Daily Devotional

A Sacrifice of Praise

November 25, 2020

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” —Hebrews 13:15-16 Before COVID-19 uprooted our typical routine, Ken and I attended our church’s Sunday worship…

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A Sacrifice of Thanks

November 24, 2020

“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” —Psalm 50:23 Suppose a woman with arthritis in her hands embroidered a set of pillowcases for you as a thank-you gift. The gift would mean more to you than if sewn by a…

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An Unfolding Adventure

November 23, 2020

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. —2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Once during a flight to Kansas City, a woman from an adoption agency sat behind…

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The Hunt

November 22, 2020

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” —Philippians 1:3 I will never forget Thanksgiving Day 1963. I was fourteen years old, living on a farm in Maryland, and Mr. Cauthorne, the owner of the big estate across the river, invited me to go on a fox hunt. Early on Thanksgiving morning, my dad…

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Ruthless Perfection

November 21, 2020

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice.” —Isaiah 42:3 God bends us but never breaks us. This means that if I love God, suffering does not ultimately matter. Christ in me is what matters. Pain does not cease to…

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It’s All in the Family

November 20, 2020

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” —Isaiah 58:7 Not long ago I was back in Baltimore and spent time with Connie, a high school girlfriend.…

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Look to the Heavens

November 19, 2020

“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is…

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Help in the Nick of Time

November 18, 2020

“As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.” —Luke 8:23 It was nighttime and Topanga Canyon Boulevard was at its busiest. Right under a dark overpass, my handicap-equipped van conked out. Completely. Even brakes and steering. I…

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Being Alone

November 17, 2020

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” —Isaiah 30:15 There are days when I’d like to rewrite the words of the old hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” to something like… I need Thee, O I need Thee, Every minute I need Thee, Oh, bless me now, my…

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Excuses, Excuses

November 16, 2020

“O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” —Jonah 4:2 It’s human nature to…

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