Together in the Word

Together in the Word - July 15, 2018

Last week we saw how Jesus gives the Bread of Life through faithful public ministers. This week we focus on their message. In order to be a faithful public minister, you must proclaim God’s faithful Word. When people don’t proclaim the whole truth of God, they destroy faith and ultimately turn people away from Jesus. It is only through his faithful Word that Jesus creates and strengthens faith (Ro 10:17). Nothing else will do! Here is this week's "Together in the...

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Together in the Word - July 8, 2018

Faithfully proclaiming God’s Word is hard. Public ministers serve as God’s representative to a sinful world, and the world does not want to accept God’s truth. The Old Testament prophet Amos found that out; Paul and Timothy found that out; Jesus’ newly-called apostles would find that out. Yet God has chosen faithful public preachers as a way for the good news of Jesus come to his chosen ones in all nations. Thank God for faithful public preachers and teachers of the...

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Together in the Word - July 1, 2018

Preaching the message of God is not a popularity contest. Our yardstick is not the size of the crowd and the volume of the cheering, but being faithful in speaking God’s Word to the specific people and situation. That may ruffle feathers. The unwillingness of people to listen humbles God's spokesmen. May we always pay close attention to God’s message, no matter how lowly the messenger who brings it. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal...

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Together in the Word - June 24, 2018

It is when life is at its worst that we have opportunity to see God at his best. His mercy is new every morning and accomplishes the impossible—against all odds. Faith turns to God and responds with rich joy and amazing generosity. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use.   God bless you, as you hear and read his Word and grow in faith this week! Your Brother in Christ, Pastor Wagner *Our...

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Together in the Word - June 17, 2018

The world is a confusing place. We often feel it doesn’t deal fairly with us. We go through the emotions of anger, or at other times terror, when we don’t understand the turmoil around us. But Jesus reminds us of his presence and changes our eyesight to see the great and enduring salvation he has won for us. This gives life a new perspective and purpose. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use.   God bless...

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Together in the Word - June 10, 2018

Adam and Eve ruined everything for everyone. They destined themselves for death. They took the perfect world that God created for everyone and put it under constant attack from the all the demons. But God made a promise almost immediately. God said he would send a descendant of Eve to crush Satan’s power. Jesus, that descendant, demonstrated his authority over Satan even before he rose from the dead. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or...

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Together in the Word - June 3, 2018

  Every July 4, people celebrate the growth and power of our republic. Yet we believers in Christ are part of an eternal kingdom. The kingdom of God started so humbly. It makes unnoticeable progress as it conquers hearts for Christ. Yet if you step back to look at it, you can see its tremendous growth. Those who are part of it will be longing for the final outcome when they are “clothed” with immortal life away from the struggles of the world. Here is this week's...

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Together in the Word - May 27, 2018

  Sadly, in Jesus’ day religious Jewish men (Pharisees) managed to turn even God’s day of rest, Saturday, into a “work.” Today too, made-up rules and distractions keep Christians from their proper focus. God's main message to us sinners is not about us or rituals to which we must conform; it is about Christ himself. Relying on what Christ did in our place instead of our own good works empowers our service to God. Here is this week's "Together in...

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Together in the Word - May 20, 2018

On Trinity Sunday we celebrate the mystery of God being three-in-one, a mystery he reveals both for his glory and on our behalf. Isaiah rightly trembled at God’s holiness. But to Nicodemus Jesus reveals something even more profound about the Trinity. The Father sent the Son to die in our place; whoever trusts in the Son, by the new birth the Spirit gives, has life with the Trinity forever. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family...

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Together in the Word - May 13, 2018

Many problems seem unsolvable, but in Christ, our God is the God of the impossible. The day of Pentecost gave clear evidence of the power of the Spirit of Jesus to change things dramatically. Just as dead bones became living, breathing beings in the Ezekiel's vision, so people dead in sin become spiritually alive through the message the Holy Spirit has orchestrated and communicated through believers. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family...

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