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  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon-- January 7, 2014

    01/07/2014 9:14:33 AM PST · by redleghunter · 6 replies
    Blueletter Bible ^ | January 7, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning Reading For me to live is Christ. —Philippians 1:21 The believer did not always live to Christ. He began to do so when God the Holy Spirit convinced him of sin, and when by grace he was brought to see the dying Saviour making a propitiation for his guilt. From the moment of the new and celestial birth the man begins to live to Christ. Jesus is to believers the one pearl of great price, for whom we are willing to part with all that we have. He has so completely won our love, that it beats alone for...
  • Daily Office March 15, Evening Prayer

    03/15/2011 12:01:48 PM PDT · by lastchance · 3 replies
    Mission St. Clare ^ | March 15, 2011
    ... Invitatory O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
  • FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION: Devotions to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/03/2011 11:28:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | not available |
    FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION Note: On the First Fridays of each month the Double of the First Class Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus may be substituted for the feast of the day. Devotions to the MostSacred Heart of Jesus Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus    KYRIE, ELEISON. R. Christe, eleison.Kyrie, eleison.Christe, audi nos. R. Christe, exaudi nos. Pater de caelis, Deus, * R. Miserere nobis. Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus, *Spiritus Sancte, Deus, * Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus, * Cor Iesu, Filii Patris aeterni, * Cor Iesu, in sinu Virginis Matris, a Spiritu Sancto formatum,...
  • Overcoming Through His Presence

    11/09/2010 4:18:50 PM PST · by Frapster · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Today Series ^ | Jefferson H Floyd
    Overcoming Through His Presence Posted on October 31, 2010 by Jefferson H. Floyd “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my...
  • Sunday Poll: When do you have your "daily devotions?"

    07/05/2009 5:39:37 AM PDT · by tenger · 380+ views
    A Daily Poll ^ | July 5, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Sunday Poll: When do you have your "daily devotions?" A Daily Poll.
  • Gideon [Devotional]

    04/16/2009 3:52:09 AM PDT · by tenger · 179+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 16, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon...Hebrews 11:32 God chose Gideon to free the people of Israel and to condemn their idol worship (Judges 7). Gideon began with 32,000 men and God narrowed down the number to 10,000 and finally to 300 men. Three hundred men held torches and trumpets, and at Gideon's command all 300 men shouted "A sword for the Lord and Gideon" and blew their horns. The men in the camp turned on each other, and it was a complete routing for Gideon. This is one of those fascinating...
  • By Faith the Prostitute Rahab... [Devotional]

    04/15/2009 4:13:27 AM PDT · by tenger · 3 replies · 419+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 5, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. Hebrews 11:31 With the exception of possibly Sarah (Hebrews 11:11), Rahab is the only woman listed by name in this long list of Faith Warriors. Rahab was not Jewish, yet she is named in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:5. She was a known prostitute. She lied to the King's men when they came looking for the two spies. Then she asked the spies to have mercy on her and her family because of what she did for them (Joshua 2:12)...
  • Jericho [devotional]

    04/13/2009 9:40:05 PM PDT · by tenger · 192+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 14, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. Hebrews 11:30 I've always loved the Jericho story. I've always seen it as faith AND obedience. First, the people had to have faith that going around the walls even once was a good things. Seven priests accompanied the ark of the covenant and the people along with seven blaring trumpets. They marched around Jericho one time for six days. On the seventh day, they marched around the walls of the city seven times. On the seventh time around they shouted and "the walls...
  • Opportunities [devotional]

    04/12/2009 9:50:59 PM PDT · by tenger · 2 replies · 229+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 13, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:16-20 Immediately before Jesus...
  • Silent No More [devotional]

    04/10/2009 4:18:42 AM PDT · by tenger · 169+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 10, 209 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you? But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Matthew 26:62-64...
  • Do The Tough Thing [devotional]

    04/06/2009 6:26:03 AM PDT · by tenger · 152+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 6, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews 11:24-26 Moses could have chosen the easier route of living in Egypt as royalty and lived quite comfortably all his days. He didn't choose the "path of least resistance," but he chose to...
  • Moses' Parents [devotional]

    04/05/2009 4:46:02 AM PDT · by tenger · 213+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 5, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. Hebrews 11:23 In Exodus 6:20 we learn Moses' and Aaron's parents' names: Amram and Jochebed. It's probably the first you've heard the names. It's intriguing to me that the book of Hebrews doesn't mention them by name. But that also encourages me that out of the millions of lives in the world, we can remain faceless and God will still know our deeds and our faith. Secondly, those parents knew...
  • Some Trust [guest Devotional by Mrs. Tenger]

    04/01/2009 3:58:28 AM PDT · by tenger · 186+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | April 1, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    "Some trust in chariots and some in horses." Psalm 20:7 Some trust in their 401Ks, some trust in their beauty, some trust in their talents, some trust in the military, some trust in their political party... "But we will remember the name of the Lord our God…they have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stand up right." Psalm 20:8 Sometimes life makes you feel like you can’t stand up right. Betrayal of a friend or coworker, sickness, grief, economic predictions of doom…what ever you may be facing... I learned from a dear friend in Sudan, who said...
  • Welcome Home! [Devotional]

    03/28/2009 1:26:33 PM PDT · by tenger · 215+ views
    Devotions Chopchop ^ | March 28, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    For he [Abraham] was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Hebrews 11:10 After my first extended visit overseas, I remember flying into San Francisco, my port of entry. I was 23 and had been on my own in England, and was now on my way back to Alaska. I was giddy as we came in to land. The air hostess said this immediately upon touching down, "If this is your first time in America, Welcome to the United States of America. If you are returning, welcome home!" That's it, Welcome Home! It brought...
  • Strangers [Devotional]

    03/27/2009 4:03:24 AM PDT · by tenger · 1 replies · 225+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 27, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith he [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. Hebrews 11:9 God clearly told Abraham to go to a foreign land. Everything about this new land was different for Abraham and his family. It took a long time to understand the culture and the ways of the people living there. When he was new to the land, everything was peculiar. Not bad necessarily, but different. Like many of you reading this, I have...
  • Abraham the Obedient [Devotional]

    03/26/2009 3:59:34 AM PDT · by tenger · 155+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 26, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 Abraham had no guarantees. Like many of us, he didn't know where he was going, when he'd get there, or what he would experience along the way (Genesis 12). It was certainly a faith journey, especially because he was 75 at the time, and many others also accompanied him (Genesis 12:5). It might have been easy for him to ignore the calling God had on him by making...
  • Stubborn For Christ (Devotional]

    03/25/2009 4:07:26 AM PDT · by tenger · 3 replies · 270+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 25, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7 I return to Noah because he's such an intriguing man of God. I was thinking about him today and it dawned on me: Noah was stubborn. That's it. Yes, he had faith. No one denies that. But he had grit and spunk that few ever had. He preached righteousness for 120 years. How many converts? Today, the church growth experts would...
  • Noah's Faith

    03/24/2009 3:48:24 AM PDT · by tenger · 8 replies · 440+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 24, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:6 It has to be the longest construction project ever: 120 years working on a wooden ship. Noah did it by faith. Up to that point, it had never rained before, so even the concept of rain was foreign to Noah and those who watched him day after day (Genesis 2:5-6). I suspect he was harassed and ridiculed. The people probably laughed...
  • By Faith [Devotional]

    03/23/2009 3:43:37 AM PDT · by tenger · 142+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 23, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 After discussing creation, Cain and Abel, and Enoch as they all relate to faith, the writer of the Book of Hebrews pauses to expound slightly on pleasing God. It's perhaps one of the better known verses in Hebrews. How can we please God? By faith. The two words are as complex as they are short. People have faith in a lot of different things: Some strongly believe that there...
  • Translated [Devotional]

    03/22/2009 5:04:21 AM PDT · by tenger · 208+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 22, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Hebrews 11:5 Pleasing God. It's what many of us aspire to do. We yearn for God to find favor in the things we say and do. We long for His approval. Enoch did just that and God commended him for it. Enoch was a unique individual. He was one of three Bible characters (Melchizedek and Elijah were the other two), who...
  • A Growing Faith [Devotional]

    03/21/2009 6:48:34 AM PDT · by tenger · 181+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 21, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrews 11:4 Genesis 4. Cain and Abel. Cain brought "the fruit of the land" as an offering and Abel brought the firstborn from the flock of his sheep. Both were probably taught about offerings and the need to bring first fruits or the firstborn. The passage is clear that Abel brought the firstborn while Cain gave some of his fruits and vegetables....
  • Hall of Faith [Devotional]

    03/19/2009 6:58:23 PM PDT · by tenger · 1 replies · 168+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 19, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2 In the next few weeks I will be going through the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. I will spend at least one day on each of those mentioned in this chapter. Entire libraries have been written about faith. We have a sure hope in Jesus although we do not see Him. A number of years ago, Larry King asked Billy Graham, “do you have any doubt about your eternal destiny?” Absolutely...
  • Help Them We Should

    03/18/2009 3:13:05 AM PDT · by tenger · 18 replies · 666+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 18, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    A poor man's field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away. Proverbs 13:23 If you do a quick search throughout the Scriptures, you'll see that God has a special place in his heart for the poor and needy and those who cannot defend themselves. The poor rarely have an honest voice (when they have a voice at all) in government. In many lands, what they do have is ripped away by greedy bureaucrats and power-hungry officials. Stop today to consider the plight of the poor and the needy. Many, through no fault of their own, are in desperate...
  • Praise Awaits [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/16/2009 3:13:35 AM PDT · by tenger · 144+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 16, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD ? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode with your horses and your victorious chariots? You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. Selah You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of...
  • A Glimpse [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/15/2009 6:03:51 AM PDT · by tenger · 1 replies · 157+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 15, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal. Habakkuk 3:3-5 (FYI: According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Teman was originally the name of a tribe and then of a district of the Edomites. The Temanites were famed...
  • Jonah or Habakkuk? [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/14/2009 4:04:52 AM PDT · by tenger · 181+ views
    Devotions Chopchop ^ | March 14, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2b This is an interesting and overlook-able four words right in the midst of Habakkuk's prayer to God. First he praises God for his awesome deeds, asks Him to make those deeds known, then he takes a twist and asks God to have mercy when He's doling out His wrath. It's almost as if Habakkuk's saying, "go easy on those who can't really see your awesome deeds!" Contrast...
  • Go, God. Do It Again! [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/13/2009 6:31:03 AM PDT · by tenger · 178+ views
    Devotions Chopchop ^ | March 13, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 A number of years ago I saw a simple Ziggy cartoon. Ziggy was on a cliff watching a brilliant sunrise and said, "Go God! Do it again." In childlike faith, the cartoon character expressed what we often want to say. "God, you are awesome!" This is the essence of Habakkuk's prayer. Like Ziggy, Habakkuk is saying, "you did it before, there’s no reason why you can’t or...
  • Let the Earth Be Silent [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/12/2009 3:46:56 AM PDT · by tenger · 2 replies · 197+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 12, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and be exposed! The cup from the LORD's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory. The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. "Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes...
  • Stations of the Cross date back to the fourth century

    03/11/2009 3:47:59 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 717+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Columbus, Ohio, Mar 11, 2009 | Tim Puet
    Stations of the Cross date back to the fourth century By Tim Puet Columbus, Ohio, Mar 11, 2009 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- The Stations of the Cross in the form most American Catholics know best are of comparatively recent vintage in Church terms, dating back to the year the U.S. Constitution was ratified. However, their history goes back well before that, to the days when pilgrims were first openly able to go to Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of Jesus on Good Friday. The emperor Constantine permitted Christians to legally worship in the Roman Empire in 313 after 250...
  • On Our Watch [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/11/2009 4:08:49 AM PDT · by tenger · 184+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 11, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    "Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin! You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life. The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it. "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime! Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people's labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with...
  • Here Comes The Judge [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/10/2009 4:04:32 AM PDT · by tenger · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 10, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples. "Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, 'Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?' Will not your debtors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim. Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who...
  • Living By Faith [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/09/2009 3:45:23 AM PDT · by tenger · 3 replies · 269+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 9, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. "See, he is puffed up; his desires are not right-but the righteous will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:2-4 Perhaps the toughest job of a prophet was to foretell of future events without being able to witness them. Already in the first Chapter God foretold of Babylonia's...
  • Waiting [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/08/2009 5:38:21 AM PDT · by tenger · 1 replies · 192+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 8, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Habakkuk 2:1 Have you ever had burning questions that you needed God to answer: who will I marry? What will my career be like 10 years from now? Should I join the military? Which college should I go to? Those answers are rarely cut and dried for us. Unfortunately, we don't hear a voice from heaven saying "do this!" I’m not even sure we’d want that deep...
  • Where are the Reluctant Leaders? [Devotional]

    03/07/2009 2:28:04 PM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 183+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 7, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    You have made men like fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no ruler. The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food. Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy? Habakkuk 1:14-17 Habakkuk speaks truth when he states that men (and women) often have a "we want...
  • Every Day [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/06/2009 3:40:46 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 6, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    O LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, we will not die. O LORD, you have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, you have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? Habakkuk 1:12-13 God's seen and heard it all. That's perhaps the understatement of the year. He was from the Beginning and He'll be in the End. Infinite. Everlasting. Unending. Without respect for days...
  • Strength of a Nation [Devotional from Habakkuk]

    03/05/2009 4:34:15 AM PST · by tenger · 145+ views
    Devotions Chopchop ^ | March 5, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    They [Babylonians] are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor. Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like a vulture swooping to devour; they all come bent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand. They deride kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; they build earthen ramps and capture them. Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—guilty men, whose own strength is...
  • Out of Control [Devotional]

    03/04/2009 4:26:28 AM PST · by tenger · 192+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 4, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own. Habakkuk 1:5-6 This is God's response to Habakkuk's complaint. God was raising up a very specific group of people who were feared and hated among God's people. Think about that. It was almost as if God were saying, "Yes, Habakkuk, you see evil now but wait until...
  • Habakkuk: The Reverse Prophet [Devotional]

    03/03/2009 3:56:35 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 226+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 3, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received: How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore, the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. Habakkuk 1:1-4 How many times this year have you felt this way?? This opening passage could have easily been written last week. Habakkuk...
  • They Won't Understand [Devotional]

    03/02/2009 3:52:18 AM PST · by tenger · 182+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | March 2, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. Psalm 112:10 Have you ever had a non-believer look at you in disbelief at something you did or couldn't do because of your beliefs? I've had that happen on a number of occasions. They simply cannot figure out what's making you tick at the moment. When I lived in Mongolia, drinking three shots of vodka "to the bottom" was standard fare during dinner socials. Early in our stay there we had decided that drinking in...
  • God's Pilot Light [Devotional]

    02/28/2009 4:37:29 AM PST · by tenger · 172+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 28, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    [Blessed is the man who fears the Lord]…His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Psalm 112:8 There is an entire multi-billion dollar industry built around Security. Whether it's security for your home, your car, finances, or even as simple as your computer, we all want to feel secure. But as we're beginning to see, the security we once knew in America is unraveling, especially in the financial markets. Everyone is looking for a secure place to park their hard earned dollars. Even the experts say there is...
  • Remembered Forever [Devotional]

    02/26/2009 11:46:59 AM PST · by tenger · 125+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 26, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:6 O that there were an army of equipped and passionate Believers marching across the land in defense of Godly causes and the Gospel. How would our world be different if we had unshakable faith and an unquenchable thirst for righteousness? What would that look like in our day and age? And yet, there are many, even those reading this, whose faith is solid and strong, who cares not what the world says or thinks, but does he or she knows to be right. You don't...
  • Generosity and Justice [Devotional]

    02/25/2009 4:02:55 AM PST · by tenger · 142+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 25, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5 How would our lives change if we sought to practice generosity and justice in everything we did? I believe the results would be astounding. Being generous is fairly easy to accomplish, and it goes beyond "not being stingy." Generosity is ungrudgingly giving something that you have to others so that they are more comfortable. It can be deal with money, food, service, time, and material goods. Of course you can even expand it to being generous with your knowledge and wisdom....
  • Take a Peale Pill! [Devotional]

    02/24/2009 3:51:34 AM PST · by tenger · 150+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 24, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Psalm 112:4 When I was in high school, I played the character of grumpy General Bullmoose in the play "Lil' Abner." I told my secretary, "I'm not taking my Peale pills. They make me think...too positive." The reference is to Norman Vincent Peale, the famed optimist. The optimist referred to in this verse is not merely optimistic for the sake of being up, but he's displaying the quality of his moral character. I'll admit it, life can get you down, especially in the times...
  • Burdens or Blessing? [Devotional]

    02/23/2009 4:53:47 AM PST · by tenger · 171+ views
    Devotions Chopchop ^ | February 23, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures forever. Psalm 112:3 This is a verse that refers back to the previous two verses. Because a man fears the Lord, he has great wealth and riches, and it may very well be that his children are the source of those "riches." Let me put it another way. Have you ever known a person with many children to be unhappy about it? I've personally known two families with 10 and 12 children each, and the parents couldn't be more pleased with their decision to have that many children. Sure,...
  • Mighty in the Land [Devotional]

    02/22/2009 5:36:02 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 167+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 22, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    His [man who fears the Lord] children will be mighty in the land; each generation of the upright will be blessed. Psalm 112:2 This is a continuation of the previous verse. Each verse following will note that when a man fears the Lord, this will happen. Many years ago, there was a commercial on television that ended with a father walking through the forest with his young son. The two sit down and rest against a tree. The father takes out a cigarette, lights it, and puts the pack on the ground. The young boy picks up the cigarette pack...
  • Perspective [Devotional]

    02/20/2009 3:31:33 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 184+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 20, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Psalm 113:4 I love putting things into perspective especially after I've had a frantic day at work. We all have those days; some obviously more often than others. Then I get home and read about the news in the world; it's enough to make me want to close myself from the world and hope they cancel tomorrow (or next month) completely. Perspective. You see, God is in control. I say it often enough in this space, probably more to remind me than to remind you. When you...
  • The Fonz was Never Wrong [Devotional]

    02/19/2009 4:18:25 AM PST · by tenger · 4 replies · 668+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 19, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 Arthur Fonzarelli, affectionately known as The Fonz on the 70s TV show "Happy Days," would never admit that he was wrong. According to The Fonz, he was never wrong. One episode shows him practicing in a mirror trying to say the word "Wrong" but he just can't do it. To my knowledge he never did admit he was wrong. We're like that. Confession is good for the soul, but boy is it difficult to do...
  • Who are We Kidding? [Devotional]

    02/18/2009 4:19:35 AM PST · by tenger · 152+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 18, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 Very few people in life claim to be perfect. We may joke about it being "hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way," but we know ourselves. We know our faults better than anybody. But often, we hide our sin. God sees it all but we tend to hide it from others. Nobody wants to air our own personal dirty laundry! We think that if others see what we're really like, they won't accept us. The truth is,...
  • The Blood of Jesus [Devotional]

    02/17/2009 4:00:58 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 17, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin. That's essentially the Gospel message in a concise sentence. Men, women, and children all over the world have died horrible deaths because of that one sentence. They have risked everything to proclaim that simple message. The upside to that is that many lives have been radically changed because of the words in that solitary sentence. Marriages have...
  • The Light of God [Devotional]

    02/15/2009 5:26:56 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 177+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 15, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5 God is light but He is much more than that. In fact if you were to combine all of the attributes that we equate God (love, omnipotent, omniscient, wise, etc), He would still be more than all of that. But light is one of those characteristics that helps to reveal who we are as his Creation. When you shine pure light anywhere, there is no place to hide. The bigger and brighter the light source, the fewer places there are to shield ourselves. And yet, that's...