Devotion for February 29
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by Megan Fowler
1d ago
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14) A few years ago, a young couple waited anxiously to hear if they were going to be the proud owners of their “dream home.” But as one thing led to another, not only did the deal collapse but their faith took a tumble, too. Their disappointment was the soil into which some seeds of doubt about God’s care began to sprout. They countered those sprouts of doubts by praying, and resolving to wait patiently to see what God was doing. Only when the inspector called with news of serious but hidden flaws in t ..read more
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SJC Announces Verdict in Metro New York Case
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by rtdev
2d ago
The PCA Standing Judicial Commission (SJC) has released its decision in Case 2023-13, BCO 40-5 Matter re: Metropolitan New York Presbytery. The Case came to the SJC by action of the 50th General Assembly (GA) which approved the recommendation of its Committee on Review of Presbytery Records (RPR) that Metro New York Presbytery (MNY) be cited to appear before the SJC for failing to redress an unconstitutional proceeding by one of its sessions. The RPR reported to the GA that MNY had not redressed one of their sessions for permitting a woman to expound the Scriptures during a Lord’s Day worship ..read more
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Devotion for February 27
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by Megan Fowler
3d ago
Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak. (Exodus 4:12) Deep in the beautiful countryside of western Kenya live some of the poorest people in the world. In this remote and impoverished region, Anglican Bishop Simon Oketch served faithfully the churches of the small Maseno North Diocese. His position would seem unlikely to provide him any distinction, yet the Lord used him, as he used Moses long before, to be a faith leader for many through his simple faithfulness to God’s Word. Others have tried to shame Bishop Oketch for his devotion. But his courageo ..read more
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Devotion for February 23
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by Megan Fowler
4d ago
We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task (2 Cor. 2:15-16 NIV)? Some still recognize the name Bobby Richardson. Those who don’t, should know that he was a New York Yankee second baseman, and an outspoken Christian. He played ball with the legendary Mickey Mantle, who derided Bobby’s faith and mocked his life of obedience to Christ. Many people thought the relationship between the two stunk. But, in one of Mickey’s b ..read more
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CTS Lifetime of Ministry Conference Returns to Examine The Changing Self and the Challenge of Ministry
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by Megan Fowler
1w ago
 “It’s no secret that among the many forces that have affected the church…perhaps none has been more jolting and disorienting than the conversation surrounding personal identity and self-understanding.” With these words, Covenant Theological Seminary President Tom Gibbs introduced the Lifetimes of Ministry Conference on Nov. 3, 2023, marking the resumption of the annual conference after a hiatus. The particular topic of this conference was, “The Changing Self and the Challenge of Ministry.” Enlisted to address these issues were Carl Trueman, professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at ..read more
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Devotion for February 21
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by Megan Fowler
1w ago
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3) A sign recently appeared along the path where I jogged. It announced that a piece of land was going to be subdivided into eighteen new home sites. The proposal for the rough plot of ground seemed preposterous, and everyone who saw the sign concluded the building plan was crazy. We weren’t looking at the scene with the eyes of the architect. What ma ..read more
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Devotion for February 20
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by Megan Fowler
1w ago
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. (Col. 3:18-19) Scripture never justifies dictatorial rule by one spouse, nor does it require the abandonment of personal dignity by another. Despite the controversies of our age over Scripture’s instruction, the Bible’s marital instructions are rooted in its core message – we are to embrace Christ’s grace and extend it to others. Hearts open to that core message will recognize that God neither commends nor commands selfishness. When the Prince of Heaven gave His life to rescue u ..read more
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Church Planting Leaders Collaborate at Charlotte Summit
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by Megan Fowler
1w ago
Mission to North America held its second Church Planting Summit from Jan. 22 – Jan. 24 at Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte. Nearly 150 church, presbytery, and network leaders from 46 presbyteries attended. They gathered to talk about the development of “pipelines” — intentional systems that identify, disciple, and send out leaders.  “This summit grew out of our desire to catalyze a more collaborative and collective approach to church planting in our age,” said MNA Coordinator Irwyn Ince. The idea for the summit was conceived by MNA Church Planting and Vitality Coordinator Chris V ..read more
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Devotion for February 19
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by Megan Fowler
1w ago
We have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. (Heb. 12:9-10) Obedience to God’s standards is not a condition of his love for us, though it does affect our daily experience of his joy and peace. If we walk off his path of spiritual safety, we shouldn’t be surprised that there are consequences. Those consequences are actually an indication of his love rather than the abs ..read more
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Devotion for February 16
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by Megan Fowler
2w ago
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Phil. 2:5-7) Hearts open to the message of Scripture soon recognize that God never commends nor commands selfishness. Instead, he uses the example of his Son’s willingness to empty himself of heaven’s glory to serve our needs as a way of calling us to serve others’ needs sacrificially. That can sound like a dreary calling and a sad life until we rem ..read more
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