Archive | Devotionals

Ike’s Aftermath – Mark 4:35-41

The aftermath of Hurricane Ike preoccupied the minds and lives of many of us near the Texas coast, after he came ashore on September 13, 2008. Most endured many days without electricity and we found out how very dependent we are on that quiet kind of power. Ike’s “math” did much more than subtract electricity from […]

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Going Home – John 14:1-3

“Home” is the word that, for many of us, brings to mind wonderful memories. If you were blessed with a good family of origin, your home was the key place where you learned about love and security, discipline, sharing, forgiving and many other crucial parts of life. When you leave home, whether for a short […]

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Passing the Baton…or Not? – Ephesians 6:4

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing certainly illustrated “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” as well as any competition, perhaps better. Even those who were not usually sports fans watched and cheered for their country’s athletes, but there were two events that were especially hard for USA fans to watch. In the men’s […]

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Anything’s Possible – Romans 5:3-5

Nick Santonastasso entered his drawing in a statewide contest in New Jersey on the theme of family values. His drawing showed a tree and above it were the words, “The roots of a family are…” Beneath the tree, the root system spelled out the final word of the message, “Love.” He won the contest and […]

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What Are You Fighting For? – James 5:16

Jim and Nell Hamm were about to celebrate their 50th anniversary in February 2007, but that celebration almost got canceled. They were hiking in a north California state park in January when Jim was attacked by a mountain lion. Nell grabbed a log to hit the lion repeatedly, but he wouldn’t let go of Jim’s head. Jim […]

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Rejoicing in Prison – Philippians

I received so much positive response to my summary of the New Testament book of James that I decided to do the same for Philippians. Paul wrote it most likely from a prison in Rome, though some would argue Caesarea or Ephesus. The beginning of the Philippian church in Acts 16 includes a story about […]

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