First15 Devotional
First15 Devotional
Jan 17, 2021
Seeing God as Our Father
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Seeing God correctly is essential to centering your life around him and his presence. Many of us have a tainted view of earthly fathers, but today God wants to renew your view of him as your perfect heavenly Father. As we grow in understanding of God’s perfect love and relation to us, may centering your life around his presence come naturally.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 8:6, and today's worship is Your Love Is Strong by Jon Foreman.


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