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March 31 Devotional

Nothing that has not died will be resurrected. - C. S. Lewis...

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March 30 Devotional

When it comes to accomplishing things for God, you will find that high aspirations, enthusiastic feelings, careful planning and being able to express yourself well are not worth very much. The important thing is absolute surrender to God. You can do anything He wants you to do if you are walking in the light of full surrender....

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March 29 Devotional

You alone bring order to the unruly wills and affections of sinners; Grant us grace to love what You command, and desire what You have promised, so that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is to be found. Amen....

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March 28 Devotional

There is a created order to all things; an intentional design. When that created order is followed, life is the result. But whenever that created order is not adhered to, there is chaos. That’s why Jesus, when he was asked by “an expert in the law” in Matthew 22 which commandment was the greatest, immediately responds (from Deuteronomy 6:5): “Love the Lord your God...

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March 27 Devotional

The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash - along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I...

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March 26 Devotional

They are walking down the shoreline in the early morning sun. It had been days since that fateful night. It is just the two of them, with John following well behind. Jesus had something he wanted to ask his friend, and he didn’t want to put him on the spot by asking in front of the others. It was an intimate question and it called for an intimate setting. ...

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March 25 Devotional

Let me talk very intimately and very earnestly with you about Him who is dearer than life. Do you really want to live your lives, every moment of your lives, in His presence? Do you long for Him, crave Him? Do you love His presence? Does every drop of blood in your body love Him? Does every breath you draw breathe a prayer, a praise to Him? Do you sing and dance within you...

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March 22 Devotional

Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.” Mark 12:28-30 (The Message)...

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March 21 Devotional

O God, disrupt, disturb, disorient, do whatever it takes to make us into the people and the lovers you desire for us to be. Amen. ...

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March 20 Devotional

Years ago I was at a weekend camp with kids and leaders from my community. My job for the weekend was to make sure all of the leaders, who were there with their high school friends, had everything they needed for a fruitful and successful experience. Just before our main meeting on Saturday night, one of our leaders came to me with a dilemma. His cabin and another cabin o...

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March 19 Devotional

The cave is dark and cold, filled with death and decay. After all, it’s been four days since the dead man was placed inside. There’s no more hope; that’s it! Death has had the final word. If only Jesus would’ve shown up sooner... but now what could he possibly do? ...

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March 18 Devotional

A few years ago, at the end of a retreat I was leading, I got into a wonderful conversation with a dear friend about all that God was up to in our lives. And somewhere in the midst of the conversation he asked me a great question: “Do you have any secrets?” The tone and the spirit of the question was not at all threatening or judgmental or harsh, but rather easy and fr...

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March 17 Devotional

While we were yet sinners. The Greek word here for sinner is hamartōlos, which comes from the root hamartanō, meaning to miss the mark. We are people who are constantly missing the mark. Have you missed the mark recently? What did it look like? What did it feel like? Do you ever feel like, regardless of what you do, you just can’t measure up? I feel that way a lot. Pro...

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March 16 Devotional

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for paying the price for my sin, canceling my debt, and raising me to new life again. I was dead in my sin and totally helpless to do anything about it. But thank you that you rescued me and made me alive again. Help me, this day and every day, to live my life in, and for, you. Amen....

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March 15 Devotional

Thank you, O God, that you can take me, the mess that I am, and turn me, once again, into the beautiful masterpiece you intended for me to be. Through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen....

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March 14 Devotional

Jesus in His prayers on earth, in His intercession in heaven, in His promise of an answer to our prayers from there, makes this His first objective - the glory of His Father. Is it so with us too? Or are not, in large measure, self-interest and self-will the strongest motives urging us to pray? Or, if we cannot see that this is the case, have we got to acknowledge that the...

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March 13 Devotional

This Lenten journey is very much a pilgrimage. It is the time where we, like Jesus, set our face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51 ESV). It is a journey to the cross; a journey that passes through the Valley of Weeping, but ultimately ends up at a place of springs; a place of new life, a place of resurrection. So what does it look like to set my heart on this pilgrimage? Does ...

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March 12 Devotional

“Lord, if you are willing….” Does that phrase sound familiar to you? It certainly does to me. I’m glad to see that I am not the only who prays it. “Lord, if you are willing, you can take this difficult circumstance away. Lord, if you are willing you can heal this cancer. Lord, if you are willing you can reconcile this broken relationship. Lord, if you are willing...

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March 11 Devotional

When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habit of seeking God and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the and lies our great woe. If we omit the and we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing. (The Pursuit of God by A.W. To...

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March 9 Devotional

Jesus had just set his face to go to Jerusalem. Then, suddenly, he comes across three men that are would-be followers. And as the scene unfolds, it is very important that we keep that in mind. We must remember the turn towards Jerusalem that Jesus has just taken. From this point on everything will be focused on his sacrifice, his suffering, and his death. From here on out ...

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March 8 Devotional

A pure heart is one that is unencumbered, unworried, uncommitted, and which does not want its own way about anything but which, rather, is submerged in the loving will of God, having denied self. - Meister Eckhart...

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March 7 Devotional

I don’t know about you, but it is easy for me at times to get ahead of myself. To move and act and live life before I have really reflected and thought and prayed about the life I most want to live - or the life that God most wants to live in me. ...

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March 6 Devotional

Giants. That is what the Israelites were afraid of. That is what kept them from taking possession of the land God had promised them, even though God had told them plainly that he would care for them and fight for them and give this good and fruitful land to them. ...

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March 5 Devotional

Letting go is hard. And it doesn’t really matter what you are talking about letting go of. In fact, letting go is so hard that most of us are simply unwilling to do it, even if God is the one asking us to. Letting go is especially hard when the stakes are high. When what we are being asked to let go of is control, or agenda, or security, or significance. Then it is darn ...

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March 4 Devotional

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don...

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March 2 Devotional

So of what possible value could it be to reflect and meditate on words that are as dismal and depressing as the words of Romans 3:9-18? A wise man once said that we can never know how unbelievably wonderful the Good News really is until we fully understand how terribly awful the bad news really is. We can’t possibly know the full beauty of the Light until we have wrestle...

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March 1 Devotional

I have come to the conclusion that I live a lot of my spiritual life in simple unwillingness. There are so many beautiful things that God wants to do with me, and within me, that, for some strange reason, I am just down right resistant to. The reason for that resistance seems to be that I am simply too full of myself: my needs, my wants, my agendas, my plans, my pursuits, ...

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