Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Making Time for Beauty

Today’s Truth

He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught, (Isaiah 50:4).

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If you had been among the 1,097 morning commuters bustling through Washington D.C.’s Metro station at L’Enfant Plaza on January 12, 2007, you could have experienced an extraordinary gift. Tucked among the shoeshine vendors, newspaper kiosks, and lottery ticket dispensers, a young, white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a Washington Nationals baseball cap positioned himself against the wall beside a trash can. From a small case, he removed a violin. He left the open case …

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Mary Southerland

The Living Bible

Today’s Truth

Knowledge puffs you up with pride, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1, NIV).

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His name was Bill, a college-student with wild hair who wore a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes for his entire four years of college. Bill was brilliant and what some might describe as quirky. While attending college, Bill became a Christian and began looking for a church to attend. .

Across the street from the campus was a very conservative church that wanted to reach the college students but was not sure how to go about it.…

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Sharon Jaynes

Lord, I Want to See

Today’s Truth
Lord, I want to see, (Luke 18:4, NIV).

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The sun had not pried open the day quite yet. We had been traveling for several days, going from one Pacific Island to another, and I had not been able to sleep the night before. While I had enjoyed seeing God’s creation, I had missed our times alone—just the two of us.

Wrapped in a blanket with a hot cup of coffee, I snuck away with my Beloved for a quiet rendezvous before others in the house stirred. As I gazed out through sliding glass doors, I …

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Mary Southerland

From Tears to Triumph

Today’s Truth
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death (2 Corinthians 1:8-9, NIV).

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Trials and hard times are part of life. In fact, they are an important part of life. Yet, we desperately try to avoid any kind of pain, and when the difficult times come we frantically search for the nearest exit. I have …

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Sharon Jaynes

Are You Enjoying God?

Today’s Truth

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones, (Proverbs 17:22, NKJV).

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C.S. Lewis says that most Christians lack “merriment.”  I like that word. “Merriment.” Just moving the words across my lips is fun. And I think Lewis is right. We lack merriment and we don’t expect it. Many Christians look like they’ve been weaned on a dill pickle. My goodness, if there is anyone who should exude merriment, it is a person who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord. We, above all people, have something …

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Gwen Smith

Set Apart Living, Part 2

Today’s Truth
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29, ESV

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In my last devotion, we began to talk about how to live a set-apart life.  We looked at our e-lives, the time we spend on computers, and were challenged to establish healthy boundaries to protect and strengthen our faiths.  It was noted that God is the source of all holiness and in order to live set-apart lives, we must spend time …

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Gwen Smith

Set Apart Living, Part 1

Today’s Truth

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

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As Christian believers, we are called to live set-apart lives. To be holy as God is holy. To be in the world, but not of the world. God is the source of all holiness, and in order to live a set-apart life, we must spend time with Him so we can be fueled by His Holy Spirit.

I don’t know what your days look like, but mine are …

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Mary Southerland

The Plan Came First

Today’s Truth
Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV).

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Beginnings are very important. In fact, the place of origin has much to do with the quality of the journey as well as the final destination. My journey – like yours – began in the heart and mind of God. Before I took even one breath, God wanted, loved and planned me. That same truth applies to you, girlfriend. You are no accident!  You and I were created in response to the love of God and according to His plans. God …

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Sharon Jaynes

Am I a Hyphenated Christian?

Today’s Truth
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it – (Matthew 16:24-25).

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Over the past fifty years or so, I’ve noticed a trend among married women. Rather than taking their husband’s last name, some simply add their husband’s name to their own, adjoining the two with a hyphen and keeping theirs intact. Mary Smith becomes Mary Smith-Jones. Betty James becomes Betty James-Riley.

Now I know there …

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Mary Southerland

Gideon Meets Indiana Jones

Today’s Truth
Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it (Hebrews 11:1, ICB).

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I have a love-hate relationship with the movie, “The Last Crusader.” The hero, Indiana Jones, is constantly hovering above some bottomless pit or dodging bullets, flying knives or hoards of sinister enemies and nasty creatures that are trying to kill him and prevent him from completing his mission. It is exhausting to watch! One part of the movie stands out above the rest as terrifying moments go.…

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