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Full of grace and truth!

Scripture reading for October 22nd: Ezekiel 1-3, John 1

Key Scriptures: John 1:14-18 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness about Him, and cried out, (“This was He of whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me.'”) For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, Who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known.”

John the beloved disciple, wrote his gospel towards the end of his life. He was the youngest of the disciples and one of the closest to Jesus’ heart. He was assigned the duty of caring for Jesus’ mother by Him. John honored Jesus as the only Son of the Father God, and the Word of God made flesh. John portrayed Jesus Christ as ‘full of grace and truth’, making known the Father’s heart of love and mercy. John had received this grace and truth, and wrote to pass it on to us and the generations that have followed and will come.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for revealing the Father’s heart of grace and truth to us through Your life and John’s written Word. Fill me with Your fullness that I might share with others Your amazing grace and truth.

Ezekiel 3:16-17 “And at the end of seven days, the Word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a Word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me.”

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Captivated by Christ Jesus alone!

Scripture reading for March 6th:  Numbers 12-14, Psalm 28, Colossians 2

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 2:8-12 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority.  In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, Who raised Him from the dead.”  

Paul warned believers against the sin of unbelief and human religion and philosophy instead of faith in Christ.  In Christ alone is there fullness.  Christ is the head of all rule and authority.  He marked us internally by giving us the Holy Spirit.  We identified with His death through baptism in water and His resurrection as we came up out of the water receiving the Holy Spirit.  Faith in Christ Jesus is sufficient!

Numbers 14:11 “And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise Me?  And how long will they not believe in Me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, how easily I am tempted to allow human philosophy to take me away from faith!  Please forgive me!  I choose to trust in Christ alone, identifying with Him in His death and glorious resurrection!

Psalm 28:9 “Oh, save Your people and bless Your heritage!  Be their Shepherd and carry them forever.”

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