• Courage Transfusion, Part One

    | Jan 07, 2018
    The challenge we face is painfully obvious. We've seen from the previous devotionals that our foundations are in place and trustworthy. The Lord our God, being our refuge and very present help, relieves us of fear and worry.
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  • Marching Orders, Part Two

    | Jan 06, 2018
    We face a very real, insidious enemy. And, as I mentioned yesterday, in order to step intelligently and wisely into the battle with Satan and his demons, we need clear marching orders. God has given them to us in Scripture.
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  • Marching Orders, Part One

    | Jan 05, 2018
    I wasn't there when a few men gathered around him. General Dwight Eisenhower had the awful job on that day in early June 1944 of determining if that was the right day to make the most significant invasion in the history of military strategy.
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  • Facing an Uncertain Future

    | Jan 04, 2018
    How can we face the fog of our uneasy, uncertain future? All these terrifying events are happening—political unrest, terrorist threats and attacks, a struggling economy. What more can the future hold?
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  • A Very Present Help

    | Jan 03, 2018
    God is our refuge and strength. As Eugene Peterson paraphrases it in The Message, "God is a safe place to hide." Chasah, or refuge, is a word that's needed when a nation finds itself shaking on the rock.
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  • Identify the Enemy, Part Two

    | Jan 02, 2018
    Yesterday I pointed out that our true enemy, the devil, is relentlessly engaged in a strategy to bring Christians down. With deceptive stealth, he's "like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
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  • Identify the Enemy, Part One

    | Jan 01, 2018
    When you're in a battle, before you can march out against the enemy, you have to know who he is. It's called "gathering intelligence." You need to know how he operates, where his base of operations is, what his tactics are.
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  • No Fear! Part Two

    | Dec 31, 2017
    In Part One, we talked about God's sovereign control over physical catastrophes. But there is more, much more, in Psalm 46. What about warfare? All Hebrews looked upon Jerusalem, especially in those days, as "the city of God" (46:4).
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  • No Fear! Part One

    | Dec 30, 2017
    In times of physical catastrophe in our lives or in our world, what is our response? Usually, it's "Why, God? Why me? Why us?" In contrast, God's Word says in times of physical catastrophe, "we will not fear" (Psalm 46:2).
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  • How Firm a Foundation, Part Two

    | Dec 29, 2017
    We've been talking about David's significant question in Psalm 11: "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (v. 3). So, how can I say that David's foundations were solid and secure?
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  • How Firm a Foundation, Part One

    | Dec 28, 2017
    An important question is asked in Psalm 11. Go with me for just a glance. David wrote Psalm 11, probably while he was being hunted and haunted by King Saul. With borderline insane paranoia, Saul began seeking the life of David.
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  • Q & A about God’s Will

    | Dec 27, 2017
    As a pastor, I often get asked questions regarding God's will. Today I'll consider four of the more common ones. And remember, those who really want to do His will, will know it (John 7:17).
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  • How Do I Know God’s Will?

    | Dec 26, 2017
    Want to know God's will for your life? Let me ask you to stop, look, and listen. God makes His desires known to those who stop at His Word, look in with a sensitive spirit, and listen to others.
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  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

    | Dec 25, 2017
    There once lived a farmer who became jaded about Christmas and all things "Christian." Late one raw winter night, he sat alone in the house, reading. In the quiet he heard an irregular thumping against the back porch door.
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  • Bring Him Incense, Gold, and Myrrh

    | Dec 24, 2017
    What do you give a young king? The magi, after traveling more than five hundred miles away to see the child Jesus, brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh with them. Why those gifts?
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  • Hail the Incarnate Deity

    | Dec 23, 2017
    On that still winter's night, something was up . . . something extraordinary . . . something supernatural. The shepherds raced to the City of David and found their Savior, just as the angel had said . . . swaddled and lying in a feeding trough.
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  • The Wonder of It All

    | Dec 22, 2017
    When Mary and Joseph began their journey southward to Bethlehem, they probably thought they had time to make the trip, register for the census, and then return home to Nazareth before the baby would be born.
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  • Sovereign Father, Heavenly King

    | Dec 21, 2017
    That first Christmas, all eyes were on Augustus—the cynical Caesar who demanded a census so as to determine a measurement to enlarge taxes even further. At such a time, who was interested in a young couple making an 80-mile trip south from Nazareth?
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  • The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

    | Dec 20, 2017
    Take a trip out of time and space. With the help of your imagination, let yourself be pulled from the gravity of this planet and move into the space beyond the earth's dimension—that mysterious realm where angels dwell.
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  • Thinking Theologically

    | Dec 19, 2017
    I confess to you, at times I've doubted God's purpose and promise. I say that to my own embarrassment. When things hadn't worked as I thought they would, when I received a no instead of a yes . . .
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