Category: DEVOTIONALS

The Music We Make

“Sing for joy to God, our strength!…Start the music! Beat the drum! Play the sweet lyre and the lute.”—Psalm 81:1-2 (Complete Jewish Bible)  A few days after my mother went to heaven, I found my bereaved dad plunking notes on the keyboard she used to play. She had a great love for the piano and […]

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Can You Learn to Be Content?

“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”— Philippians 4: 11-12 Contentment. A comforting, powerful word. We […]

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And Jesus Said, “What?”

“Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”— Colossians 4:4 “Jesus said, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ And they replied, ‘You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the ‘kerygma’ in which we find the ultimate meaning of our interpersonal relationships.’ And Jesus said, ‘What?’” (From a graffiti […]

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As You Go About Your Daily Business…

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”— Colossians 4:2 “I can hardly pray for 15 minutes, “ a friend lamented to me, “much less be devoted ALL the time.” I think we can all relate to that. Devoting ourselves to prayer apparently means more than an occasional, quick request shot up to heaven in […]

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That’s the Way It Works

“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him… [Israel’s] branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree…Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine […]

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The Big Word IF: the Hinge Upon Which History Swings

“If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments … then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit…I will give peace.” Leviticus 26:3-6 The two-letter word if has been called one of the most important words in […]

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Do You Have a Right to Be Angry?

God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry…?” “I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.”— Jonah 4:9 Jonah had serious mental and emotional problems.  He ran from God, defied God, resisted God, miraculously survived a storm at sea and being swallowed by a giant fish —and still wouldn’t […]

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Out of the Belly of Hell

“I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and He answered me.
I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea.
The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild […]

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Escaping from God

“Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.”—Jonah 1:4 In yesterday’s devotion, Jonah tried to run away from God. He didn’t want to listen, obey, or have anything to do with God’s plan. But God loved Jonah too much to […]

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Running Away

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah ran away from the Lord.”—Jonah 1:1-3 Sometimes running away from the Lord is the first step toward obedience. Jonah faced a daunting task, which he resented […]

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