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Daily Devotions

Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.” vss. 3-4 Psalm 71:1-14 The psalmist had a strong desire for peace and tranquility in his life, and so do we. Our dream is to have meaningful work, loving families, good friends, retire early, and then live contentedly and happily…

Daily Devotions: July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020 Psalm 145:8-10 … “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” vs. 8                 Words of love never get old! We can hear words of love and affirmation from one another every day, many times a day, and they never fail to work their magic. They bring healing to hurting hearts and lift our sagging spirits. In the same way, we never tire of hearing from Scripture that the Lord abounds in…

Daily Devotions: April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020 Psalm 16:1-6 … “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” vs. 1 There have been some religious folks, from a variety of backgrounds, who have claimed that, since God is their refuge and strength, there is no need in this pandemic to follow regulations on the size of crowds or physical distancing. Their leaders have encouraged them to continue to come together in large numbers and trust that God will protect them. Naturally they…

Daily Devotions: April 12, 2020 – EASTER SUNDAY!

April 12, 2020 Matthew 28:1-10 … “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’” vs. 10 There’s a double word of grace in today’s text. Twice the women hear–once from the angel, and once from Jesus–that they should not be afraid. That’s good news at any time, but it’s especially important now as we continue to deal with COVID-19. Once we had thought that restrictions…

Daily Devotions: January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020  For full passage click:  Psalm 27:6-9  …  Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!” vs. 9 The Psalmist had been basking in the glorious goodness of the Lord and celebrating the wonderful feeling of peace and security. But now another feeling has crept into his prayer. For some reason…

Daily Devotions: May 26, 2019

May 26, 2019                                                                                                        For full passage click: John 14:25-29 …“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” vs. 27 According to the world’s standards, peace is the absence of overt warfare and it comes at a cost. Lives are lost and cities and towns are destroyed as dominating forces duke it out…

Daily Devotions: March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019 Psalm 27:1-6:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” vs. 1 Fear is probably the greatest obstacle any of us face in the course of our lifetimes. It stifles our curiosity, undermines our adventures, and sabotages our good intentions. Fear paralyzes! While the benefits of healthy fear are obvious and prudential living is to be encouraged, too often fears…

Daily Devotions: October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018 Hebrews 4:12-16  …“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” vs. 16 Occasionally we run into folks who carry a heaven burden of sin. They’ve done or said things, mostly known only to themselves, that have left them with a giant dose of guilt. They know about forgiveness, but have the sense that it doesn’t apply for them; that somehow…

Daily Devotions: July 29 , 2018

July 29, 2018 John 6:15-21…“But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’” vs. 20 It was a scary night for the disciples. Jesus had left them alone and gone off by himself and they had headed for home in their boat. The waves made the rowing difficult but it wasn’t the storm that frightened them. It was Jesus. He showed up where they hadn’t expected him and they were terrified. His words are familiar to us,…

Daily Devotions: June 20 , 2018

June 20, 2018 Psalm 107:23-32…“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;” vs. 28 The psalmist had no difficulty thinking of times in Israel’s history when the people were facing calamity of one kind or another. In these verses, he’s recounting the stories of sailors who braved the unpredictable and dangerous seas and who turned to God when the winds blew and waves engulfed their boats. Of course many boats sank…