Daily Devotional

Did the Jews Discover America?

Today is Columbus Day. Do you know the source of inspiration behind the historic voyage of Christopher Columbus? Did the Jews Discover America? As the darkness of the Medieval Inquisition swept through Spain in 1492, an explorer prepared to embark on an expedition that would change the world. Recorded in personal diaries, some of the […]

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How Character is Engraved

“…endurance produces character, and character produces hope…”—Romans 5:3-4 When God calls us to follow and serve Him, He also begins the process of building our character. We cannot bypass character development. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus […]

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Regaining Our Wonder and Awe

“The heavens declare the glory of God…”— Psalm 19:1 The heavens once were a magical canopy of fiery daylight, cooled at night by the glow of the moon. Twinkling lights spread their star stories across the universe. When I was young, imagining myself as an astronomer or astronaut, I was endlessly intrigued by the mystery […]

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When You Have Eaten

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you.”—Deuteronomy 8:10 Imagine you have a teenage son (or substitute another dependent family member.) He comes home and finds a steak in the refrigerator – one that you are saving for a special occasion. He’s hungry. It looks good. […]

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You Can Do This!

“Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it.”—Deuteronomy 1:21 Two million people stood at the edge of the river. The Promised Land waited. All they had to do was cross. For forty years they had wandered in the wilderness, cared for by God and the leaders they had grown to trust. […]

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Our Three Burdens and How to Carry Them

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”—Matthew 6:27 We carry three heavy burdens in life: the past, the present, and the future. The past can hold a tremendous load of regrets, guilt, unconfessed sin, bad memories, hurts, abuse, and neglected duties. The past can plague our present. People […]

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What a Relief It Is

He said to them, “Where is your faith?”—Luke 8:25 One day Peter and the other disciples were out on the open sea in Galilee when a great storm came up. Jesus, weary from days of ministering, had fallen asleep, only to be awakened by the worried and terrified cries of His friends, “Master! Master! We […]

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Cast, Unload, and Throw

“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” —1 Peter 5:6-7 A friend said to me one day after I asked how she was doing, “Oh, I’m fine today, but I’m sure tomorrow will take care of that.” […]

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Will God Keep His Promises?

“Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”—2 Peter 1:4 Precious? A rough, hard-edged fisherman like Peter using the word precious? Peter was different in his later years from the young, […]

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He Called Her Woman

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”—Jeremiah 18:7-8 Some of the religous leaders dragged the woman caught in adultery before Jesus to see what He would do. Imagine this woman’s humiliation, rounded up like some prize catch. As she stood surrounded by her accusers, Jesus knelt down and wrote in the […]

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