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by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

A Fresh Approach to Daily Devotions

It may be necessary to vary daily devotionals to preempt the inevitable rut that ensues from a consistent routine. It’s important to maintain daily reading of Scripture, ...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Overcoming Obstacles to Having Daily Devotions

In my last post, I offered "Five Suggestions for Effective Daily Devotions." Despite the fact that most believers recognize the benefits, many still struggle to actually succeed at spending time with the Lord on a daily basis. The obstacles faced in prioritizing personal devotiona...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Five Suggestions for Effective Daily Devotions

In my last post I wrote about "Eight Reasons Why Believers Have Daily Devotions." In this article, I’d like to write about how we actually go about having daily devotions. It’s important to know that a script cannot be written for our quiet times with the Lord. We can be as close to Him ...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Eight Reasons Why Believers Have Daily Devotions

One of the greatest priorities that we can have in life is a decision to set aside time each day for personal devotion toward the Father. The purpose of this time is simply to quiet our hearts before the Lord and have fellowship with Him. Our daily devotions are not necessarily meant to be a time of in-depth Bible study, but instead a time to simply draw closer to the Lord through meditation in His Word and commun...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

How to Impress Jonathan Edwards

Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards wrote, “There are two ways of representing and recommending true religion and virtue to the world; the one, by doctrine and precept; the other, by instance and example.” He went on to state that God, “...Has also raised up some eminent persons who have set bright examples of that religion which is taught and prescribed in the word of God; whose examples have, in the course of divi...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

How to Diagnose a Cold Heart Toward God

It is helpful as a continual practice to ask God to show us the true condition of our hearts. Paul challenges believers at least three times to “examine” themselves (1 Corinthians 11:28; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 6:4). Even Job, who the Bible recorded as blameless and upright (Job 1:1), knew to ask, “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin” (Job 13:23). We are prone to bli...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Three Steps for Growing Intimate with God

The apostle Paul seemed to contradict himself when he rebuked the Corinthians, stating, “…Some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34), and yet a few chapters before, he claimed, “…knowledge puffs up…” (1 Corinthians 8:1). So how do believers gain knowledge of God but avoid being puffed up in pride? The answer is in our motivation. Our desire must be to obtain a real and...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Resources for Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

If you would like to grow more in your knowledge of seeing Christ in the Old Testament, the following resources may greatly benefit you. Included below is a link to the PDF sample, so you can easily preview each resource.BIBLES:The Gospel Transformation Study Bible (...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

The Best Verse About Jesus from Each Old Testament Book

The previous two posts in this series covered the benefits and methods of seeing Christ in the Old Testament. To put the ideas discussed into practice, I challenged myself to find a verse in every book of the Old Testament that speaks directly of Jesus and God’s plan for redemption. These verses are either direct Messianic prophecies or Christophanies, but if those were lacking, strong typologies were listed inste...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Ten Simple Ways to See Christ in the Old Testament

“Don’t you know, young man, that from every town and every village and every hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London? So from every text of Scripture there is a road to Christ. And my dear brother, your business is, when you get to a text, to say, now, what is the road to Christ? I have never found a text that had not got a road to Christ in it, and if ever I do find one, I will go ove...