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The Right Name

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But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. — Ephesians 2:4–5 Before his up-front and personal encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road...

I Got a Name

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… The sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name… — John 10:3 One of my favorite artists of the ’70s was a folk/rock singer named Jim Croce. Between August of 1972 and December of 1973, Jim Croce stayed near the top of Billboard’s Top 100 with...

Giving Faithfully

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And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. — 2 Corinthians 9:8 I don’t practice tithing as such. I practice faithfulness — faithfulness to God and his word, where I find a...

Shhh!

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“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” — Acts 20:27 When the apostle Paul made that statement to the Ephesian elders, do you think sex talk may have been included in the package? That is, instruction concerning God’s design for...

I Need My Church, And You Need Yours

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. — Proverbs 3:5–6 Coming to terms with my fallenness wasn’t fun, but it was needful. That I might cross the line of faith...

On This Rock

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He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not...

Lest We Forget

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Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. — Hebrews 10:23 How quickly we forget what God has said. Before the disciples took Jesus and boarded the boat shoving off for the Gerasenes (see Mark 4:35–41), the Master had told them...

Fear Not, He Is With You

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Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. — Isaiah 41:10 I become anxious over the dumbest things. Even now, as I sit writing this devotional, I am dealing with a bout of...

Sitting In The Captain's Seat

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I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. — William Ernest Henley It was the mantra of the ‘60s and ‘70s. “Do your own thing,” we chanted. “If it feels good, do it.” We wanted to be in the driver’s seat of life, a self-governing...

Devotion

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Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. — Psalm 119:89 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. — Psalm 119:105 It’s rare that you read a devotional about devotionals, but let’s start off that way by considering this question: what...


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