Devotional Reflections

Flee, Follow and Fight

Posted on July 13, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Run from these things; but pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:11-12 We tend to simplify what it takes to live a successful Christian life. In the minds of most believers one is a good Christian if he goes to church, prays, does what […]

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Intimacy with God

Posted on July 6, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant” (Psalm 25:14). In previous devotionals we have reviewed how the fear of God is the compelling motivation for living a holy and godly life for His glory. It is the source of wisdom and understanding for […]

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Assurance of Life’s Provisions

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“There is no want to those who fear the Lord” (Psalm 34:9). We understand there are big issues that shape the direction of our life. As Christians we should serve God, faithfully worship with the people of God and live to make a difference for eternity. Hopefully, we have nailed down the foundational values that […]

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Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life

Posted on June 22, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Teach me your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth. Unite my heart to fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify your name forevermore” (Psalm 86:11-12). Continuing our focus on the fear of God, the Bible reveals that this is the […]

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No Fear of God

Posted on June 10, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” Judges 21:25 Most Christians have a sincere desire to live a godly life and follow Godʼs will, but consistently fail because their efforts are based on a legalistic approach of trying to do what is right and […]

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A Life Worth Imitating

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.” 1 Cor. 11:1 The Apostle Paul offers what appears to be a rather arrogant exhortation to his readers when he advised them to imitate him and, if they did so, they would be imitators of Christ. We tend to be more aware of our own […]

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Grieve, but Not Without Hope

Posted on May 18, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do those without hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Attending the funeral last week of Fran Buckley reminded me, in the unavoidable emotions I experienced, of the unique Christian perspective on death. Fran, with her husband, […]

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Praying God’s Providence

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

When the New Testament church was born, and the followers of Christ set out to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, it was not a welcoming environment. In fact, they encountered hostility, rejection and government restrictions, similar to what many modern day missionaries are experiencing. The reaction of established religious authorities was […]

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Telling Jesus What to Do!

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Send the crowd away so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find food and lodging, because we are in a deserted place here.” (Luke 9:12) Feeding the 5,000 is one of the most prominent miracles in the Bible; it is the only miracle of Jesus recorded in all four Gospels. It […]

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Aware of Jesus’ Presence

Posted on April 27, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.” (Luke 24:31) On Easter Sunday the focus of our Bible study group was on the account of the two men on the road to Emmaus. These, identified as Cleopas and his companion, were disciples of Jesus. Though not included among the twelve, they had been with […]

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