• Like Father, Like Son October 18 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 Listen to today's Devotional

    Years ago, there was an anti-smoking commercial that showed a little boy doing everything just like his dad. It really was cute watching the little guy copy his dad’s every action… that is, until the dad sat down under a tree to smoke a cigarette.

    The commercial ends with the little boy picking up his dad’s pack of cigarettes and a voice saying, “Like father, like son.” That commercial served as a reminder of an important fact: our children will do as we say for a while, but eventually they will do as we do. That’s why it is so important that we model genuine Christianity for our children… that our walk matches our talk. So, parents, make sure your children see your personal, loving devotion to God. Believe me… they are watching you! https://mailchi.mp/206aa2eba83e/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453213?e=9cbe669f39
    Like Father, Like Son October 18 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 Listen to today's Devotional Years ago, there was an anti-smoking commercial that showed a little boy doing everything just like his dad. It really was cute watching the little guy copy his dad’s every action… that is, until the dad sat down under a tree to smoke a cigarette. The commercial ends with the little boy picking up his dad’s pack of cigarettes and a voice saying, “Like father, like son.” That commercial served as a reminder of an important fact: our children will do as we say for a while, but eventually they will do as we do. That’s why it is so important that we model genuine Christianity for our children… that our walk matches our talk. So, parents, make sure your children see your personal, loving devotion to God. Believe me… they are watching you! https://mailchi.mp/206aa2eba83e/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453213?e=9cbe669f39
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  • All it Takes October 17 But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me! Matthew 14:30 Listen to today's Devotional

    I don’t know if this is the shortest prayer in the Bible, but it is definitely brief! I like this prayer; it is a passionate S.O.S. Remember how the disciples saw Jesus walking to them on the Sea of Galilee, and Peter asked Jesus to command him to walk on the water to Him. Once Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink, and he didn’t have time for any formal or fancy language. He just cried out in desperation, ‘Lord, save me.’ Sometimes, when difficulty comes into our lives, and we realize we need to get serious about the Lord, all we may be able to do at the moment is cry out, ‘Lord, save me!’ But that is all it really takes.

    When we cry in desperation to the one Who can rescue us, we can be confident that the Lord is ready – and waiting – and will reach out His hand. https://mailchi.mp/b11689985a51/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453209?e=9cbe669f39
    All it Takes October 17 But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me! Matthew 14:30 Listen to today's Devotional I don’t know if this is the shortest prayer in the Bible, but it is definitely brief! I like this prayer; it is a passionate S.O.S. Remember how the disciples saw Jesus walking to them on the Sea of Galilee, and Peter asked Jesus to command him to walk on the water to Him. Once Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink, and he didn’t have time for any formal or fancy language. He just cried out in desperation, ‘Lord, save me.’ Sometimes, when difficulty comes into our lives, and we realize we need to get serious about the Lord, all we may be able to do at the moment is cry out, ‘Lord, save me!’ But that is all it really takes. When we cry in desperation to the one Who can rescue us, we can be confident that the Lord is ready – and waiting – and will reach out His hand. https://mailchi.mp/b11689985a51/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453209?e=9cbe669f39
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    How to pray in a moment of desperation.
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  • Hi Dad, bye Dad October 16 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. Colossians 3:20 Listen to today's Devotional

    A child in our church was asked, “If there were a TV show about your family, what would it be called?” The youngster answered, “Hi Dad! Bye Dad!” His reply spoke volumes about his longing for the love and attention of his “workaholic” dad. Fatherhood is a relationship.

    So any man who is not involved in the lives of his children and is clueless to their struggles, dreams, and desires is not really a father. Without a doubt, our earthly dads impact our concept of God, our Heavenly Father. Sadly, though, many dads make it difficult for their children to believe there really is a Father in Heaven who loves them and desires a relationship with them. So men, let me ask you a question: what idea of “father” are you planting in your kids? https://mailchi.mp/3bad07637585/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453205?e=9cbe669f39
    Hi Dad, bye Dad October 16 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. Colossians 3:20 Listen to today's Devotional A child in our church was asked, “If there were a TV show about your family, what would it be called?” The youngster answered, “Hi Dad! Bye Dad!” His reply spoke volumes about his longing for the love and attention of his “workaholic” dad. Fatherhood is a relationship. So any man who is not involved in the lives of his children and is clueless to their struggles, dreams, and desires is not really a father. Without a doubt, our earthly dads impact our concept of God, our Heavenly Father. Sadly, though, many dads make it difficult for their children to believe there really is a Father in Heaven who loves them and desires a relationship with them. So men, let me ask you a question: what idea of “father” are you planting in your kids? https://mailchi.mp/3bad07637585/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453205?e=9cbe669f39
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    Fathers are to model the love, provision, and protection of God, the Heavenly Father.
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  • Prepare the way October 15 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. John 1:16 Listen to today's Devotional

    While visiting the historic settlement at Williamsburg, Virginia, I noticed several groundskeepers carefully combing the gravel paths and removing any rough stones. I asked one of them if they did that every day. He replied, “No, but we’re expecting the Emperor of Japan this week, so we’re making sure all the pathways are level and straight.” I immediately thought, “That’s what John the Baptist did as he prepared the way for Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah! How did he do it?

    By being a voice in the wilderness with the message “Repent… turn from your sin.” It is repentance that prepares the way for Jesus, our King, to enter our hearts. What about you? Have you prepared the way for the Lord by turning from your sin? https://mailchi.mp/865fd2571c0c/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453201?e=9cbe669f39
    Prepare the way October 15 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. John 1:16 Listen to today's Devotional While visiting the historic settlement at Williamsburg, Virginia, I noticed several groundskeepers carefully combing the gravel paths and removing any rough stones. I asked one of them if they did that every day. He replied, “No, but we’re expecting the Emperor of Japan this week, so we’re making sure all the pathways are level and straight.” I immediately thought, “That’s what John the Baptist did as he prepared the way for Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah! How did he do it? By being a voice in the wilderness with the message “Repent… turn from your sin.” It is repentance that prepares the way for Jesus, our King, to enter our hearts. What about you? Have you prepared the way for the Lord by turning from your sin? https://mailchi.mp/865fd2571c0c/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453201?e=9cbe669f39
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  • At His feet October 14 “There is no one holy like the Lord; indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.” I Samuel 2:2 Listen to today's Devotional

    How do you handle a challenge, whether it is a simple “molehill” kind of problem or a Mount Everest moment where the whole of life has bottomed out? First, stay cool. Slow down, and remember that God has said, “Be still and know that I am God.” Next, take a time out to get your priorities right, and recall that our number one priority is to seek the kingdom of God. Finally, focus on the big picture. Ask God to help you see the situation from the perspective of eternity.

    In other words, bring Christ into the equation and don’t let the little gnats destroy you. Does that sound daunting? How can you keep all these things in your arsenal for living? The answer: Worship. Sit at the feet of Jesus, submit to His Word, listen for His voice. …and worship Him. https://mailchi.mp/c1d7b2dd4a7b/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453189?e=9cbe669f39
    At His feet October 14 “There is no one holy like the Lord; indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.” I Samuel 2:2 Listen to today's Devotional How do you handle a challenge, whether it is a simple “molehill” kind of problem or a Mount Everest moment where the whole of life has bottomed out? First, stay cool. Slow down, and remember that God has said, “Be still and know that I am God.” Next, take a time out to get your priorities right, and recall that our number one priority is to seek the kingdom of God. Finally, focus on the big picture. Ask God to help you see the situation from the perspective of eternity. In other words, bring Christ into the equation and don’t let the little gnats destroy you. Does that sound daunting? How can you keep all these things in your arsenal for living? The answer: Worship. Sit at the feet of Jesus, submit to His Word, listen for His voice. …and worship Him. https://mailchi.mp/c1d7b2dd4a7b/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453189?e=9cbe669f39
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  • The Big Three October 11 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much, but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47 Listen to today's Devotional

    What did this woman – this “sinner” as Luke describes her - who anointed the feet of Jesus with perfume receive in return? She got what I call “the big three.” She got all anyone could need for the rest of their lives. First, she received the capacity to love because she realized the depth of her sin and how completely and how deeply she had experienced forgiveness. Second, she received joy.

    The burden and the guilt of her sin had been lifted and she had been set free. And third, she received peace. Literally, Jesus said to her, ‘Your faith has saved you, go into peace.’” The rest of her life would be an adventure of peace. Love… joy… peace. Sounds like a pretty good exchange. https://mailchi.mp/b845dff14851/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453177?e=9cbe669f39
    The Big Three October 11 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much, but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47 Listen to today's Devotional What did this woman – this “sinner” as Luke describes her - who anointed the feet of Jesus with perfume receive in return? She got what I call “the big three.” She got all anyone could need for the rest of their lives. First, she received the capacity to love because she realized the depth of her sin and how completely and how deeply she had experienced forgiveness. Second, she received joy. The burden and the guilt of her sin had been lifted and she had been set free. And third, she received peace. Literally, Jesus said to her, ‘Your faith has saved you, go into peace.’” The rest of her life would be an adventure of peace. Love… joy… peace. Sounds like a pretty good exchange. https://mailchi.mp/b845dff14851/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453177?e=9cbe669f39
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  • Put up your flag October 10 “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1 Listen to today's Devotional

    After a passenger train was struck by an oncoming freight train, the engineer was asked whether he had seen the flagman who was trying to get the train to stop. The engineer replied, ‘Yes, I saw the flag, but it wasn’t the red flag that indicates danger, but a yellow flag which simply means to slow down.’ Upon examination, it became apparent that the once-red flag had faded to a dull yellow and had lost its color and meaning. That can happen to us if we get caught up in things that distract us from our commitment to Christ.

    Once you put up your flag for Christ, that means you are available to serve Him, to worship Him, to study His Word, and that you never lose sight of God’s desire to make your life extraordinary. https://mailchi.mp/8fed9f8049ea/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453157?e=9cbe669f39
    Put up your flag October 10 “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1 Listen to today's Devotional After a passenger train was struck by an oncoming freight train, the engineer was asked whether he had seen the flagman who was trying to get the train to stop. The engineer replied, ‘Yes, I saw the flag, but it wasn’t the red flag that indicates danger, but a yellow flag which simply means to slow down.’ Upon examination, it became apparent that the once-red flag had faded to a dull yellow and had lost its color and meaning. That can happen to us if we get caught up in things that distract us from our commitment to Christ. Once you put up your flag for Christ, that means you are available to serve Him, to worship Him, to study His Word, and that you never lose sight of God’s desire to make your life extraordinary. https://mailchi.mp/8fed9f8049ea/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453157?e=9cbe669f39
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    How to align your profession with your conduct.
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  • Show Me October 9 “And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39 Listen to today's Devotional

    One day someone went to Jesus and asked, ‘What is the number one commandment?’ Jesus replied, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ The crowd probably would have said, ‘Good answer!’ Every Jewish boy would have answered the question in the same way. But then Jesus added a second commandment. The first one is rather abstract, rather intangible. It is easy to say, “Oh, I love God.” But the second brings it down into the concrete and says we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

    So, if you say you love God, the genuineness of that love is demonstrated by how you love others. That makes all the difference, doesn’t it? https://mailchi.mp/f737dfa5b8f4/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453153?e=9cbe669f39
    Show Me October 9 “And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39 Listen to today's Devotional One day someone went to Jesus and asked, ‘What is the number one commandment?’ Jesus replied, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ The crowd probably would have said, ‘Good answer!’ Every Jewish boy would have answered the question in the same way. But then Jesus added a second commandment. The first one is rather abstract, rather intangible. It is easy to say, “Oh, I love God.” But the second brings it down into the concrete and says we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. So, if you say you love God, the genuineness of that love is demonstrated by how you love others. That makes all the difference, doesn’t it? https://mailchi.mp/f737dfa5b8f4/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453153?e=9cbe669f39
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    How to demonstrate that you truly love God.
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  • Out on a limb October 8 “And he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for he was about to pass through that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.’” Luke 19:4-5Listen to today's Devotional

    The familiar story of Zaccheus, the tax collector, is a beautiful picture of how we get into a relationship with God in Jesus Christ. It starts when we are willing to climb out on a limb and admit that we want Jesus to change the way we think, the way we live, to forgive us, and to clean up our lives.

    We get in the proximity of Jesus. Then, He does the seeking. He does the saving. We think we’ve searched for God. Oh no. He was already there before you arrived. But when you crawl out on that limb, He will go home with you and make you into the person He has equipped you to be. https://mailchi.mp/39127a0c50e1/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453149?e=9cbe669f39
    Out on a limb October 8 “And he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for he was about to pass through that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.’” Luke 19:4-5Listen to today's Devotional The familiar story of Zaccheus, the tax collector, is a beautiful picture of how we get into a relationship with God in Jesus Christ. It starts when we are willing to climb out on a limb and admit that we want Jesus to change the way we think, the way we live, to forgive us, and to clean up our lives. We get in the proximity of Jesus. Then, He does the seeking. He does the saving. We think we’ve searched for God. Oh no. He was already there before you arrived. But when you crawl out on that limb, He will go home with you and make you into the person He has equipped you to be. https://mailchi.mp/39127a0c50e1/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453149?e=9cbe669f39
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  • Road Signs October 7 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:21-22 Listen to today's Devotional

    Imagine a high mountain road with dangerous curves and rocks. The highway department can do one of two things. They can put a hospital at the bottom of the mountain where they can treat people who have wrecks on the road. Or they can put up signs along the dangerous passage, such as “slow down,” or “watch for falling rocks,” or “sharp curve ahead.” And hopefully people will heed these warnings and avoid an accident.

    God has put up warning signs throughout the Bible. Because He loves us, God will minister to us with His grace when we crash because we ignored the signs. But how much better to heed the signs that say “no” or “stop” or “dead end street.” We can find these signs all through the Bible – from the 10 Commandments all the way to the admonitions in Revelation. https://mailchi.mp/30d4c3dae622/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453145?e=9cbe669f39
    Road Signs October 7 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:21-22 Listen to today's Devotional Imagine a high mountain road with dangerous curves and rocks. The highway department can do one of two things. They can put a hospital at the bottom of the mountain where they can treat people who have wrecks on the road. Or they can put up signs along the dangerous passage, such as “slow down,” or “watch for falling rocks,” or “sharp curve ahead.” And hopefully people will heed these warnings and avoid an accident. God has put up warning signs throughout the Bible. Because He loves us, God will minister to us with His grace when we crash because we ignored the signs. But how much better to heed the signs that say “no” or “stop” or “dead end street.” We can find these signs all through the Bible – from the 10 Commandments all the way to the admonitions in Revelation. https://mailchi.mp/30d4c3dae622/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453145?e=9cbe669f39
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    God’s Word provides a reliable early warning system.
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