Devotionals

The Glowing Poker

As she climbed from Mrs. Dugan’s car, Kathy thought again of a comment the pastor had made that morning. Christ lives in us as we live in Him. “Oh!” She’d almost forgotten her manners. “Thanks for giving me a ride to church.” “You are welcome anytime, dear.” As the car rolled away from the curb, … Continue reading »

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Count Your Blessings

“Can you meet me at Ryan’s Café for lunch?” Lisa’s request wasn’t out of the ordinary, yet the strain in her voice tugged at Janice’s mind while she drove to the café. Something was going on. Although she didn’t have a clue what it might be, her heart pounded as she parked and crossed the … Continue reading »

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How Do You Feel?

Janie pushed the covers away and sat on the edge of the bed. She must’ve gained ten pounds over the Christmas holidays. Her head felt as if it were stuffed with cotton. All she wanted to do was crawl back into bed and shut out the world. Christmas had been fun. Her kids and grandchildren … Continue reading »

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Sh-h-h, Can You Hear Me?

“Children! Listen to me!” Sally stood in the midst of twenty kindergartners trying to raise her voice above theirs only to be ignored. Sure, they were having their first party of the school year and everyone was excited, but at this rate, her first year of teaching would soon end. “Sh-h-h, can you hear me?” … Continue reading »

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A Waste of Time

Janice reached across the front seat of the car for her daughter’s hand. “Let’s pray before we get on the road.” Kari scowled but plopped her hand in her mother’s and bowed her head. “Lord Jesus, we ask for Your protection as we travel to and from the city. Keep us safe today from any … Continue reading »

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We Are More Than Conquerers

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. The church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, a horrendous, hateful crime, personified evil in action. And yet those godly people spoke to the alleged killer during … Continue reading »

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Is There Anything Good About Suffering?

    How could pain and suffering ever have a positive side? I find myself going to the doctor more and more these day. What’s good about that? My old clunker of a car broke down, and I don’t have enough money for a new one. I should be happy ? Now I made my … Continue reading »

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Discerning God’s Will

“There are too many decisions.” Amy complained to her best friend. “I don’t think I can handle this.” “What?” Sophie’s eyebrows lifted. “Getting a job or going to school?” “Both!” Amy shoved her soft drink away and folded her arms. “And more. Where to live. Who to live with. Who should I date? What about … Continue reading »

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No One Cares

Emma stepped out her back door and hoisted the sack of trash into the garbage bin. Sometimes she felt so alone. One day blended into the next with no one to care about her. She never went anywhere. Had even stopped going to church. What was the use? No one missed her or cared now … Continue reading »

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What Christina Taught Me

Years ago in my old church in El Paso, Texas, I became acquainted with a godly and faithful family who attended most every Sunday. The husband could always be found passing out bulletins and offering a smile to Sunday morning church goers as they strolled in. Most Sundays his wife attended as well, except when … Continue reading »

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