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

The Promise of Christmas

By Stephen Leonard “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit »

Thank You!

By Stephen Leonard “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the East and from the West, from the North »

Possessing Genuine Gratitude?

By Stephen Leonard “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Of course, I am grateful,” you quickly respond. “Why wouldn’t I be?” But merely saying “thank you” doesn’t always »

Defender’s Day

By Stephen Leonard “The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 Our world is a beautiful place, but its beauty cannot mask the »

A Good Citizen

By Stephen Leonard “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1 You are on a trajectory headed toward where your real citizenship lies, for Paul expressed that believers’ »

An Important Day

By Stephen Leonard “I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” Job 23:12 Because it is the next day after the very popular Halloween, Reformation Day gets largely ignored, even by Christians. There »

Founders’ Day

By Stephen Leonard “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He may give it to you.” John 15:16 This week »

Toxic Agents

By Stephen Leonard “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 When you enter a war zone as a combatant, »

God’s Chosen People?

By Stephen Leonard “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 Forty-nine years ago, on this day, October 6, a war started. It was called the »

Luxuriant Trees

By Stephen Leonard “So beginning with the 15th day of the seventh month (in the Hebrew calendar, this is between September and October), after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD for seven days…On the first day, you are to take branches »

Pikes Peak

By Stephen Leonard “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 In the Spring of 1953, my family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. I finished first grade there, but »

Fragile and Hearty

By Stephen Leonard “I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed »

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