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Devotions for your Meeting or Small Group

Updated on December 29, 2017
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Lynne Modranski is a follower of Jesus Christ from Eastern Ohio. She loves to write and would love to hear from you!

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Devotion Ideas for your meeting or group.

John Quincy Adams said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." If those actions inspire others to grow in Christ more, you are a Christian leader. I believe that in order to be effective Christian leaders, we must continually read and reflect on the word of God, and one excellent way to do that is to use a devotional, scripture based reading that causes us to consider God's word and what it means to us personally.

Each time I read scripture I am challenged to a new and deeper level in my walk with Christ. And often I'm inspired to share my revelations. The result of this inspiration is what you'll find below, for you see, I delight in finding, and helping others find, what I call "aha" moments in my walk with Christ.

In addition to the devotions I've archived here (and on a dozen more pages that you'll find linked below), I send out new devotional moments about twice a month. Sign up to get them below.

Devotions You'll Find on This Page

The Power of Our Words
Today's Vocabulary Lesson
You're Either Growing, Or You're Dying
Or Maybe, It's Growing LIke a Weed
The Wall of My Faith

The Power of our Words

Do they Hurt or Heal,
Build or Destroy

2 Kings 2:23-25

From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!" [24] He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. [25] And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.

This is a really hard piece of scripture. It reminds me of Numbers 16:28-35 and the family of Korah, who got swallowed up because they rebelled against the leadership of Moses, and Acts 5:1-11, when Ananias and Sapphira lied to Peter and the Holy Spirit about gifts they gave to God. For a time as I read this story of Elisha, I prayed, "why?" In fact, because this happened so soon after Elisha took over Elijah's ministry, my first thought was, "He really thinks a lot of himself." Some kids call him a name, so he calls down curses from God. I wasn't too impressed by the fact God actually answered his prayer.

But the more I thought about it, the more I considered perhaps God is trying to show us the seriousness of our words. Our Father often used extremes to give us a glimpse of how he feels about certain situations. Korah, for example, helped us see that it's unacceptable to rebel against God's chosen leader. Ananias and Sapphira set the stage for the rest of Christianity so we would understand that God didn't want our gifts if they were given to make us look good or contributed as a lie.

In his work, "Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl," N.D. Wilson talks a lot about the power of the spoken word. After all, everything we can see and touch was brought into being by the mere mention of it by our Creator. Likewise, our words hold power . . . more power than we can imagine. The things we say have the power to build up and tear down. They can create or destroy. What if God allowed these young men to die so that we might truly understand the power of our words?

I think God wants Christians to have fun. There's nothing worse than a boring gospel or dry, pious Christians. However, it's often easy to allow our "fun" to turn into bullying. Even Christians enjoy a bit of teasing and sarcasm, and often it's harmless, but unfortunately, more often, our words hurt and tear down. Sometimes we mean well. We're just having a good time. We think that the person we're teasing understands we love them and don't want to hurt them. They laugh, too! Other times, our teasing is really sarcasm. We mean what we say. The tone we use sounds like teasing, and we laugh after we say it. The one who is the focus of our "joke" laughs, too. So, it must be OK. But in these times, we are more like the young men calling out "baldhead" than the image of the living Christ.

Joking can alleviate tension and help get conversation started. Levity can be healthy for relationships. Laughing is good for our health. But does all of our laughing, joking and levity bring glory to God? Could any of our powerful words be construed as "bullying," even if the subject of our jokes laughs too? As Christians it's important that even our light-hearted speech is holy.

Ephesians 4:29 says: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

This week consider every word that comes out of your mouth. Evaluate them according to the power they have and their potential to "build others up." After all, you don't want to be mauled by a bear!

Lynne Preaches from Time to Time

Today's Vocabulary Lesson

Words in the Christian Language

English teachers all over America cringe at the words "ain't" or "gonna." Dialects that include "d'jeet jet"* and "whichadija"** are just a couple of examples of ways we create vocabulary. Plus there's an entire chapter of words that many people find offensive, none of which we'll mention for obvious reasons, words that most Christians try to eliminate from their vocabulary in order to honor Paul's admonition in Ephesians 4:29 to "not let any unwholesome talk" come out of our mouths.

Despite our attempts to clean up our mouths and create a vocabulary that honors our Savior, there is still one word Christians use every day that is completely unChristlike and unscriptural. It's a simple word, a tiny contraction, a word we hear and speak frequently, most often incorrectly. The word . . . CAN'T. We don't even find a definition for it in the dictionary. We have to look up "can," which means "have the ability to." So, can not means to NOT have the ability to . . . or impossible. The New International Version of the Bible only uses the word 14 times, and even well versed theologians must have a problem understanding the usage of the word because of those 14, the translators have only used it correctly twice.

Most often when we use the word "can't," what we really mean is "don't have permission." It's not that we aren't able. Our correct response would be "may not." On other occasions when "can't" is used, the word we should use is "won't." We often willfully choose not to do one thing or another, and instead of honestly expressing our willfulness, we say, "I can't."

By now you're thinking about all the times you use the word "can't." I can't, you can't, we can't . . . Take a moment to consider those times when someone asks you to dinner but you "can't." Think about it. It's not that you don't have the ability to eat dinner with the person. The truth is we should probably say, "I'm sorry, I have a prior commitment" or "I prefer not to."

  • I will not.
  • I do not choose to.
  • My schedule doesn't permit.
  • I don't have permission.
  • I may not.

It's quite easy for us to mistakenly rephrase any of those sentences to include the word, "can't." As you read earlier, there are two places in scripture where one of those statements just won't work as a substitute for the word "can't". Both are found in the dialogue of the chief priests and teachers of the law when Christ was on the cross. These learned Jews said, "He can't save himself." They were obviously wrong! However, they really believed that it was impossible for Christ to save Himself even though He saved others.

Although we truly can't save ourselves, and we generally can't do anything about a terminal illness not brought on by some unholy lifestyle, for the most part when Christians say, "I can't" we throw out at least two verses of scripture. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus says that just a bit of faith gives us the ability to do ANYTHING . . . Nothing will be impossible for you. And Luke 1:37 gives us Gabriel's message to Mary, "Nothing is impossible with God." If we truly believe these two verses, it becomes necessary for us to throw the word "can't" out of our vocabulary.

Although we use the word "can't" arbitrarily; sadly, we often believe it. It's not necessarily using the word that's terrible, but it's the confidence we place in it. For instance, I often say, "I can't cook," and at first glance, most would say it's true. But the more appropriate description would be, "I don't LIKE to cook. I'm not good at it, and I've never chosen to devote the time it takes to learn to do it well."

Although that seems pretty harmless, there is a more destructive use of the word "can't." This comes when we feel a call from God. It's then that we hear logical, but false, reasoning. For instance . . .

  • I can't go to Africa because . . .
  • I can't teach a Sunday School class . . .
  • I can't host a small group.
  • I can't read scripture every day.
  • I can't pray in front of people.
  • I can't give my testimony.

Why can't we? Because we don't believe scripture, and we don't trust God to keep His promises. We don't really believe that "nothing is impossible with God." We believe the lie of "can't," and sometimes we perpetuate the lie by passing along the sentiment to others around us, including our children. In America our conversation is generally more casual, we almost never articulate our thoughts in full. We use the easiest verbiage possible. So there will be many times we get lazy. Not a big deal. But it's important we are aware of the words we are using. As Christians we have the power to defeat the "can't" attitude. By our encouragement, our prayers and our faith we can strengthen the body of Christ and rid the family of the word "can't"


(*)Pittsburgh's version of "did you eat yet?"

(**)Foxworthy's redneck dictionary says you would use it in a sentence like this, "You didn't bring it 'with you, did you'?"

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If You're Not Growing, You're Dying

Colossians 1:3-12

Today I heard someone speak about their surprise about planning for growth in ministry. They were shocked that we would think ahead and prepare for a time when we outgrow our present facility. My response was that no one ever birthed a baby without hoping and preparing that the child would one day turn 18 and be on his own. Have you ever heard of anyone watch their daughter graduate without praying that she would continue to learn and develop into a mature responsible adult. Every ministry must prepare, plan and grow or it might as well prepare and plan to die.

Likewise, every mind must continually be growing. I so enjoy watching my grandson learn new things everyday. He's growing so fast. Not just in height and weight, but in his mind. He learns new words constantly and the world is an exciting place for him. Even a dandelion blowing in the wind will bring a "WOW!"

However, I enjoy talking with older saints who are still growing just as much as I enjoy my grandson. Oh, their body may have shut down years before, but they never stop asking questions, reading scripture and studying. There are some 70 year olds who are beginning to learn the computer or have begun to read things that they've never taken time to study before. Their minds are sharp because they are still growing. On the other hand, some who are the same age don't want to even attempt anything new. They have a difficult time grasping new concepts (and I don't mean Altzhymer patients). After I talk to them for just a short while the truth always comes out, "I just don't need to learn any of that new stuff."

This principle not only applies to our physical bodies, it also applies to our spiritual life. Just as you feed and nurture a baby, so you must constantly feed and nurture your spirit. Jesus didn't call God's Word, "The Bread of Life" and "Spring of Living Water" for nothing. The scripture contains delicious morsels that are essential for sustaining real life.

As I sadly consider some elder church folk I've met, I wonder when they stopped growing. Just like those who "don't need to learn the new stuff," these people believe they've already heard every sermon and read every word of the Bible at some time or another, so they quit. They completely stop the growth process. And as any farmer will tell you, when the seed ceases to grow, it begins to die.

We each have a choice to make. We can choose to grow until we pass from earth into heaven or we can choose to begin to die until our heart ceases to beat. I'm not sure why anyone would choose the latter, but day after day I meet people who've chosen to begin to die. Not physically, but spiritually.

I can give you examples of those who've chosen to die, but I believe it would be better to give you examples of some who've chosen growth over death.

Let me tell you about my Aunt Ethel. She passed away in 2007, but more than 10 years before that the doctors gave her six months to live. Many would have had her go to bed and preserve the weak heart they were sure would give out at any moment. Instead, she continued her daily routine as much as her heart would allow. Yes, she slowed her pace some and even grew weaker and thinner; however, during this time (and in her 70's) she learned how to use e-mail and still had stimulating conversation with anyone who would visit. At one of my last visits with her, she was gravely concerned with her sister's temporary ill health and talked as if her own malady were just a cut or scrape in comparison. Right up until the day she died, she was still growing. The time finally arrived when her body gave out; however, her mind and spirit had spent her final days living life by choosing to grow.

I hope if you've ever driven through Southeastern Ohio, you may have had an opportunity to meet Helen. I believe she's gone now; but at age 94, she was still managing the general store that her father had started in the late 1800's. She sat in the front row of the church so she could hear the pastor because "hearing aids were for old folks." Yes, she'd probably get one when she got "old." Some may have thought her stubborn for not wearing a hearing aid; but she believed it was a sign of not growing. I don't know how many quilts she made each year, but I'm assuming there was one in the frame on the day that her body quit working the way her mind told it to. Although her body showed her advancing years, her mind never stopped working, turning and growing.

Finally, let me tell you about Betty. Somehow, I think everyone thought Betty would never die. Perhaps it was because she never quit asking questions, questioning the answers and growing in her spirit. At age 70 she probably brought more questions to the Bible Study discussion table than anyone in the room. She contemplated every answer and held it up against scripture. When they called to tell me Betty had gone to be with Jesus, I was speechless. It had never really occurred to me that Betty could possibly die. Even with white hair and a frail body, she never seemed old enough to die. Her joking was full of love, her fun was youthful and her passion for life and learning were childlike.

So, now, today, I want to ask you, are you growing or are you dying? Yes, those are your only two options. Consider this carefully, it might be the most important question you'll answer this week. I'm assuming since you're reading something other than the daily paper, you're choosing to grow.

Collossians chapter one says this:

10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (NIV)

Never stop "Growing in the knowledge of God," for everything that is growing bears fruit, and everything that is not growing is dying.

Or Maybe It's Growing Like a Bad Weed

2 Thessalonians 1:3

We've been gone for a week. The bad news is no rain fell the entire time we were gone. Everything is so dry, the grass is starting to turn brown. The good news is no rain fell the entire time we were gone, the grass shouldn't need mowed.

And as we pull into the drive we realize we were correct, the grass does not need cut; however, the weeds are more than a foot high. I'm not sure how this phenomenon actually materializes. How can it be that the grass does not grow at all, but the weeds look awful? I suppose if we'd spent more money on better grass seed, the lawn wouldn't look so bad. As it is we (OK, my husband) must spend all afternoon cutting grass that doesn't really need cut in order to cut down the weeds so the yard will look decent.

It caused me to consider the old saying "You're growing like a bad weed." I understand where it came from now, but I also realize I'll never use that phrase to describe anyone I care for. You see I decided that bad weeds grow in spite of having any nurturing or feeding. They grow without water and without care. They grow fast and furious. And unfortunately, they grow wild and ugly.

How easy this is to compare to children. Children who are nurtured and cared for are often more naïve and innocent. They will generally be younger looking and kinder to others. However, children left to themselves, made to survive alone in this world, tend to grow up quickly. They become street smart and world wise. They tend to look older than their years and generally develop bad habits quite young. Just like good grass and domesticated animals, children need years of tender loving care. They need to be well nourished physically, mentally and spiritually. Just like grass in the middle of summer, a child who isn't well cared for and fed will either wither and die or become a weed.

A similar phenomenon is true of our spiritual lives. Without regular prayer, study and devotion our spirits will either wither and die or turn into a weed. As a weed, we might grow, but we'll grow fast and furious. As the Bible says, we'll become puffed up with our knowledge (or lack of it) and be obnoxious Christians. Just like those weeds in our yard that are much bigger and tougher than the grass, we'll think we're better than our well fed friends (especially when they're going through a dry spell). Unfortunately, the Bible says if we allow ourselves to be weeds, we'll only be good for stubble for the fire.

It's imperative that we grow, but it's even more important that we grow properly. If you aren't growing, you're probably dying. Unless you're growing like a bad weed!

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The Wall of My Faith

Ezekiel 13:8-16

. . . a flimsy wall is built, and they cover it with whitewash.
Tell those who cover it with whitewash it is going to fall.

If a carpenter built a flimsy wall and painted it up to look pretty, his reputation would be shot in no time. The first time a heavy wind came through or someone leaned a bit on that wall, it would be gone and so would the carpenter’s career. A few years ago, my husband and I passed an ongoing construction project daily for weeks. They cleared the land for the home and then began laying the block. They laid the first course and then the second. Slowly but steadily, row by row those block began to grow. However, it was while the first row was being laid that my husband said, “That wall will never stand.” You see they put that first course of block right on the ground. There was no foundation. So when the rain came the first time (after the freestanding basement had all 10 courses complete), the entire structure fell. To the untrained eye, the wall looked fine, but to those who knew about construction, it was flimsy.

The real tragedy is that all across America, and perhaps throughout the entire world, flimsy walls are being built every week. Yes, some are structural and lead to the collapse of construction projects and careers. But many are spiritual. These spiritually flimsy walls collapse under the strain of life. Some begin the rebuilding process immediately, while others flounder for years before they find someone who can help them put the blocks back together. For a few, they’ll give up on the process all together and never reach their full potential in life.

You see every day there are spiritual walls being built with weak foundations. These are the walls built on the foundation of good works, rules and rituals. They are being constructed with self-help books, motivational speeches and world values. They look beautiful, like the whitewashed walls of Ezekiel’s time, but the first strong storm that comes, the wall begins to crumble. Some may even withstand the first few torrents, but eventually, without the foundational bedrock of salvation in Jesus Christ, those spiritual walls will cave in, and many will never be able to rebuild.

It’s not just an Old Testament concept, in 1 Corinthians 3, Paul dealt with the matter, too. He said that some Christian leaders were building with sticks and straw, materials that would burn when they went through the fire of life.

So my question for you today is this, “How is your wall?” Do you have a strong foundation? Is your faith built on the foundational love and knowledge of Jesus Christ or have you been trying to be “good enough?” Are you putting things that will last on that foundation? You can choose building tools like God’s Word, Bible Study, Christian Fellowship and the like. Or you can use books other than the Bible, ignoring God’s commands and trusting in your own goodness to build your wall.

In Ezekiel’s day the prophets and leaders were building flimsy walls of faith. During the time of Paul, in the early days of Christianity, it was still a problem. Today is no different. I pray that each of us will look at our lives daily. I hope we’ll look at our foundation to be sure we are building on nothing other than the truth of Jesus Christ. And once that foundation is solidly laid, may we only build using gold, silver and costly stones, not material possessions of the world, but precious nuggets of truth from God’s Word. So when those storms come that Jesus predicted in Matthew 7, our house will stand strong and firm on the Rock of our foundation, Jesus Christ.

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      Doris 2 months ago

      Thanks I will be sharing this with ladies at church.

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      Mel 3 months ago

      Thanks. I have used the "i can't " phrase a lot. Will share this at our council meeting this Saturday.

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      Lori Colbo 7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wonderfully inspiring. Thank you.

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      Lynne Modranski 21 months ago from Ohio

      I understand your train of thought . . . I do not; however, agree with it.

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      Lynne Modranski 21 months ago from Ohio

      My life is based on the scriptures, not religion. Jesus Christ specifically said following Him would cause division. Mother against daughter, etc. As a Christian, I prefer not to fight. Not every war we've ever entered has been a war God wanted us in, but sometimes it becomes necessary. I place God, Yahweh, above all . . . and I feel like you want to fight . . .

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      Lynne Modranski 21 months ago from Ohio

      I apologize for the length of time it took me to approve your comments! I just discovered them today. We know that the whole nation had reached the "fullness of evil" because God told Abraham his descendants would return when the evil of the Amorites (aka Canaanites) had reached its fullness. (Genesis 15:16) Your questions need more answer than I can give in this space . . . If you are truly interested in an answer, I recommend searching with an open mind. I know a lot of people have a hard time reckoning the God of the Old Testament with Christ; however, the more I read the Old Testament, the more I see the patience and love that was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

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      Jay C OBrien 22 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      How do you know the Canaanite children were evil? How does killing children help? Does your God kill children? Did Jesus?

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      Jay C OBrien 22 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Devotions for your Meeting or Small Group

      "The essence of all the Prophets of God is One and the same."

      God is One light, but many lamps.

      The purpose of religion is to establish unity and concord amongst the people of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife.

      Place God above nation and do not fight at all.

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      Jay C OBrien 23 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      From prior comment, ". . . You see the violence against the Canaanites was not "Man against man" it was God against man..."

      No, it was a man, Joshua, who killed men, women and children. Jesus/God never condemned or killed anyone, at all, ever. Jesus/God would never kill innocent children! This is how we know the ancient Hebrew system of thought is flawed. If you choose to believe the Hebrew teachings, you are Jewish. If you renounce a War God, a God which kills, then you follow Jesus and are Christian. Now do you understand?

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      Lynne Modranski 23 months ago from Ohio

      Sorry, I just saw this in July! I agree for the most part. But those battles from the book of Joshua don't really fall under that . . . You see the violence against the Canaanites was not "Man against man" it was God against man. When you read the stories of those battles, the Israelite was smaller in almost every instance, and most of the time the Israelites didn't even have to show up! In one instance Israel was headed to the battle, but before they got there God caused a disturbance that frightened the armies so much they killed each other. There is one instance when Israel unknowingly made a treaty with the enemy and God made them uphold that agreement even though it wasn't what God had in mind at first. They hadn't consulted God before they entered the treaty, so they were left with that nation to be a thorn in their side. Unfortunately, today many don't follow God or say they are following God when they really aren't. The Old Testament proves that when a people is completely committed to God He fights the battles for His people. They generally just have to show up to take the spoils.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      "It seems as though God is cruel as he destroys the Canaanites, but when you read the Creator's words to Abraham that He was waiting until their evil had reached its fullness, you'll see that He was acting with love and grace."

      "Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name," Pope Francis at Rome's Great Synagogue January 18, 2016. Even the Rabbis seemed to agree.

      Do you agree or disagree with Pope Francis?

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      Lynne Modranski 2 years ago from Ohio

      Jay C Obrien,

      Thanks so much for your honesty. I respectfully disagree with you though. When you read the Old Testament look for God's grace. It's all over the place! It seems as though God is cruel as he destroys the Canaanites, but when you read the Creator's words to Abraham that He was waiting until their evil had reached its fullness, you'll see that He was acting with love and grace. Over and over the Sovereign shows Himself as a God of mercy and love. The Psalms and Prophets are full of His words of caring. The destruction we see in the Old Testament and the wrath are very similar to what we see in Revelation. As the world becomes so evil that there is no hope of folks turning to God, their fate will be similar to Canaan and other nations that completely turned their back on God. The God of the OT and the God of the NT are very similar when you realize that God is bigger than our minds can fathom.

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      I really enjoy your writing. We just recently played Hand and Foot with friends, and I found it both amusing and interesting that you gave the instructions here. It is lots of fun to play.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Spiritual Growth is important. Perhaps it is time to accept the peaceful teachings of Jesus and renounce the violent teachings of the Old Testament (OT). The OT depicts God as a jealous, vengeful person who punishes. Whereas Jesus taught God loves, heals with forgiveness and does not judge. The OT is Jewish and the NT is mostly Christian. The OT and NT are contradictory in their depiction of God.

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      Lynne Modranski 3 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks so much for your words of encouragement! I am so blessed that you can use the devotions in your church!

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      Vivian McCann 3 years ago

      Lynn, I was thoroughly inspired after reading your Devotiional : The Power of Words. I will share it with others in a group meeting at my church tomorrow.

      May God Bless you as you continue sharing your devotionals .

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      Hannah David Cini 3 years ago from Nottingham

      Some lovely thoughts! I especially enjoyed the focus on the power of words. Thank you for sharing.

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      Lynne Modranski 3 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by, Sheila!

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      Beautifully written words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

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      I really like what you said in one of your devotions: words are serious and should not be said lightly. That is why it is so important to speak what God's Word says about us, instead of how we feel in challenging situations.

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      Great Lens thanks for sharing

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      alexbricker 5 years ago

      Encouraging Lens!

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      Lynne Modranski 5 years ago from Ohio

      @anonymous: Thanks for your encouragement!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really appreciate the format and content. Great Devotional material for use in our small group bible study creating a thought provoking beginning before we start with our study.Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I PLAN TO USE the grow or die... OR grow like a bad weed. to encourage people to atend our purpose driven life 5 week study. The first week had only 3 people with the leader... THANKS!

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Great devotional guide

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      MarkCummings 5 years ago

      Great devotions! Am always amazed how the Holy Spirit speaks through the hearts and minds of those who allow themselves to be His mouthpiece. May He continue to richly bless you in every way. In Christ, Mark

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful devotions! I know it was God who lead me to this site and I do appreciate your obedience to Him and posting them. May God continue to use you as He obviously is already doing!

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      Wow, many great resources and information for devotion and small group leader. A "like" from me

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      antoniow 6 years ago

      I really enjoy this lens, great job! Squidlike

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      anonymous 6 years ago


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      brynimagire 6 years ago

      Interesting lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. God bless!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.John 7:38

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great collection of devotion options. Well-represented. Great lens.

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      TTMall 6 years ago

      It looks very helpful. Thank you very much!

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great work. I checked out your web site today, and some of your resources for the Christian. I pray God's continued blessings on your ministry.

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great work. I checked out your web site today, and some of your resources for the Christian. I pray God's continued blessings on your ministry.

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      vkumar05 6 years ago

      Great lens. Enjoyed reading it.

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      I love angels ! Long history for centuires. Ok I am back on Level 56. Congrads for the next level. What is "Devotion ?" . Self help and mutual help. See you again soon. Thanks.

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      @waldenthreenet: Thanks so much! I just hit the 56 level right after you visited!

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      appreciating your topic. we have complimentary interests. Congrads on reaching Squidoo Level 55. Just going for level 56 myself. Visit with you soon again. THanks.

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      clifRad 6 years ago

      Leaders lead and as they say you'll know if you are if people are following. There is much positional leadership like when one is appointed to elder but not leading as previously mentioned or a pastor is hired because he went to seminary.Where do we lead them, to more Bible reading and prayer, to working in children church?Or do we show them what selfless living is like. Do we show them how to help the poor especially in the church. Do we show them we sacrifice the good life for rescuing others in their plight. Do we show how to use our families to help the broken or do we reflect a well versed Christian who goes to the meeting but has no dirt on him from the Pershing. The life is spent but what will it produce?

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      My goodness, why hasn't this been nominated for a Purple Star, and if it has, why hasn't it won the prize?! You obviously have deep religious convictions, if admire that in this day and time. Check your spelling and make sure everything is in good English and I'll nominate this lens. I have six purple stars out of only 33 lenses. I know you have won that prize, but this lens is very well done, if this is your content, your words. Then this lens is a Purple Star lens. At any rate, you and your family, have a happy holiday. See you around the galaxy...

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      virilityex0 6 years ago

      Wow.Thats impressive such a informative article thanks for it

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      May we all be growing properly, an excellent resource!

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      DimitriPreacher 6 years ago

      Thank you, great job!

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Thank you for sharing these teachings.

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      Wow, so many great devotion topics to choose from for our family devotion time and for our preteens ministry. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, my name is Mary I was curious and wanted to see what you had to say concerning God words. I must say i was ?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! You really put a lot of work into this lens. Thank you so much for all your insight, inspiration. What great tools you've given us for devotionals. I appreciate it!

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      YourGodMomentsMan 6 years ago

      You are doing a great work for the kingdom. Thank you for your inspiration. Your blog is great too.

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      ghotter lm 6 years ago

      This is a great lens well, done. When I grow up to be a Big Squid I want to be like you. God Bless.

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      @brbrooks: Thanks so much! Did you find the devotions I've written especially for moms?

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      brbrooks 6 years ago

      I'm in a mom's bible group at our church and I have found some great info that I can bring to the group from your lens. Thanks!

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      elhuntley lm 6 years ago

      Great lens! May the Lord prosper all that you do.

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      ageloc120 6 years ago

      You offer here a great resource. I remember a fellow pastor who just arrived in South Korea last Saturday asking for devotional materials. Thank you so much!

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      E L Seaton 7 years ago from Virginia

      I especially like the can't section. You see I'm a practicing cantologist, skilled like you in the removal of can'ts from the language. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to share this. At least I mean I hope to share it soon.

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      sushilkin lm 7 years ago

      Thanks allot for sharing here your thinking! Nice Lens!!

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      PastorSam LM 7 years ago

      Very cool lens - keep it up!!!

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a helpful lens. blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel on the Christianity page

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      your posts are really nice.. you're a blessing! thank you!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Absolutely well written...God certainly has given you a gift! Thanks for sharing this, it is so inspiring.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome stuff!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thank you!! ^_^ I really like it! God Bless..

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      JamiST 7 years ago

      many many good thoughts. thanks god, you had a time to share this ideas with the world. you are a gift of god. church manchester

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      wonderful lens, i am going to come back for more updates

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      ChristianTeenWorld 7 years ago

      Great page, thank you for the time and handwork put into this squidoo lens!Great resource for any christian! If you have a chance, check out my site dedicated to Bible Lessons for our youth!Thanks again for your hard work and great resource here!God Bless!

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      ed77burns lm 7 years ago

      thanks for this page. it will help me lot.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for this, this a great help.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanks for sharing your idea. .

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      michael blcc 8 years ago

      This is interesting..I will be coming back.

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      Pastor Kay 8 years ago

      Thank you for making this. It was helpful. I especially liked the "vocabulary lesson"

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      Lynne Modranski 8 years ago from Ohio

      @aka-rms: Thanks so much!!!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations new Giant!

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      projmanagment 8 years ago

      Nice informative lens. I love your lens very much. You are right way. Go ahead.Thanks for sharing by commenting.

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      Kiosks4business 8 years ago

      What a wonderful Lens - Thank you for going to all that trouble. You clearly love to write.

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      Light-in-me 8 years ago

      Wow, this is fantastic! Full of wisdom, I enjoyed my visit very much..Thanks for sharing!Robin

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      divorcingsurvival 8 years ago

      One of the more difficult times in a relationship, particularly in marriage, is a major falling out. I have heard a lot of stories about relationships turning for the worse, seeking the legal remedy of divorce. Most of the stories are painful, even bordering on the violent. Surviving divorce is indeed a challenge.

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      Lynne Modranski 8 years ago from Ohio

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for your encouragement. Now that I have advent readings ready for 2009, I hope to start adding one a week again.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great to finally see a devotional lens that had some real substance and thought! I was disappointed by others, so I truly appreciate the work you put into this.

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to work on these devotions and pdf's for the Christian community. Nice job 5*!Pamela :)


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