God Preserves Saints-3 Words in Tension

Have you ever heard “Once saved; always saved?”  Have you ever struggled to reconcile that with warnings against falling away?  The Bible is filled—every bit as much—with reassurance as it is with warning.  What is a Christian to make of that tension?  We all have worries about wayward children, a drifting spouse or parent, siblings […]

October 14, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Told Us-3 Words of Preparation

I have piles of papers on every flat surface in my home, work that I’ve been up to my ears in doing instead of writing devotionals.  Both are God’s calling, so balancing them is a daily art form.  Then suddenly, Las Vegas.  Like many of you, there’s an unspeakable shock, a deep abiding grief, and […]

October 4, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Offers Peace-3 Words to Calm Anxiety

We sure live in anxious times, don’t we?  I know I haven’t been as routine about writing lately and it’s because being “a Neighbor” has meant ministering locally, doing my best to alleviate others’ anxiety through working hard, thinking hard, and yes, praying hard.  How do I keep from letting anxiety get the better of […]

September 24, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Determines Over-3 Words of Finality

There are times that I feel like a lonely David in an all-Philistine-world (1 Samuel 17).  There is Goliath.  There’s the Philistine army.  And there are even the people on your own team who stand ready to declare the battle “Over” right along with the Philistines.  Just look at Goliath!  Just look at that army!  […]

September 16, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Sees Everything-3 Words of Caution

When my son was young, I was a carpooling mother who thought she had convinced the kids that his mother had eyes in the back of her head.  Pop my bubble, one day a friend of his shouted from right behind me, “Hey, I’m talking to you!”  I don’t see everything and I guess I […]

September 9, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Shelters Me-3 Words of Comfort

Hurricane Harvey has been bearing down upon the Gulf Coast of Texas between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, working its way inland, apparently missing the motto “Don’t mess with Texas.”  Or oblivious to it.  Such forces of nature strike fear in people’s hearts and rightfully so.  They can cause untold damage to people’s lives and […]

August 26, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Created It-3 Words to Humble Us

Eclipse fever has come and is basically gone.  This fever lasted a little longer than 4 hours the moon took to cover the sun (https://www.nasa.gov/eclipsephotos), and a lot longer, comparatively, to the maximum 2 min, 40 seconds of totality.  But soon it will be a distant memory and display as “fake news” one reporter’s wishful […]

August 24, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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No Other God-3 Words of Distinction

She stood in the Health and Beauty aisle and was fixated upon the soap display when I encountered her.  She moved her cart and looked at me sheepishly.  “Sorry,” she said, “too many choices, I guess.”  I said, “I hear you.  Kind of makes you miss the good old days when there were fewer choices, […]

August 21, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Gives Strength-3 Words of Reliance

Whose strength do you have?  Your own?  God’s?  Aw, come’on, Barb, how is it even possible to have God’s strength?  As we continue to look at 3 Words for Day-to-Day Christian Living, there are 3 words upon which we can rely: God Gives Strength.  In fact, He delights to give strength to the least, the […]

August 20, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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God Never Tires: 3 Words to Amaze

Can you imagine never being tired?  I can’t.  I’m tired quite often and the older I get, the more easily tired I seem to feel.  The concept that God Never Tires actually amazes me.  He does all this work 24/7, 365 days a year, eternally… never retires or takes a vacation and never gets fatigued.  […]

August 16, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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