Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther

The Problem of Pragmatic Evangelism

Steve Lenon is a dear friend. We met in the late 1990’s when we were both pastoring churches in the Devonport area in Tasmania. He’s an evangelist at heart. These days we live on opposite sides of the world, and I so miss the face to face fellowship we used to enjoy. Recently he read […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #10 – Fruitfulness to the Glory of God

Today’s Devotion: Fruitfulness to the Glory of God Read John 15:1-5 The scene takes place right after the Last Supper.  Judas has gone off to do his wicked deed, and Jesus has just washed the feet of the disciples, teaching them a lesson about servant leadership.  Jesus and His disciples left the Upper Room and […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #9 – Christ Our Glorious King

Today’s Devotion: Christ Our Glorious King Read Matthew 25:31-46 With great certainty Jesus spoke of a coming Day of Glory, for Himself and all true believers. He did not say, “IF,” but “WHEN the Son of Man shall come…” This is Messianic language, the day when He returns to earth to be manifested in all […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #8 – The Mighty Heart of Jesus

Today’s Devotion: The Mighty Heart of Jesus Read Mark 10:13-16 It’s a very moving and significant event in the life and ministry of Jesus.  He has answered the Pharisees on a crucial subject – that of the Divine institution, sacredness, and permanence of the marriage covenant. He lays down solid principles as He defines and […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #7 – Ransomed From the Power of the Grave

Today’s Devotion: Ransomed From the Power of the Grave Read Hosea 13:14 The greatest ransom ever reported in modern times was $60 million dollars for the release of the brothers Jorge and Juan Born, paid to the left-wing urban guerrilla group Montoneros, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 20, 1975. The greatest ransom ever was […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #5 – A Lesson About Prayer

Today’s Devotion: A Lesson About Prayer Read Luke 11:1-4 The Lord’s Prayer is the most famous of all prayers found in the New Testament.  Many can recall learning this prayer as a child, which has likely been taught to succeeding generations too. If you have been teaching your children or grandchildren this prayer, you would […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #4 – The Cost of Discipleship

Today’s Devotion: The Cost of Discipleship Read Matthew 8:18-22 This passage stresses the radical demands of following the call of Jesus.  A crowd had gathered around Jesus, and out of it came a scribe who said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever You go”.  How little he realized what following the Master would really mean.  […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #3 – You Can’t Keep Quiet About Jesus!

Today’s Devotion: You Can’t Keep Quiet About Jesus! Read John 4:21-30 How wonderful an experience it was for many to have personally met and talked with Jesus when He was on earth! Sadly, many who saw Him were blind to who He really was. Some said, “Is not this the Carpenter’s son?” Or, “Can any […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #2 – A Storm is Coming

Today’s Devotion: A Storm is Coming Read Matthew 7:24-29 This past week’s tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan are a great reminder to all of us that when an event like this occurs, very little withstood the powerful force of water as it rushed through villages and cities, decimating anything in its path.  Even those […]

40 Days With Jesus Devotion #1 – Whose Business?

What IS 40 days with Jesus? Simply, a churchwide campaign to prepare our hearts and reach out to our friends at Easter 2011. From March 14th through Easter Sunday everyone at First Assembly is being challenged to read together through a series of daily Bible readings about the life of Jesus and the prophecies about […]

Bondslaves of Jesus Christ [Guest Blogger: Aeron Morgan]

by Pastor Aeron Morgan Many hymns and songs of worship constantly impress us, inspiring us with their comfort and encouragement, and often presenting a timely challenge. One such hymn, for me, was written by George Matheson (1842-1906). Matheson was a brilliant and promising young student in Scotland. The call of God was on his life […]