Devotionals

2021

A Flat Tire, A Dead Cell Phone, and Two Disguised Angels

Today I think I saw two angels. You might have thought they were two middle-aged, average Americans stolidly on their way to shop for groceries. But Hebrews 13:2 says “Some have entertained angels unawares.” I often travel alone. I try to be prepared for automobile...

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Who Gets to Throw the First Rock?

When I was four years old, I decided that by the time I was ten years old, I would be able to be good. I wouldn’t steal the neighbor’s baby rabbit from its cage again. I wouldn’t hide change from the quarter when Mother sent me to the store for a loaf of bread again....

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Your Truth, My Truth, or The Truth?

We’re talking about heavy stuff today, heavy but important. Please stick with me, O.K.? Adele Rogers St. John, a cub reporter with Hearst Newspapers, rode one night with an EMS crew to a home in San Francisco. They found a father and mother and several children dead,...

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Hang on 15 More Minutes

The air traffic controller could see our future, so he asked, Can You Hang on for Fifteen More Minutes? It should have been a routine flight, late one night as Walt and I were flying back to Greenville in our sturdy little Rockwell Commander. The weather briefing had...

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God is Faithful Even When I am Not

Odd, isn’t it, how you can read something in the Bible a dozen times, and then, all of a sudden when you read it again, it grabs your heart and twists it painfully? The other morning I read in 2 Timothy 2:13: If we are unfaithful, God remains faithful, for He cannot...

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Living in a Goldfish Bowl

“I live in a goldfish bowl,” a dear friend, a pastor’s wife, confessed to me one long-ago day. “I feel like I live in a gold-fish bowl with a cat staring at me hungrily.” Her husband was a pastor of a large metropolitan church, and the demands on her time and energy...

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Boys and Girls Are Both Precious to God!

Queen Victoria was still on the throne in England when my Mother and Father were born. Her strict standards of propriety seeped into American society, even into remote homes in west Texas. A woman’s place was in the home. Children should be seen and not heard. Girls...

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Can I Have Convictions and Still Be Loving?

How could anyone who is a child of God hate someone? The Bible tells us plainly that God made all human beings in His image. How terrible it would be to denigrate someone, anyone, since all of us were made in God’s image! What does it matter if we are different? Skin...

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I’ll Taste My Words

She “done me wrong.” She really did wrong me, and if I could tell you what happened, you’d agree that it was an irreparable loss. I really wanted to tell her how badly she’d injured me. But then, I think, my Heavenly Father interrupted my thoughts. He said, so gently,...

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