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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...

Day 25: The Climb

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(7 minute read) “…Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God (Luke 6:12, NIV).” George Mallory was the famed mountain climber who may have been the first person ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. In the early 1920s, he led a number of...

Day 24: In God We Trust

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(5 minute read) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)." Billy Graham tells the story of a time early in his ministry when he came to a small town to preach...

Day 23: God's Dream Team

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“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three have gathered in My name, there am I among them (Matthew 18:19-20, NIV).”  In 1992, the world was captivated by a group called...

Day 22: The Shalene Effect

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(7 minute read) “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57, NIV).” Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon in 2017. Her victory was about more than just a personal athletic achievement. She’s the first American...

Day 21: A Protected Castle

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(8 minute read) “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8, NIV).” At one time...


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