Category Archives: Devotional Essays

A Window into the Worship to Come

by Shirley Ralston This devotion was originally published at Thrive Ministry “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls … Continue reading

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Market Madness

by  Shirley Ralston A version of this devotion was originally published at Thrive Ministry “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until … Continue reading

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God’s Presence In Your Absence

by  SHIRLEY RALSTON This devotion was originally published at Thrive Ministry “Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will … Continue reading

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Crossing Cultures

This devotion was originally published for Thrive Ministry “…I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share … Continue reading

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A Hero’s Journey

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 “The beautiful thing about this  adventure  called faith is that we can count … Continue reading

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Crossing Cultures

“…I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings…” 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Adapting to … Continue reading

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Meditation Amid His Majesty

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Psalms 145:4–5 “The purpose of meditation is to enable us to … Continue reading

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Total Openness: The Wrong Solution (Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up, by Larry Crabb)

Not long ago, my husband and I were traveling in Australia. When Sunday came around, we found a place to worship. The pastor, a guest speaker for the day, was a gifted communicator. He was funny, passionate, knowledgeable…and very open. … Continue reading

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Surface Community: The Obstacle to Encouragement

This week I continue my interaction with Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up, by Larry Crabb. Before my move to Port Moresby, I gleaned as much information as I could about Papua New Guinea, most of it through the … Continue reading

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The Well Timed Word ~ Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up, by Larry Crabb

“The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, but the speech of the upright rescues them.” (Proverbs 12:6, HCSB) I watched the movie, The Judge on one of my flights back to Port Moresby recently. Robert Downy Jr. plays … Continue reading

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