Applying the Bible

A weekly devotional designed to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, through practical application of spiritual truths from God’s word.

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October 28, 2021
Seek First the Kingdom of God

What does seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness look like, and how can we be effective in doing it? Seeking His kingdom and His righteousness starts in the heart before its ever seen outwardly in action.

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October 21, 2021
The LORD my Shepherd

Sheep are weak and helpless animals that need a shepherd in order to survive. We, like sheep, need our Shepherd, the LORD, not just for eternal life but for our everyday lives.

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October 14, 2021
The Good Plans of Elohim

God described so much of Himself in just the first verse of the Bible, and we can clearly see through the first three chapters that He is a triune God who created all things and had a plan to save us from the beginning.

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October 7, 2021
Jehovah Rapha - God is my Healer

Are you battling physical afflictions? Do you suffer from emotional hurt? Our Jehovah Rapha is available to come to. We aren't promised healing here and now, but He is able so why not ask?

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September 30, 2021
A Pleasing Sacrifice

In seeing God's love, grace, mercy, provision - everything that He does in your life, you have opportunity to praise Him and acknowledge Him all day, every day, continually.

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September 23, 2021
Woe to Hypocrisy

The law is a heavy burden, but hypocrisy is even heavier and led Jesus to exclaim in grief towards the Pharisees: Woe to you! We can trade in burden for rest and this devotional takes a look at how.

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September 16, 2021
Growing in Grace & Knowledge

Peter admonished us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. This devotional looks at what that actually means and how we are to effectively grow in this way.

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September 9, 2021
Do You Love Me?

It's understandable why Peter was grieved that Jesus asked him if he loved Him a third time, yet when looking even deeper, we see that Jesus was indeed being loving by meeting Peter where he was at that moment and how it actually was encouragement from Jesus.

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September 2, 2021
Go & Work Today

"Which one of the two did the will of the father?" This is the question Jesus asked of the Pharisees after he told them the Parable of the Two Sons and it should be the question we ask ourselves. Are we one who is doing the Father's will? Take a look at what Jesus, James, and John have said that we can glean encouragement from in our walk with the Lord.

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August 26, 2021
Take Heart

"Take heart" is a phrased Jesus used and it's always used in relation to our faith. Take a look at the root of this phrase and how we too can take heart.

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August 19, 2021
Blessing or Rebuke

In Matthew 16, Jesus went from telling Peter, "Blessed are you" to "Get behind me, satan!". This devotional digs into what we can learn from Peter's success and failure, as well as Jesus' response.

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August 12, 2021
The Hand of God

Ezra was a scribe that was sent by king Artaxerxes to Jerusalem to teach the law of God, but there's something very distinct that we see recur throughout this account. This very thing is an encouragement that if it was true for Ezra then, it can be true for us today.

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August 5, 2021
Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13)

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July 29, 2021
Greetings!

Most people, according to the letter writing custom of the day, gave the greeting at the end, as in the other letters we see in the New Testament, so why did James put it first?

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