Daily Devotional

A Human Heaven

September 19, 2020

“They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.” —Revelation 7:15 I love rolling up my sleeves and serving God—visiting hospitals, advocating causes, traveling in ministry, relating in marriage, painting at my easel, writing at my…

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The Best “Better”

September 18, 2020

“Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” —Jeremiah 17:14 My father, forever in faded jeans, red suspenders, and plaid shirt, looked so out of place, so uncomfortable, when he’d come to the hospital to see me back in those early days…

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More Than You Can Handle?

September 17, 2020

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” —1 Corinthians 10:13 Every once in a while 1…

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Picture It!

September 16, 2020

“You love him even though you have never seen him; though not seeing him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with the inexpressible joy that comes from heaven itself.” —1 Peter 1:8 LB I realize you and I have never seen Jesus, but nothing’s preventing us from picturing him. Try this exercise. Right now, where you…

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The Cotton Farmer

September 15, 2020

“Consider how the lilies grow.” —Luke 12:27 Not just the lilies but a few other flowering things. Like cotton. Seeing a cotton field ready for picking gives new meaning to the phrase “white unto harvest.” But a lot of carefully planned work goes into the crop before it reaches that stage—which is true for us…

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I’d Die for You

September 14, 2020

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” —1 John 3:16 Real love is an action—a selfless, sacrificial giving. The greatest act of love anyone can perform is to give himself or herself for others. Sometimes…

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Riding Lessons

September 13, 2020

“Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” —1 Timothy 4:8 A friend and I were once joking about what kind of horses we’d like to be. He mused, “I’d like to be a wild stallion, racing free…

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Training

September 12, 2020

“Train yourself to be godly.” —1 Timothy 4:7 I once owned a horse who was a great jumper. For an entire summer we cleaned up ribbons at the horse shows. On the trail I could ask him to sail over fence after fence, all the while keeping a steady gallop. This horse was trained for…

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Aspen Leaves

September 11, 2020

“As you do not know the path of the wind…so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” —Ecclesiastes 11:5 It may be too early for fall where you live, but not if you’re in Colorado. Right now the aspen groves along the front range of the Rockies are turning from…

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Choosing Your Identity

September 10, 2020

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” —Ephesians 5:6-8 A young teen cried out to her…

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