Devotion for May 7, 2021

“Just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him …” (Colossians 2:6-7) When I professed my faith in Christ and committed my life to him nearly three decades ago, I used this passage as I talked

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Devotion for May 6, 2021

“The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5) The people who knew Simon knew he was impulsive and tended to put his foot in his mouth. But Jesus saw something else in him; that’s why He

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Devotion for May 5, 2021

“You, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others …” (Romans 11:17) In our reading today, the apostle Paul is talking about his own people, Israel, as an olive tree rooted and cultivated by God, and he is speaking to Gentiles, people from

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Devotion for May 4, 2021

“[Zacchaeus] ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” (Luke 19:4) Earlier this month, we read about Gideon, who was called out from under a tree to serve God in a special role (Judges 6). In this story, another

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Devotion for May 3, 2021

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a

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Devotion for May 2, 2021

“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.” (Genesis 32:24) Why would God let someone wrestle with Him? Because wrestling requires close contact. Jacob was a self-made man with an independent attitude that said, “I don’t need anybody but myself.” How long

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Devotion for May 1, 2021

“As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.” (Psalms 84:6) If you were raised in a culture where any show of emotion was considered a sign of weakness, you must learn that

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Devotion for April 30, 2021

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” (Isaiah 11:1) Isaiah was speaking to a culture with conflicted values. In some ways it was like our culture today, in which people might gather for worship but are

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Devotion for April 29, 2021

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) The word worry comes from a Greek word meaning “to divide the mind”. Worry splits you right down the middle; instead of dwelling on God’s promises,

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Devotion for April 28, 2021

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalms 27:13) When you choose to see things from God’s perspective, it changes how you feel. The only thing keeping your old negative feelings in place is

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