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Our Assignment 1.19.20
Our Assignment 1.19.20

Bruce Goettsche • January 19, 2021

“Be just and fair to all.

Do what is right and good,

for I am coming soon to rescue you

and to display my righteousness among you.

(Isaiah 56:1).


In a world where the extremists seem to grab the spotlight, the Lord tells us to be consistent in our kindness. We are to be kind to people who annoy us, disagree with us, frustrate us, and even those who slander us. Why? Because these people need Jesus too.


If Christians will not be Christ-like, we will be increasingly marginalized by the world. Jesus tells us to love our enemies because, when we do so, the light of Christ shines more brightly. What the world needs more than anything else is the good news of the gospel.

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United in a World of Division 1.18.21
United in a World of Division 1.18.21

Bruce Goettsche • January 18, 2021


“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. (John 17:22–23).


Sometimes people say, "I wonder what God's will is for my life." One of the things God wants is for us to work together and support other believers. In a world so deeply divided the church is called to stand out for its unity rather than its division.


What does unity look like? It is thanking God for other ministries rather than trying to diminish them or "beat" them. It is celebrating what we hold in common rather than dividing over the fringe issues. It is working together as often as possible. It is praying for each other; for understanding when we disagree and blessing in all things.


For this to happen, we must see beyond ourselves. We must put the unity the Lord has commanded over our desires to build a kingdom to ourselves.


The world is watching. What do they see? A political action group meeting in a church? An organization trying to beat the competition? Or, prayerfully, a diverse group of people who have found an uncommon unity that comes from a united love for Christ? May God help us to pursue His will rather than our own.



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A Precious Treasure 1.17.21
A Precious Treasure 1.17.21

Bruce Goettsche • January 17, 2021

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

(John 14:16–17).


What a gift the Lord has given us! The Holy Spirit is our advocate, praying for us and through us. If we listen, He will guide us into what is true. He is our source of peace and our guarantee of an inheritance that is ours only by God's grace. The Spirit is a gift from God only to those who embrace Him.


Because we have the Holy Spirit in us, the Bible comes to life, we can know which path to take, we have insight when talking with others, and God gives us the words we need. Because of the Holy Spirit, we know peace even in chaos, joy, and contentment even in a wildly materialistic world. God equips us to serve Him in ways we could not have served before. God's Spirit will guide us to a more Christlike character.


We have trouble hearing the whispers of God the Holy Spirit when are surrounded by noise and activity. We need the quiet to fully benefit from God within us. We must find time for quiet reflection on His Word and time to simply listen. All we need God has given us. Be still and know that He is God!

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