ARCHIVE February, 2021

But God Protects Us-Lent 8, 2021

Start to talk about “guardian angels” and people light up with fanciful stories about how they have their own personal angel like Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life.  Their personal angel hangs around 24/7 like a designated spiritual sidekick, ready to give them near parking spots and protect them from car crashes and other calamities.  […]

February 25, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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But God Stands in the Way of Faithlessness-Lent 7, 2021

God doesn’t like it when we take a “Maybe God will change His mind about it” approach.  Ranks right up there with the “A little bit won’t be a problem” nibbling at the boundaries of sin.  God isn’t lukewarm about important matters and if He says it, He means it.  A guy named Balaam learned […]

February 24, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Surprising Ways of Grace-Lent 6, 2021

Odd, isn’t it, that God would be preparing and protecting all of His people by sending one of His own into years of slavery and imprisonment?  In the strange plan of God, what must have seemed like Joseph’s string of bad luck was in fact the very preparation necessary for Joseph’s use to Pharaoh and […]

February 23, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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But God Gives Mercy’s Relief-Lent 5, 2021

“But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. […]

February 22, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Sabbath 1 (Lent 2021)

This year’s Lent Devotional Series “But God…” resumes tomorrow after today’s Sabbath rest to meditate and worship. Today’s meditation focus: God deserves worship because He is our powerful Creator. “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and […]

February 21, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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But God Comforts Us- Lent 4, 2021

“We were harassed at every turn– conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us.” (2 Corinthians 7:5-6 ) How anyone can read that Scripture and not see that the Bible is still relevant to our everyday is beyond me. Christians are—in fact—harassed at every turn.  It ranges from genuine […]

February 20, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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But God Refines Us-Lent 3, 2021

God has an enemies list of people who set themselves against God—mock Him, ridicule Him, diminish Him, and brazenly flaunt sin in His face.  (Of course no one wants to think that God would have such a running account, but maybe we’d be wise to consider God’s holiness a bit more seriously.) These enemies of […]

February 19, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Never Forgets the Needy-Lent 2, 2021

It’s easy to feel like a forgotten man or woman.  Sometimes life just isn’t fair at all.  Into such a time, God gives us this reassurance that no hope in Him can ever be extinguished.  God rules.  End of story. While some men of evil intent may have temporary triumphs—which serve to harden their arrogance—in […]

February 18, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Ash Wednesday Lent 1, 2021

Today is Ash Wednesday and our devotional series “But God…” begins.  It’s also a reminder that God is not sleeping or ignorant of our pitiful state.  He is both angered at sin and compassionate towards those who are faithful to repent, suffering under the yoke of sin (whether their own bondage/ addiction patterns or the […]

February 17, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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But God… 2021 Lent Devotionals

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. This year’s devotional series focuses on how to live between two worlds while holding onto your faith. What are these two worlds? City of Man which exists as a world of troubles, injustice, and strife.  City of God in which every tear will be wiped away, everything […]

February 7, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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