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Weekly Devotionals

The Calm Spirit of Christ

Date posted: September 23, 2021
Today is moving day.  There will be plenty of reason for fretting and stewing, impatience and turbulence.  I am one who seems...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
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

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...
Weekly Devotionals

Sudden Change

Date posted: May 27, 2021
Originally published: May 27, 2021
Suddenly it happens that a source of life or joy or refreshment is cut off?  The supply dries up and...
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

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...
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

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

The Supremacy of Christ

Date posted: March 11, 2021
Originally published: Mar 11, 2021
Last October I received a copy of the Auca (now known as Waorani) translation of the New Testament. The orthography has been greatly...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
Weekly Devotionals

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...
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

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...
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 Absence of Feeling in the Devotional Life

Date posted: November 19, 2020
Originally published: Nov 19, 2020
“I am sporadic in my devotions” writes a Newsletter reader (who happens to be my daughter!), “though I am up...
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...
Lectures & Talks

A Contest of Wills: The Stronghold of My Life

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Feb 6, 1995
Lectures & Talks

The Faith Race Part 2

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Mar 7, 2001
Gateway to Joy

Living in Company with Christ: Love in the Face of Disrespect

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Jun 11, 1991
Lectures & Talks

A Contest of Wills: Will vs Feelings

Date posted: October 1, 2020
Originally published: Feb 7, 1995