Devotionals

Enjoy our daily devotionals written by Pastor Randy Dubois of our Columbia City campus. You can also get these daily devotionals on Facebook, where Pastor Randy posts them daily on his personal Facebook. These devotionals can be used as another way to grow in your walk with Jesus and to grow in your understanding of God and His Word.

The Gift of Tongues (Languages) and Prophecy (Day 20)

Read 1 Corinthians 14:1-25
 
   Prophecy may involve predicting future events, but its main purpose is to communicate God’s message to people, providing insight, warning, correction, and encouragement. The gift of speaking in tongues was a concern of the Corinthian church because the use of the gift had caused disorder in worship. Speaking in an unknown tongue is a legitimate gift of the Holy Spirit, but the Corinthian believers were using it as a sign of spiritual superiority rather than as a means to spiritual unity. Spiritual gifts are beneficial only when they are properly used to help everyone in the church. We should not exercise them only to make ourselves look or feel good. 

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Love is the Greatest (Day 19)

Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
 
    In chapter 12 Paul gave evidence of the Corinthian’s lack of love in the utilization of spiritual gifts; chapter 13 defines real love; and chapter 14 shows how love works. Love is more important than all the spiritual gifts exercised in the church body. Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, and miracle working power have little effect without love. Love makes our actions and gifts useful. Although people have different gifts, love is available to everyone. 

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One Body Many Parts (Day 18)

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
 
   Paul compares the body of Christ to a human body. Each part has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole. The parts are different for a purpose, and in their differences they must work together. Christians must avoid two common errors: 1) being proud of their abilities, or 2) thinking they have nothing to give to the body of believers. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another, we should use our different gifts, together, to spread the Gospel of salvation. 

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Spiritual Gifts (Day 17)

Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
 
   Anyone can claim to speak for God, and the world is full of false teachers. Paul gives us a test to help us discern whether or not a messenger is really from God: Does he or she confess Christ as Lord? Don’t naively accept the words of all who claim to speak for God; test their credentials by finding out what they teach about Christ. 

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Order at the Lord’s Supper (Day 16)

Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
 
   Paul acknowledges that there are differences among church members. When they develop into self-willed divisions, however, they are destructive to the congregation. Those who cause division only serve to highlight those who are genuine believers. 

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Paul’s Final Greetings (Day 15)

Read Philippians 4:21-23
   There were many Christians in Rome; some were even in Caesar’s palace. Perhaps Paul, while waiting trial, was making converts of the Roman civil service. Paul sent greetings from these Roman Christians to the believers in Philippi. The Gospel had spread to all strata of society, linking people who had no other bond but Christ. The Roman Christians and the Philippian Christians were brothers and sisters because of their unity in Christ. Believers today are also linked to others across cultural, economic, and social barriers. Because all believers are brothers and sisters in Christ, let us live like God’s true family.

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Promises for Zerubbabel (Day 5)

Read Haggai 2:20-23
 
   A signet ring was used to guarantee the authority and authenticity of a letter. It served as a signature when pressed in soft wax on a written document. God was reaffirming and guaranteeing His promise of a Messiah through David’s line (Matthew 1). 

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Paul’s Final Instructions (Day 34)

Read Romans 16:17-27
 
    When we read books or listen to sermons, we should check the content of what is written or said so that we won’t be fooled by smooth talk and glowing words. Christians who study God’s Word, asking Him to reveal the truth, will not be fooled, even though superficial Christians may easily be taken in (Acts 17). 

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Jesus Gives The Great Commission (Day 70)

Read Mark 16:9-20
 
   When the two on the road finally realized who Jesus was, they rushed back to Jerusalem. It’s not enough to read about Christ as a personality or to study His teachings. You must also believe He is God, trust Him to save you, and accept Him as Lord of your life. This is the difference between knowing Jesus and knowing about Him. Only when you know Christ will you be motivated to share with others what He has done for you. 

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