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Daily Devotion: Jesus’ DNA

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I […]

Daily Devotion: Owl or Eagle

“Praise the Lord, my soul…who crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:5).

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they […]

Daily Devotion: God’s Word, the Path to Prayer

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

God’s Word prepares us for prayer by revealing what the Father would have us ask. And it is God’s Word that strengthens us in prayer […]

Daily Devotion: The Supreme Purpose

“Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!’” (Matthew 15:1-2).

Seldom did Jesus lose His patience, but when that did occur, it was marked by the utterance of very memorable words. […]

A Note from the Pastor: Pray “ALAT”

As pastor, part of my job is to be your prayer warrior. It’s a privilege to intercede for your healing, job, marriage, whatever. Yet, prayer is hard work. I don’t just casually lift up your name to the Lord; rather, I address it from many angles because spiritual warfare is involved. By that same token, […]

Worship Moment of the Week: Restless

Have you ever felt called into the unknown? A longing in your heart to go somewhere you’ve never been before? A change of pace, a different direction? It’s the call of the Holy Spirit to step into new areas God is calling us to be in. The problem is we confuse the Holy Spirit and […]

Daily Devotion: The Power of Faith

“’Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus” (Matthew 14:29).

Faith really does work wonders. We see Peter bounding over the bulwarks. How strange it must have been for him to discover that the water was as solid as marble under his feet! How elated […]

Considering Soul Care: Psalm 23 for Busy People

Underlying the busyness of our days, we crave balance . . . assurance . . . guidance . . . restoration. The following modern Psalm 23 paraphrase by Toki Miyashina captures the heart of how the Divine Pace-setter can counteract the weariness created by our overloaded schedules . . . if we’ll let Him.

Which phrase […]

Daily Devotion: Christ’s Love for Us

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love” (John 15:9-10).

In fellowship between friends and relatives, everything depends on their love for each other. […]

Daily Devotion: The Holy Spirit

“He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you” (John 16:14).

Our Lord, on the last night that He was with His disciples, promised to send the Holy Spirit as a Comforter. Although His bodily presence was removed, they would realize His presence in them […]