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Devotionals

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…

Devotional for August 12, 2020

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:7–15 We humans spend too much time thinking about the past, complaining about the present and fearing the future! –Antoine Rivarol Wise men and philosophers throughout the ages have disagreed on many things, but most agree on one point: “We become what we think about,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said. “You are what you think about all day long.” The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way: “Your life is what your thoughts make of it.” In…

Devotional for August 10, 2020

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1b-11 When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” —Author unknown Niccolo Paganini was a well-known and gifted 19th-century violinist. He was also well-known as a great showman with a quick sense of humor. His most memorable concert was in Italy with a full orchestra. He was performing before a packed house and his technique was incredible, his tone was fantastic and his audience dearly loved him. Toward the end of his…

Devotional for August 8, 2020

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35 Neither sugar nor salt tastes particularly good by itself. Each is at its best when used to season other things. Love is the same way. Use it to “season” people. ―Vera Nazarian Jesus said, “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 underfoot” (Matthew 5:13, NIV). If you are…