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THE UPSIDE OF SETBACKS by Bill Crowder

The setbacks of life can teach us to wait upon the Lord for His help and strength. American swimmer Dara Torres had a remarkable career, appearing in five different Olympics from 1984 to 2008. Late in her career, Torres broke the US record for the 50-meter freestyle—25 years after she …

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CALMING YOUR SOUL by Joe Stowell

When we keep our minds on Jesus, He keeps our minds at peace… While attending a concert, my mind detoured to a troublesome issue that insisted on my attention. Thankfully, the distraction was short-lived as the words of a beautiful hymn began to reach deep into my being. A men’s …

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RING OF INVISIBILITY by Mart DeHaan

Sin’s darkness retreats when Christ’s light is revealed… The Greek philosopher Plato (c. 427–c. 348 bc) found an imaginative way of shining light on the dark side of the human heart. He told the story of a shepherd who innocently discovered a golden ring that had been hidden deep in …

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NO WONDER! by Keila Ochoa

God’s Word tells us of His love; our words tell Him of our love. “He’s perfect for you,” my friend told me. She was talking about a guy she had just met. She described his kind eyes, his kind smile, and his kind heart. When I met him I had …

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WORDS THAT MATTER by Tim Gustafson

Words that point us to Christ are always words that matter… Early in my days of working as an editor for Our Daily Bread, I selected the cover verse for each month’s devotional. After a while, I began to wonder if it made a difference. Not long after that, a …

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A FISHING LESSON by David Egner

Respond to the lies of Satan with the truth of God’s Word. I was fishing quietly on the clear, still waters of Piatt Lake, casting next to a lush weedbed. I watched a large smallmouth bass sneak out of the thick vegetation to investigate. He approached the tempting night crawler …

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PASS IT ON by Lawrence Darmani

We influence future generations by living for Christ today… I enjoy watching relay races. The physical strength, speed, skill, and endurance required of the athletes amaze me. But one crucial point of the race always gets my special attention and makes me anxious. It is the moment the baton is …

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