07/20/2024
Jesus and Sleep
Scripture Reading — Mark 4:35-41Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.— Mark 4:38There are some places—like on airplanes—where I find it impossible to sleep.In our story today, though, we read that Jesus fell into a deep sleep on a small boat that was out on a lake—in the middle of a storm!T
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07/19/2024
Joseph’s Dream and Obedience
Scripture Reading — Matthew 1:18-25When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him. . . .— Matthew 1:24Have you ever dreamed that an angel commanded you to do something? I’ve had some serious dreams, but I’ve never had a dream where I awoke convinced that God had told me to
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07/18/2024
Troubling Dreams
Scripture Reading — Daniel 7:15-18“I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.”— Daniel 7:15On occasions when I have visited places plagued with malaria, I have taken antimalarial drugs. The lifesaving benefits of these medications certainly outweigh
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07/17/2024
Satisfaction and Sleep
Scripture Reading — Ecclesiastes 5:10-20The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.— Ecclesiastes 5:12Ecclesiastes connects sleep with a sense of peace and satisfaction in life. These blessings are linked with honest w
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07/16/2024
Squandering God’s Gifts
Scripture Reading — Proverbs 6:6-11How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?— Proverbs 6:9Years ago, when we lived in Taiwan, we awoke one morning to find a column of ants marching across our house, from one end to the other. Ants are truly amazing. They seem s
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07/15/2024
Sweet Rest
Scripture Reading — Proverbs 3:21-26When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.— Proverbs 3:24Last night I slept well. I fell asleep quickly, got up only once, had pleasant dreams, and awoke refreshed and ready to greet the new day. As the writer of Prover
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07/14/2024
Refusing Sleep
Scripture Reading — Psalm 132:1-5“I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord. . . .”— Psalm 132:4-5What’s the longest time you’ve ever gone without sleep? On long trips sometimes, I’ve stayed awake for more than 30 hours. Normally I can only stay awak
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