• Christian Devotionals

    I Learned to Read the Bible Through Tears

    I can scarcely read the story of Rachel and Leah without crying. Years ago, someone referred to me as a “Leah” — unloved, yet noble. “God blessed and honored Leah.” It was meant to make me feel better. It didn’t. Leah was unwanted and even hated by her husband. She tried to earn his love…

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    Practice Being in the Presence of God

    How do I detect God’s unseen hand on my shoulder and his inaudible voice in my ear?  Give God your waking thoughts.  Before you face the day, face the Father.  Psalm 5:3 says, “Every morning, I tell you what I need, and I wait for your answer.” Give God your waiting thoughts.  Spend time with…

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    When Only God Will Listen

    I was so young then. That was my excuse anyway. I was working as a “women’s” editor at a newspaper when a worried mother came into the newsroom. She wanted to talk to someone about her college daughter, who she said had been raped — by the daughter’s boyfriend. Yet I…

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    God Will Drench Your World With Hope

    Jesus encouraged his followers to “always pray and never lose hope” (Luke 18:1).  Never lose hope?  Never be fainthearted?  Never feel overwhelmed?  Never get sucked into the sewer of despair?  Can you imagine?  No day lost to anguish.  No decision driven by fear.  This is God’s will for you and me.  He wants us to “abound…

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    Healthfulness (January 17)

    “The body manifests what the mind harbors” (Jerry Augustine).THERE IS AN UNDENIABLE LINK BETWEEN “HEALTHFULNESS” AND “HEALTH.” Science may not perfectly understand all the ways our thinking influences our physical condition, but it obviously does. There are choices we can make concerning our attitude that will show up in our bodily state. Wise physicians have…

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    Transformation Garden – January 11, 2019

    Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement: “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” James 4: 8 King James Version EXPLORATION “Prayer is not a pious gesture; it is a response to the One whose heart beats with ours. It is the constant recollection of the living God.” Joan Chittister Listen With…

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    Insiders and Outsiders Part IV — Northstar Community

    Is it demanding repayment to remove myself from relationship with someone?If the relationship was an outside the community relationship, then things get a little complicated. Are we talking about a complete stranger? Are we talking about someone with whom you have negative history and baggage? Are we talking about an acquaintance with whom there is…

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    How Can I See the Beauty of God?

    Audio Transcript What is God’s beauty? Can we see it? Can we feel it? If we go looking for his beauty in Scripture, what are we looking for? If we go looking for his beauty in creation, where do we find it? Answers to questions like these comprise the essence of my favorite book of…