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Daily Devotion for July 17th, 2020

1 Samuel 16:6-7 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, "Surely this is the LORD's anointed!" But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person's thoughts and intentions." We live in a societ...

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Daily Devotion for July 15th, 2020

1 Samuel 13:10-11 Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, but Samuel said, "What is this you have done?" Here's the "big picture" behind this scripture: The LORD chose Saul to be Israel's first king. Samuel anointed him and told him to "go down to Gilgal ahead of me and wait for me there seven days. I will...

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Daily Devotion for July 13th, 2020

Ecclesiastes 1:13b-15 I soon discovered that GOD has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. Everything under the sun is meaningless, like chasing the wind. What is wrong cannot be righted. What is missing cannot be recovered. Ecclesiastes 3:10 I have seen the burden GOD has placed on us all. Life can be pretty hard. It's been that way for a while...a long while. The...

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Daily Devotion for July 10th, 2020

Ephesians 1:1-2 This letter is from Paul, chosen by GOD to be an apostle of CHRIST JESUS. It is written to GOD's holypeople in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of CHRIST JESUS. May grace and peace by yours, sent to you from GOD our FATHER and JESUS CHRIST our LORD. You know, I usually skim over the New Testament letter introductions so I can get right to the "meat." B...

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Daily Devotion for July 9th, 2020

Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for HE is good! HIS faithful love endures forever. When I was a kid, I used to watch those old movies about the Greek and Roman gods with my dad...the "Sinbad and the Seven Seas" movies. It always struck me how horribly selfish those gods were. They really didn't care about "the people;" rather, they only cared about themselves, about ...

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Daily Devotion for July 8th, 2020

Psalm 62:5-7 I wait quietly before GOD, for my hope is in HIM. HE alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor come from GOD alone. HE is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. I love the Psalms. No other book in the Bible has been read and reread by me more. I think I love it so much because I see this book ...

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Daily Devotion for July 6th, 2020

Mark 15: 21 A man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the country just then, and they forced him to carry JESUS' cross. (Simon is the father of Alexander and Rufus.) Ecclesiastes 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us. There's a song called "Watch the Lamb" by Ray Boltz. It tells the story of Jesus' crucifixi...

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Daily Devotion for July 7th, 2020

John 20:16 "Mary!" JESUS said. She turned toward HIM and exclaimed, "TEACHER!" We believers all love the resurrection story. In it is our proof, our hope, and our future. Three aspects of the story "caught" my attention on Easter: The disciples did not understand JESUS' death and resurrection. HE told them about it several times. How did they not"get it?" Why didn't t...

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Daily Devotion for July 3rd, 2020

John 3:16 For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only SON, that everyone who believes in HIM will not perish but have eternal life. After our "family Bible study" yesterday morning, my youngest asked me the following question: "Mama, when we ask JESUSinto our hearts, are we in HIS heart?" "No," I explained. "We ask JESUS into our hearts when we know we have sinned a...

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Daily Devotion for July 2nd, 2020

Mark 14:35-36 HE went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground. HE prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting HIM might pass HIM by. "ABBA, FATHER," HE said, "everything is possible for YOU. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want YOUR will, not mine." I love the implications of this scripture. Here's the background: The Passo...

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Daily Devotion for July 1st, 2020

Luke 19: 30-31 "Go into that village over there," HE told them," and as you enter it, you will see a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, 'The LORD needs it.'" Luke 19:35-38 So they brought the colt to JESUS and threw their garments over it for HIM to ride on. Then the crowds spread out their ...

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Daily Devotion for June 30th, 2020

Deuteronomy 32:9 "For the people of Israel belong to the LORD; Jacob is HIS special possession." I have two thoughts on "Jews for JESUS" presentations: ONE: I've always secretly wished to be Jewishso I could say I was physically related to our KING. GOD speaks of "HIS people" with such love, patience, and compassion throughout the scriptures... to be part of those Old Te...

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Daily Devotion for June 29th, 2020

Proverbs 27:15 A nagging wife is as annoying as the constant dripping on a rainy day. Trying to stop her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or hold something with greased hands. Ten years ago, my husband and I had a teenager living with us. She was delightful, quiet, never complaining, a help, and easy to please. In short, she was a delight. So it came as quite ...

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Daily Devotion for June 25th, 2020

Genesis 3:16 "Then HE said to the woman, "You will bear children with intense pain and suffering. And though your desire will be for your husband, he will be your master." This is not my favorite scripture. The background is the following: Eve was deceived by the serpent (Satan), and she ate fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil...the only tree she and Adam we...

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Daily Devotion for June 24th, 2020

1 Corinthians 4:16: "So I ask you to follow my example and do as I do." The apostle Paul is fascinating. I have always been in awe of his "follow my example" exhortations to the saints. He instructed his readers to follow his example two times in 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 11:1), and again in Philippians 3:17: "Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your...

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Daily Devotion for June 23rd, 2020

Philippians 3:16 But we must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already. In our first 2 years of marriage, my spouse and I moved 4 times...2 were cross country moves, one was to the state "next door," and the last was to a neighboring city. Because of these moves, we were financially "broke" beyond all reason, in debt up to our eyeballs, and there was no financial ...

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Daily Devotion for June 22nd, 2020

John 15:12-13Icommandyou toloveeach other in thesame waythatIloveyou. And here is how to measure itthegreatest loveisshownwhen peoplelay down their lives for their friends. For most of my life I have tried to be an independent Christian "island:" a fully functional child ofGOD, not needing to depend on anyone for anything. Iknewmy "island" idea was offbut I wasn't seeki...

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Daily Devotion for June 19th, 2020

Matthew 12:48-50 JESUS asked, "Who is MY mother? Who are MY brothers?" Then HE pointed to HIS disciples and said, "These are MY mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of My FATHER in heaven is MY brother and sister and mother!" JESUS is speaking to the crowd. Imagine yourself being "in" it. Someone pushes through to give HIM the message that HISmother and brothers ...

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Daily Devotion for June 17th, 2020

Matthew 11:28-30 Then JESUS said, "Come to ME, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take MY yoke upon you. Let ME teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light." As a teen, I really hated Algebra. It was hard. Word problems never made s...

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Daily Devotion for June 18th, 2020

Matthew 13:8-9 "But some seeds fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!" The parable of the four soils in Matthew 13 has always intrigued me. I can see JESUS, sitting in the boat...all alone. I imagine HE got in that boat to separate HI...

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Daily Devotion for June 15th, 2020

1 Peter 1:15-16: But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as GODwho chose you to be HIS childrenis holy. For HE Himself has said, "You must be holy because I am holy." Sometimes I'm tempted to think I'm doing "pretty well." I look around, compare myself to others, and I think, "Hey, Lady! You're doing great!" Depending on whom I'm comparing myself with, I can...

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Daily Devotion for June 16th, 2020

Psalm 119:81 I faint with longing for YOUR salvation; but I have put my hope in YOUR Word. I often try to fill myself with spiritual "junk food." That is, I allow myself to watch hours of mindless TV, drown myself in books, surf the "net," play WII, or pursue anything else that may momentarily "taste good." Here's the problem: After the "junk" I feel increased emptiness, ...

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Daily Devotion for June 12th, 2020

John 2:15 JESUS made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. HE drove out the sheep and oxen, scattered the money changers' coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, HE told them, "Get these things out of here. Don't turn MY FATHER's house into a marketplace!" You know what is amazing to me? I ...

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Daily Devotion for June 10th, 2020

Psalm 96 1 "Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!" * You are the only you GOD created....what unique, new song can you sing to praise HIM? Don't worry..."DAD" knows it's a song just for HIM...HE is listening! No grades! Just "belt" it out (if you, on the other hand, are a member of our AWESOME worship team, I hope and pray you will teach your...

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Daily Devotion for June 11th, 2020

2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly tunic. You know, for years I have read this passage and cringed. The background story is as follows: David was finally getting to bring the Ark of the LORD back to Jerusalem. His first attempt to do this resulted in the death of Uzzah because he had not followed theLORD's instructions fo...

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Daily Devotion for June 9th, 2020

Psalm 32: 3-4 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. Day and night YOUR hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. The Mighty HOLY SPIRIT has so many amazing jobs: One of HIS jobs is that of Counselor. JESUS referred to HIM this way in John 16:7-8. This indwelling COUNSELOR g...

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Daily Devotion for June 8th, 2020

Joel 2:28b-29: I will pour out mySPIRITupon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. In those days, I will pour out mySPIRITeven on servants, men and women alike. Oh, to have sat at the feet ofJESUS! To have listened toHISteachings, fromHISmouth, inHIS voice! To have watched the crowds pushing in o...

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Daily Devotion for June 3rd, 2020

1 Corinthians 1:22 "and HE has identified us as HIS own by placing the HOLY SPIRIT in our hearts as the first installment of everything HE will give us." My two oldest kids will be going on a cruise to Alaska with their grandparents this summer. To say they are excited would be a huge understatement. As their anticipation grows, my workload has too! Now I must make sure t...

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Daily Devotion for June 4th, 2020

When I travel to a new place, I always carry a map. I not only carry the map, but I memorize the important street names and the directions I will need to be turning. That way I don't have to "look" at the map while I'm driving. In addition, I stick my oldest in the front with me. She holds the map and acts as my guide. She reminds me of the streets and turns I need to take...

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Daily Devotion for June 2, 2020

Psalm 68:4 Sing praises to GOD and to HIS name! Sing loud praises to HIM who rides the clouds. Years ago I had a teacher who told us that our minds always played "background music." He explained that we all had "inner antennas" and that these antennas broadcast music from our soul. Initially, I thought he was "off his rocker." But then I started paying attention. You...

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Daily Devotion for June 1st, 2020

Matthew 26:74-75 Peter said "I swear by GOD, I don't know the man." And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, JESUS'Words flashed through Peter's mind: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny ME three times." And he went away, crying bitterly. There are two kinds of "falling" away from the LORD. The first is the most obvious...the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). Th...

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Daily Devotion for May 29th, 2020

Luke 17:7 When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, he doesn't just sit down and eat. He must first prepare his master's meal and serve him his supper before eating his own. And the servant is not even thanked, because he is merely doing what he issupposedto do. In the same way, when you obeyMEyou should say, "We are not worthy of praise. We are servant...

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Daily Devotion for for May 28th, 2020

Joshua 1:1-2 After the death of Moses the LORD's servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant.HE said, "Now that my servant Moses is dead, you must lead my people across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them." Moses was dead, and Joshua took over. We know GOD appointed him (Joshua 1:1-2!). He was called by the LORD to physically lead the Isr...

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Daily Devotion for May 27th, 2020

Matthew 11:25-26 Then JESUS prayed this prayer: "O FATHER, LORD of heaven and earth, thank YOU for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike (the word childlike is infants in NASB). Yes FATHER, it pleased YOU to do it this way!" I love babies. They smell soooo good! Why can't they bottle that smell? I love ...

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Daily Devotion for May 26th, 2020

Matthew 13:45 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned to buy it." Long ago, before kids, before marriage, my soon-to-be spouse and I had a Sunday School teacher named Randy Monroe. He rocked our world. He taught our Sunday School class with a consuming ...

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Daily Devotion for May 21, 2020

Proverbs 19:2 "Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way." Yesterday was not a "SPIRIT-filled" day for me. It started well, but before breakfast was over I had concocted a "me" plan and I didn't "check in" with the LORD....I became so focused on the task I wanted completed that I put my plan into action without consulting the ...

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Daily Devotion for May 22nd, 2020

Luke 17:17-18 JESUS asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to GOD?" This week has been one of sleep deprivation because my youngest has been struggling with a night cough. Thoughshe seems healthy and fineduring the day, as soon as she tries to sleep, she can't stop coughing. She's been waking herself aro...

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Daily Devotion for May 20th, 2020

1 Samuel 17:45 David shouted in reply, "You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD ALMIGHTY--the GOD of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." I absolutely love the story of David and Goliath. A youth, shepherd by trade, kills a Philistine giant that had been terrifying the Israelite army. How did he do that? How did he ...

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Daily Devotion for May 19th, 2020

2 Corinthians 5:1 "For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down--when we die and leave these bodies--we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by GOD Himself and not by human hands." I don't know about you, but my body is showing some wear and tear. My hips pop, my elbows sometimes lock, and my knees don't always "do" their job. My ey...

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Daily Devotion for May 19th, 2020

2 Corinthians 5:1 "For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down--when we die and leave these bodies--we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by GOD Himself and not by human hands." I don't know about you, but my body is showing some wear and tear. My hips pop, my elbows sometimes lock, and my knees don't always "do" their job. My ey...

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Daily Devotion for May 18th, 2020

Deuteronomy 8:3 "...people need more than bread for their life;real lifecomes by feeding on every Word of theLORD." My kids are the masters of "mud pies." They love going outside after a rain and playing "restaurant." They create the most decadent-looking chocolate desserts out ofwet dirt, leaves, and berries. Sometimes, the "desserts" they create look so good... My youn...

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Daily Devotion for May 15th, 2020

I have a horse. We have been together for a long time (28+ years)! One of the first things I worked with her on was "leg-yielding." With pressure applied to the correct location on her side, she will move away from the pressure. When held at a stand still, she will cross her legs to move sideways, away from my leg. Moreover, if I turn her head slightly to one side and appl...

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Daily Devotion for May 14, 2020

Revelation 1:12-18 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the SON OF MAN. HE was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across His chest. HIS head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And HIS eyes were bright like flames of fire. HIS feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furn...

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Daily Devotion for May 13th, 2020

Matthew 5:9"GODblesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children ofGOD." JESUSisyourPRINCE of PEACE(Ephesians 2:4).HEbrought peace toyou"throughHISblood, shed on the cross"(Colossians 1:20). It isHISpeace that"guards your hearts and minds inCHRIST JESUS" (Philippians 4:7).This peace is available toyou, to me, 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week....but ...

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Daily Devotion for May 12th, 2020

Good day, church family! Or so I hope... I don't know about you, but sometimes I get mentally "stuck" in a bad place. This being "stuck" manifests itself as feeling sorry for myself for one thing or another, feeling life is "hard," my situation is "unfair," the "grass is greener on the other side," the glass is "half-empty"...you get the picture. One stray thought like th...

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Daily Devotion for May 11th, 2020

Matthew 8:27 "The disciples just sat there in awe. "Who is this? they asked themselves. "Even the wind and waves obeyHIM!" We were camping at a place near Pismo. It was our first time at this RV site, and I loved it. The landscape was covered with gigantic mountains of sand. To get to the beach, you literally had to walk through a mile of "Sahara Desert" looking sand dune...

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Daily Devotion for May 7th, 2020

Isaiah 53:6 "All of us have strayed away likesheep. We haveleftGOD'spaths to followour own. Yet theLORDlaid onHIMthe guilt and sins of us all. I really don't like sheep. They are not very smart. I've heard stories of them drowning in flash floods because they were too afraid to move to higher ground. And they don't obey anyone. Instead, they look after their own interests...

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Daily Devotion for May 6th, 2020

Ephesians 6:12 "For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against the wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. We really don't get what we are up against. We live our busy lives, go to work, play, eat, sleep, raise our kids,...

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Daily Devotion for May 5th, 2020

Leviticus 2:13 "Season all your grain offerings with salt, to remind you of GOD's covenant. Never forget to add salt to your grain offerings." What an interesting verse, don't you think? In coming across this verse, I found out that Arab countries used to seal their contracts with a gift of salt to show the strength and permanence of an agreement. This is probably whyGOD ...

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Daily Devotion for May 4th, 2020

Genesis 49:9-10 "Judah is a young lion that has finished eating its prey. Like a lion he crouches and lies down; like a lioness--who will dare to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from his descendants, until the coming of the ONE to whom it belongs, the ONE whom all nations will obey." I like lions. I am in awe of them. They are the ...

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Daily Devotion for April 21st, 2020

Howdy church family! A while ago my family and I had the joy of interacting with some newborn goats. They were soooo cute! They wobbled (but still tried to leap!), they were fearless (but so defenseless!), and their fur was deliciously soft. One of these babies was a runt. Born in the wee hours of the morning, he was found wet, cold, and too weak to make it to his m...

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Daily Devotion for April 20th, 2020

Judges 6:15 "ButLORD," Gideon replied, "how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!" I really like the Bibles account of Gideon in Judges 6-8. His story warms my heart and gives me hope.... 1) Because Gideon was nobody special. When theangel of the LORDcame to assign him his GODjob, (Judges 6:12)...

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Daily Devotion for April 17th, 2020

Proverbs 3:11-12 "My child, don't ignore it when theLORDdisciplines you, and don't be discouraged whenHE corrects you. For theLORDcorrects thoseHEloves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights." I hate being disciplined. It's humiliating. It means I was doing something wrong; I wasn't listening toHIS gentle whispers, and myFATHERhad to step in and correct me...

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Daily Devotion for April 16th, 2020

Deuteronomy 5:29"Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fearMEand obeyallMY commands! If they did, they and their descendants wouldprosperforever." GODreally wants our obedience.HEwants our obedience becauseHISways,HISlaws (if followed!), are designed to protect us and keep us from going the wrong way and hurting ourselves. Moreover, our obedien...

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Daily Devotion for April 15th, 2020

Matthew 5:10 "GODblesses those who are persecuted because they live forGOD, for theKingdom of Heavenis theirs." You know, I really don't feel I'm one who can address persecution. I live in America, where I am free to worship as I choose, free to carry my Bible wherever I go, and free to tell a passerby"GODloves you" without worrying about going to jail. No one threatens t...

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Daily Devotion for April 14th, 2020

Good afternoon church! I'm thinking about Moses this morning. I like to study people in the Bible and watch how God uses them and changes them. Moses is one of my favorite people to watch. Despite his miraculous beginning, he kills a man, runs away, and seems perfectly content to be a sheep herder for the rest of his life. Then GOD tells Moses He's about to lead His peop...

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Daily Devotion for April 13th, 2020

Good morning church! This morning I started reading in 2 Corinthians, and verses 1:21-22 jumped out at me... "It is GOD who gives us, along with you, the ability to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and He has identified us as His own by placing the HOLY SPIRIT in our hearts as the first installment of everything He will give us." The first line in this vers...

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Daily Devotion for April 10th, 2020 (late post)

April 10th, 202 1 Corinthians 13:9 "Nowwe know only alittle...." LORD, I have some questions.... How many animals didYOUinitially create of each kind?How long did it take Adam to name them all? In which language did he name them?How did Adam and Eve fashion fig leaves into clothing??? Without thread and needle??? Wherewasthe Garden of Eden? Are there any traces of it n...

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Daily Devotion for April 9th, 2020

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