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Weekly Devotionals

Remember This in the Dark Place

Date posted: August 25, 2022
When we ask God to work His holy will in us, we ought not to be surprised that the answer...
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A Hard Decision, a Hard Discipline

Date posted: July 13, 2022
Both Meirwyn and Robert had faced hard decisions, the latter involving marriage or singleness for the sake of the gospel. They waited. They prayed....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Stress, Discipline, and Choice

Date posted: April 7, 2022
Today we begin a new series on Discipline. We pray you are encouraged and strengthened in your faith by Elisabeth’s...
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A Transformed Marriage

Date posted: March 24, 2022
Those of you who pray for God's working through my speaking will be glad to know of one who had...
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Strength for What’s Coming

Date posted: November 11, 2021
“You shall observe all that I command you this day, so that you may have strength to enter and occupy...
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Rich Enough For The Need

Date posted: November 4, 2021
Can God possibly do anything about the matter that troubles me most today?  Isn’t it really a bit much to...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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...