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Control Your Circumstances to Maintain Self-Control

June 13, 2020

For the Lord’s Day, June 14, 2020 Dear Saints, I see an interesting connection of wisdom with something I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point, along with a small section of the Westminster Larger Catechism’s (WLC) teaching on duties required in the Sixth Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” (Exodus 20:13).  Here’s what the […]

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How to Change the World: Ten Lessons from a Navy Seal Admiral

May 3, 2020

For Lord’s Day, May 3, 2020 Dear Saints, In two sermons last year I quoted from a renowned graduation speech by Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRraven entitled, “How to Change the World”.  I originally learned about this message last year while listening to a message by a boy in speech and debate club in […]

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Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing!

April 18, 2020

For Lord’s Day, April 19, 2020 Dear Saints, This week’s e-devotion is short and sweet and silly.  But before I continue, I wanted to let you know that our church just had an article published on Reformation21 today which you might like to read and share with others: https://www.reformation21.org/blog/submit-to-the-government-serving-god-to-save-lives This week, our family came about […]

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Richard Baxter on Validity of Government Forbidding Worship Assemblies in Times of Pestilence

April 4, 2020

For Lord’s Day, April 5, 2020 Dear Saints, This week’s e-devotion and preparation for Sabbath worship comes to us again via our brother Mike Delgado’s sleuthing.  I share below what he forwarded to me by Puritan Richard Baxter on whether there are times we may omit Sabbath worship if forbidden by the government (of course, […]

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Martin Luther’s “Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague” is Helpful to Meditate Upon Regarding Our Recent Move to Online Webcast Worship Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 28, 2020

For Lord’s Day, March 29, 2020 Dear Saints, It has been a long time since I’ve done an e-devotion.  My apologies for that.  I’ve been working on one to share along with an online video which I’ve referenced in several sermons not long ago.  But I could use more time, and I just received a […]

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The Dignity of Deference

December 8, 2018

For Lord’s Day, December 9, 2018 Dear Saints, It has been a long time since I have been able to give proper attention to writing an e-devotional for you.  It likely will be a while before I can do so again.  But I was so impressed with something I heard on the radio this week […]

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Contentment is Quieting our Stormy Hearts in the Midst of our Storms

November 25, 2017

For the Lord’s Day, November 26, 2017 Dear Saints, We continue with our devotion through Jeremiah Burroughs’, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. The next thing he teaches us is that contentment is “a quiet frame of spirit”.  He explains: Methinks I feel my heart heavy and sad and more than it should be; yet my judgment is […]

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