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January 16, 2017

Journals of Praise

Several years ago, I began incorporating journaling into my devotional time. I had always written my requests and the desires of my heart — my cries to Jesus — in blue...

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January 15, 2017

More Than a Building

Through the years, I have attended church and Sunday school in many different places: tents, a large home, a movie theater, a former army Quonset hut, refurbished army barracks, an elementary...

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January 14, 2017

Guide My Journey

My family enjoys road trips. As I plan each one, my goal is to determine the best route and clearest directions. My car is equipped with technology that provides these answers....

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January 13, 2017

In God’s Own Time

A friend gave me a pretty arrangement of flowers in various shades of orange. The greenery surrounding the flowers set off the vibrancy of their colors perfectly. They looked cheerful and...

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January 12, 2017

Power of Silence

I am an archaeologist and help to monitor construction 
activity in historic zones. One time, I was overseeing 
excavations near downtown. It was noon. Work halted across the busy construction site...

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January 11, 2017

Expressions of Prayer

I work as a hospital chaplain, providing spiritual and 
emotional care to patients and their families. Usually I end my visits by offering to pray with the patient, lifting to God...

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January 10, 2017

Still Working

In today’s reading, Jesus teaches his disciples to encourage genuine faith. John was troubled that another man was casting out demons even though he was not one of the twelve disciples....

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January 9, 2017

Wrestling with Doubt

Sitting alone on a park bench, I fought back tears of frustration. I was certain that my life was dedicated to God, and I tried faithfully to follow God’s leading. I...

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January 8, 2017

Nothing to Be Rejected

I often make desk calendars with my church students as part of a program to welcome in the new year. Two years ago, however, after making our yearly desk calendar, I...

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January 7, 2017

Wonderful, Isn’t It?

My father always sought to show us real-life stories of how God acts in our lives. One of those stories occurred in 1962, after the beginning of Angola’s liberation struggle, when...

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