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Devotional thoughts for the follower of Jesus

Devotions: Praying Through Scripture

Years ago, when my wife and I worked with a small church youth group in California, I picked up a small-sized paperback book for kids called something like “Pocket Prayers.” The book was so simple, but the concept inside was brilliant, leaving a lasting impact on my life. Inside were paraphrases of Scripture verses with blanks left for the reader »

A Willing Heart

A wonderful model for what biblical giving looks like is found in the person of Boaz. In the book of Ruth, Boaz is a man of valor and respected as a prominent citizen of Bethlehem. When Ruth, a foreigner and a widow in need, goes to glean in the fields of Bethlehem, she happens upon the piece of land belonging »

The Main Thing

Cabelas loves Tom because Tom loves everything about elk hunting: his four-wheeler, camouflaged clothes, warm boots, knives, gun, ammo, elk call, and a big pile of other outdoor gear. Tom arrives with so much stuff that we’re sure he’s been packing and repacking for weeks. But poor Tom always seems to be missing just one thing—an elk. »

Truth in the Innermost Being

“I didn’t do it!” “It wasn’t me!” “I was only kidding!” As a father, I’ve heard these objections countless times from every one of my children, and most often, I’ve found them to be the opening arguments of a defense built on lies and half-truths. Now, it might be that I have an unusually dishonest family, »

Two Key Questions to Ask When Encountering Spiritual Truth

Asking questions can help us arrive at conclusions and bring focus and direction to our thought. Asking important questions helps us to find the important answers. All good listening and reading involves asking interactive questions internally. I will discuss this more in a future blog article. But for now I want to concentrate on two important questions that are central »

Called to Be God's Stewards

One day the wicked king Ahab gazed out at his neighbor’s land. This fellow Naboth had a fine vineyard that was the envy of the king. Ahab decided he had to have that vineyard. He paid a visit to Naboth and offered him a fair price or another piece of land, whichever Naboth preferred. Naboth told Ahab: “The Lord »

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 »


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