, there is life. And that is true in...

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September 16 – 20, 2019

Monday 1 John 2:6 “Those of us who aspire to live in Jesus are to live as He lived.” —1 John 2:6 How did Jesus live? And how can we live like that? Reading and studying the gospels helps us to understand how Jesus lived. First, Jesus lived in fellowship with and in union with...

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September 9 – 13, 2019

Monday 1 John 1:6-2:2; Romans 6:15; Luke 18:9-14 This week we explore John’s 7-verse mini-essay on sin, 1 John 1:6-2:2. Herein the Apostle powerfully addresses the three major sin frameworks (those of the carnal “Christian,” the atheist, and the legalist), God’s process to make us more Christ-like, and His solution for humankind’s fallen separation from...

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September 2 – 6, 2019

Monday 1 John 1:1-5; John 20:19-31 In this week’s devotionals, imagine the Apostle John speaking to you directly You know me as the Apostle John, though I prefer to be known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). Glenkirk’s next twelve weeks of devotionals explore what you call 1 John, which I penned under...

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August 26 – 30, 2019

Monday Genesis 32:22-32 – Jacob Wrestling with God “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” —2 Corinthians 12:10 The strange story of Jacob wrestling with “a Man” in Genesis 32 has long been a personal...

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August 19 – 23, 2019

Monday Mark 1 “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this?’” —Mark 1:27 Scripture is a funny thing. We can try to master the Bible by studying it or reading through it. But we cannot control it; the Bible must control us. This comes about through meditating on it...

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August 12 – 16, 2019

Monday Hebrews 12:14-15 – Root of Bitterness “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of...