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Reading for the Soul

Reading for the Soul

In Thirsting for God, Gary Thomas, who recently spoke at Pleasant Valley, wrote a chapter on spiritual reading (his phrase is “pious readings”). In that chapter, he encouraged us to read (or listen to) Christian books with our hearts as well as our minds not to learn...

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Distractions

Distractions

For a few days recently the Spirit sort of tickled my mind with the subject of this devotional. So I sat down to begin writing, but soon I was distracted. My mind turned to a trip to the store that seemed necessary. Shopping filled my mind. When I returned home and...

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Choose You This Day

Choose You This Day

How many choices have you made today? Maybe I should ask how many things have you done today without making a choice. We do have habits that can help us do routine things without a lot of thought, sometimes without making a conscious choice. Still you and I make...

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The Gaze of God

The Gaze of God

Douglas Steere wrote that when we intend to come under the gaze of God, to open our heart to God’s scrutiny, to go over our lives and our plans and our relationships in God’s presence, and when we feel the wave of gratitude at God’s being what God is, then we are...

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An Overdue Appointment

An Overdue Appointment

Close to six months of restricted activities have caused several of us to miss or to postpone some appointments. Meetings, get-togethers, doctors’ appointments, and more have had to be adjusted. You may have had to postpone an appointment with an eye doctor. If so...

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A Season for Truth

A Season for Truth

The election season has started. Perhaps it never stopped after our last presidential election. But now it’s in full voice, bragging, accusing, spending, spending, spending. And with national elections come the truth squads, the fact-checkers who try to point out...

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Have You Ever Been a Waiter?

Have You Ever Been a Waiter?

Have you ever been a waiter? If not, you may be a waiter now. I don’t mean you are someone who waits on tables or customers. I mean you may be waiting for something such as the end of this pandemic problem or an answer to a job application. You may be waiting for the...

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Prayers We Won’t Pray

Prayers We Won’t Pray

Are there prayers you won’t pray? My conviction is that the best way to offer requests to God is to let the Holy Spirit lay matters on our heart. When God leads us in our asking we can be sure He wants to act. When He does act, His will is accomplished; and we are...

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God’s Reputation

God’s Reputation

A church sign near where we live reads,  “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” It’s an encouraging thought, but I would like to change that sign. I would like for it read something such as “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of...

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Seduction or Persecution?

Seduction or Persecution?

Most of us have heard something about the persecution faced by Christians in other lands. North Korea, China, India, and Iran are just some of the nations that are notorious for using political, economic, and social pressure to make it difficult to follow the Lord....

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Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

Thomas’ mother did not call her son “Doubting Thomas.” But that is what you may have heard him called. You know Thomas. He was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus and was referred to as Thomas Didymus (Thomas the Twin). But through the years he has been weighted down...

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The Church’s Casualties

Looking back over the last three months or so, a respected survey group identified about one-third of practicing, church-going Christians as casualties of the COVID 19 pandemic. No, these Christians didn’t die from the disease. Few if any of them had the virus. They...

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Is There a Prophet in the House?

Is There a Prophet in the House?

Today everyone wants to know how long this pandemic is going to last. So number-crunching, trend-predictors daily try to forecast the good news and bad. History-readers are sure the past is a clue to what will happen in the future. Christians read the future-oriented...

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Learning A Trade

Learning A Trade

What does the word “disciple” mean to you? Jesus referred to His followers as His disciples. In our churches we often use the words “disciple” and “discipleship” to refer to the life of a Jesus-follower. So you may know that a disciple is a learner and discipleship...

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Cultural Convulsion

Cultural Convulsion

These days we seem to go through a “cultural convulsion” in our land. Physical convulsions occur in our bodies when something goes wrong causing our muscles to contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly. We cannot help ourselves. We often lose consciousness and shake....

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