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 Glory of the New Covenant (Day 34)

Read 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
 
   Paul is saying that if the old covenant had its glory, and it did, just imagine how glorious the new covenant is. The law was wonderful because, although it condemned us, it pointed us to Christ. But in the new covenant, the law and the promise are fulfilled. Christ has come; by faith we can be made right with God. 

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The Future Glory (Day 18)

Read Romans 8:18-30
 
   Sin has caused all creation to fall from the perfect state in which God created it. The world is in bondage to death and decay so that it cannot fulfill its intended purpose. One day all creation will be liberated and transformed. Until that time it waits in eager expectation for the resurrection of God’s children. 

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Mark: A Walk With Our Savior (Day 54)

Read Mark 12:35-40
 
RELIGIOUS LEADERS CANNOT ANSWER JESUS’ QUESTION
 
   Jesus quoted Psalm 110:1 to show that David considered the Messiah to be his Lord, not just his son. The religious leaders did not understand that the Messiah would be far more than a human descendant of David; He would be God Himself in human form. 
 
   The punishment for these teachers of religious law would be especially severe because as teachers they were responsible for shaping the faith of the people. But they burdened people with petty rules, while they lived greedily and deceitfully. Their behavior oppressed and misled the very people they were supposed to lead. 
Jesus again exposed the religious leaders’ impure motives. The teachers of religious law received no pay, so they depended on the hospitality extended by devout Jews. Some of them used this custom to exploit people, cheating the poor out of everything they had and taking advantage of the rich. Through their pious actions they hoped to gain status, recognition, and respect. 
 
   Jesus warned against trying to make a good impression. These teachers of religious law were religious hypocrites who had no love for God. True followers of Christ are not distinguished by showy spirituality. Reading the Bible, praying in public, or following church rituals can be phony if the motive for doing them is to be noticed or honored. Let your actions be consistent with your beliefs. Live for Christ, even when no one is looking.