Devotional Reflections

God Working Within Us

Posted on October 19, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 Intercessory prayer is probably our most common category of supplication. Laying our own personal needs and concerns before the Father takes priority, but praying for family and […]

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Knowing God’s Love

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19 Recognizing Paul’s prayers reflect God’s will for us, we continue his supplication in Ephesians to be rooted and grounded in love. Last week we focused on the desire to be strengthened […]

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Strengthened with Power

Posted on October 5, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.” Ephesians 3:14, 16 Our previous devotional reflection on the prayers of Paul concluded in Ephesians 1:19 with the prayer that we might […]

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A Deeper Knowledge of God

Posted on September 28, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” Ephesians 1:17 I have found an immense blessing delving into the prayers of Paul. I have always had the conviction that God actually leads our prayers because He […]

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Grace and Peace to You

Posted on September 21, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:2 I have always been incredibly blessed by reading the prayers of the Apostle Paul. In most of his epistles he digresses in what seems to be a spontaneous pouring out of his heart in prayer to God on behalf […]

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Blessing Without Responsibility

Posted on August 24, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us–that Thy way may be known on the earth, Thy salvation among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2) This initial verse of Psalm 67 expresses a familiar refrain. I have often heard it pronounced as a benediction at the close of a […]

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Seeking Elusive Rest

Posted on August 17, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” Psalm 55:6 The Psalmist captures an attitude that seems so prevalent in our hectic pace of life. The demands of family, work and over-committed schedules put us in bondage to lives with little margin. We wilt under the burden […]

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Being the Person God Desires

Posted on August 10, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season. And its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3 Every Christian has a pretty good idea in his mind what their life should be like. It is usually an […]

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Is the Lord Your Shepherd?

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The 23rd Psalm is probably the most well known and most-quoted passage of Scripture.  It is a beautiful exposition of God’s love and his provision and care for us as “the sheep of His pasture.” We relish the image of a caring shepherd totally devoted to our welfare and giving us assurance of eternal security. […]

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Are You Forfeiting God’s Grace?

Posted on July 20, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“I do not nullify the grace of God.” Galatians 2:21 Basic to the Christian life is the understanding that we are saved not by works or personal efforts to become righteous but by the grace of God. However, many fail to realize that we must live by grace as well; the strength and guidance for […]

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