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Oct 8, 2017

Don’t Quit

By |Oct 8, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Endurance, Perseverance|0 Comments

God did not call us to quit, but to finish, to overcome, to triumph,.  To quit is to fail.  Hang around until the victory parade, when King Jesus leads the overcomers in triumphal procession.  My Dad used to say, “I want to see the end of a Christian life.”  And he did.  That is what

Aug 17, 2017

“The Reason”

By |Aug 17, 2017|Devotionals, Endurance, Patience, Perseverance, Suffering|0 Comments

I have heard it more times than I can count, “All things happen for a reason.”  The statement implies that all things in our life are preordered for us by God.  It makes God the cause of evil things, like ordering a dump truck to run over your child or arranging the overdose or suicide

Aug 9, 2017

Going Back

By |Aug 9, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Endurance|0 Comments

Moses’ brother-in-law, Hobab, chose to go back to his own land rather than to go forward with Israel.  In so doing he walked away from Israel’s story and from serving as an elder among them (Nu 10:29-32).  Demas left the apostolic mission, loving this present world more (2:Tim 4:10).  Jesus Himself had disciples that went

Mar 29, 2017

Prayer And Perseverance 

By |Mar 29, 2017|Devotionals, Endurance, Lent, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

Prayer cannot take the place of endurance and perseverance.  Prayer may enhance both, and is necessary for the journey.  But at some point you have to start walking and enduring, getting through it and getting beyond it.  There are no push button fixes.  No magic pills.  Life is hard.  Running a race can make your

Dec 18, 2016

Interruptions And Disruptions

By |Dec 18, 2016|Commitment, Devotionals, Endurance, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

We often make careful plans for our lives, only to find that interruptions come to alter what we had hoped to accomplish.  Our plans get interrupted and our goals get disrupted.  A job change.  A bad diagnosis.  A family problem.  A sick parent, spouse or child.  A fire.  A storm.  An accident.  A bomb.  Persecution. 

Oct 14, 2016

It Takes Grace

By |Oct 14, 2016|Devotionals, Endurance, Faith, Grace, Prayer|0 Comments

It takes more than determination to be an overcomer, though, of course, we cannot overcome without it.  What it takes is to be grace empowered.  Self-sufficiency is a stumbling block to grace.  Depending too much on ourselves keeps us from depending on Him.  Endurance can be the faith that appropriates grace.  To get up each

Sep 30, 2016

Crushing Events

By |Sep 30, 2016|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Endurance, Faith, Formation, Perseverance, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Sooner or later we will all experience an ego crushing event, something that calls into question who we are.  These are the times that test our mettle, expose our weakness, and may leave us enough doubt that we fear it will threaten our faith. We want answers that end all questions, but often our answers

Feb 18, 2016

Endurance

By |Feb 18, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Endurance, Trials|0 Comments

“If we endure, we will also reign with Him” (2 Tim 2:12a).  By endurance, races are won, jobs are completed and the Christian life is finished.  Jesus said about coming tribulation, “The one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Mk 13:13, Mt 10:22, 24:13).  We don’t like endurance.  It does not feel

Feb 10, 2016

The Grace of Endurance

By |Feb 10, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Endurance, Father, Grace, Lent, Spirit|0 Comments

Paul, in one of his prayers, speaks of the “God who gives endurance and encouragement” (Rom 15:5a).  This is a wonderful statement, expressing one of the many facets of helping grace.  By His Spirit God speaks encouragement to our minds and grants grace for endurance.  This is a reminder that we are not alone.  There

Feb 9, 2016

Job and Jesus

By |Feb 9, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Endurance, Lent, Temptations, Trials|0 Comments

Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted and tested by Satan.  The test started there and did not stop until breath left His body on the cross.  Job endured loss of family, property and health in his test.  Jesus faced the forces of demonic powers, bore the weight of the sins of the world,