Daily Devotions

Rest For the Weary
Daily Devotions 3/31/2008 4:14 AM
Are you tired or worn out? Does every day feel like a struggle to you? Are you wondering if God can show you the way to a “real rest”? Does the sound of the alarm buzzer in the mornings leave you groaning with disappointment that the night is over because you now have to face the day? Let me share with you a time when I felt exactly the same way.
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What is True Worship?
Daily Devotions 3/28/2008 4:04 AM
We cannot enter into a time of worship with our Heavenly Father, if we have not given up a part of ourselves first. True worship of God requires some form of sacrifice, and real sacrifice is never easy.
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The Creativity of God
Daily Devotions 3/27/2008 5:27 AM
As I was praying and asking for a simple example to explain that we can never put God’s creative display of His power in a box, He reminded me of a conversation that I had with my sister Linda. She asked me, “Shirley, your daughter Sophia is such a unique child who marches to the beat of her own drum. Did you do anything to spur such creativity and personality?” Without hesitation I replied, “Oh, no, it is all from God.”
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El Roi: The God Who Sees Me
Daily Devotions 3/26/2008 4:29 AM
My little girl loves to play hide and seek. Now, at the age of 3, she is finally starting to catch on to the objectives of the game of actually hiding somewhere until one of us comes to find her. However, for so long, her idea of hiding was covering up her eyes right in front of you and declaring, “You can’t see me”, or “I can’t see you”. In her sweet, young mind, just because she was incapable of seeing us at the moment with hands covering her eyes, she could not comprehend that we could still see her standing right there in front of us.
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Back In The Upper Room
Daily Devotions 3/25/2008 4:19 AM
The cowardly and speechless, yet well-trained disciples were behind locked doors in fear of the Jews. They were paralyzed in the upper room. No one dared to leave the room except for bare necessities because they were afraid of being recognized and harmed. Not long ago they had prepared the towns for Jesus’ coming and preached the good news of the kingdom. They had healed the sick and cast out demons. The demons submitted to them in Jesus’ name and they were awed. Now they were hunkered down and out of sight.
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Jesus Is Alive
Daily Devotions 3/24/2008 4:05 AM
Can you just imagine the disappointment all of the followers of Jesus must have been feeling as they watched their beloved Jesus die upon that cruel cross? Many of them believed that Jesus was to be their earthly salvation, freeing them from the oppression of the Roman rule. Many believed that He was the Christ, but still did not understand all that would require of Him in His earthly life. Many had been freed from sin, diseases, lives of deceit and more. And yet, to them it appeared that He could not free Himself from the entrapment on the cross.
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Does He Still Feel the Nails?
Daily Devotions 3/21/2008 3:06 AM
Roman crucifixion was probably one of the most severe forms of punishments that you could exact on someone. It was not to be taken lightly, and the Romans normally saved it for only the most hardened of criminals. Convicted criminals were either tied or nailed to two pieces of rugged wood and then left to die. The death was not quick, and it was extremely painful.
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Via Dolorosa
Daily Devotions 3/20/2008 4:06 AM
The Roman guard lead the condemned through the city because the Romans displayed the prisoners to be executed as deterrents to others from committing crimes. So Jesus dragged a cross through the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem to the place of His execution. Via Dolorosa means the “way of suffering” and it is marked out in Jerusalem today. While the exact route has been in question through the centuries, the title of the walk still rings true.
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Expect the Unexpected
Daily Devotions 3/19/2008 4:40 AM
I was standing in the kitchen after a long day at work, preparing dinner for my children, when the phone rang. I saw that it was my father-in-law and I immediately knew what he was going to say. I answered the phone and sure enough, he was on his way over. I love when my father-in-law comes to visit and so do my boys. However, my house was not ready for such an unexpected visit.
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The Greater Law
Daily Devotions 3/18/2008 4:09 AM
Years ago I asked my husband, “Honey, when there are two Scriptures that seem to imply two different actions, how do I know which one to apply that day?” With great wisdom, he painted a word picture that I have NEVER forgotten…if a policeman is standing under a red light waving you through, which do you obey, the red light or the policeman? I did not even hesitate. “The policeman,” I responded. Butch replied, “Of course, the policeman is the greater law, so which Scripture is the greater law in this situation?”
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