Daily Devotional

Love Lifted Me

July 10, 2020

“When he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” —Matthew 14:30-31  I enjoy singing hymns. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t stop whatever I’m doing, open a…

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Strongholds Demolished!

July 9, 2020

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” —2 Corinthians 10:4  Fantasies. Silly thoughts. Vain imaginations. Useless daydreams. These will puff themselves up so high in your head that you would swear they were true. A furtive thought lingers in your mind and begins to…

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A Fearless Request

July 8, 2020

“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” —Ephesians 6:19—20  The scene is a prison cell in Rome.…

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Humility That Matters

July 7, 2020

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” —Exodus 34:29  When I think of Moses, I try not to think of Charlton Heston. I want to picture not a movie actor…

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Justice Served

July 6, 2020

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” —Matthew 10:28  Hell’s stock has fallen off lately from lack of both public and Christian confidence. For most people, believing in a hellish afterlife is…

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Sweet-Smelling Sacrifices

July 5, 2020

“Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma.” —Genesis 8:20-21  On most nights when I wheel out my office door and into the courtyard of our building, if the wind is blowing just right,…

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Trouble for God?

July 4, 2020

“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” —Psalm 33:6  It was July 4, 1997. All of us were amazed when the Martian land rover Pathfinder began sending back color images of the stark, red landscape of Mars. The discoveries sparked a lively interest in other planets in…

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A Promise—A Means of Grace

July 3, 2020

“Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!” —Jeremiah 44:25  Today Ken and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. Tonight we’ll probably pull out the photo album and dine by candlelight. Maybe we’ll rummage around to find the cassette of our wedding ceremony, and we’ll listen to those tried-and-true words “for better or for…

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A Perfect Fit

July 2, 2020

“God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” —1 Corinthians 12:18  Sometimes you can read a verse a hundred times and then suddenly see something you never noticed before. That’s what happened when I read today’s verse in a note my friend Kim sent…

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Raise a Memorial!

July 1, 2020

“Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us.’”  —1 Samuel 7:12  When the Israelites defeated the Philistines, the prophet Samuel raised a memorial to commemorate the victory. He named it Ebenezer, which means “stone of help.” It was to remind everyone,…

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