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Daily Devotion: Pray for One Another

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

What a mystery of glory there is in prayer! On the one hand, we see God in His holiness and love and power waiting, longing to bless man; and on […]

Daily Devotion: Don’t Waste the Pain

“You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth” (Psalm 71:20).

Francois Fenelon wrote to someone who was enduring deep disappointment, “Do not waste the suffering. Let suffering accomplish what God wants it to in your life.” His wisdom has endured […]

Daily Devotion: Zestful Lives

“Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know’” (Jeremiah 33: 2-3).

Eugene Peterson tells us, “The Bible makes it clear that every time there […]

Daily Devotion: Model and Motive

“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I […]

Daily Devotion: Set Free

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife […]

Daily Devotion: God, Don’t You Care?

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into […]

Daily Devotion: How Faith Grows

“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you’” (Matthew 17:20).

Faith needs a life of prayer for its full growth. In […]

Daily Devotion: Faith and Prayer

“In him and through faith in him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12).

Faith is surrender: yielding ourselves to the impression of the words we hear. By faith, we yield ourselves to the living God. His glory and His love fill our hearts and have control over our lives. Faith is fellowship; […]

Daily Devotion: Beyond the Haze

“Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness” (Psalm 29:1-2).

Joni Eareckson Tada loves the night sky. She writes with near rapturous appreciation of one night when she and her husband drove […]

A Note from the Pastor: “Hello God…”

Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth century monk, had a singular purpose: to live in the presence of God. This did not mean retreating from the routine of life; it meant redeeming every routine and turning it into prayer. For decades, Brother Lawrence worked in the kitchen of the Carmelite Monastery, washing dishes and preparing meals. […]