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In about a minute, start your day with a shot of soul espresso—biblical and down-to-earth. It's written and read by pastor, disciple-in-progress, author, and family man, Matthew Ruttan. www.MatthewRuttan.com/Up | www.TheUpDevo.com

The Up Devotiona‪l‬ Matthew Ruttan

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In about a minute, start your day with a shot of soul espresso—biblical and down-to-earth. It's written and read by pastor, disciple-in-progress, author, and family man, Matthew Ruttan. www.MatthewRuttan.com/Up | www.TheUpDevo.com

    Jr A hockey and Luke 14:11

    Jr A hockey and Luke 14:11

    In Luke 14:10-11 Jesus says: “But when you are invited [to a wedding feast], take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves … Continue reading Jr A hockey and Luke 14:11

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    Not old-fashioned, but God-fashioned

    Not old-fashioned, but God-fashioned

    With every passing year here in North America Christians will be increasingly criticized. One of the things you sometimes hear is that our ways are “old fashioned” and out-of-date.  So today I’d like to invite you to think about this idea from a certain perspective—one that will, I hope, give you confidence and some words … Continue reading Not old-fashioned, but God-fashioned

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    Humility: Your first thought of the day

    Humility: Your first thought of the day

    You'll find it difficult to grow and develop as a disciple of Jesus if you aren’t intentionally cultivating humility. Augustine says: “If you try to build a tall house of virtues you must first of all lay a deep foundation of humility.”* He’s talking about the castle of your character. Without a “deep foundation of … Continue reading Humility: Your first thought of the day

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    From mouthpiece to mouth-peace

    From mouthpiece to mouth-peace

    Technically speaking, a “mouthpiece” is a spokesperson for someone else. But it can also be used derisively. If someone is called a mouthpiece with a certain tone of voice, it means they’re mouthy—that they are using words that are rude, insensitive or arrogant.  Because we’re sinful creatures it can be easy to backslide and start … Continue reading From mouthpiece to mouth-peace

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    Seinfeld and the Good Samaritan

    Seinfeld and the Good Samaritan

    The story of the Good Samaritan is known for what it teaches about showing mercy to others. Luke 10:36-37 famous reports: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus … Continue reading Seinfeld and the Good Samaritan

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    Training… for godliness

    Training… for godliness

    We are now in Lent—the period of preparation leading up to Easter. Some people “give something up” for Lent. Think of it like spiritual training. Just how an athlete might make certain sacrifices to train for a big event, so too is there a tradition of Christians making certain sacrifices at this time of year … Continue reading Training… for godliness

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