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Devotional thoughts for the follower of Jesus

The Miracle of Saving Faith

The term “miracle” often gets thrown around pretty casually. We often say or hear things like, “It was a miracle I found a parking spot this close!” But miracles are far more significant events than finding a choice parking space or managing to get the last cinnamon crunch bagel. Rightly understood, a miracle is an extraordinary work of God that »

A Tale of Two Collections

Before Israel embarked on a new journey into the desert, God gave His people a departure gift: the plunder of Egypt. God empowered the Israelites to take jewelry, gold, silver, and clothing from the Egyptians and carry it into the wilderness (Exodus 12:35-36). Later, this plunder was used in two collections – a collection to build the tabernacle and a »

Unseen Reward

A pearl of wisdom I’ve often found helpful is the age-old proverb, “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” With an economy of words, it reminds me to be pleased and satisfied with all the Lord has given, and at the same time, to be wary of the fickle hunger of the flesh that can never »

The Value of Devotional Reading

In a previous blog article, I addressed the importance of reading books that present doctrinal content. In this article, I will discuss the need for the other important component: devotional reading. The Bible says, “watch over your heart with all diligence” (Proverbs 4:23). One way we can do this is to stir the heart by reading things that are »

Giving Honors God

The story of brothers Cain and Abel centers on an offering. In another sense, we could think of the story as centering on giving. Cain and Abel knew that to approach God, to enter into relationship with their Creator, they had to make sacrifices – give – to the Lord. Moreover, their approach reveals that there was a blueprint for how one »

The Rewarder

On any given Saturday, chances are good that I’ll be paying a visit to the local hardware store for the odds and ends that need to be done around the house. When I go, I’ll typically bring one or more of my boys with me, just to make the most of our time. And so, one by one, »

The Importance of Doctrine and Devotion

In addition to our reading of Scripture, there are two important categories of Christian reading: doctrine and devotion. Both are important, for if we have doctrinal knowledge to the exclusion of devotional warmth, we have only sterile, cold orthodoxy. On the other hand, if we have devotional warmth to the exclusion of doctrine, we will lack content to our faith. »

Union With Christ

In Galatians 2:20 Paul famously declares, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” For many Christians, this verse is familiar. And »

First Things First

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (Genesis 8:20) Consider Noah. When Noah and his family disembarked from the ark, Noah built an altar (the first altar mentioned in the Bible) and made burnt offerings upon it. Noah’ »

Believing Is Seeing

Hunting elk, I spend most days sitting on a log near where four game trails intersect. An hour before dawn, a flashlight guides me through a mile of dark timber to that log before I turn it off and silently wait for daylight. Even at full moon, night in that forest is so dark I might as well be underground. »


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