Daily Devotional

At War with Spirits

June 24, 2021

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12 The…

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Longings

June 23, 2021

“Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:16 Sometimes I get so homesick for heaven that the yearning swells like an ocean wave and I feel as though I’m being swept away,…

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Life is Hard

June 22, 2021

“We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.” 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3 Sometimes life seems to be one long,…

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The Real Thing

June 21, 2021

“Whom have I in heaven but you?  And earth has nothing I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26 In the advertising world, Coca-Cola will always be known as the “real thing.” And I agree. On a hot,…

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Who are the Elect

June 20, 2021

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a…

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Clean Air

June 19, 2021

Breathe on me, breathe on me, Holy Spirit, breathe on me. Take thou my heart, cleanse ev’ry part, Holy Spirit, breathe on me. Edwin Hatch God’s people breathe cleaner air. And they’re healthier because of it. That’s what Nehemiah learned while he and a handful of Israelites rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem in fifty-two days.…

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The Bread of Adversity

June 18, 2021

“Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teacher will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.” Isaiah 30:20 God wants to refine you. Your trial is refining. He will be true to Isaiah 48:10, “See, I have refined you, though not as…

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All is Well

June 17, 2021

“My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8 Sometimes a good story says it all, like this one by Robert Louis Stevenson. The scene? A raging storm at sea. The story? The passengers in the ship became alarmed when the waves began to crash over the bow.…

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Trust

June 16, 2021

“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was at the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be…

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Grace God’s Initiative

June 15, 2021

“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’  Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.  I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a…

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