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Weekly Devotionals

He Will Find a Place

Date posted: August 19, 2021
Uncertainty is surely, for most of us, one of the harder lessons in faith.  We look ahead and see only...
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Moonless Trust

Date posted: August 12, 2021
Some of you are perhaps feeling that you are voyaging just now on a moonless sea.  Uncertainty surrounds you.  There...
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No Reservations

Date posted: July 29, 2021
Obedience to the call of God must be wholehearted.  That is, we can lay down no conditions, withhold no part of ourselves...
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When the River Bursts

Date posted: July 22, 2021
Psychologists chart stress factors related to various kinds of emotional trauma and the response of different people to those factors—death,...
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Take Strength

Date posted: July 15, 2021
These strong, simple words can be spiritual adrenaline for us when we need them.  They were written by a man...
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The Father’s Voice

Date posted: June 24, 2021
Originally published: Jun 24, 2021
Norbert Selking, of Hebron, Illinois, who writes to me and prays for me, wrote, "I am reminded of our young family...
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My Father’s Remembrance of His Father

Date posted: June 17, 2021
Originally published: Jun 17, 2021
In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we share as a Devotional this special reflection from Elisabeth… “When I was...
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Something Much Smaller

Date posted: June 10, 2021
Originally published: Jun 10, 2021
Has it ever happened with you that you have asked God to show you what He wants done about a...
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Small Change

Date posted: June 3, 2021
Originally published: Jun 3, 2021
We have promised the Lord our loyalty and lifelong obedience, “at any cost.”  We imagine perhaps having to pay the...
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Drudgery

Date posted: May 20, 2021
Originally published: May 20, 2021
"I must admit I feel a lot of pressure with two children under two years of age. I am committed...
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A Life’s Work

Date posted: May 13, 2021
Originally published: May 13, 2021
Few women today are concerned about ironing sheets, but it is still possible to let many other things take precedence...
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Invisible Blessings

Date posted: April 22, 2021
Originally published: Apr 22, 2021
Being very much of the earth—earthy—we always want tangible, visible things:  proofs, demonstrations, something to latch on to.  If we...
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Where to Begin

Date posted: April 15, 2021
Originally published: Apr 15, 2021
To be transformed into the image of Christ, we must know His character, love His obedience to the will of...
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Looking at Graves

Date posted: April 8, 2021
Originally published: Apr 8, 2021
Matthew tells us in the last chapter of his Gospel that the two Marys came early in the morning, “to look at...
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Death Shall Not Hold Us

Date posted: April 1, 2021
Originally published: Apr 1, 2021
The power of the Resurrection is a power that vanquishes every other power in heaven or Earth.  The battle was...
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Nothing is Lost

Date posted: March 25, 2021
Originally published: Mar 25, 2021
A pastor's wife asked, "When one witnesses a work he has poured his life into 'go up in flames' (especially...
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Waiting

Date posted: March 4, 2021
Originally published: Mar 4, 2021
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Ps 40:1, NIV). The tests of...
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A Strange Peace

Date posted: February 25, 2021
Originally published: Feb 25, 2021
Shortly before my daughter Valerie, my only child, went off to college as a freshman, a “sudden tide” came over...
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Learning the Father’s Love

Date posted: February 11, 2021
Originally published: Feb 11, 2021
When my brother Dave was very small, we spent a week at the seaside in Belmar, New Jersey.  In vain...
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Interruptions, Delays, Inconveniences

Date posted: February 4, 2021
Originally published: Feb 4, 2021
Emily, wife of America's first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson, wrote home from Moulmein, Burma, in January 1847: "This taking care of...
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How to Discover What God Wants

Date posted: January 28, 2021
Originally published: Jan 28, 2021
A young woman came in great perplexity to a Scottish preacher, asking how she could resolve the question of her...
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Stillness

Date posted: January 21, 2021
Originally published: Jan 21, 2021
Full moon on a silver sea.  Shadows throwing into sharp relief the luminous rocks.  I sat in the antique rocking...
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The Future Is Not Our Province

Date posted: January 7, 2021
Originally published: Jan 7, 2021
While a new year offers us a fresh start, it can also bring anxiety.  Questions crowd into our minds.  Will...
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Discerning the Call of God

Date posted: December 31, 2020
Originally published: Dec 31, 2020
As a little girl I especially loved the story of God’s call to the child Samuel as he lay sleeping...