Together in the Word

September 2018

Together in the Word - September 30, 2018

God’s plan for man was perfect. He created woman for man. They were to “become one flesh.” Sin entered the world and separation replaced union--separation from God and separation from one another. Bitter marriages and divorces are two examples. But thanks be to God, Jesus “even suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” and create new life and new promise of union. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for...

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Together in the Word - September 23, 2018

Sinners sin. We all sin. But we cannot excuse our sin because we act like others. Sin requires radical surgery: Jesus says: “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off” (Mark 9:43). The good news is that Jesus was “cut off” from his own Father through his death on the cross, in order to reunite us with God and with one another. As his servants we are the “salt” of the earth, standing out as we show allegiance to Jesus and the gospel. Here is this...

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Together in the Word - September 16, 2018

True greatness is a paradox. It grows out of seeing ourselves as small and God as great. Such greatness has its center in love--both God’s great love for us in Christ and our love for our neighbor. Such love leads to genuine, humble service. Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use. (For more about this resource, its purpose, and how it can be used, please refer to the email that introduced this...

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Together in the Word - September 9, 2018

There are two kinds of preachers. One pushes worldly glory. The other pushes the ugly cross where Christ was crucified for us, alone in the darkness. The former touts worldly success. The latter knows that those who speak God’s truth will always make enemies. "Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted," the Bible says (2 Timothy 3:12). So those who preach and confess God’s full truth are bound to experience failure and disappointment....

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Together in the Word - September 2, 2018

If you can hear, you probably take your sense of hearing for granted. Yet what a wonderful gift from God your sense of hearing is! You can hear how Jesus died for you. You can receive, not just into your ears but deep inside you, the whole wondrous message of God’s rescue. You can hear the same good news Adam and Noah heard, the same good news Isaiah, Peter and Jesus preached―preached even to a man who previously had been a deaf-mute. Here is this week's...

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