Category: Devotionals

“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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Servanthood

“… and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all.”  (Mark 10:44) “… but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, ….”  (Philippians 2:7) The Greek term used in these verses is frequently translated as “slave.” It is also translated as “servant.” However, neither translation captures the ancient meaning…
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Servants on Wheels Ever Ready (SOWER)

“I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” I answered, “Here I am, send me!”” (Isaiah 6:8, NET) As a SOWER, we go where we feel the LORD is calling us to help Christian ministries. These include camps, conference centers, orphanages, schools, missionary retreat…
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“I am with you!” says the Lord:

“You have planted much but have harvested little. You eat, but are never filled. You drink, but are still thirsty.  You put on clothes, but are not warm.  Those who earn wages end up with holes in their money bags.” (Haggai 1:6, NET) “Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s word to the people: …
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Known as Christians

“… Now it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26) Alexander Maclaren once wrote: “This name suggests that the clear impression made by our character, as well as by our words, should be that we belong to Jesus Christ. He should manifestly be the center and the guide, the impulse…
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