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Devotions for Your Daily Walk With Christ

Updated on March 24, 2020
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Lynne enjoys writing and sharing short devotions to help folks focus on Jesus Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.

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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 Nazareth Principle
Proof of God
A Lesson From the Kings
The Story of Job . . .
Cancel the Egyptian Vacation

The Nazareth Principle


Luke 4:14-30 & Matthew 13:53-58

"Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit."

Wouldn't that be a great way to arrive at home? Perhaps you've gone out of town for business or because your parents needed you for a week. Have you ever "returned . . . in the power of the Spirit"? I'm guessing the answer is no. Perhaps if you went away for a spiritual renewal weekend of some kind, you might at least be renewed by the Spirit if not "in the power of the Spirit." However, generally when we come home from a trip, we arrive exhausted without much thought to life in the Spirit.

Regardless, we do often feel like Jesus. Our immediate welcome is overwhelming, the children shower us with hugs, our spouse is full of love; it feels good to be home. Like Jesus, though, it doesn't take long for the welcome to wear off and the wearisome to settle in. It may sound something like, "Honey, while you were gone . . ." or "Mom, did you remember I need . . ." They wouldn't treat a stranger like that! No, a stranger would continue to feel welcome for days. They wouldn't be expected to throw in a load of laundry and do all the dishes left in the sink while they were gone.

It's because, like Jesus, our family has become too familiar. They take us for granted and place higher expectations on us than complete strangers. They know what we are capable of, and they expect us to never let us down. It's a daunting task, even for Jesus.

On the other hand, while we expect the most from our family, our expectations sometimes limit them. Jesus' family was well known to the people in Nazareth. They were certain Jesus would be a carpenter; He was, after all, a carpenter's son. They could not believe this son of Mary and Joseph could be the Christ. They'd watched Him grow up. He'd played with their kids. Even the fact He was the most well behaved child they'd ever met couldn't convince them He was a Rabbi, let alone the Messiah.

Likewise, when we consider our family, our familiarity with their faults sometimes keeps us from perceiving their progress. Until it's time to buy new clothes, we don't always notice our children are growing; it's such a slow and steady rate. Spiritual growth works the same way. It would be so handy to have marks on the wall to measure spiritual growth, but the things of the Spirit don't work that way. It may be difficult to see that your spouse is yelling less at the children, since he still yells from time to time. And the fact that your son kept his room clean for an entire week might go unnoticed on that Saturday you walk in and nothing is in its place. Even your own growth might not be evident to you without a journal to remind you of thoughts you had early in your Christian walk.

Unfortunately, progress that goes unseen, growth that no one believes in, can be a hindrance to those who are attempting to become more mature or change their character defects. Jesus could only do a few miracles because of their lack of faith. Similarly, growth that is thrown back in your loved one's face causes it to be stunted.

It's a phenomenon I will forever call, "The Nazareth Principle." It's the idea that when we don't believe in a person, we limit their abilities, stop their progress and keep them from being all they can be. Children need an adult to believe they can be all they were created to be. Teens need parents and teachers to see in them the possibilities and the promise of more. They need us to look at the potential rather than the present, and adults need friends and family to have faith there is more to them than their past failures, poor choices and character defects.

The Nazareth Principle cannot be used as an excuse for not trying, but if we pay attention, we'll see it at work in many of our family members, colleagues and congregation. It's evident in children that are condemned because of their parents, siblings that bear the burden of their older brother's behavior, people who have heard those deadly words their entire life: words like can't, won't stupid, dumb, ugly, idiot.

The good news is you and I have the power to stop it. We have the ability to reverse the effects of the Nazareth Principle give people the power to see miracles in their own lives. Phrases like, "you can do it," "I believe in you," "I love you," and most importantly, "Jesus Christ loves you and created you to be more than you can ever imagine," can recreate them. Words of love, encouragement, acceptance and belief can transform a person's thinking, being, doing and living. Our job will be difficult, because along the path, we'll be tempted to become too familiar. It will be easy to miss the slow but steady growth this kind of nourishment can bring, but if we're patient and have faith, not only in the person transforming, but in the One who can bring phenomenal transformation, we will be amazed at the miracles we will see.

Proof of God

What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Romans 1:19-20

[Abraham] said to [the rich man], ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.

Luke 16:31

I just finished reading a book called, “Proof of God.” I don’t necessarily recommend it. My granddaughter got it for me for Christmas because she thought the title might be something I’d like. She was correct, the title intrigued me.

However, the further I delved into the book and realized this scientist wasn’t making any points I hadn’t already heard, the more I realized we can’t prove God exists. The author noted that many of his findings had been confirmed by Stephen Hawking, findings the author believed proved God’s existence beyond a shadow of a doubt, findings Hawking used to dismiss the same Creator.

I found myself comparing his attempt to prove an Intelligent Designer to an episode of “Big Bang Theory.” Amy Farrah Fowler wants Sheldon to attend a family wedding with her because her family didn’t believe she had a boyfriend. If you haven’t ever seen the series, it’s helpful to know Miss Farrah Fowler is a Neuro Scientist who dresses more conservative and in more layers and less colors than a Mayflower Pilgrim forced to travel on a Naval vessel. When she lived amongst her family she’d never had a date, let alone a beau, so her aunts and uncles found the idea of a boyfriend ludicrous. A photo wouldn’t even convince them. Amy’s only hope was that they meet Sheldon in person.

And that’s our only hope for our family and friends. The Bible makes it clear that God has left plenty of proof of His invisible qualities. All of nature screams, “We have a Creator.” And the authors of “Proof of God” are correct, the more science uncovers, the more evidence and probability there is that Creation didn’t just happen.

Unfortunately, all that proof isn’t enough to convince folks there is a God. It wouldn’t have mattered how many gifts, pictures or stories Amy Farrah Fowler shared with her family, they still wouldn’t have believed Sheldon existed. Just like Amy’s family needed to meet Sheldon, question him and take time to believe he really was a boyfriend, our friends and family need to meet the Savior. They need to get to know Him, experience the difference He makes and explore the possibility there really is a God who loves them enough to die for them.

The greatest proof of a God who creates and re-creates is a re-created you. For many folks the only Jesus they will ever see is you and me being the body of Christ. If we want the world, or even our little section of it to come to Christ, we must let the Holy Spirit start living in us and working through us. Then our lives will be a very convincing Proof of God.

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A Lesson From the Kings

[King Rehoboam] did evil
because he had not set his heart on seeking the
Lord.
2 Chronicles 12:14

The Israelites were subdued on that occasion,
and the people of Judah were victorious
because they relied on the
Lord, the God of their ancestors.
2 Chronicles 13:18

Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. . . .
and the kingdom was at peace under him.
2 Chronicles 14:2-5

I think the kings of Judah did a good job answering the question, “How important is it to have your life centered on God?” I’m amazed at how obvious it seems. How could those “evil” kings have strayed so far when the consequences were so clear? It makes me wonder if the need for the Creator was as evident as they were living through it.

I love the quote from Edmund Burke, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Those Judean kings prove he was right. Plus they give us a lot of life lessons if we are willing to learn from their history.

Rehoboam’s main problem was he didn’t have his heart set on seeking the Lord. When you read his story, you’ll discover that wasn’t his only problem, just the root. But his story begs the question, “Is my heart set on seeking the Lord?” Abijah, the king from 2 Chronicles 13 and Asa, should inspire us to reflect, “Do I rely on the Lord? Am I doing what is good and right in the eyes of the King of kings?”

So often I encounter folks who don’t understand why life is dealing them such a lousy hand. Yes, there are times, like the better kings of Judah, we will follow Jesus, truly rely on Him and still life doesn’t go right; however, too often the answer to our problems is found in the history of the Judean monarchy.

We cannot expect the blessings of our heavenly Father to be poured out on us when we aren’t living a life worthy of a Savior who gave His life for us. Hebrews explains this tactic is kin to crucifying Christ all over again.

Let’s take a lesson from Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa and their descendants. Two of my favorites are Josiah and Joash (2 Chronicles 35 and 18 respectively). Go ahead, check them out! These kings can help us discover the secret to subduing our enemies and finding real peace. We find the truth in the words of Moses, “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

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The first 40 devotions that were added to these archives are available in this 128 page book. This book includes short readings to encourage you as you walk and grow in Christ Jesus. Devotions are an important part of our development. They can be as vital to our spiritual health as breakfast is to our physical being. This book is available in Kindle and Paperback at Amazon, you can also get an e-book if you visit my store or e-mail me for more info!
 

A New Season, A New You!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Revelation 21:5

Recently when I was praying, thinking about these verses, I wondered “Am I in the market for a rebuild or a remodel?” Let’s face it, when we’re thinking about giving our home a new look, it’s much easier to slap on a coat of paint and replace the carpet than tear the thing down and start over. From the world’s standpoint it doesn’t make much sense to rebuild when the structure appears to be just fine.

But when it comes to the human condition, Jesus says He wants a rebuild. Take it all down and put up something new. And the truth is that right there is a scary thought!

Even if we don’t like all we’ve become, there are often parts we’d like to hold on to. We try to convince Jesus we just need a new wing, not a whole new building. The electrical system is fine, let’s just put in new cabinets and flooring. But Jesus is the contractor who does all or nothing.

That’s not to say He sometimes doesn’t use the old to form the new. Churches often take the stained glass windows from century old buildings when they put up something more modern. Likewise, Jesus might choose to save the most beautiful parts of us when His Spirit molds us. Our dilemma arises when we discover if we want the rebuild, we don’t get a say in which parts are remade and which are discarded.

As we begin the New Year many of us will be making resolutions. “A New Year, a New You” is a popular theme. We’re sure we’re going to do it better this time! I’m wondering how often we forget to ask the Master Carpenter what His blueprints look like in this time of renewal.

Remember, Jesus isn’t looking for the new, improved you. He doesn’t need the recently remodeled, updated version. Our Savior is waiting for the willing you, the broken, but eager to be rebuilt, humbled you. And as He begins making everything new, you’ll begin to know the peace that comes from not doing it yourself. Let’s give up the do-it-yourself resolutions and let Christ make us new creations this year.

The Story of Job . . .

The Story of the World

I love meeting with others to study scripture. Even when I’m leading the group, I learn so much, and often I hear Christ in a new way. This week, my study group looked at the book of Job. I smiled as some in the group were inspired by Job’s story, while even more would prefer to never read the book again.

Most of us shared similar concerns about Job’s story. We don’t really like it that God gave Satan permission to attack this righteous man, and it’s always troubling to know he lost all of his children. The three would-be friends are a constant source of inspiration for “what not to do” when a friend is going through rough times, and God’s response in the final chapters doesn’t really seem to answer Job’s questions. We all agreed on the common lessons we find in Job, but there’s one thing we always ask in my group when we’re reading the Old Testament, and it’s this question that spoke to me.

As we read those first 39 books of the Bible, we always ask, “Where can we see Jesus?” This is the question that has brought the Old Testament to life for me, and as I contemplated the book of Job during our study time, God revealed a bit of truth to me. In addition to the beautiful word pictures we see of the Almighty and the lessons that Job has taught us about faith, I saw the story of salvation from the moment of creation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You see, Job is a beautiful foreshadowing of all that Christ would come to do. Much like Job, each of us was born with the potential of righteousness, created in the image of God. This picture of a faultless human is a reminder of Adam and Eve as they walked in the garden with their Creator. In that time before they ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, this couple lived in the beauty of complete and perfect righteousness.

Unfortunately, Adam and Eve weren’t like Job. When the enemy came to them, and they were tempted to forego their trust in the Almighty, the mother and father of humanity gave in to temptation and introduced sin to the world. And Job’s story demonstrates the devastation brought about by their folly.

It’s the first few chapters of Job that show us the enemy bringing ruin to the righteous. Those long discourses by Job and his less than encouraging friends mirror the world after the fall. Because of the fall, even though we are created in the image of God, we have nothing. Original sin forfeits our rights as sons and daughters of God and steals every ounce of joy and prosperity we may have. The words of humans become hollow and useless. Life is meaningless.

Completely meaningless . . . until, like Job, we experience restoration. From the creation of man in the image of the Righteous God, the entrance of sin, destruction and loss, to the promise and potential of full restoration, Job is a beautiful illustration of the story of the world. You see, no matter what we’ve lost because of the sin that we find on the earth, Jesus can restore. Regardless of our feeling that we can’t possibly be created in God’s image, we know that Jesus was sent to this earth to restore us to His Father, to restore us to perfection and righteousness, to give to you and I, the opportunity to find, like Job, that a life lived in faith and trust in the sovereignty of the One who gave us life can bring us the blessing of full and lovely restoration.

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Cancel the Egyptian Vacation

Isaiah 31:1-3

1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord.
2 Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words.
He will rise up against that wicked nation, against those who help evildoers.
3 But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble,
those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.

Every time I read this passage, I ask myself, “Who is my Egypt?” I’d really prefer to think that I trust completely in Christ and never falter from believing that He has my back. I prefer to think that I never dream longingly of “Egypt,” but then I remember I have a credit card.

Fortunately, over the years, I’ve learned to use that card somewhat responsibly. I generally get it out only for hotel reservations and to purchase things online, and I try to make sure I pay it off immediately. However, even this doesn’t stop me from counting down the days until payday from time to time.

It seems that no matter how hard I try to trust only in Christ, I find myself running to Egypt for help every now and then. When the engine blows in the car or the house needs something unexpectedly. Or worse yet, when I just want to have some fun and don’t plan for it properly, or I neglect to consult my heavenly Father to see if it is something He thinks I should do. In each of these situations, I find myself planning a metaphorical vacation in Egypt.

Egypt . . . it’s that place that looks safe when life’s circumstances make you feel like you want to run away. It’s the other side of the fence where the grass is so much greener. Egypt is the land that will lend you money when you’re running low, whether you can afford to pay it back or not. It’s the food that brings you comfort as well as pounds and inches. For some people Egypt is in a bottle and for others it’s a friend from a former life. Egypt is that thing that boasts of being able to give us something better, bigger and more beautiful, but produces pain, poverty and empty promises. Egypt often gives quick relief with long lasting bitter consequences.

As Christians, it’s vital we are aware of Egypt. So often it looks harmless. Why wouldn’t we go there for at least a little vacation? But every time we put our trust in something other than Jesus Christ, we find ourselves in danger of “falling” and “perishing” with Egypt.

Yes, we need to be aware of the “Egypts” in our life. We need to know which direction it lies so we can avoid going there. We must learn to recognize Egyptians and say “no thanks” to her horsemen, even when it looks like it would make the journey so much easier to just take a short ride. And we need to remember to always look to the “Holy One of Israel” and never go to Egypt for “vacation.”

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      Edwin Alcantara 

      18 months ago from California

      Good point. Need to check regularly if we are truly growing in faith.

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      kaphan 

      20 months ago

      Thank you, this is help me to not forget to read my bible.

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      Angie Girgis 

      2 years ago

      Thank you I will be sharing this at our staff meeting tomorrow!

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      Doris 

      2 years ago

      Thanks I will be sharing this with ladies at church.

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      Mel 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wonderfully inspiring. Thank you.

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      Lynne Modranski 

      4 years ago from Ohio

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

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      Lynne Modranski 

      4 years 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 

      4 years 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 

      4 years 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 

      4 years 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 

      4 years 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 

      4 years 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 

      4 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 

      4 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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      Shirley Nelson 

      5 years ago

      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 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by, Sheila!

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      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

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

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      htozion 

      6 years ago

      I'm touched by these devotions. Thank you for sharing.

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      6 years ago

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      6 years ago

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      6 years ago

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      I really enjoyed this site. I was looking for a devotion for our staff meeting today. I work for a church in transition. Thank you for sharing the word of God.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for letting your light shine for the world to see.

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      7 years ago

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      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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      7 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Didn't know this lens was here: inspires me to write about spiritual things myself.Thanks and blessings!

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      Thanks I really appreciate these. We decided to have a fun get together once a month with the young adults at church and I was looking for some short devotions to use. These are great :)

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      7 years ago from Denver Colorado

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      Encouraging Lens!

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      Lynne Modranski 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      @anonymous: Thanks for your encouragement!

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      anonymous 

      7 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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      7 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 

      7 years ago

      Great devotional guide

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      MarkCummings 

      8 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, Markhttp://www.squidoo.com/the-christian-walk

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      anonymous 

      8 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 

      8 years ago

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

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      antoniow 

      8 years ago

      I really enjoy this lens, great job! Squidlike

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      THANKS FOR THE DEVOTIONAL, VERY INFORMATIVE

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      brynimagire 

      8 years ago

      Interesting lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. God bless!

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      anonymous 

      8 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 

      8 years ago

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

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      TTMall 

      8 years ago

      It looks very helpful. Thank you very much!

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      Barbara Isbill 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. Enjoyed reading it.

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      waldenthreenet 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from Ohio

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

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      waldenthreenet 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 years ago

      Wow.Thats impressive such a informative article thanks for it

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      May we all be growing properly, an excellent resource!

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      DimitriPreacher 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, great job!

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      Jim Sterling 

      9 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Thank you for sharing these teachings.

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      peppervel 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      @brbrooks: Thanks so much! Did you find the devotions I've written especially for moms? www.squidoo.com/momdevotions

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      brbrooks 

      9 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 

      9 years ago

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

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      ageloc120 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 years ago

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

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      PastorSam LM 

      9 years ago

      Very cool lens - keep it up!!!

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      Liz Mackay 

      9 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 

      9 years ago

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

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      Delia 

      9 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 

      9 years ago

      Awesome stuff!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

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

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      JamiST 

      10 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 

      10 years ago

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

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      ChristianTeenWorld 

      10 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 

      10 years ago

      thanks for this page. it will help me lot.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Thank you for this, this a great help.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      thanks for sharing your idea. .

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      michael blcc 

      10 years ago

      This is interesting..I will be coming back.

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      Pastor Kay 

      10 years ago

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

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      Lynne Modranski 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      @aka-rms: Thanks so much!!!

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Congratulations new Giant!

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      projmanagment 

      10 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 

      10 years ago

      What a wonderful Lens - Thank you for going to all that trouble. You clearly love to write.http://www.squidoo.com/church-kiosks

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      Light-in-me 

      10 years ago

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

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      divorcingsurvival 

      10 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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