Devotionals

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The Happy Face is Broken

By   |  August 6, 2013

Churches are filled with imperfect people just like hospitals. Sometimes we misdiagnose and make people sicker. Sometimes our bedside manner leaves something to be desired. Sometimes the waiting room is too full and care is not delivered in a timely manner, or the delivery room is unstaffed.

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Psalm 139

By   |  July 29, 2013

God knows you — which means God knows your hurts, your worries, your feelings, your concerns, your joys, your successes, your victories, your sins, your failures, your lusts, your vices, your securities and insecurities — and loves you through them all.

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Provision

By   |  July 15, 2013

Thunder again? There had been a whole string of rainy days, and we were getting used to hearing thunder. I love to experience storms - to drink in the smell of the rain and see the wonder and majesty of wind and lightning...

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Golf and Marriage

By   |  June 10, 2013

Now that winter seems to finally be over (I hope) and the temperature’s warming up, it’s a time when a man’s heart turns to romance…and golf, not necessarily in that order. So, I thought maybe the game of golf might be able to provide some insight into marriage.

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Love Unmasked

By   |  May 28, 2013

“I am loved!” Such simple words yet so difficult for so many to experience in their hearts. Oh, we may acknowledge with our heads that we are loved but often our hearts find it hard to accept as real.

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The "Shoulds"

By   |  May 21, 2013

Should. I think this has become one of my least favorite words in the English language. “You should do this.” “You shouldn’t do that.”

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Not Just Any Sabbath

By   |  May 9, 2013

Luke 6:6-11: On another Sabbath [Jesus] went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.

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Celebrated

By   |  April 29, 2013

She played with tiny pebbles by a stream as the sun glinted through the vibrant green tropical canopy. She had been there before when the river roared after heavy winter rains, but today the water whispered.

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Paul Says in Colossians 3...

By   |  April 15, 2013

Paul says in Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state]...

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Peace from God

By   |  April 8, 2013

John 20:10-18 Jesus's tomb is empty. Mary Magdalene is in grief ("loud wailing" denoted by the Greek), desperate to find Jesus, her Lord.

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The passion through three "voices"

By   |  March 30, 2013

In remembrance of our Lord's death and resurrection, I've laid out a survey of scriptures that tell of the passion of Jesus. Each text color represents a "voice" from the scriptures:

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Hope in the Resurrection

March 20, 2013

Jesus is our hope. “He has risen! He is not here”.

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I sure hope so...

March 4, 2013

Throughout February our devotional theme will be hope. This week Dr. Christian Just shares a few thoughts on the subject. Dr. Just is a faithful friend of HCM International...

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Three Phrases

By   |  February 24, 2013

As we deal with fear in our lives, we can look to these three phrases for encouragement and to seek the Lord's presence.

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My Little Jar of Manna (Part 3 of 3)

By   |  February 18, 2013

Two weeks ago we started a series of three devotionals around the phrase “all behavior has meaning.” We’re focusing on why care receivers (and us too!) can continue to choose dysfunctional behaviors, especially when those behaviors leave us scratching our heads.

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My Little Jar of Manna (part 2 of 3)

By   |  February 11, 2013

Last week we started a series of three devotionals around the phrase "all behavior has meaning." We're focusing on why care receivers (and us too!) can continue to choose dysfunctional behaviors, especially when...

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My Little Jar of Manna (part 1)

By   |  February 4, 2013

As caregivers, we may find ourselves sitting across the room from a care receiver with some bizarre dysfunctional behaviors.

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An Unlikely Teacher

By   |  November 5, 2012

King David’s life is surrounded by pictures of God’s grace and passion for His people. In 2 Samuel 14, though, David gets a lesson about God’s grace from a very unlikely source, and it is a message that’s just as powerful today...

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The Beautiful Third Thing

October 2, 2012

Terry Wardle spoke one day in class about “the Third Thing” that God does. The third thing is what you get when you take something from our lives and God brings something of Himself to bear on it.

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Abundantly Available

August 9, 2012

Don't you just love the freshness of these August mornings? They beckon me outside to my favorite deck chair. I've positioned it to overlook the hosta garden for some quiet moments of devotional reading and meditation.

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Closeness

By   |  May 1, 2012

Something that I have come to appreciate about David is that he understood two things: his own brokenness, and God’s compassionate heart for those who are broken ...

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