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January 19, 2018

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Many of you know that I worked in a political arena for forty years, so I was used to the name-calling that was often associated with my…


January 12, 2018

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16)

When I was saved in 1991, one of the first outward and visible signs of my salvation was found in…


January 05, 2018

This is one of my favorite devotions. I do take some liberties with the fact that the Bible says the wise men "departed into their own country another way." I realize that Herod wanted to question them about the whereabouts of Jesus, but I also know that we always department differenlty after ane…


December 29, 2017

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

On January 1, your test will arrive. I say test because there is a high degree of probability that between now and then you will tell your spouse, a child, or perhaps a friend about your New…


December 22, 2017

“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst...The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)

Our mission as Christians is to win others to Christ. But the tricky part about soul winning is…


December 15, 2017

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4)

There are two people I never thought I would meet on this side of Heaven: An Internet reader from a community in which I wasn’t known, and one of the individuals who had something…


December 08, 2017

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

(Most of my newspaper editors do not like for me to capitalize “He” as I did in the above verse. They often change it. I hope not in this case because what follows emphasizes the importance of…


December 01, 2017

"He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." (James 1:6)

If the truth were ever told about the effect that doubt could have in your life, the above verse hits the nail on the head.

There is something else that’s true about doubt. It is actually expected in the life…


November 24, 2017

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.' (Hebrews 12:1)

There are times in my Christian walk when I wonder why I ever became a…


November 17, 2017

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

The date was June 24, 1962. I was nine years-old and had just walked down the aisle of First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to profess my faith in Christ. After…

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