Category Archives: Devotional Essays

A Psalm for the Expatriate

“Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I live at the eastern … Continue reading

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Memorial Day – What Legacy Will You Leave?

Matthew 16:25–26 (HCSB) — 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet … Continue reading

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What is the fear of God in a God-Fearer?

I recently heard a story about a large international company conducting job interviews in a remote area specific to one of their projects. When local interviewees were asked about their goals in life, some replied, “I want to be a … Continue reading

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Ripples of a Revolution

  When I look around our worship service on Fridays, I see a gathering that has come full circle since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. For many of the worshippers, the nations represented in Acts 2:9-11 are their … Continue reading

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God or Self – Where is Your Focus?

I know that many of you have been traveling this summer. You may have just arrived back in the UAE or perhaps you are still in a state of flux somewhere in the world. That is the nature of the … Continue reading

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Finishing Well

My first bible teacher had a saying that profoundly impacted me in the early years of my Christian life.  “Beware of calling on an emergency room God”, she would say.  She explained the meaning behind her axiom: “We call on … Continue reading

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A Very Human Hero

If you pay any attention to the movie scene, you know that a new rendition of Spiderman was released this summer. By my count that’s four Hollywood movies and a Broadway musical based on the Marvel comic book series created … Continue reading

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We All Need a Battle Partner – Judges 4-5

When I was a young Christian woman, I hardly went a day without listening to Elisabeth Elliot’s godly advice on her Gateway to Joy radio ministry. She’s just one of those people who exudes confidence and wise counsel at every … Continue reading

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The Struggle to Find Strength in Weakness

When I was in college I was a huge fan of author Robert Ludlum and his iconic character Jason Bourne. When Matt Damon assumed that role in the wildly successful Bourne trilogy movies several years ago, he brought to life … Continue reading

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The Struggle with Expectations

This past weekend, the eyes of the world were on the All England Club in London. The Wimbledon tennis finals were especially popular in Dubai. The reason? The large contingent of expatriates from the United Kingdom combined with the opportunity … Continue reading

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