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

Living Dangerously

Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he falls.” - 1 Corinthians 10:12 Some memories of Vietnam never leave me. They are so sharp it seems like they happened yesterday. A few of my enlisted men had come across what they thought was »

A Life Necessity?

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” – Psalm 51:12 Watching the news at the close of most days normally opens your mind to the opposite of glad tidings. Most news is not happy news. Typically it is not anywhere near a lullaby by which you »

Easter is Past

“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he spoke to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See »


“It is finished.” - John 19:30 Choosing goals for your life? I imagine you can name a number of them, once required to answer the question. But from His understanding youth to his death, Jesus had only one goal for His life on earth: the salvation of men, women, »

First Last Word

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” - Luke 23:34 They treated Him with sheer contempt! With a despicable violence, they destroyed His body. They truly meted out the fiercest pain imaginable. And Jesus had the “gall” to plead with God for their forgiveness. »

Valentine Redux

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes »

Time Flies, Drags

“They cried out with a loud voice, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” - Revelation 6:10 How often have we said, “Where did all the time go?” Yet at the beginning of a »

How I Think Is Who I Am

“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” - Proverbs 23:7 Everyone; people of every intellect, every economic status, every race, every age, and every language have something in common: they think. As the French philosopher Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.” The Bible is »

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, »

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