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Recent Devotions

The Great Finisher

The Great Finisher

Have you ever started a project you haven’t finished? I’d be the first to raise my hand. When Melissa and I moved to Charlotte one of our first projects was painting the bathroom. Easy enough—even for someone who talks for a living and doesn’t play well with tools.

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Parrots

Parrots

When I was in elementary school, I was given an assignment to draw some parrots. The teacher was so impressed (that may be a slight overstatement) that she hung my work in the art fair at City Hall. When it came time to show off my skills to my parents, I got all gussied up and walked around city hall like I owned the place.

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I’m Positive

I’m Positive

By James Metsger And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in...

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Servants and Saints

Servants and Saints

I learned at an early age that sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. I believed that juvenile statement . . . until someone actually called me a name. My hurt feelings testified to the fact that I had swallowed a lie.

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Keep a Quiet Heart

Keep a Quiet Heart

A friend gifted me the book, Keep a Quiet Heart by Elizabeth Elliott during a time when my heartfelt anything but quiet. Good friends know things like that. I have dog-eared so many pages in thisbook claiming, “No, THIS is the best one so far,” only to flip the page and dog-ear it too. There is suchwisdom packed in each short article; reading them felt like the perfect prescription for my not so quietheart. Take this wisdom, three times a day for 14 days and voila, peace!

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American Idol

American Idol

I’m trying to remember my parents’ last words as I went off to college. 

I’m not positive, but they were probably along the lines of “I love you” or “I’m proud of you” or “Work hard” or “Remember, you don’t have a job or money so spend accordingly.” Either way, their last words were encouraging, uplifting, and wise. 

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Ask Anything

Ask Anything

“If God were to answer all your prayers, would you even know it?” When my friend Cliff asked a room full of church goers that question, I felt conviction. I tend to pray safe prayers or broad prayers. “Bless this or that” or “Watch over him or her.” My prayer life can be so clouded with generalities that I’m not always sure when, or if, God specifically answers. Or, worse, sometimes I’m just not sure what to ask for, so I don’t ask for anything.

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Obedience Isn’t a Burden

Obedience Isn’t a Burden

Do you remember the first time as a kid you decided you were not a big fan of the rules? You were told to clean your room, but you didn’t like cleaning your room. You knew you were supposed to put your dirty laundry in the basket, but you weren’t a fan of laundry. You knew that your job was to empty the dishwasher, but it seemed excessive and unkind to ask a kid to do such hard labor. And why should you have to mow the lawn when you weren’t the one who sent the rain and made it grow!?

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