Vertical Worship – “Shepherds” (Devotional)

In His life, Jesus called Himself “the Good Shepherd,” who takes care of His flock. Us. He takes care of us because He loves us, because that is exactly what He came to this world to do: to bring us into His flock. What a beautiful picture of how to love one another; but Jesus is not the only good shepherd that we can learn from.

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Vertical Worship – “Elizabeth” (Devotional)

The prophets promised a “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), and yet for centuries the people of Israel had known only war, captivity, and hardship.
Isaiah foretold a coming ruler who would “decide with equity for the meek of the earth” (Isaiah 11:4) and yet wherever the people of God looked they saw injustice, Roman occupation, and oppressive taxation that increased poverty.

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Vertical Worship – “Simeon and Anna” (Devotional)

The holidays have a way of marking time. Like birthdays or anniversaries, holidays remind us that we’re older. These reminders help us evaluate our lives through a wide-angle lens. It’s the wide-angle, longview which reveals to us our progress or lack there-of, our achievements and disappointments, our joys and our suffering.

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Vertical Worship – “Do You Have A Place For Him?” (Devotional)

The Christmas story is so familiar. Many people have heard it since they were young, in one way, shape or form. The manger scenes, the shepherds, the wise men are all a part of a cultural narrative that has been told and retold for two thousand years. With a story so familiar, it’s easy to think it has nothing new to teach us. Yet, the word of God is living and active — which means it works in us in new ways every time we digest it.

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