Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Broken and the Blessed,Lent Day 9

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The third purpose or use of the divine law is transformative. Once we are connected with Jesus and His grace and power infuse our hearts, we are able to progress in holiness. This progress may be slow and inconsistent, with moments when we lose the battle with old habits and attitudes, but gradually we will become more like our Master. The law shows us the shape of holiness in our sexual practices, our economic life, our personal relationships. The law answers for us the question—”How can I please God?”



How have you pleased God today?


Include what you’ve done and refrained from doing.


Go over the different “clothes” we wear in Colossians 3. What do you have on?




What thing about yourself would you like to change? What would God like to change about you?


Broken and the Blessed,Lent Day 8

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The second function of the divine law is to order common life, restraining evil and preventing chaos. What would life look like if we all stole with impunity or showed no respect for human life, hurting others indiscriminately? Thomas Hobbes called it the war of all against all. All the institutions of modern life depend on shared norms of honesty and cooperation that would be impossible if we had no boundaries to protect family life, property, and well being.


Which one of the 10 Commandments is most consistently broken?

 Why did you choose the one you did?



Take a commandment from numbers 5—10 and describe what would happen if this were generally ignored.

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