Category Archives: Devotions

The Wounded Healer

“Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.” – Isaiah 40:1 The psychologist Susan Silk published an article about the psychology of comfort called “Ring Theory,” or, for short: Comfort In, Dump Out. It’s personal for her: after she was diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Those Crazy Teens

And this is His commandment, that we believe in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. 1 John 3:23 Seventeen-year-old Courtney Thorp goes to Shell Rock Senior High School in … Continue reading

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On The Back Pew

“Finally, [the spirit] took me to the inside court of the Temple of God.” – Ezekiel 8:16 Have you noticed that most people, when they come to worship, don’t sit up front? The back of the church tends to fill up … Continue reading

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Really, Paul?

“To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. […] To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people . . . .” – 1 … Continue reading

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I Thank God For You

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now. 7a It is right for … Continue reading

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The Gospel Exposed

“Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it … Continue reading

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Get Your Perspective On

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, [God’s] mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  – Lamentations 3:22-23 Tomorrow is Sunday. I will go to worship to get my attitude adjusted, … Continue reading

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We’ve Only Just Begun

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” – Galatians 2:20 Once upon a time, a dandy named Francis heard the gospel. He gave away his own money, then stole his father’s to help the poor. … Continue reading

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Hurry Up and Wait

“It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” – Lamentations 3:26 Over the last several years I have spent my share of time waiting in doctors’ offices: waiting to be seen, waiting for tests, waiting … Continue reading

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 … Continue reading

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