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Daily Devotion: Possibilities

“And while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?’” (Matthew 26:21-22).

None of the disciples could think that he was the traitor, yet none of them could be […]

Daily Devotion: Just Open the Door

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

Ole Hallesby writes that to pray is simply to let Jesus into our circumstances and invite Him to alleviate our distress. “To […]

A Note from the Pastor: Holy Crazy

In Luke 18, Jesus tells the story of the unfair judge who delivers justice only after a woman badgers him day after day. “This woman is driving me crazy.” She is often referred to as the persistent widow. Mark Batterson suggests persistent is a nice word for crazy. When the cause is a righteous one, […]

Daily Devotion: An Incredible Prayer

“The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad” (Psalm 118:23-24).

Philip Yancey brings to us the journal of a young Jewish girl, Etty Hilllesum, who wrote of her dialogue with God in the Auschwitz concentration camp. “Sometimes […]

Daily Devotion: Actions of Significance

“Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial’” (Matthew 26:10-12).

You cannot […]

Daily Devotion: Repent

“As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way, a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for […]

Daily Devotion: Apple of God’s Eye

“In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10).

You are the apple of God’s eye. He sent His Son to come and rescue us from sin. The Creator stepped between every sinner and […]

Daily Devotion: Going to God for His People

“No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause” (Psalm 25: 2-3).

Think for a moment of the multitudes of people who need prayer; how many are there who are sick and weary and alone, and who feel that their prayers are […]

Daily Devotion: Unbroken Communion with God

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).

Brother Lawrence committed mind and soul to unbroken communion with God, continuously occupied with praising, worshiping, and loving Him. How could he pull that off moment by moment in a busy monastery kitchen or while traveling? He persevered in training himself to do everything in the […]

Daily Devotion: Thankful Peace

“Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).

Jesus commanded His children: “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not become alarmed and panic stricken and terrified” (Luke 21:9). This seem a somewhat difficult directive for today’s people living in a society where […]