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Thanking the Giver

What is Thanksgiving about? Thanksgiving is relatively unknown outside of the United States and Canada. Many curious friends of mine in Bolivia ask me why Thanksgiving is celebrated. In the last couple days I’ve told the story a few times – how God protected the first Europeans who landed on American soil, fleeing religious intolerance only to find […]

Emmanuel: Making a Masterpiece

Listen to this while you read – Instrumental of “What Child is This?” :    It’s Christmas, a season known for the frenetic shopping in malls and stores, of families decorating the Christmas tree, and the rich smells of melted chocolate and home cooking migrating out of the kitchen. Surely Christmas Day is the most […]

A Slave to Pride (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 1-2. (Context: Geneology and birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Within two years there comes a visit from distinguished and learned men of the East, the “three wise men”, as we call them, who arrive to look upon and visit the King from heaven.) The story of the Three Wise Men (their […]

The Worthy One (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Revelation 4-5. The majestic Throne Room is crowded with hundreds, and thousands, even tens of thousands, and they are preparing for the entry of the Worthy One, the King of Kings. John sits, lost in a multitude of the glorious angels and honored humans, he is literally sitting in the future, at one of […]

A Glorious Revelation (Daily Devotional)

Today’s reading: Revelation 1 It was sometime Sunday, the year being near 95 AD, and John was a Roman prisoner on the deserted island of Patmos, likely awaiting a slow, natural death. He was meditating on the Lord’s Day, he tells us, and was “in the Spirit” (v.10), which implies deep personal though about God and Jesus […]