Daily Devotions

(#24) Does Christianity Teach Bigotry or Equality? – Christian Article

18 Apr (#24) Does Christianity Teach Bigotry or Equality? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll My friend never anticipated the question that erupted from the back seat on a drive home from school. “Mom,” her young daughter asked, “how come we don’t believe in equality?” The girl’s teacher had been saying that lots of people love each other and can marry and no one has the right to judge them. Over and over the teacher threw around…

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(#23) ARE MANY CHRISTIANS HYPOCRITES? – Christian Article

17 Apr (#23) ARE MANY CHRISTIANS HYPOCRITES? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll By now you’re probably familiar with the cycle. Some Christian supposedly says or does something that someone somewhere finds scandalous. Whether or not the report is accurate, we rarely know and don’t really care. Why? There’s no time for truth when the world wide web of weird commences the now daily sacrament of rotten tomato flinging. Immediately, a mob also begins their sprint to…

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(#22) CORRECTING 5 MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND POLITICS – Christian Article

16 Apr (#22) CORRECTING 5 MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND POLITICS Posted at 05:30h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Eavesdropping in on people discussing politics can be fascinating. In reading the roughly four hundred pages of transcribed conversations from total strangers in eight focus groups I discovered five common misunderstandings about Christians and politics that we will correct in todays devotional. MISUNDERSTANDING #1 – AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON FREEDOM FROM RELIGION Focus group participants… This is Only a Snippet of…

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This is My Body – Easter Devotional by Idelette McVicker – Christian Article

“This is my body, given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 (NIV) I remember waking up in a narrow twin bed. I was at a women’s retreat: two nights away from home, with time to spend with God in the company of other women. It was still early. I reached for my Bible and opened it to Luke chapter 22. I heard the women in the hallways, getting ready for the day. There was cheerful chatter…

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(#21) DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTENDOM AND CHRISTIANITY? – Christian Article

15 Apr (#21) DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTENDOM AND CHRISTIANITY? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll I am not a big political person. Politics have never been how I seek positive change in culture, even as a pastor. I have never publicly endorsed any candidate or party. Among Christian leaders and ordinary churchgoers of my generation and younger, I am not alone in my attitude. That revelation might surprise the participants in our research, who…

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(#13) LOVE CHANGES YOU IN A WAY THAT TOLERANCE NEVER CAN – Christian Article

03 Apr (#13) LOVE CHANGES YOU IN A WAY THAT TOLERANCE NEVER CAN Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Being a Christian today is a lot like when someone calls you a name as a kid. You feel ashamed and put your head down and walk away. Getting called “bigoted,” “intolerant,” “unloving,” or “discriminatory” is just the adult version of playground name-calling. They might as well say, “You’re fat,” “You’re stupid,” “You’re ugly,” and “You’re dumb.” Plenty…

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(#20) WHY CAN’T CHRISTIANS KEEP THEIR FAITH TO THEMSELVES? – Christian Article

12 Apr (#20) WHY CAN’T CHRISTIANS KEEP THEIR FAITH TO THEMSELVES? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll A friend and his wife were in the final stages of adopting a child they had fostered since birth when a state caseworker asked if they supported same-sex marriage. My friends were caught off guard. They were rightly concerned their response would determine whether the child they loved would be removed and given to someone else. It sounds akin to…

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(#14) PRACTICAL TOLERANCE | Pastor Mark Driscoll – Christian Article

04 Apr (#14) PRACTICAL TOLERANCE Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll When I was a little kid, for some reason one summer day following a rain, the boys in our neighborhood gathered for an epic battle where we threw mud at each other all day. Today, the world feels like that every day. As Christians, when people start slinging mud at us, we should pick it up and get a good look at it. Maybe put it…

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(#19) WHILE EVERYONE LOOKS LEFT OR RIGHT, WE SHOULD LOOK UP – Christian Article

11 Apr (#19) WHILE EVERYONE LOOKS LEFT OR RIGHT, WE SHOULD LOOK UP Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Every election cycle we feel a collective ache for Christ’s Kingdom to come. Our world has gone terribly wrong, and everything needs changing.  So political candidates step forward to vie for the role of savior, each casting a vision of the heavenly future they promise to bring. Like worshipers, supporters throng to fund campaigns, filled with hope that…

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(#18) WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTENDOM AND CHRISTIANITY? – Christian Article

10 Apr (#18) WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTENDOM AND CHRISTIANITY? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll People outside the church are frustrated when people inside the church fail to see that there should be a clear division between the two. They feel that Christians are out of line when they treat the culture around them as if it were their church. Honestly, as a Bible-teaching pastor, I agree to some degree. Some Christians are wrong in how…

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(#17) SHOULD CHRISTIANS MEDDLE IN POLITICS? – Christian Article

09 Apr (#17) SHOULD CHRISTIANS MEDDLE IN POLITICS? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll I am not a big political person. Politics have never been how I seek positive change in culture, even as a pastor. I have never publicly endorsed any candidate or party. Among Christian leaders and ordinary churchgoers of my generation and younger, I am not alone in my attitude. That revelation might surprise the participants in our research, who resoundingly declared Christians too involved…

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(#15) WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE ABOUT ABORTION  – Christian Article

05 Apr (#15) WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE ABOUT ABORTION  Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Once home to the legendary hippie counterculture of Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco still wears its progressive reputation proudly. I looked forward to hearing from a focus group of men gathered there to let us know their thoughts on the Christian faith. After introductions, our facilitator sprung her opening question: “What is your first reaction when you hear someone talk about Christianity?” Included in… This…

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(#16) WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE ABOUT SEX – Christian Article

08 Apr (#16) WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE ABOUT SEX Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll As you read this, you are probably wearing pants. Which is why you may be interested to learn that some of the most animated discussions in our focus groups for this project had to do with pants. “When can I take off my pants?” “Where can I take off my pants?” “Who can be in the room when I take off my pants?”…

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Pray to Deepen Your Relationship with God – Christian Article

14 Jan Pray to Deepen Your Relationship with God Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll John 17:1 – “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said Father…” Who do you talk with the most? Who do you talk about the most? That person is probably the one you love and lean on the most. While walking on the earth, the Lord Jesus was constantly referring to God the Father. Jesus’…

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Should We Only Pray to God the Father or Can We Pray to Jesus and the Holy Spirit? – Christian Article

15 Jan Should We Only Pray to God the Father or Can We Pray to Jesus and the Holy Spirit? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll As I’m taking roughly 45 weeks preaching through John’s Gospel, we arrived at Jesus’ longest prayer in John 17. There, Jesus prays to God as “Father”, which is his common pattern. After each service, as Grace and I were visiting with and praying for our people, many of them had the…

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Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation? – Christian Article

18 Jan Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation? Posted at 05:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll John 17:9-12 – “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father,…

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