Category: Devotionals

How Much Is Enough?

By , December 8, 2018

“Give us today our daily bread.”
Matthew 6:11 (NIV)

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The question, “How much is enough?” was once put to a billionaire with reference to his immense wealth.

His answer was shocking because he responded, “Just a little more.” In other words he thought that he needed more than he had.

Jesus was about to say in Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

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Prayer’s First Words

By , December 7, 2018

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…'”
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

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We live in a society of people who tend to put their own interests ahead of those of others. I recall hearing a story about a seminary professor who gave out an assignment to his class that required them to write a paper about the story of the Good Samaritan.

Students were directed to go to the seminary library immediately after class and look up the commentaries on the story in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 10:30-37). They were encouraged to seek the reason for Jesus telling the story and how the people of Jesus’ day illustrate society today.

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Teach Us To Pray

By , December 6, 2018

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…'”
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

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I cannot imagine any relationships in life that are closer than those of family. Most of us had happy childhoods and as adults still have good relations with surviving parents and or brothers and sisters.

Looking at family photos from 60+ years ago I find myself remembering happy and safe times with parents who loved me. I confess that at times my older brother and younger sister could only tolerate me because of my misbehaving in the family home.

Now that I have given my parents and brother into the care of Jesus—until my time comes to go to heaven—I sorely miss their company. As an adult I came to appreciate my parents greatly and—with them gone ahead to the city of God—I long for the reunion.

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Why?

By , December 5, 2018

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:46

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The young man was a rebel and the family all knew it. He loved to live on the edge of things. One warm summer evening he had been visiting the home of an older sister and was about to go home. She warned him to drive carefully. That was all the challenge he needed.

As he backed out of the driveway of his sister’s home he smoked the tires in reverse. Then when he started down the street he again spun the back wheels in a racing start down the street. A few moments later the lights went out in his sister’s home and she wondered why.

It was a few hours later that she received the phone call from the hospital that she needed to come quickly. Her brother was not expected to live. There had been an accident. The young man had lost control of his car and the vehicle had run into a hydro-electric pole and that was what had cut the power to her home.

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Lessons On Prayer

By , December 4, 2018

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.
When he finished, one of his disciples said to him,
‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’”
Luke 11:1 (NIV)

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One of the most saintly men I ever met was well taught in the art of prayer. I loved to be in his presence just to hear him pray. Somehow when he addressed his Father in heaven, he seemed to speak like a patriarch of old. There was a reverence combined with a holy familiarity that made me think we had just come into heaven itself. It was abundantly evident he was on familiar ground when he spoke to his God.

The disciples had a similar but certainly much greater sense of the presence of God when they listened to Jesus pray. The whole experience was so moving and powerful that one of the disciples blurted out the request that Jesus teach them to pray.

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