Devotional Category

How Are Christians “More Than Conquerors”?

It’s a phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit by Christians, usually in the midst of a rah-rah speech meant to build up believers and help them gain some God-given confidence. It might sound something like, Don’t let the negatives in life get you down! You can choose to be bitter or you can choose to […]

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You Owe God $10 Billion

Jesus is a master storyteller. Much of his teaching about God and the kingdom of heaven comes in the form of parables—little stories that pack a big punch. In Matthew chapter 18, we encounter one such parable on the subject of forgiveness. [21] Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my […]

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The 12 Works of Jesus

When people talk about the core of Christianity, the phrase that is sometimes used to describe it is “the person and work of Jesus”. The person of Jesus refers to who he is (son of God, Messiah, Redeemer), while the work of Jesus refers to what he has done. Though more could be added, here are […]

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The Craziest Thing Happened to Me Today

So the craziest thing happened to me today! I went into the bathroom at my house this morning, and when I turned this little metal knob, water came spouting straight out of the wall! It was conveniently landing in a container that I could stand in so the water didn’t splash around everywhere. And not […]

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Don’t Give God Leftovers

If Jesus were coming over for dinner, what would you serve him? My guess is that you would prepare your very best dish. You’d hit the grocery store and pick up all of the needed ingredients. You’d spend the afternoon chopping and marinating and simmering. You’d put out the fancy silverware and maybe even a […]

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The Sentence That Should Have Ended

As I was reading my Bible the other day, a thought struck me from my time in the gospel of Mark. Recorded in Mark 3:1-6 is a brief but powerful story about Jesus healing a man with a withered hand. The account begins: Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. […]

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There’s Only One Resolution You Need To Make

That time of year is upon us again, the time when we get all sentimental about the year that was and all hopeful about the one that will be. We’re a little older (definitely), a little wiser (maybe), a little fatter (probably), and a little bit more resilient (hopefully). And, for many of us, it’s […]

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Short Prayers Are Awesome Too

In his excellent daily devotional Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon turns to the story of Jesus walking on water, on his entry dated for January 14th. The story, recorded in Matthew 14:22-33, tells of the 12 disciples crossing the sea in a boat, when they hit a violent windstorm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water, and […]

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Wind, Dice, Fish, Plants, and Worms: What Do These Have in Common?

Perhaps you think that the collection of wind, dice, fish, plants, and worms seems like about as random a collection of things (is wind a thing?) as possible. I would tend to agree. Yet there is something that groups all of these very different things together. When one reads the book of Jonah it can be […]

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The Most Important Word in the Bible

Okay, so let me just admit up front that saying a particular word is the most important word in the Bible is probably an overstatement. If that’s what you are thinking, you win. I concede that point. At the same time, I think that if you give ear to what I am suggesting, you will see the […]

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