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Friday Devotional

He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. — Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) Flogged… Bits of glass and rocks shredded the flesh of His back…. Crucified… Nailed to the rough wood of the cross and left hanging […]

Friday Devotional – Solitude

As we approach this Easter Sunday how can we honor God? Jesus reminds us “He loves when we spend quite time with Him in solitude and prayer.”!   “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16 What comes to your mind when you think of solitude? Dread? Maybe you think of a prisoner in […]

Friday Devotional – How to Live a Brave and Beautiful Life

What do you think of when you picture someone who lives a brave life? … maybe a solider, a missionary? What do you think of when you picture someone who lives a beautiful life? … Kate Middleton, the person who appears to “have it all?” One of the Proverbs 31 devotionals is based on Psalm […]

Friday Devotional – Racing

This morning for devotions we looked at racing.  For those of you that have ever run a race, you know there is a big difference between running the race to complete it or to run the race to win it.  I have run a number of races in my life, but I don’t ever remember […]

Friday Devotional – “Opposing Forces”

John 10:10 gives us a glimpse of what Jesus saw as the two opposing forces that we deal with in life: “The thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.”  Call it darkness, evil, sin, or Satan….but it leads to a way of Death. To steal our joy, time, and values. To kill who we […]

Friday Devotional – We’re all “Fixer-Uppers”

Rom. 12:2   “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” In this passage, we should focus on two words, transformed and renewing or renewal.  These two words in Greek and […]

Friday Devotions – Teach us to number our days

“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Ps. 90:12 “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14 This week we are reminded of the frailty of life.  People we […]

Friday Devotional – I Can See!!!!

John 9 is the story of a blind man, and goes something like this: Jesus and his disciples meet a blind man.  This man has been blind from birth.  Jesus puts mud on his eyes, and sends him to the pool of Siloam to wash off and be healed.  This particular pool is the farthest […]

Friday Devotional – Fill Someone’s Bucket

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 “No one has ever seen […]

Friday Devotional – Blaming God?

When there’s a serious accident, there are two types of emergency vehicles that show up.  The police, who try to figure out what happened and who’s at fault.  And the paramedics, whose purpose is to help all those who are hurt.  This same dynamic can be found in our relationships.  Even our relationship with God. […]

Friday Devotional – The Quest of “Truth”

Are you familiar with the names Plato, Socrates and Aristotle?   These guys were some of the greatest, and well-known names in history.  Their thoughts on “truth” have been taught in schools for centuries.  But did you know, that Jesus came after their deaths?  And that by the time Jesus arrived here on earth, the quest for […]

Friday Devotional – Go Ahead and Drink

In Orange City, IA, the town the Pizza Ranch Support Center is in, we have a 4 day annual Tulip Festival that takes place the third week of May.  It’s a great time to remember the past, and celebrate the present.  The weather is great, the food is amazing, and the opportunity to see old […]