Daily Devotional

Suffering According to God’s Will

September 24, 2021

“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” I Peter 4:19 All suffering is within God’s sovereign will. There is not a sparrow that falls without his knowledge or a soul lost for eternity without his tearful purpose being accomplished. In the…

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Searching for Sinners

September 23, 2021

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors…

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September 22, 2021

“Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” I Peter 5:5-6 When you think of the apostle Peter, you do not often think of humility. Brazen, outspoken Peter often…

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Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

September 21, 2021

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 Jesus did not come to execute the wrath of God–he made that clear when he announced his Messiah manifesto from Isaiah 61. Jesus…

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The Messiah Manifesto

September 20, 2021

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 The air in the…

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Talking With God

September 19, 2021

“Moses said to the Lord, ‘O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’” Exodus 4:10 Talking to God could be intimidating. Talking with God could strike even greater fear in your heart. Little wonder that Moses, when…

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Crazy Moments

September 18, 2021

“Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar. In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror.” Isaiah 33:17-18 It’s easy to lose sight of God. You get home late, you put on a casserole, but the phone rings and you forget about turning off the oven.…

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Obligated to Be Like Us

September 17, 2021

“For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help…

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God’s Anger

September 16, 2021

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 All of the Father’s white-hot wrath against our sin was hurled at Christ as he hung on the cross. All of the Father’s anger and indignation was heaped on…

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September 15, 2021

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Matthew 5:13 Last night, I telephoned the family farm back in Maryland to see how my sister Jay…

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