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The Lord Is Our Strength and Shield

The Lord Is Our Strength and Shield

The Bible has many verses on strength when we feel tired and overwhelmed. God’s Word provides comfort and strength in hard times and encourages our faith when we feel despair. Evil’s goal is to make us feel weak, useless and ultimately destroy us. We fight using God’s Word, the Holy Spirit. We can overcome evil Read More

Biblical Thoughts About the War And Violence In Ukraine

Biblical Thoughts About the War And Violence In Ukraine

Luke 21:9 says, “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” Mark 13:7-8, “But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is Read More

Discipleship

Discipleship

One of the gifts given to me by my father-in-law was the passage: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). One of the things I learned from “Dad” was the importance of discipleship of Read More

Prayer for Ukraine and Russia!

Prayer for Ukraine and Russia!

The events of Ukraine connect me to my history and family. Watching these events unfold thanks to the internet is powerful beyond comprehension, and these images stir up deep, strong compassion, injustice, and righteous indignations. Did you know that your pastor is 100% Jewish and 100% Christian? Part of his Jewish family is from Russia. Read More

Why Pray?

Why Pray?

The Bible teaches us that we should pray constantly. I confess I don’t pray as often as I should. But I don’t want this devotional to be a “drive-by guilting” about prayer. Could the reason we don’t pray more be that we have misunderstood the purpose of prayer? Most everybody I know prays when they Read More

Day 7 – Do not Grieve the Holy Spirit of God

Day 7 – Do not Grieve the Holy Spirit of God

DAY 7 – PRAY IN THIS MANNER To forgive can be an enormous task, as can asking someone to forgive our wrongdoing. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander must be removed from you, along with all Read More

Spiritual Warfare: Are we willing to fight in this war using the armaments of prayer and fasting?

Spiritual Warfare: Are we willing to fight in this war using the armaments of prayer and fasting?

Daniel was an Israelite who spent his entire adult life in Babylon in exile, held captive by a foreign power. He would not live in his homeland. Instead, he lived in a society that ignored the Lord and His word. They lived for self-pleasure as a self-centered, narcissistic culture. Daniel is the story of a Read More

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