Life This Side of Heaven

Life This Side of Heaven

Audible devotions for your day every Monday to Saturday. Join us as we rejoice in His grace, knowing from His Word that He loves us and forgives us, and confident that He is with us every step of the way – on this side of heaven. Devotions for real life.... Show More

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March 5, 2021 4 min
When suffering comes our way it may feel like getting something in the mail that we didn’t order.  So, when suffering came you would think that the apostle Paul would be upset about. Instead, you can almost see the smile on his face as he tells us it’s a reason to rejoice. But before we step back and wonder if the apostle is crazy, he makes the reason for this joy clear. It comes with some handy surprises.
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March 4, 2021 4 min

Do you like your passport photo? It seems like not many people do. In Genesis, we hear how God gave Abraham and Sarah a brand new names and a whole new identity. It was part of the covenant, the promise, that God made to Abraham. Through faith, the Savior who was born from Abraham and Sarah's line and has set us free from sin, reveals how He now sees you and me. And it's a great picture!

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March 3, 2021 4 min
Over the centuries, a lot of people the world considers smart, have made a terrible investment blunders. However, instead of simply losing money, many have lost something much more precious. As Jesus turns our attention to the cross, we see that nothing can compare with the incredible investment God has made in us.
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March 2, 2021 4 min

The phrase “on the same page” is often used to describe being in agreement on what should be done or how it should be done. There was a time when Peter found himself not on the same page with Jesus. And there are times when, like Peter, you and I may not be on the same page with Him either. We may find ourselves looking wrong place for indications of God's favor and evidence of Jesus' at work in our lives.

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March 1, 2021 4 min
Following Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, Luke records a chilling but useful verse. He notes, “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left Him until an opportune time.”  A number of those times show up in Scripture. One of them took place on the day Peter rebuked Jesus and did not want to see Him go to the cross.
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February 27, 2021 4 min
Immediately after Adam’s fall into sin, God promised that He would send a Savior. In all those centuries that past, God repeated that promise. He never renegade on it. He never announced, “Well, that was then, this is now and things change.” James could testify how God made good on those promises in sending us His Son.
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February 26, 2021 4 min
Usually when someone says you have a “selective memory,” they’re doing it in a critical or sarcastic manner. It’s not usually said as a compliment. It often refers to the ability to remember some facts while forgetting others, especially when they’re inconvenient.  However, here in Psalm 25, David isn’t accusing God of having a selective memory.  He’s counting on it.
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February 25, 2021 4 min

Do you know how many stars there are in the night sky? Have you ever tried to guess how many grains of sand are on the beach? Here's the vivid image God used in the promise that He made to him. However, what makes this promise so amazing, is not simply the inconceivably large number of Abraham’s descendants – the man who once thought he would have none – but also who would be among that line.

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February 24, 2021 4 min
The idea of sacrifice is difficult to comprehend in our culture. The popular practice of giving up something for Lent, like chips or chocolate, may simply fit with our winter diet plan … a second chance at that New Year’s resolution that that crumbled somewhere in the past few weeks. But what God commanded Abraham was a sacrifice of truly incomprehensible proportion.
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February 23, 2021 4 min
There’s a big difference between “testing” and “temptation.” Both terms are used in Scripture. On the surface, both may appear the same. However, one seeks to strengthen while the other seeks to sabotage.
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February 22, 2021 4 min
In all three of the Gospels, it’s noted that the very first thing took place after Jesus’ Baptism was this appointment with the devil where He was tempted in the desert. In one sentence, Mark describes an event to which Matthew and Luke devote much more detail. So Mark’s account may seem a little disappointing at first. However, the outcome is linked to the very next verse.
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February 20, 2021 4 min

If I was with Peter, James and John, and saw Jesus transfigured on the mountain, I would be practically jumping out of my skin. I would want to tell everyone! So why would Jesus not allow the disciples to tell the others about what this until after the resurrection?

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February 19, 2021 4 min
When the glorious events of the Transfiguration were ended, the disciples looked around. Gone was the cloud, gone were Moses and Elijah. Mark tells us that, suddenly, standing there before them was ... just Jesus. During this season of Lent, and like the disciples, our attention is drawn to the only one who could accomplish the work of our salvation – just Jesus.
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February 18, 2021 4 min
Peter didn’t want to hear what Jesus had to say about His upcoming crucifixion and resurrection. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that, at the Transfiguration when the “cloud appeared and enveloped them,” we hear the voice of the Father say, “This is My Son, whom I love.  Listen to Him!”
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February 17, 2021 4 min
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40-day penitential season of Lent. On this day many will will have the sign of cross traced in ashes on their forehead in worship. It’s a reminder of our mortality and a sign of repentance. All who have come from dust, and returned to dust, over the many centuries give testimony to the terrible toll of sin and death. As Jesus was transfigured before the disciples, two figures from the pa...
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February 16, 2021 4 min
The sight of Jesus transfigured on the mountain was so spectacular that it’s not surprising to hear Matthew, Mark and Luke struggle to use different imagery to fully describe it. Mark uses a particularly fascinating phrase. It illustrates beautifully what our transfigured Savior came to accomplish for us at Mt. Calvary.
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February 15, 2021 4 min

Mark tells that Peter, James and John watched as Jesus was transfigured before them. The Greek word used here is the same one from which we get our English word, "metamorphosis."  It means to “transform.” On the mountain this day, Jesus gave the disciples a glimpse of His eternal glory. Why did He do this? Well, what they would soon see would appear to be the exact opposite.

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February 13, 2021 4 min

For the disciples, this didn’t make any sense. Why leave Capernaum? Jesus was a hit. Everyone was coming to see Him. This was … comfortable. But Jesus had a good reason for doing it. And there are times when it's useful for you and me to step of our comfort zone as well.

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February 12, 2021 4 min
“It starts with Hope and ends with Perseverance.” What a great opening line in an NBC article this week by reporter Denise Chow!  It describes some of the incredible activity that’s taking place in space exploration. With all that’s going on in your life right now you may not interested in looking up at the stars. However, Isaiah used them to make an important point that’s continues to be a comforting and useful reminder for you an...
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February 11, 2021 4 min

Have you noticed how easy it is to get caught up in "rat race" and chasing after prizes that don't last? Paul focuses draws our attention instead to "a crown that will last forever."

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