A Multiplied Love (by Tim Gustafson)

Read: 1 John 4:20–5:5 Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 1 John 4:21 When a woman in Karen’s church was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), things looked bad. This cruel disease affects nerves and muscles, eventually leading to

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Not What It Seems (by Jennifer Benson Schuldt)

Read: 2 Kings 6:8–17 Don’t be afraid . . . . Those who are with us are more than those who are with [the enemy]. 2 Kings 6:16 Don is a border collie who lives on a farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. One morning, he and his owner, Tom, set

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The Perfect Gift (by David McCasland)

Read: Romans 11:33–12:2 Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 The weeks after Christmas are the busiest time of year in the US for merchandise returns as people trade unwanted gifts for what they really want. Yet

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Thanks-Living (by Anne Cetas)

Read: Psalm 23 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6 Wanting to mature in her spiritual life and become more thankful, Sue started what she called a Thanks-Living jar. Each evening she wrote on a small piece of paper one thing

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Now Is the Day (by Dave Branon)

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:18–6:2 I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 Our preschool-age granddaughter Maggie and her kindergarten-age sister Katie hauled several blankets to the backyard, where they proceeded to build a blanket tent in which to play.

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Time Alone With God (by Jennifer Benson Schuldt)

Read: Matthew 14:13–23 [Jesus] went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23 It was a busy morning in the church room where I was helping. Nearly a dozen little children were chattering and playing. There was so much activity that the room became warm and I propped

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Signet Ring (bởi Amy Boucher Pye)

Read: Haggai 2:15–23 “I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,” declares the Lord. Haggai 2:23 When I first made the acquaintance of a new friend from abroad, I noticed his posh English accent and that he wore a ring on his little finger. Later

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Locked Into Love (by Cindy Hess Kasper)

Read: Romans 8:31–39 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1 In June 2015, the city of Paris removed forty-five tons of padlocks from the railings of the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge. As a romantic gesture, couples would etch their initials onto

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The Power of Simple Words (by Randy Kilgore)

Read: 2 Peter 1:12–21 We did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 2 Peter 1:16 Raucous laughter marked the guests in my father’s hospital room: Two old truck drivers, one

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On Time (by Julie Ackerman Link)

Read: Luke 2:25–38 When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son. Galatians 4:4 Sometimes I joke that I’m going to write a book titled On Time. Those who know me smile because they know I am often late. I rationalize that my lateness is due to optimism,

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Joy for All (by David McCasland)

Read: Luke 2:8–14 Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2:10 On the final day of a Christian publishing conference in Singapore, 280 participants from 50 countries gathered in the outdoor plaza of a hotel for a group

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Christmas in Captivity (by David McCasland)

Read: Isaiah 9:1–7 On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2 Rev. Martin Niemoller, a prominent German pastor, spent nearly eight years in Nazi concentration camps because he openly opposed Hitler. On Christmas Eve 1944, Niemoller spoke these words of hope to his

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