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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Growth and Progress"

August 24, 2006

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He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. Philippians 1:6

Spiritual progress is an objective of all dedicated Christians. We are living in a progressive age. Much is made of material, intellectual, and scientific growth and development. Why, then, not include the most important part of a person, the spiritual self?

As dedicated Christians we seek to grow in knowledge of God's Word. We want to know more about our great, wonderful God. What are God's glorious qualities? What are His infinite thoughts toward us?

We want to grow in faith. Where faith is weak and wavering, gloomy doubt and unbelief chill the soul. Confident faith brings to our possession and enjoyment all the priceless treasures for which Christ has purchased us. It lays its strong hand on the whole storehouse of God's promises. It makes for strong convictions, for bold and courageous Christian living.

The opportunities for personal growth and progress in the Christian faith are virtually unlimited. They are within easy reach -- as close as your church for worship, as close as your Bible for reading, as close as your mind for meditation, as close as your heart for prayer.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help us grow in faith, knowledge, and Christian service; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 26-27    1 Corinthians 15:1-28

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