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God rewards (a 40-day devotional series)

Today is the final devotional in this mini-series on the Beatitudes and the larger 40-day series.  I hope these and future posts are helpful to your faith in following Christ. Today’s verses are Matthew 5:10-12, “Blessed are those who are persecuted … Continue reading

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God restores (a 40-day devotional series)

Tomorrow is the last day in this mini-series on the Beatitudes and the larger 40-day series leading up to Easter morning.  I hope these devotionals and future posts on tools4trenches,net are helpful to you. Today’s verse is Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are … Continue reading

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God purifies (a 40-day devotional series)

Is it just me, or does this world really wear on our souls – even when we’re following Christ by faith? It’s not just me.  God’s Word regularly encourages Jesus’ weary followers that this world is not our home. (John … Continue reading

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God forgives (a 40-day devotional series)

In yesterday’s devotional on Matthew 5:6, “Jesus fills”, we noted that the Lord encourages those who follow Him to seek and find fulfillment in His righteousness, not their own. But even when we seek with all our hearts to trust in … Continue reading

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God fills (a 40-day devotional series)

People hunger and thirst. That’s what we do. Sociology even categorizes entire civilizations based on their ability to satisfy their hungers and thirsts. Agrarian societies, in the opinion of many, are the most basic form of society because they are … Continue reading

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God bequeaths (a 40-day devotional series)

If God was the executor of your will, what would He bequeath to you?  The devil wants Christians to believe their inheritance will be an eternity of outdated elevator music and floating on a cloud as a disembodied spirit – … Continue reading

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God comforts (a 40-day devotional series)

If you read the first devotional in this mini-series on the Beatitudes, “God focuses”, you may remember that I described these mini-messages as the Lord’s packing list to follow Him. In Matthew chapter 4, the Lord Jesus had just returned … Continue reading

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God promotes (a 40-day devotional series)

“That guy over there – he looks like his spirit is broken.  Choose him!”  You just don’t hear that coming from the team captains of a pick-up game.  Yet, that’s exactly who the Lord wants on His kingdom team right … Continue reading

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God focuses (a 40-day devotional series)

If you want to see a child’s priorities or “focus”, let them pack their own bag for an overnight camp. Over the years, I’ve howled with laughter listening to some of our friends share their little adventurers’ packing lists:  light … Continue reading

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God rules (a 40-day devotional series)

…but how much does He rule? And is that level of authority, power and involvement in our lives a good thing? In most nations, leaders often debate the merits of bigger or smaller government. Leadership with lots of authority and … Continue reading

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God frees (a 40-day devotional series)

In yesterday’s devotional, we considered some of the many securities and helps that belong to God’s people because He is sovereign over all matters and all people at all times. But, admittedly, God’s complete rule can also raise some questions … Continue reading

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God secures (a 40-day devotional series)

If you’ve been following this series over the past several days, you know that we’ve been looking at images of Christ in the creation week. I hope that the pieces of the puzzle are beginning to come together for you. … Continue reading

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God commissions – part 3 of 3 (a 40-day devotional series)

Today is the last of a three-part series on what it means for Jesus to be the “Christ”, which is the Greek word for “chosen” or “anointed”. As you may know, there were only three positions in the Old Testament … Continue reading

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God commissions – part 2 of 3 (a 40-day devotional series)

As I said in yesterday’s devotional, if you’ve been reading the devotionals over the past six days, you know we’ve been looking at specific ways that the gospel of Christ is revealed in the creation week – ways that Jesus … Continue reading

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God commissions – part 1 of 3 (a 40-day devotional series)

If you’ve been reading the devotionals over the past five days, you know we’ve been looking at specific ways that the gospel of Christ is revealed in the creation week – ways that Jesus also calls us to love, since … Continue reading

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God calls (a 40-day devotional series)

What does it mean to be called by God?  That is one of the most intensely debated and misunderstood concerns among Christians. It’s obvious, though, that all of us have been called by other human beings at different points in … Continue reading

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God provides (a 40-day devotional series)

My wife does a great job providing healthy foods for our family, and that’s no small feat.  Our lives, like many of yours, are extremely busy.  When we’re on a roll with some type of work, it seems easier to get fast food on … Continue reading

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God protects (a 40-day devotional series)

One of my idols is isolation.  Too often, I just want to feel safe for the sake of feeling safe.  And that can come in many forms that – on the surface – seem to be perfectly fine:  playing guitar … Continue reading

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God confronts (a 40-day devotional series)

I love stained glass windows, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of Jesus flipping those tables in the temple. Few of us like confrontation, and the few who do (or seem to) . . . well, let me bite … Continue reading

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God graces (a 40-day devotional series)

Have you ever been at a gathering where an entire group was expected to attend? But then a member came in late, and someone else responded “Well, thank you for gracing us with your presence!” Ouch! The offended person had the impression (true or … Continue reading

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God heals (a 40-day devotional series)

(written after one of my three major surgeries between 2013 and 2015) God willing, this is my first full day of healing in the hospital.  If you missed yesterday’s devotional, “God wounds”, you can check it out to catch up … Continue reading

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God wounds (a 40-day devotional series)

God is not a bully.  But He is the Great Physician, and all great physicians often must wound their patients. (Luke 5:31-32) In fact, just before I wrote this article three years ago, surgeons were wounding me.  My good wife was posting several devotionals … Continue reading

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God prepares (a 40-day devotional series)

“How do I stop this stupid thing!?!” I was about 13, standing with my full weight on the clutch and break of my Dad’s 1950 tractor and towing an old trailer full of 55 gallon trash cans, and there was … Continue reading

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God entrusts (a 40-day devotional series)

When my brother and I were 10 or 12 years old, our parents began entrusting much of our family’s lake resort business.  It wasn’t as glamorous as that may sound.   We dipped minnows, pumped gas, picked up trash over 10 acres, cleaned cabins (including kitchens and commodes) and hauled … Continue reading

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God balances (a 40-day devotional series)

God calls us to live for Him in every area of our lives. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9 and Luke 10:27)  So often, however, we struggle for true spiritual fitness because we focus only on some areas and neglect others.  All of us … Continue reading

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