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Devotion for June 30, 2005

June 30, 2005

Devotion for June 30, 2005 Corporal Kevin Clarke wanted to do one last thing before his Marine platoon embarked on a mission while deployed in Iraq. He asked a fellow Marine to print out the testimony he had recently typed. Corporal Clarke was killed on that mission, and his personal statement of faith was his parting message to his friends,...

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Source of Temptation: Our Enemy

March 3, 2013

Source of Temptation: Our Enemy The tactics and strategies of warfare need to evolve as enemies change. In the jungles of Vietnam, the United States faced a different kind of enemy than they had fought in the previous two world wars. The current War on Terror has targeted terrorist networks rather than nations. Expert intelligence is needed,...

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Gospel Identity: Groaning in the Hope of Glory

March 16, 2015

Gospel Identity: Groaning in the Hope of Glory Bible professor Eric Ortlund wrote: “Christians pass from death to new life. The fundamental rules of their reality change: no longer subject to the law of sin and death, we put to death what is old within and have been raised to new life. We are walking apocalypses, undergoing that fundamental,...

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The Poverty of Wealth

May 9, 2018

The Poverty of Wealth A recent study showed that people can tell whether you are rich or poor simply by looking at your face. According to psychologist Thora Bjornsdottir, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, even expressionless faces give off hidden signals about social class. According to today’s passage, it is also possible to...

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  • Revelation May 9, 2018

Devotion for December 22, 2006

December 22, 2006

Devotion for December 22, 2006 In 1705, English philosopher Samuel Clarke wrote: “The Christian Revelation is positively and directly proved . . . by the many infallible Signs and Miracles, which the Author of it worked publicly as the Evidence of his Divine Commission.” Like many people of his day, Clarke believed that the Bible was reliable...

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Devotion for May 21, 2007

May 21, 2007

Devotion for May 21, 2007 A survey published in American Sociological Review revealed that in 2004 one out of every four Americans had no close friends, and there was a 33 percent decline in the number of friendships over the past two decades. On average, Americans had only two people they would call close confidants. Even if those numbers...

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Devotion for Sept. 2, 2011

September 2, 2011

Devotion for Sept. 2, 2011 By definition, a lament is more than a spontaneous outburst of sorrow. It denotes a more thoughtful expression of grief, one that might be recorded, circulated among others, and memorized. The Bible contains numerous laments, including certain psalms or the entire book of Lamentations. In today’s reading, we encounter...

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Devotion for Sept. 19, 2011

September 19, 2011

Devotion for Sept. 19, 2011 When a young child wants to take something that doesn’t belong to him, often he will simply grab it and run. The wiser, older child will use a different method. Instead of simply snatching the coveted toy when the other is not looking, she might instead begin a small campaign of flattery, veiled kindness, and bargaining.

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Lament as Grief

September 10, 2019

Lament as Grief In 2014, psychologists from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville conducted an experiment with undergraduate students. They put each student in a room with no distractions. Then they told them that, if they wanted to, they could push a button and shock themselves. The results were shocking! Sixty-seven percent of the...

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Devotion for June 16, 2008

June 16, 2008

Devotion for June 16, 2008 “Champion warfare” was a common battle strategy in the ancient world. The outcome of the battle was determined not by entire armies fighting, but by a single duel between the best soldiers from each side. The nation whose champion lost the duel would become the vassals of the opposing winners. First Samuel 17 is...

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