Category: DEVOTIONALS

The Cost of Joy

“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.”— John 16:20 Joy is costly. Joy is not a mere moment of happy feelings, but the result of a transformed life. To know real joy is most likely to have known […]

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The Prayer That Is Always Answered

“And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”—John 14:14 That’s a very bold statement. We can ask for anything and God will do it? Doesn’t that sound too good […]

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Feeling His Presence

And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”—Exodus 33:14  God’s “presence” can be a vague concept, and hard to experience.  If only He would just put on more of a display—show Himself, flex some muscle, dazzle us. But usually He doesn’t, for good reason.  After all, isn’t that […]

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Living in a Rabbit Hole?

“As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”— John 17:18 One of the subtle dangers of being a Christian is that we can become isolated, surrounding ourselves with only Christian people. Jesus also said to His Father, “My prayer is not that You take them out of the world […]

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Difficult Peace

“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”— Job 3: 25-26 Someone who takes you by the shoulders, looks in your face, and says, “Be of good cheer!” when […]

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What Does Prayer Actually Do?

“I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. I long to see you …that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”— Romans 1:10-12 How often when you pray, does […]

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Wisdom in a Dinghy

“Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses.”—Psalm 25:6 A dear friend, who is now in heaven, had a unique way of ministering to people. She was in her seventies and lived on a boat with her husband, and adopted my wife and me as her surrogate children. If you visited her, she would […]

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All the Messiness of Life

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”— Psalm 27:4 People try to live apart from our Creator. But inevitably circumstances […]

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Freedom! No Longer Slaves

“FREEDOM!” cried a dying William Wallace (Braveheart). Freedom is a battle cry, a longing of the heart, a cause and belief to fight for, die for, and celebrate. Freedom is a gift.  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I […]

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The Serious Business of Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”— John 15:11 “Joy is the serious business of heaven,” wrote C.S. Lewis. Joy? Serious? Don’t the two concepts contradict each other? Not at all. Not when you look at the emphasis God puts on […]

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