All Scripture references are quoted from the New International Version of the Bible (unless otherwise noted).

October 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13 My bachelor’s degree is in Music. My specialty was jazz. As I headed...

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October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” – 1 John 3:16 I consider myself to be a loving person. I’m not just talking about the...

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October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018  “For, ‘All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ And this is the word that was preached to you. Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy,...

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October 3, 2018

October 3, 2018 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared...

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September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:13 I don’t know how...

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September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33-34 Today was supposed to be...

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September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it,...

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September 5, 2018

September 5, 2018 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 You don’t have to live very long to understand how your joyfulness or your broken heartedness can affect your entire body. In fact, I’ve learned through my recent injury and...

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August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018   “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” – Hebrews 13:17...

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August 22, 2018

August 22, 2018 “Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.” – Ephesians 3:8 We have a very high view of the Apostle Paul, and there is no doubt that he...

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August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018 “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” – Psalm 118:14 (HCSB) I’ve often joked with my wife about what theme song I would choose if my life were a movie. You can probably think of many good answers to that question...

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August 8, 2018

August 8, 2018 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalm 91:1 The shadow of the Almighty is a beautifully multifaceted place of existence. His shadow is a rock that hides us from the searing heat of our striving...

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July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 Today I am celebrating 20 years of marriage to my wonderful wife. Over those years I have constantly been amazed...

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July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16.33 The words of Jesus in John 16:33 hold a promise for us, but not the...

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July 11, 2018

July 11, 2018 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 I’m convinced that there are certain...

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July 4, 2018

July 4, 2018 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27 On July 4, 1776 our founding fathers created one of the most powerful sentences to ever be penned in the English language:...

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June 27, 2018

June 27, 2018 “While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.” – Acts 7:59-60 The book of Acts is full or...

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June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018   “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” – Matthew 19:14   Lately, every news channel and social media outlet is abuzz with the crisis of illegal border crossings and how children...

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June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This...

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June 6, 2018

June 6, 2018   “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45   Many churches in America have begun to operate with a secular, corporate mentality. Church leaders are tempted to...

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May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 “So then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’” – John 11:14-15 In John 11, we see some very strange actions from Jesus. He is...

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May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16 On the walk to the bus stop this morning I asked my 13 year old daughter, now that school was almost...

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May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018   “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33   As I write this devotion, I currently have five children in three different schools. As the school year draws to a close our...

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May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” – Psalm 51:1-2 Over the last year I have been to the doctor more times than...

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May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018   “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12   Timothy is an interesting character in the New Testament. He was very young and yet...

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April 25, 2018

April 25, 2018   “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little...

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April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018   “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Luke 6:45   Have...

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April 11, 2018

April 11, 2018 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what...

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April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018 “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5 I went to the chiropractor this morning, and I am always amazed at his ability to diagnose a problem. He often adjusts some part of...

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March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his...

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