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Afraid of the Daily Task?

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Afraid of the Daily Task? Read: Psalm 139:1-10 And I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away and be at rest.  Psalm 55:6 Did you ever feel like running away…away from the burdensome tasks of the day, away from the monotonous grind of a drab routine, away […]

The Glory of the Father’s House

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The Glory of the Father’s House Read: Revelation 21:1-27 And the city had no need of the sun,…for the glory of God did lighten it. Revelation 21:23 A little girl was walking with her father along a country road. The night was clear, and the child was enthralled by the splendor of the sky, all […]

Mercy

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Mercy Read: St. Matthew 5:1-9 Jesus said, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Over the arched doorway of a large hospital the following words are engraved in white stone so that all who enter may read and ponder: “Mercy is a room in our hearts for the misery of others.” Mercy is, as […]

The Purchased Life

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The Purchased Life Read: St. John 10:27-29 “You are not on your own; you were bought with a price…” I Corinthians 6:19b-20a One of the greatest sources of strength for Christians is the knowledge that we belong to Christ. We are His possession, given to Him by His Father. In His high priestly prayer the […]

Is It Enough to be “Religious?”

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Is It Enough to be “Religious?” Read: Acts 17:22-31 So Paul…said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.” Acts 17:22   Is it enough to be “religious?” It is often said of people, “He or She is very religious,” and that is a compliment. But is being religious enough? […]

Eyes Lifted Toward the Father’s House

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Eyes Lifted Toward the Father’s House Read: Psalm 121:1-8 “I lift up my eyes to the hills —from where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” A young man was tired of life. Surrounded by difficulties which to him seemed insurmountable he turned to his […]

Numbering Our Days

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Numbering Our Days “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12  Read: Psalm 90:1-12 Time, like money is a gift of God from the “spending” of which we shall someday have to give an account. How are you spending your time? As faithful followers of Jesus, […]

Just A Day At A Time

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Just A Day At A Time Read: Philippians 3:7-14 A worried patient, lying sick on a bed, turned to her doctor and asked, “How long will I have to lie here and suffer?” “Just a day at a time,” the wise doctor answered. Just a day at a time! What a wonderful philosophy of life. […]

“Joy to the World”

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“Joy to the World” Read: Psalm 98; Isaiah 40:3-5; St. Luke 2:10 Some of the most beautiful music ever written is that of the Christmas season. Music helps us praise and thank God for the wonderful gift of His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. In our Monday devotions in December we have focused […]

“Silent Night”

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“Silent Night” Read: St. Matthew 2:1-2; St. Luke 2:11, 16-18  In their village high in the Austrian Alp Mountains, a Catholic priest and his organist often talked about the hymns their church sang. They agreed that the perfect Christmas hymn had not yet been written. Then, just before Christmas in 1818, the church organ broke […]