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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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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July 22, 2021
Your Gift to Give

The Spirit gives us gifts in which we serve God and others. Are you using them? Barnabas in Acts 11 gives us a great example of exercising his gifts and encouraging and enabling others to do the same.

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July 15, 2021
Submit & Resist

Jesus was successful in resisting the devil in the wilderness. Here's a look at the practical things we can glean from Jesus' example and use in our own resisting of the devil.

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July 8, 2021
Spiritual Life Cycle

Sometimes Bible verses like John 3:16 can become a simple rote memory, but when we stop to read and think on this verse, it is jam packed with richness for the new believer and mature believer alike.

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July 1, 2021
Sending the Mighty

Pain and suffering pushes us to be mighty, but where do we go from there? Gideon shows us that we should go where ever it is the LORD sends us.

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