Category: Devotionals

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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To God’s Glory

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,  do everything for the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31, NET)  As I (Bruce) was trying to paint the trim on Lake Lavon Camp’s original building, it struck me: “I never thought that at 67 years of age I would be painting houses and doing…
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To Receive Anew

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength;  They will mount up with wings like eagles,  They will run and not get tired,  They will walk and not become weary.”  (Isaiah 40:31, NASB95)  The first thing you see as you enter Lake Lavon Camp is a white sign with bright blue letters…
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A Work in Progress

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you  will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 1:6, ESV)  When an RV’s air conditioning (A/C) unit starts, the compressor draws a huge amount of current for a fraction of a second (~50 amps). This inrush…
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Willingness to do Whatever

“He has filled him with the Spirit of God— with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work,”  (Exodus 35:31) The camp staff removed the white spindles from another fence at Oakridge Camp. They were in good shape and the staff did not want to dispose of them. Could we think of…
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