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Day 34: How to Know the Will of God

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(7 minute read) “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2, ESV).”  About ten years ago, I attended a retreat that focused on...

Day 33: Say Please

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(7 minute read) “…just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:4, ESV).” My favorite memory of my father happened through Dixie Youth Baseball. Dad was my...

Day 32: Seven Hundred and Twenty-Nine Souls

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(7 minute read) “Revive us so we can call on your name once more (Psalm 80:18b, NLT).” Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a revival? It happened once for me. A group of men and women from a local recovery center started to attend our church in Dallas. Through the detox...

Day 31: The Gift of Praying Long

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(7 minute read) “I lay prostrate before the Lord those forty days and forty nights because the Lord had said he would destroy you. I prayed to the Lord and said, “'Sovereign Lord, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out...

Day 30: Three Fingers

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(6 minute read) “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10, NIV).”  In 2010, I traveled with a group of pastors to South Korea to learn from other pastors. South Korea is home to some of the largest...

Day 29: A Towering Ship in the Sand

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(7 minute read)  “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5, NIV).” Newcastle, Australia is an industrial port city about seventy-five miles north of Sydney. On the morning of June...

Day 28: Confident Prayer

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Day 28 Devotion: Confident Prayer (7 minute read) “Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16, NIV).”  During the Civil War, there was a soldier who wanted to speak to...

Day 27: How to Have Peace in a Troubled World

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(8 minute read) “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33, NIV).”  When my daughter was two years old, I buckled her in the car for what I thought would be a fun adventure. Emily had never been through a car...

Day 26: How Does Your Garden Grow?

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(7 minute read) “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1, NIV).” Some years ago, Jen and I experienced a change in the way we saw ourselves. Since we had been married, we knew we wanted God to use our home for whatever...

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