Category Archives: Devotional

Thoughts from my personal study of the Bible and quiet times with God.

Relax.

I love it when God surprises me with new understanding of a familiar verse. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” The King James Version uses the term “very present help” I’d always … Continue reading

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Darkness

  As a child, I wasn’t bothered by monsters under the bed. What scared me was the guy hiding in the closet. I knew that as soon as I fell asleep, he’s slide the door aside, tiptoe over to my … Continue reading

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Health & Wealth (Not) Gospel

Ever feel like you’re doing everything right but everything around you seems to be going wrong? In 1 Samuel 18, we read about Saul’s growing animosity toward David. As king of Israel, Saul was more interested in his popularity with … Continue reading

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The Cost of Freedom

In the last decade since September 11th, we’ve waged war in two different countries. Our nation has lost many of its young men and women to death, not to mention the cost in physical and mental health terms. When my … Continue reading

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Seeking God’s Face

One of my favorite Bible stories is when Jesus calls Peter out of the boat and Peter walks on the water (Matthew 14: 23-36). They’ve just finished feeding the 5,000 and Jesus sends the disciples out in the boat while … Continue reading

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Dealing with Rebellion

I’ve gained a new appreciation for Moses. Reading through the book of Numbers, he is faced with rebellion and discontent over and over and over. There’s no water. There’s no food. There’s no meat. There’s no water again. Didn’t they … Continue reading

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Fragrance or Stench?

Have you ever walked through your neighborhood on a summer’s evening and smelled the aroma of meat cooking on a grill? You might have lifted your nose and inhaled the mouthwatering scent. What about stepping into a bakery, or a grocery … Continue reading

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Amazing God

If you’ve never read the Bible through from cover to cover, I highly recommend it. Several schedules are available from different organizations that tell you what to read for each day of the year. Until recently, I haven’t used them … Continue reading

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Easter: A Fictional Perspective—Part 3

Lucius opened his eyes. How had he fallen asleep? The penalty for sleeping on duty was instant death. His breath left him as memory returned. It wasn’t sleep that claimed him. The earthquake, that…being–for there was no other way to … Continue reading

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Easter: A Fictional Perspective — Part 2

Lucius sank onto the stone bench. He leaned his head back against the wall and closed his eyes, trying in vain to shut out the image of the three crosses. No, one cross in particular. “Too much carousing last night?” … Continue reading

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