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.


 

 

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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God’s Good News (Day 2)

Read Romans 1:8-17
 
   Paul uses the phrase “I thank God through Jesus Christ” to emphasize the point that Christ is the one and only mediator between us and God. Through Christ, God sends His love and forgiveness to us; through Christ, we send our thanks to God (1 Timothy 2). 

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Mark: A Walk With Our Savior (Day 38)

Read Mark 9:38-41
 
USING THE NAME OF JESUS
   The disciples were jealous of a man who healed in Jesus’ name because they were more concerned about their own group’s position than in helping to free those troubled by demons. We do the same today when we refuse to associate with Christians from other denominations because 1) other people or groups are not affiliated with our denomination, 2) their projects do not involve the kind of people with whom we feel most comfortable, 3) others don’t do things the way we are used to doing things, or 4) our efforts won’t receive enough recognition. Correct theology is important but should never be an excuse to avoid helping people in need. 

   Jesus was not saying that being indifferent or neutral toward Him is as good as being committed. As He explained in Matthew 12:30, “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” In both cases, Jesus was pointing out that neutrality toward Him is not possible. Nevertheless His followers will not all resemble each other or belong to the same groups. People who are on Jesus’ side have the same goal of building up the Kingdom of God, and they should not let their differences interfere with this goal. Those who share a common faith in Christ should cooperate. People don’t have to be just like us to be following Jesus with us.