PSN Devotions Season 1 (2020)

  • He Ain’t Heavy, December 27, 2020. How fractured is humanity? The Scripture record says we have been fighting one another from the very beginning. Will we ever get over that and be at peace with one another? Yes, that is our Creator’s promise. However, He also gives us responsibility to work toward that promise. Oh yes, we do need His help to get there, but if we don’t put forth the effort, how will we even begin the journey?
  • By Many Or By Few, December 20, 2020. Most people just want to live in peace, but there are always a few who want to take that peace from them. Why do the majority let them do it? Maybe because they don’t think there is a need to do anything about the evil in their midst until circumstances get so bad that they have to do something about it. Apparently this is a common thread of our shared humanity. So how do we change it – or should we even try?
  • Our Part of the Story, December 13, 2020. We live in the present, but we are linked inextricably with those who have come before – just as those who come after are linked with us. What do we remember of our fathers and mothers of old? Do we want our sons and daughters to remember us in the same way?
  • A Question of Lineage, December 6, 2020. There is merit to living in the moment. After all, we don’t want to miss out on what is right in front of us. However, if we do not understand how we came to that moment, then we might miss something even more important.
  • Courage, Or Obedience? November 29, 2020. Courage is always desirable, but it can be dangerous if recklessly pursued. If our God exhorts us to be strong and of good courage, then maybe we should learn how to cultivate the kind of courage He would find admirable.
  • What Happens When Good People Sleep, November 22, 2020. Everyone wants to be a good citizen and a good neighbor, or at least that’s what we should want. But is that enough? Perhaps there is more to living out our Kingdom calling than simply trying to avoid evil.
  • Citizen Soldiers of Heaven, November 15, 2020. Our Messiah won a decisive victory at the cross, but He did not call us to lay down our arms. In fact, He said He had come to bring a sword to the earth, not peace. How can this be? This is another paradox, but the answer becomes clear when we understand the type of warfare He call and equips us to wage.
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Victory, November 8, 2020. The enemy of our souls is relentless, and his attacks seem never to cease. It’s a weary struggle. How do we win? Or, more appropriately, how do we avoid losing?
  • When I’m 84, November 1, 2020. Somewhere in our journey of life, we will encounter others who are growing old. How should we treat them? This is important seeing that eventually others will be asking the same question about us.
  • The Insidious Nature of Evil, October 25, 2020. It may be accurate to say that no one in their right mind would commend evil and condemn good. But then, the testimony of human history demonstrates that this happens far more often than we may be comfortable admitting – especially when those calling evil good and good evil also profess to be the people of God.
  • A Born Again Creation, October 17, 2020. Transcending our present imperfect reality is a universal longing. The Bible tells us about that transcendence in the context of new birth and resurrection. It is the work of God, but do the people of God have some work to do as well?
  • When Is The Kingdom?, October 11, 2020. Everyone wants to see the Kingdom of Heaven come right now, in our day, but is that desire consistent with how God wants His people to live day by day?
  • Giving Peace a Chance, October 4, 2020. Is genuine peace truly possible anywhere on earth before Messiah Son of David establishes His kingdom in Zion? Is every announcement of peace merely a deception? Could it be that God intends for His people to be agents of peace even when it seems impossible?
  • The Love of Just a Little Bit More, September 26, 2020. Is the love of money really the root of all evil? And if so, where do we get that love – and what do we do about it?
  • A House for All the World’s Prayers, September 19, 2020. Our Heavenly Father holds out the promise of redemption to every person. Do we really believe that? Or in our hearts do we consider some more worthy of redemption than others?
  • The Price of Revelation, September 12, 2020. Do people share their most intimate thoughts and plans with anyone who asks? No; we prefer to share such things only with close companions who have proven themselves worthy of our trust. Why, then, should we expect our Creator to do differently? Perhaps, instead of asking God what will happen in the future, we should ask Him how we can be worthy of His confidence.
  • Aligning With The Right Spirit, September 5, 2020.Everyone goes through seasons of weakness and despair. The question is not how to avoid them, but how to get through them and move on to what our Creator has designed us to do. After all, it’s not just our own destiny at stake, but the destinies of others around us – and sometimes of entire nations.
  • Happy Mules, August 29, 2020. God has been revealing Himself for thousands of years. You might think we would all be on the same page by now, with the same understanding and interpretation of scripture. That’s not what we see. There are thousands of unique expressions of faith in the Almighty from the Christian and Jewish sides of the family. Is there some clue in nature that might help us understand why?
  • Justice the Right Way, August 22, 2020. It’s not enough to seek justice, and it’s not enough to seek righteousness. We have to seek both, and do so in a spirit of compassion and mercy. But is that just a government thing, or is it something we can do in our daily lives?
  • Make Friends in the Way, August 15, 2020. What’s more important: reaching a destination, or getting along with others on the journey?
  • Victory in Time, August 09, 2020. Doing what we are trained to do is good. Doing it at the right time is even better – but how do we know?
  • Wrestling with a Gospel of Exclusion, August 2, 2020. After a century and a half, Marxists are still very effective at captivating the minds and hearts of millions. Could God’s people learn something from them?
  • Brains and Hearts to Choose Life, July 26, 2020. God gives us a choice between life and death. Seems simple, but is it really?
  • Pursuing Just Justice, July 19, 2020. God’s people are supposed to seek justice, but if it is sought in the wrong way, is it still justice? And if so, what do we do about that?
  • Defiling the Covenant, July 12, 2020. Should we worry about idols to other gods? Or should we be more concerned about the idols in our hearts that keep us divided from our brothers and sisters in our Creator’s covenant?
  • Who Are the Poor? July 5, 2020. Why are there so many poor people among us? Who exactly are the poor? Is this a question of wealth, or of faith and obedience?
  • Erasing Who We Are, June 28, 2020. What are God’s people to do with the uncomfortable parts of our past?
  • The Price of Exclusion, June 21, 2020. Are the people of God the ones preventing the fulfillment of Messiah Yeshua’s high priestly prayer?
  • Malice, Charity, and the People of God, June 14, 2020. When God’s people cry out for justice and vindication, they usually see themselves as the victims, but what if they are also the oppressors? 

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