Category: Devotionals

Let Your Light Shine

“In the same way, let your light shine before people,  so that they can see your good deeds  and give honor to your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16, NET) One of my (Bruce) life verses is “In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and…
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Our Reasonable Service

“Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,  to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God— which is your reasonable service.”  (Romans 12:1, NET) Ninety-eight bulls, 29 rams, and 1037 lambs were to be sacrificed annually according to Num 28:1ff: These verses start with the daily sacrifice…
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Retirement?

“And from the age of fifty years  they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more.  They minister to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard,  but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties.” (Numbers 8:25–26, ESV) Twenty-one years…
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Blessed in Many Ways

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,and all that is within me, bless his holy name!Bless the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits,”(Psalm 103:1–2, ESV) We have been awestruck by the devastation the extremely cold weather caused around Texas. The pictures of ceilings that dropped on the floor exposing roof joists and utilities…
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Transformation

“And let us consider how to stir up one another  to love and good works,”  (Hebrews 10:24, ESV) We recently replaced the backsplash above the stove. Upon viewing our handiwork, it reminded me (Bruce) of a favorite verse: “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,…
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He is Our Portion

“My portion is the Lord,” I have said to myself,  so I will put my hope in him.”  (Lamentations 3:24, NET) At first glance one might wonder what does our trailer roof, with all its repair patches (white), have to do with our verse? Perhaps nothing directly. However, it helped me (Bruce) identify a significant…
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He Has Power Over Everything

“He is the one who by his power made the earth.  He is the one who by his wisdom fixed the world in place,  by his understanding he spread out the heavens.  When his voice thunders, the waters in the heavens roar.  He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons.  He makes the lightning…
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Paid In Full

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said,  “It is finished,”  and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  (John 19:30, ESV) Down by the lake there are three crosses. There are also a couple of benches at the foot of these crosses. These benches are situated such that one can sit…
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“I Know The Plans I Have For You…”

“Then the Lord said to me,  “Those prophets are prophesying lies while claiming my authority!  I did not send them. I did not commission them. I did not speak to them.  They are prophesying to these people false visions, worthless predictions,  and the delusions of their own mind.” (Jeremiah 14:14, NET) I (Bruce) am part…
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Working Out What’s Worked In

The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are produced by the Holy Spirit working in the Christian (Gal 5:22-23). Yet, in Colossians, he admonishes the believer to put on kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Col 3:12). In other words, we need to work at it! …
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