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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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February 28 Devotional

Through prayer our daily work becomes wrapped up in the heart of God’s compassionate love. Just as Jesus was broken and given on the cross to feed our desperate souls, through work we are broken and given in order to feed and serve others....

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February 27 Devotional

O God, help me to see your glory and your splendor in the seemingly isolated and random pieces of this day. Open my blinded eyes to see you, unstop my deaf ears to hear you, and allow my lame spirit to leap like a deer within me and shout for joy. Amen....

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February 26 Devotional

The rabbis guide their people with stories; ministers usually guide with ideas and theories. We need to become storytellers again, and so to multiply our ministry by calling around us the great witnesses who in different ways offer guidance to doubting hearts....

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February 25 Devotional

The cave is dark and cold, filled with death and decay. After all, it has 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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February 24 Devotional

O Lord our God, help us to be faithful to gather what you have provided for our hearts and souls this day - that we may feed on you and live. In the name of Jesus, the bread of life. Amen....

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February 23 Devotional

I love the plough that opens up the earth, lays bare the soil where seed can fall. It matters little that the widening wound of earth still hesitates, uncertain of the nutrients it has to offer falling seed. The seed is sown, the wound of earth closed up again. The broken soil becomes a womb, a sheltering tomb of life protecting what must die to live. We wait then for sign...

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February 22 Devotional

The call came at about 9:30 p.m. on a typical Thursday evening in early December. I had just returned home from somewhere or other and was talking with my wife in the living room about the events of the day when our son called on his cell phone to ask if he could go to the church coffee shop with some friends. As she spoke to him there was an abrupt halt in the conversatio...

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February 21 Devotional

“Tears hollow out places in the heart,” wrote Gibran, “where joy can grow.” To be emptied is to create a place that can be filled. “They that sow in tears…” says the psalmist, and which of us has no tears to sow? ...

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February 19 Devotional

I would love to have been a fly on the wall, an eyewitness to this extravagant outpouring of sorrow and love. I would love to have seen her face as she both wept upon and kissed the feet of the Savior. Surely these were no normal tears. These tears were an odd combination of the remorse and regret associated with the gravity of sin, coupled with the immense gratitude and a...

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