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Devotionals2021-04-21T13:37:41+00:00

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

What Can Man Do To Me?

"So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’" - Hebrews 13:6 Four times in the larger Christmas story messengers from God have one primary recommendation to their trembling audience: do not fear! Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father; Mary, »

New?

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” - Ecclesiastes 1:9 New Year! What is really new about it? One second it is 2020, the next, 2021. What truly changed? The biggest change, »

A Backwater Event?

“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” - Luke 2:7 The birth of »

Matthew, Luke and Christmas

“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 The Four Gospels tell us about the life of Jesus Christ. The Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, parallel most of these stories of Jesus. But we encounter something unusual in reading Matthew 2 and »

Creation and Conscience

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, for God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things which have been made. So they are »

God’s Care in Extremity

“For He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” - Hebrews 13:5-6 Lions tore their bodies to pieces in the Colosseum, persecutors tortured them unto death, believers »

What is My Life?

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 You have, I am sure, sometimes wondered, “what is the meaning of it all?” Why am »

No Greater Love

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13 I am a combat veteran who fought in a war America lost: Vietnam. I came home by the grace of God and am living 50 years later. Very fortunately for America, »

Voting Produces Results

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord, he turns it wherever he will.” Proverbs 21:1 This is being written well in advance of November 3. At this point I really have no idea who won. I do not even know if anyone today »

Unknowable Humility

“Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29 It is truly remarkable that the one who even approaches having the amazing grace of humility never thinks himself or herself humble. »

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