Responsibilities of the Church 21: Sunday Meditations: The Pardoning God

Responsibilities of the Church Day 21 - Sunday Meditations: The Pardoning God “Great God of Wonders” Great God of wonders! All Thy waysDisplay Thine attributes divine;But the bright glories of Thy graceAbove Thine other wonders shine. Who is a pardoning God like Thee?Or who has grace so rich and free? Such deep transgressions to forgive!Such guilty, daring worms to spare!This is Thy grand prerogative,And in this honour none shall share. Pardon from…

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Responsibilities of the Church 20: A Song for the Broken Heart

Responsibilities of the Church Day 20 - A Song for the Broken Heart - “Faithfully” by TobyMac (Written by Toby McKeehan and Kyle Williams. Released 2022) Songs written in the aftermath of profound grief always pique my interest. I’ve listened to many such diamonds from the likes of Steven Curtis Chapman (the entire album Beauty Will Rise is worth your time) and many others. The newest album from TobyMac (the incomparable Toby…

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Responsibilities of the Church 19: Guard and Protect Itself

Responsibilities of the Church Day 19 - Guard and Protect Itself “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18, ESV) “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from…

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Responsibilities of the Church 18: Outreach Work in the Community

Responsibilities of the Church Day 18 - Outreach Work in the Community “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47, ESV) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations,…

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Responsibilities of the Church 17: Encourage One Another

Responsibilities of the Church Day 17 - Encourage One Another “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, ESV) “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24, ESV) “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17, ESV) “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” (Romans 14:19,…

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Responsibilities of the Church 16: Be a Light in the Community

Responsibilities of the Church Day 16 - Be a Light in the Community “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16, ESV) “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him…

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Responsibilities of the Church 15: Demonstrate Headship

Responsibilities of the Church Day 15 - Demonstrate Headship “But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. … For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man.” (1 Corinthians 11:3, 8-9,…

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Responsibilities of the Church 14: The God Who Stays

Responsibilities of the Church Day 14 - The God Who Stays I feel the tension in my bones uncertainty weighs heavy unanswered questions echo energizing hope seems lost in the swirl of unsettling headlines my little bubble can feel anything but happy lonely and vulnerable instead But . . . there is One who doesn’t shy away from the wrestle but slides in next to me wraps His arms around me and…

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Responsibilities of the Church 13: A Song for the Changed Heart

Responsibilities of the Church Day 13 - A Song for the Changed Heart “The In Between” by Matt Maher  Written by Matt Maher and Judah Akers (Released 2022) This is a song that was written, recorded, and released in partnership with the television show “The Chosen.”  Regardless of your opinion of the show, this song stands on its own merits. I’ve always enjoyed Matt Maher’s voice, and this one really stretches his…

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Responsibilities of the Church 12: Prayer

Responsibilities of the Church Day 12 - Prayer “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.” (1 Timothy 2:1, ESV) “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2, ESV) “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, ESV) At the crucifixion of Jesus, right as He was breathing His last, the veil of the…

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