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Devotionals by Chaplain (Col) Stephen W. Leonard, USA, Ret.

Going Home

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15 I just had a zoom meeting with three of my closest friends and brothers last week. One of them was very near the end of a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He »

Endure Everything?

“Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:10 The sea floor is a grave to many shipwrecks! Ferocious storms have sent a lot of ships to the »

The Summer of Our Discontent

“I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11,13 Bill Gates is worth 130 Billion dollars (that’s with a B), has three children, seemingly no wants, but is discontent; he is not satisfied »

What’s in a Famous Date?

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved? So they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” -  Acts 16:30-31 July 4th is solidified as America’s Independence Day. But what really happened on that first July 4th? President »


“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely, I am coming soon!’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”  - Revelation 22:20 Just how soon is soon? Are those of us who are living 2100 years after Jesus ascended into a place called “heaven,” likely to see His return before »

For Good or For Ill

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise)’ “ that it might go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” - Ephesians 6:2-3 It is most difficult to enter life without an earthly father! In fact, it »

June Six and ?

“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”-  Luke 12:20-21 June 6, 1944 will n’er »

Charlie and Memorial Day

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” - John 15:13 He came to my platoon from an assignment in Korea, where they had given him numerous Article 15’s and finally sent him to Vietnam as “final punishment.” Article »

Soul Restoring

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” In the busy, constantly hectic, stress-filled, mishmash of life in the twenty-first century it is nearly impossible for the soul »

Holding It All Together

“...and in Him all things hold together.” - Colossians 1:17 Sticky rice, super glue, invisible spirits? What really keeps all matter in its beautiful configuration? Water in stunning lakes or massive oceans. Mountains and hills in spectacular vistas. Wooded forests. Cactus deserts. Sheer rock cliffs. Tables, chairs, »

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