The transformation of the human heart is not an end in itself. Indeed, the complete salvation that is found in Jesus Christ involves much more than a renewal of the human intent, attitude, and disposition.
As John Wesley hinted, holiness of heart and the holiness of life that plays itself out in renewed behavior, conduct, and visibility are intimately linked.
—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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In what ways are you working to be more holy in both heart and life? Join the conversation.
For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
—Hebrews 7:28 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is battling cancer, hear from author Jan Woodard about the peace she found in surrendering her cancer to God. In her book Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing, Woodard offers practical ways to find beauty in ordinary moments. Woven throughout her meditations are 12 spiritual practices that challenge readers to explore their own faith more deeply. Discover more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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