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Weekly Devotionals

The Discipline of the Body, Part Two

Date posted: June 30, 2022
The Jerusalem Bible translates it this way:  “Think of God’s mercy, my brothers, and worship Him, I beg you, in...
Weekly Devotionals

The Discipline of the Body, Part One

Date posted: June 23, 2022
A television commercial shows a man springing out of bed, racing down the stairs, gulping a cup of coffee, snatching up coat...
Weekly Devotionals

Under Orders: Part 2

Date posted: June 2, 2022
When I was in college, it was the custom when the yearbook came out to ask one’s friends to autograph...
Weekly Devotionals

Under Orders: Part 1

Date posted: May 26, 2022
Christian discipline means placing oneself under orders.  It is no mere business of self-improvement, to be listed along with speed-reading,...
Weekly Devotionals

The Gift of Work

Date posted: May 19, 2022
The principal cause of boredom is the hatred of work. People are trained from childhood to hate it. Parents often...
Weekly Devotionals

Common Courtesy

Date posted: March 3, 2022
Talking with a group of seminary students I mentioned that the common rules of courtesy are often overlooked nowadays, especially...
Weekly Devotionals

From my Journal

Date posted: January 6, 2022
(I have been keeping some sort of a journal since 1938, often not writing in it every day, but recording events...
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Strength for Anything

Date posted: October 28, 2021
Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi about his prison experience, but without any descriptive detail. He might have dwelt on...
Weekly Devotionals

Hidden Work

Date posted: October 14, 2021
Few of us accomplish without delay or interruption what we set out to accomplish. Plans are made, and they fail....
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

The Unseen Company

Date posted: November 12, 2020
Originally published: Nov 12, 2020
Many of us belong to churches where a creed is often repeated by the congregation.  Several of the ancient creeds...
Weekly Devotionals

Hints for Quiet Time

Date posted: November 5, 2020
Originally published: Nov 5, 2020
Having a quiet time with the Lord every day is absolutely essential if you expect to grow spiritually.  But you have...
Gateway to Joy

Personal Discipline: Conviction and Feelings

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Nov 14, 1989
Lectures & Talks

The Call to Surrender: A Peaceful Home

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Apr 26, 1993
Gateway to Joy

Personal Discipline: Patiently Endure Ordinary Trials

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Nov 15, 1989
Lectures & Talks

The Omnipotence of Love Part 1

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Jan 1, 1994