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Monday Morning Devotionals

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This devotional series is designed to help Christians start their week off right. It is a spiritual exercise that sets the tone, begins the self-talk, and reminds the soul that our spirit is primary and should be fed first as each week begins. Join us for a brief new devotional message every Monday.
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23. A Father's Prayer
Over the years I've learned that each child has specific needs and, as a father who knows his children, I often pray for God to bless them in particular ways. If I had but one prayer to make, however,...
24. Raising Christian Kids
It seems that older people are the ones who are interested in religion and younger ones have little time for spiritual things.
25. Lap Talk
My youngest was feeling a little low last week. The teacher sent home a long list of things that had been forgotten, ignored and left incomplete.
26. What is Maturity?
An important topic that parents and teens often discuss is what is, or is not, mature. Parents and teens do not have the same idea about what maturity actually means. Teens think that maturity means having...
27. The Good Idea of America
​In July of 1776 the American Congress approved the Declaration of the Independence of the 13 United States of America. One of the key figures behind the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson, whose writing in "Defense of Liberty and Rights of Man" was the intellectual force behind the Revolution.
28. Forever Praise
Let's begin our week by reading a psalm of praise. 1Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. 2Great are the works of the Lord...
Psalm 111
29. No Good Time to Die
When I lived in Montréal, I remember a shocking news story about a young woman who died instantly when a piece of concrete fell on her as she was eating supper with her husband in a downtown restaurant...
30. The Rod of Discipline
In Proverbs 13:24 Solomon writes: He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.- Proverbs 13:24 The rod spoken of here was a very meaningful image in the Old...
31. Friendship Stew
In an article entitled, "Enjoying the Enduring Magic of Long-Term Friendship," Katherine Lowry lists several important ingredients found in friendships that are able to last for many years. 1. Going through...
32. Before You Say "Why Not"
When faced with a decision to do something or get involved in some scheme or plan, people sometimes base their choice on the popular saying "why not?" When they cannot make up their minds they jump into...
33. How to Persevere in Preaching
5 indispensable rules that pave the way for your present-day survival and future prosperity as a preacher.
34. Wednesday Night: What's in it for me?
The Wednesday night service is as inconvenient a habit as you can have. You have to rush home from work and rush through supper or delay supper until late.
35. She was a Good Dog
Bristo, a female Boxer belonging to our eldest daughter, died recently from a combination of age (13 years) and various ailments that are common in dogs of that type. Everyone in our family was fond of...
36. The Problem of Procrastination
Tell me what kind of person is talking here… "I will do it later"; "I will watch the movie, then finish the work"; "tomorrow"; "next time"; "You want me to do it now?"… Of course, these...
37. The Suicide Doctor
One of the more gruesome characters who appeared in the new several years ago was a man they called "The Suicide Doctor" or "Doctor Death." His real name was Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He helped people consciously...
38. When Someone Leaves...
Recently, we have gone through the painful experience of having to withdraw from one of our members because he refused to repent from sin and had left the assembly. This caused many members to ask questions...
39. Miracles Don't Save
In Luke 17:19 we have the story of Jesus healing a leper. After this miracle, Jesus said to the man "Your faith has saved you." In other words, the miracle healed his body but it was the man's faith in...
40. Guarding Against Greed
Be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.- Luke 12:15 In this passage, the Lord warns us to guard against greed. In...
41. Ministering to the Minister
Several years ago, I was visiting a congregation whose "prime" had passed. The attendance was half of what it used to be as empty pews marked the places where entire families once sat. The singing only...
42. Kissing Up
There is a modern expression that describes an old human need. The expression is "kissing up" and it means to curtsy or cultivate favor with a superior. The human need is, of course, the need to be liked...
43. Seek the Kingdom
In Matthew 6:31-33 Jesus said the following: This passage is the summary to a long section in which Jesus compares the experience of being in the kingdom of God under the grace of God and living in the...
44. True Awakenings
In 1990 there was an unusual movie called "Awakenings" with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. It was about a man who, for some reason, was in a coma for years and then suddenly came out of it for a while...
45. How Important is 1 Vote?
Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant.
46. Freedom from Sin
What does Paul mean when he says that we have been freed from sin; that we become slaves to righteousness?
47. Honor to Whom it is Due
Many years ago I took a trip in one of our church vans. When the weather suddenly changed and it began to rain so hard that the windshield wipers couldn't keep up. It was about 10 p.m. and I was riding...
48. A 1,000 Choices Along the Way
As Christians, we eventually learn that there are always choices to make if you want to follow God's way. A thousand little decisions: to hold your tongue, to avoid certain websites, to make an effort...
49. Living on the Brink of Hope
When our children were young, during the weeks preceding Christmas, I watched them as they counted down the days, hours, and minutes until that special moment when the "gifts" were opened. For days they...
50. Psalm of Suffering
In Psalm 6, David the king of Israel, goes through a range of emotions as he suffers from an undisclosed illness.
Psalm 6
51. Promised / Not Promised
I remember Christmas disappointments; left-winger equipment instead of goalie equipment; toboggan instead of pool table... Anybody remember theirs? The problem many times as children is that we are not clear on what was promised.
52. Dealing with Pain at Christmas
Perhaps the reason why Christmas time is "special" is because, for some reason or other, everything seems more intense at Christmas. We spend more, eat more, even take off work days. Have you even noticed...
53. Look for the Rainbow
The disastrous floods that ravage various parts of the world each year remind us of the catastrophic deluge that God once used to destroy the earth in the days of Noah. When surveying the destruction...