Devotion for January 19, 2021

“He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” (Mark 3:14) It is understandable that large crowds followed Jesus with enthusiasm. He had healed many, and word had gotten around.

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Devotion for January 18, 2021

“However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” (Romans 4:5) There are only two ways you can become “righteous”. The first is through trying, and the second is through trusting. When you try to

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Devotion for January 17, 2021

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Here’s an amazing and life-changing truth. The God who made His sinless Son to “be sin” takes unrighteous people like us

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Devotion for January 16, 2021

“Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Stand up in front of everyone.’” (Mark 3:3) When you don’t use a muscle for some time, it weakens. Something had happened to this man’s hand so that he could not use it, and it had become virtually

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Devotion for January 15, 2021

“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.” (Isaiah 1:19) In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria became tired of his responsibilities as king, the pressures of international politics, and the mundane worldliness of court life. He made an

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Devotion for January 14, 2021

“Many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.” (Mark 2:15) Tax collectors in those days were often despised because they overcharged people and kept some of the tax money for themselves. As a result, many tax

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Devotion for January 13, 2021

“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’” (Mark 1:40) During a pandemic, such as we are presently in, people are desperate for a cure and vaccines, and we praise the research being

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Devotion for January 12, 2021

“A voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” (Mark 1:11) We might think that the world-changing and history-making beginning of Jesus’ ministry would begin with a major announcement. We might expect that this would come out as

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Devotion for January 11, 2021

“John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and

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Devotion for January 10, 2021

“The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” (Mark 1:1) In today’s consumer market, books need a bold title, an eye-catching cover, clever content, and slick graphics. Two thousand years ago books were not published, marketed, and purchased like they are

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