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Smoke Signals
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/29/2011 11:43 AM
Recently I had the privilege of visiting the outback of Australia, and I heard stories of the original Aboriginal people as they lived in the outback under very difficult circumstances. The nomad couple, who were the last left in the outback, was rescued as there was almost no water due to drought. The rescuers sent up smoke signals numerous times to try to locate the couple.
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Do You Recognize Him?
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/28/2011 7:44 AM
Picture with me this particular scene above. These were two of Jesus’ disciples right after Jesus had been crucified, dead, and buried. It was the third day, and Jesus had proclaimed to them that on the third day He would rise from the dead. Already, several of the women that were going to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body for His final earthly rest had come back with the most amazing news one could ever hear. “Jesus was alive!” they proclaimed to all of the disciples.
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The Crucial Piece
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/27/2011 5:19 AM
Today let’s talk about one of the most critical elements of discipleship. Any great Olympic athlete has experienced this element many times. Any great inventor has experienced it repeatedly. Any great leader has experienced this factor again and again. What is this priceless key to living the victorious Christian life?
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Alive and Active
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/26/2011 5:15 AM
Sometimes I think we forget the power of God’s Word. We forget His words are omnipotent. He spoke the world into being. Everything was created from nothing in seven days. Through a period of thousands of years, dozens of different authors wrote the words God gave them. They were all preserved in the writings that we call the Bible.
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Do You Love Me?
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/25/2011 9:38 AM
Jesus made Peter affirm his devotion and commitment to Him three times. It was three times that Peter had denied him. Peter was commissioned the first time into ministry through the first miraculous draught of fish. Peter forfeited his commission around a fire of coals in a courtyard of the high priest when Jesus was arrested and tried. There he denied Jesus three times.
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The Next Step
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/22/2011 4:51 AM
I want you to feel what Peter felt in this story. So I will share with you throughout this day my fictional narrative based on Scripture. Passover season is in springtime. The flowers were in bloom on the grassy hills that surrounded the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had told them to leave Jerusalem and return to Galilee. They obeyed. Peter might have been restless waiting for Jesus to appear again.
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Back in the Upper Room
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/21/2011 5:03 PM
The cowardly and speechless, yet well-trained disciples were behind locked doors in fear of the Jews. They were paralyzed in the upper room. No one dared to leave the room except for bare necessities because they were afraid of being recognized and harmed. Not long ago they had prepared the towns for Jesus’ coming and preached the good news of the kingdom. They had healed the sick and cast out demons.
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Widely Circulated
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/20/2011 6:39 PM
In Matthew 27:62-66, the chief priests and Pharisees went to Pilate to ask that an order be given for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. They said, “We remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ ” Annas, Caiaphas, and the chief priests were concerned that Jesus’ disciples would steal the body and tell people that He had risen from the dead.
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The Empty Tomb
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/19/2011 8:28 AM
After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Early on Sunday morning just after sunrise, they were making their way to the tomb where the men had buried Jesus. They asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
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Tetelestai!
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 4/18/2011 5:39 AM
Crucifixion was actually a slow death by asphyxiation. They suffocated until they died. A crucified man had to push his feet against a block of wood to raise his body up to draw in breath. Then, he released his weight until he hung by his wrists. This up-and-down movement must have been agonizing torture for Jesus because of the wounds on His back. When a crucified man wanted to speak, he would have to rise up and endure the pain to say his words. It took immense willpower each time Jesus said anything on the cross.
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