Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Songs & Words about Mercy

  • Mercy Seat +

    Vicki Yohe gives a compelling description of the effect Christ’s love has on our sin. A song that shows us Read More
  • I'll Glorify His Holy Name: Ain't No Rock (MercyMe) +

    Ain't No Rock lyrics, originally performed by MercyMe-- Ain't no rock, gonna cry in my place as long as I'm Read More
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SylviaSee what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1-2

There is a successful business man who is dear to our family. The other day this young father told me with obvious delight about walking his little kindergarten daughter to school every morning. He said, "It is the highlight of my day." He loves her holding his hand. It gives him great pleasure that she wants to start her day with him.

I can't get this picture out of my mind. In a few words he conveyed so much about a father's heart for his child. In that snapshot I can hear that he loved her before she took her first steps. He anticipates her day and a few precious moments with just the two of them. She laughs and skips, he is all smiles deep down inside. He protects her and sees her safely across every street. He talks with her about anything on her heart, because the desires of her heart are important to him. He answers her many questions and coaches her in the things she needs to know. He asks questions because he is immensely interested in every aspect of her life. Wouldn't you love to hear those conversations?

He loves her mother, his bride, which gives his daughter great security. She knows the sound of his voice. She knows that he faithfully keeps his promises. She knows that she can count on him and he is there for her. She knows from experience that he gives good gifts and prepares fun surprises. She has no doubt that he lavishly loves her, because he has shown it day by day. She thinks he knows everything, and she is certain he can fix anything. Her day is circumscribed by his love and care, as he tucks her in bed at night.

He gives her room to explore which results in evitable skinned knees, but he picks her up when she falls and his kiss makes well. He comforts her when she cries. If there were a threat to her life, he would step between her and danger.

When she disobeys, it grieves him. It breaks his heart to have to discipline her, but he knows it is for her own good. He is wisely providing for her future, to secure it the best he knows how.

Does this good daddy remind you of Someone you know? We have a loving Papa God who is just like that, eagerly attentive and eternally affectionate. He walks with us and talks with us every day and has written us a love letter in his Word. His protection and care are certain. His heart toward us is holy and unchanging.

Happy Father's Day, Michael, for how you show us the Father's love. This year I am going to tell my heavenly Abba "Happy Father's Day."

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Eugene Peterson was one of America’s most beloved preachers. Let’s not miss his last sermon. +

    Eugene Peterson, the internationally best-selling Christian author who passed into the great unknown this week, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: 2009 Book of Faith Jubilee +

    Peterson discussed a wide range of topics with Diane Jacobson, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 1 +

    This is part 1 of a 3 part series of lectures Eugene Peterson Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 2 +

    This is part 2 of Eugene Peterson's 1991 Simpson lecture Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • God's Healing Touch by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to God's word for you in Isaiah 42:3. "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick Read More
  • The Healing Day by Bill Fay +

    It will be okay on the healing dayno more coldest placeon the healing day Read More
  • Inner Healing by Judith MacNutt +

    The following is a clip from a teaching at the MacNutt's Level I School. While brief, it provides a good Read More
  • Healing Ministry & Spiritual Warfare by Judith MacNutt +

    Judith MacNutt on the relationship between spiritual warfare and healing ministry. Read More
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