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Matthew 18:23-35 Christian Characteristics: “Mercy” A Message on Matthew 18:23-25 For Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Jan. 21, 2018 By Doug Wintermute dwinterm@yahoo.com Matthew 18:23-35 (NRSV) 23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began the reckoning, one […]

Christian Characteristics: “Hope”

Christian Characteristics: “Hope” A Message on Romans 8:18-25 For Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Jan. 14, 2018 By Doug Wintermute dwinterm@yahoo.com Romans 8:18-25 (NRSV) 18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing […]

Christian Characteristics: “Joy”

Christian Characteristics: “Joy” A Message on 1 Peter 1:3-9 For Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Jan. 7, 2018 By Doug Wintermute dwinterm@yahoo.com 1 Peter 1:3-9 (NRSV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the […]

“Promises”

“Promises” A Message on Hebrews 6:13-20 For Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Dec. 31, 2017 By Doug Wintermute dwinterm@yahoo.com Hebrews 6:13-20 (NRSV) 13 When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and multiply you.” 15 […]

December 25

[Merry Christmas! Read the final devotional in The Dawning of Indestructible Joy and then our offering below.] I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. John 6:51 So the […]

December 24

[One more day. Don’t let the anticipation and love of God’s coming as a Babe get lost in the shuffle of the season. Read John Piper’s devotional for December 24, and if you have one more moment, read what follows.] But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of […]

December 23

[Just two more days until Christmas. We pray you are coming to know the indestructible joy He came to bring to those who believe. Begin by reading the December 23 devotional in The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.] He shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name […]

December 20

[Five days until Christmas. Is your joy increasing? Today, John Piper’s devotional connects with me on a personal level. Hope it does with you too. Read December 20 and then the post.] More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:11 Jesus […]

December 19

[Less than one week until Christmas. Has your journey through The Dawning of Indestructible Joy caused you to see the Babe in the manger in a new light? Read the December 19 devotional before reading these additions.] The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live […]

December 18

[As Christmas draws ever closer, we hope you’re taking time to consider the truth behind God breaking into the world as a baby. Read what John Piper says on December 18, then read our offering.] God put [Christ] forward… to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the […]