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.


 

 

Paul Avoided a Painful Visit (Day 30)

Read 2 Corinthians 2:1-4
 
   Paul’s phrase “another painful visit” indicates that he had already made one difficult trip to Corinth since founding the church. Paul had gone there to deal with those in the church who had been attacking and undermining his authority as an apostle of Jesus Christ, thus confusing other believers. 

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No Longer Bound By the Law (Day 14)

Read Romans 7:1-6
 
   When a person dies to the old life and accepts Christ as Savior, a new life begins. An unbeliever’s life is centered on his or her own personal gratification. Those who don’t follow Christ have only their own self-determination as their source of power. By contrast, God is at the center of a Christian’s life. God supplies the power for a Christian’s daily living. Believersfind that their whole way of looking at the world changes when they come to Christ. 

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Mark: A Walk With Our Savior (Day 50)

Read Mark 12:1-12
 
THE PARABLE OF THE EVIL FARMERS
 
   Jesus’ stories, also called parables, were illustrations that used something familiar to help us understand something new. This method of teaching compels listeners to discover truth for themselves. The message gets through only to those who are willing to listen and learn. 
 
   Israel, pictured as a vineyard, was the nation that God had cultivated to bring salvation to the world. The religious leaders not only frustrated their nation’s purpose but also killed those who were trying to fulfill it. They were so jealous and possessive that they ignored the welfare of the very people they were supposed to be bringing to God. 
In this parable, the man who planted the vineyard is God; the vineyard is the nation Israel; the tenant farmers are Israel’s religious leaders; the servants are the prophets and priests who remained faithful to God; the son is Jesus; and the others are the Gentiles. By telling this story, Jesus exposed the religious leaders’ plot to kill Him and warned that their sins would be punished.
 
   Jesus referred to Himself as the stone rejected by the builders. Although He would be rejected by most of the Jewish leaders, He would become the cornerstone of a new building, the church (Acts 4). The cornerstone was used as a base to make sure the other stones of the building were straight and level. Likewise, Jesus’ life and teachings would be the church’s foundation.