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Aug 20, 2017

Shut The Door

By |Aug 20, 2017|Attentiveness, Christ, Devotionals, Discipline, Father, Prayer|0 Comments

“But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” Matt 6:6 (NRSV).   We need some shut-the-door praying, praying that shuts out diversions, sidetracks, to-do lists, wandering thoughts, media distractions, etc.  It is

Apr 25, 2017

God’s Way

By |Apr 25, 2017|Choices, Devotionals, Discipline, Father, Freedom, Mercy, Obedience, Repentance, Surrender|2 Comments

God does not always get His way in the world and in individual lives.  That is the risk He took when He gave us freedom of choice.  And to say that He makes all of our choices for us, taking absolute control, turns rationality on its head.  To say, “Thy will be done on earth

Jan 25, 2017

Jesus Is Faithful

By |Jan 25, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipline, Faithfulness, Peace|0 Comments

He has never let me down, and has often picked me up when I stumbled.  He has never left me alone, though there were many times I did not feel He was there.  He has never left me undisciplined, and I felt His love in His corrections.  He has taught me some lessons more than

Jan 2, 2017

Spiritual Upgrades

By |Jan 2, 2017|Christ, Confession, Devotionals, Discipline, Formation, Growth, Meditation, New Year, Obedience, Prayer, Repentance, Solitude, Worship|0 Comments

I am amazed at how often my computer and electronic devices, with their apps,  need updates and upgrades.  The electronic world does not work without it.  I am finding that in my relationship with the Lord I need to keep things connected and current.  Occasional there is a “bug” in my attitudes that can become

Dec 6, 2016

Jesus In Our Image

By |Dec 6, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Discipline|0 Comments

The church said, “Let us make Jesus in our image.  Let us tone down His clear demands.  It will help us reach more people.  Let us offer a Christ of comfort, and not one of suffering, self-denial and cross bearing.  Let’s speak about salvation and not about Kingdom.  We will make Jesus serve our politics

Jun 26, 2016

Hold Your Ground

By |Jun 26, 2016|Devotionals, Discipline, Faithfulness, God's Word, Grace, Growth, Perseverance, Praise, Prayer, Spirit|0 Comments

We are involved in spiritual warfare.  Battles can drain our strength and sometimes our resolve.  It is so important to keep ground we have already taken at great cost.  We often have to fight to hold what has been gained.  Our enemy is cunning.  He has not given up on our defeat.  We hold our

Jun 24, 2016

Under Construction

By |Jun 24, 2016|Devotionals, Discipleship, Discipline, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Maturity, Works|0 Comments

There are things about ourselves that we need to be working on regularly.  We would prefer that God would push a button and do it for us.  It does not happen that way.  We study to increase mental powers and our grasp for truth.  We work on changing habits that produce character.  We discipline ourselves

Mar 17, 2016

The Paralyzed Soul

By |Mar 17, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Discipline, Encouragement, Healing, Inner healing, Lent, Renewal|0 Comments

You can change your circumstances, your location, your job and whatever else, but you can’t get away from yourself.  You can face yourself and allow the grace of Christ to restore and heal you.  With discipline, hard work and godly support, your future can be better than your past.  He is restoring you.  Everyday give

Dec 30, 2015

Making Most Of Your Time

By |Dec 30, 2015|Christ, Devotionals, Discipline, New Year, Time|0 Comments

Time moves rapidly.  An old year comes to an end and a new year begins.  One era of our lives fades into a new one.  How we use our time is a part of our stewardship.  Time gone cannot be recovered.  The way we use our time is the way we build our lives.  Invest

Nov 9, 2015

Usual and Unusual

By |Nov 9, 2015|Devotionals, Discipline, Encouragement, Formation, Growth, Spirit, Worship|0 Comments

Our devotional and worship times have their routines and their rituals.  This is the way of developing good habits.  Sometimes the routine is interrupted with a surprising sense of joy when the fountain of the Spirit overflows.  That does not happen everyday, nor should we expect it.  But the regular times give structure and opportunity