Month: April 2017

A Truer Reflection – a devotional | Morning Manna

MORNING MANNA FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2000 A TRUER REFLECTION Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles! Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your commands. When I learn your righteous laws, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your principles. Please don’t give up on me! Psa. 119:5-8 (NLT) What an awesome prayer this is! How better can we express our love for God than by aligning our lives with His Word? Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” He also posed the question, “Why...

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War is Hell – a Devotional

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2000 WAR IS HELL For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” 2 Chr. 16:9 (NKJV) There are enough battles in life without inviting avoidable war. But that is just what Asa, king of Judah did. He was being threatened by King Baasha of the North Kingdom. Rather than relying on the God who had delivered larger, more formidable enemies into his...

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Blessed Affluence – A Devotional Reflection on Giving

The following is one in a series of devotionals reprised from Morning Manna, a daily email devotional I wrote from 2000 – 2005. [hr] WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2000 BLESSED AFFLUENCE I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NKJV) “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” I have heard that my whole life. But when I was a kid I figured it was just another one...

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What is your inspiration? – a Devotional

The following is one in a series of devotionals reprised from Morning Manna, a daily email devotional I wrote from 2000 – 2005. [hr] TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2000 WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psa. 45:1 (NKJV) Every artist, whether he works with paints on a canvas or words on a paper, needs inspiration. Whistler had his mother. Holmes had a sentimental moment concerning a U.S. Navy frigate. Someone more familiar with Lord Byron’s story than I...

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Positively Negative | The Power of Positive Thinking

The following is one in a series of devotionals reprised from Morning Manna, a daily email devotional I wrote from 2000 – 2005. [hr] POSITIVELY NEGATIVE | THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING …we glory in tribulations… Rom. 5:3 It is so much easier to gripe in tribulations than it is to glory. Or is that just me? Maybe it is just me. I must confess: I am a pessimist by nature. I know this. I come by it honestly. I hail from a long line of pessimistic people. We Strothers work at it the way some people work with...

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