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Daily Devotion: John 10:28-29

John 10:28-29    "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  (29)  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." "And I give unto them."  As I read these verses this morning, my thoughts are going back and forth between the idea of a free gift and the fact this gift is eternal.  These two verses follow a line of action that originates in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He calls us out from the state of being dead in trespasses and sin. We could not bring ourselves out of that state on our own. So the very fact that He calls us from life to death is a free gift. That calling is effectual, that is, the calling of God is effective in our lives. . May I say that God never tries to do anything. He never fails when He begins an action. He never stops halfway and then leaves the finishing to mortal man. He calls. We follow. We can all agree
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Daily Devotion: Jesus Of Nazareth - Acts 26:9

I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. – Acts 26:9 Have you ever sinned on purpose? I mean, have you decided to do something you know is wrong? Probably so. Even if you did not know the right or wrong of a thing, you did not exhaust your options of learning right from wrong. None of us have been so righteous. We have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Once you admit this basic fact, you can realize the magnificence of Jesus Christ the Righteous. He affected salvation for people who strained against rules and did things contrary to the will of God and their own self interest. The Apostle Paul said of himself that he truly thought that he “ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth” (Acts 26:9). So convinced of his own self-righteousness, the Apostle believe he was right in persecuting the Church to stamp out any Christian influences, and he is not alone.  We also sin willingly

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Daily Devotion: John 10:10-11

John 10:10-11    "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  (11)  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." "The thief comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." "The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep."  We see the contrast between the two. One only wants to destroy us. The other, not only was willing to die, but indeed laid down His life for us. Which one will we seek to follow in our daily lives? It should be a "no-brainer" as to which one's influence we follow. But the truth of the matter is the thief is really good at his craft. He presents temptations before us with bright, crisp colors and sparkles all over.  It may look pretty, but it is full of poison.   The good news is though the thief comes to kill, he cannot do that. He cannot have our life. That was bought and paid for by th

Daily Devotion: John 10:9

John 10:9    "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." Jesus spoke of the sheepfold in the previous verses. Usually the sheepfold was a place prepared by the shepherd for his flock wherein they could find safety and comfort in times of storms.  The shepherd would lead the flock down the path to the sheepfold and then would take them inside where protection was found. Jesus refers to us as being His sheep. He is the Good Shepherd. David, a shepherd himself, wrote of the Lord being His shepherd in the 23rd Psalm. He spoke of the "still waters, green pastures, and paths of righteousness" which fed his soul. You and I can identify with that analogy as we go from day to day. We find rest for our souls as we enjoy fellowship with the Shepherd of our souls, the Lord Jesus Christ. In today's verses, Jesus reminds us that He is "the door", the entrance, into this place of comfort for our souls

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