Category: Devotionals

Picking a fight with God

By , August 14, 2019

“I am angry enough to die.”
Jonah 4:9

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We all have our own view of who God is and how to make a connection with Him.

Again and again in these devotionals I seek to encourage all of my readers to develop a personal relationship with their Creator. In every devotional I seek to make clear how God has told us to come to Him.

Jesus is the only way to God and we cannot come with anything in our hands to recommend us.

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I Thought You Knew

By , August 13, 2019

“Jesus saw the rich…He also saw a poor widow…”
Luke 21:1-2 (NIV)

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Some time ago I sought to reconnect with a friend from years ago. We enjoyed each other’s company and I appreciated the expertise he had in our hobby of ham radio.

We often went to ham fests together to look over the many used pieces of equipment for sale eagerly looking for something we could not live without.

We would also try and sell some of our own surplus equipment. He was a person of many interests and our chats en route to and from the site for the sale were lively and interesting.

For reasons I cannot remember, we lost contact with each other for several years. I finally  emailed him to see how he was and to reconnect with him.

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The Wrong Way to do Right

By , August 12, 2019

“[They were] indignant because Jesus healed on the Sabbath.”
Luke 13:14 (NIV)

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Some of us were raised in a day and society when our kind of Christians had many rules to follow.

We could not read the comics on Sunday, we could not get into our play clothes and go out with our friends on Sunday—we could not do very many things at all on Sunday. The general idea was that if we obeyed all these rules we would be good Christians and pleasing to God.

Sadly, no one ever could tell us why it was “sinful” on Sunday to read something amusing. Nowhere in the Bible was it recorded that children should not play with their friends on Sunday.

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Our Bright Future

By , August 11, 2019

“Your eyes will see the king in his beauty…”
Isaiah 33:17

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Many years ago my father taught me to drive the family car. For some reason he got me onto the highway rather early in the process. Perhaps he thought I was doing well enough to get into the faster lanes. Whatever the reason, I soon learned a good lesson in driving and also in life.

When I first started out on the highway, it was not busy—and that made things easier. I tried to align the corner of the driver’s side front fender with the center line on the road. That was the wrong thing to do. By concentrating on the immediate road ahead I began to over steer and was constantly trying to make corrections to keep the fender on the dotted line.

My father quickly sensed what was wrong. He told me to look farther down the road and that would allow me to steer properly without seeking to make so many tiny corrections. He was right, of course, and so when I did what he suggested things went much better.

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Blind faith?

By , August 10, 2019

“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.”
Job 13:15 (NIV)

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The man who uttered the words of our text for today was none other than Job, himself.

For no stated reason, God had allowed dreadful suffering to come upon this man. Job knew that he was a man who lived in a morally upright manner. Even God said that Job was a good man (Job 1:1, 8; 2:3). No one was able to convince him of any gross sin that might explain his sorrow.

Some suffering people are harshly judged by others whose lives are pain free. The accusers insist the person must have done evil to be in such a sad situation. Any effort by the one afflicted to justify themselves and say they are not guilty is swept aside by the accusers as arrogance and pride.

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