Devotional Thought

Devotional Thought : John 15:8

May 25, 2021

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8I went to Israel on a study trip in 2014. Before my trip, I understood Israel was the “Promised Land,” a “land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3). I didn’t expect there to be so much…

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Cashed in your gift card yet?

March 2, 2021

I wrote this article for Christian Today after I heard that 20% of gift cards aren’t used. Apparently, all we wanted for Christmas was … nothing. Twenty per cent of gift-card recipients are so prosperous they can’t think of a single thing they want to buy. We are blessed way more than we acknowledge. To read…

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Old Testament Devotions

Devotional Thought : Psalm 81:10-13

February 9, 2021

Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If my people would only listen to me … Psalm 81:10-13When my parents were both in a nursing…

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Short Devotion Matthew 25:37

Short Devotion : Matthew 25:37

December 15, 2019

Read more of my short devotions on this blog or on Pinterest. “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’” Matthew 25:37 Jesus’ audience would have understood “the nations” (v.32) to be Gentiles, who are surprised to discover they are blessed by…

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Glasses on Bible

Is God hard to please?

January 30, 2017

Sometimes we act as if God is easily frustrated and ready to pounce. As if we need to perform some ritual or be involved in some tradition to appease him. Sometimes I notice others going through spiritual ceremonies as if God is impressed by their skills or work ethic, as if it’s their job to…

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