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Devotional for October 18, 2020

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing! Albert Schweitzer Imitators and examples. The apostle Paul mentions this in the reading above. He says that the people in this church at Thessalonika (a city in northern Greece) were both imitators and examples. What does he mean? Do you remember when you were young that you often imitated what you saw others do? You probably learned to tie your shoes…

Devotional for October 11, 2020

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:1-9 Worry doesn’t take care of tomorrow’s problems; it takes away today’s peace! Anon. In today’s reading, we’re told: “Do not worry about anything,” (verse 6). That is easier said than done! Doesn’t it irritate you when someone says to you: “Don’t worry about it!”? It is especially aggravating when this well-meaning person says, “The Bible says we shouldn’t worry.” We don’t have a worry switch we can turn on and off, do we? It’s not like we…

Devotional for October 4, 2020

Philippians 3:4b-14 Cleaning house fascinates everyone in my family. They can sit around and watch me for hours!!! Anon.   We’re a full nine months into the year 2020, and starting on the 10th month. The year is not yet close to being over, but it is a safe bet that more trash, junk and garbage has been hauled to the dump than ever before in the history of humankind! I have not verified this, but I’ll bet that charities…

Devotional for September 27, 2020

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-3 Only in the darkness can you see the stars. Martin Luther King Jr. They still tell the story at the College of William & Mary of daffy, magnificent President Ewell. For a century and a half, this prestigious Virginia school had been a leader among American universities. Then came the Civil War. In the hard days of reconstruction that followed, William & Mary went bankrupt. Soon it had a deserted campus, decaying buildings, and no students.…

Devotional for September 20, 2020

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:21-30 We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill In his book, Thirst, Scott Harrison tells the story of his dream to bring clean water to the world. He describes the book in the subtitle: “A story of redemption, compassion, and a mission to bring clean water to the world.” Though a work of nonfiction, the book is full of action and reads like an exciting…

Devotional for September 13, 2020

Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:21-35 God’s forgiveness and grace is bigger than anything wrong you’ve ever done or will do. Rick Warren Car accidents happen. Most of them are fender benders. Perhaps you can remember when you were involved in an accident. Although you were not injured, you probably worried about how this little dust-up would affect your insurance rates. These days, however, the outcome might surprise you. Instead of a hefty insurance raise, you might get a note from your…

Devotional for September 6, 2020

Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14 If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy. Corrie Ten Boom We have a Tesla dealership less than two blocks from where we live. I enjoy looking at these electric vehicles because I like their design and how quietly they run. And we’re seeing more of them than ever. In fact, the police in Fremont, California, have at least one Tesla, and it was the subject of a recent news report. A…

Devotional for August 30, 2020

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1-15 God’s love is like an ocean; you can see its beginning, but not its end. Rick Warren The Old Testament reading today is from Exodus 3. It tells the story of “the burning bush.” This is no ordinary bush that burns. A bush that merely burned was no doubt a common sight. This bush, however, burned and was not consumed. It did not wither in the heat of the flames to a pile of ash! It…

Devotional for Ausust 20, 2020

Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:1-15 Trust in God’s timing. It’s better to wait awhile and have things fall into place, than to rush and have things fall apart. Anon. At many airports in Southeast Asia, the area where arriving passengers can be greeted by family members, friends or a company driver is designated as the “Meeting Hall.” After passengers get their baggage, they walk through corridors until finally they pass through doors that open into the Meeting Hall. There, they encounter…

Devotion for August 18, 2020

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul. Jillian Michaels Many years have passed since Ken pastored a small church in the Midwest. While at this church, however, some remarkable things happened. Pastor Ken seemed to have a remarkable gift for prayers and healing. People came to him for help and asked him to pray, and many were healed of long-term ailments. Pastor Ken knew that he was only a channel…

Devotional for August 16, 2020

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13-21 Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young. Theodore Roosevelt Tourists go to California for many reasons. One is to see the majestic coastal redwoods. Four things stand out about these redwoods: They are old, tall, nurturing and interconnecting. They are old! California redwoods are among the oldest living things on the planet. Some live to be more than 2,000 years old! That’s old! They are tall! Redwoods…

Devotion for August 14, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 138 Only in the darkness can you see the stars. —Martin Luther King Jr. They still tell the story at William and Mary College of daffy, magnificent President Ewell. For a century and a half, this prestigious Virginia school had been a leader among American universities. Then came the Civil War. In the hard days of reconstruction that followed, William and Mary went bankrupt. Soon it had a deserted campus, decaying buildings and no students. As with…
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