Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace

"Draw near with Confidence" with image of boy feeding a Canada jay out of his hand

“Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 [The following is taken from the devotional book Heaven and Nature Sing, …

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How God Designed Healing Differently

"Conceal or Heal?" with blurry image of tamarack trees in a forest

Trees and humans both have healing mechanisms built into the way they’re made. This gives us a metaphor that can teach us a part of how God wants us to look at healing. Trees can withstand many injuries—wildfire, wind, losing …

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Can Rest Cause You to Thrive?

"Rest to Thrive" with image of woman sitting lakeside, journaling

“God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy, because He rested in it from all His work of creation which He had done.” Genesis 2:3 (NOTE: I’ve taken and expanded on the devotional for June 2 in Heaven and …

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Is “Enter Through the Narrow Gate” Offensive to You?

"The narrow gate life" with image of a small gate in a wood fence in the trees

“One of the accusations against Christianity is that is it narrow-minded. The exclusive claim of salvation only in Christ goes against the modern open-minded thinking…” (That’s from Emil Toader’s devotional in Heaven and Nature Sing, December 1) Emil grew up …

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How to Thrive through Desert Seasons

As any follower of Jesus knows, our life involves some “desert seasons.” Dryness in any—or many—areas of life. These desert seasons are never without hope! In Heaven and Nature Sing, there are four back-to-back devotionals in April that talk about …

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A Tale of Two Lions: Which Keeps Your Attention?

"A tale of two lions" with images of two male lions

One of nature’s largest predators, African lions are both frightening and amazing. The Bible has a lot to say about lions, probably because they were common at that time in Israel. Actual lions appear in several Old Testament stories. Samson, …

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Lessons Learned Beyond Running

I still remember the day my friend Lisa called and asked, “Will you sign up for Grandma’s Half Marathon with me?” I had been a recreational runner for years, and always thought of trying a half. But when faced with …

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God’s Presence “in the Cloud by Day”

"God's presence in the cloud by day" with image of trees covered with rime ice

The Heaven and Nature Sing devotional for February 4th is about rime ice and hoar frost. Have you ever seen those natural phenomena? My friend Brian wrote about it in that devo, and another friend, Caleb, just sent me a …

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Shalom: Its Meaning and Promise

"Shalom: universal flourishing" with image of waterfall

Shalom is a Hebrew word with a meaning that encompasses so much life, goodness and promise. In a nutshell, it’s universal flourishing. If you travel to or live in Israel, shalom means both hello and good-bye. It’s been used in …

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