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Author: Delwyn Maas

There’s No Time Like Now For a Good, Old-Fashioned Revival!

Written by Delwyn Maas | September, 2016
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“Thus the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons; and they served their gods. So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They […] Read More

Our Great Commander

Written by Delwyn Maas | December, 2015
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And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So He said, “No, but as Commander […] Read More

God-Centered Worship

Written by Delwyn Maas | September, 2018
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It has been correctly observed that genuine, God-centered worship is not limited to worship services. With their entire lives, God’s children worship the God of their creation and redemption. Our worship reveres God, and that includes expressions of exultation, such as “Praise the Lord!” This is much more than emotion. Genuine praise is based on […] Read More

God Often Blesses Us in Unexpected Ways

Written by Delwyn Maas | June, 2017
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (For context, please read 1 Kings 17:1-16) Scripture says that Ahab was more evil than the kings before him and that he thought it was a trivial thing to walk in those sins. He overtly promoted the worship of Baal. Ahab’s apostasy signaled dark times ahead for the people. Elijah […] Read More

Your Word Has Given Me Life

Written by Delwyn Maas | July, 2021
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT 2 Kings chapter 25 tells of how Nebuchadnezzar and his army laid siege to Jerusalem. The situation became so desperate that King Zedekiah fled from the city. “But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and they overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his army was scattered from […] Read More

It’s All About Having the One Thing

Written by Delwyn Maas | January, 2020
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (Read Psalm 27) In this psalm King David expresses an awareness of the reality that all believers face in this world: we have enemies who are determined to harm us. They’ll destroy us if they can. Ephesians 6 describes them as principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this […] Read More

You Are Not Alone

Written by Delwyn Maas | March, 2015
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“Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, […] Read More

The Value of Rest and Quietness

Written by Delwyn Maas | March, 2019
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT “Don’t just sit there—do something!” This familiar adage applies in many situations. The crops won’t plant themselves in the spring. The cereal spilled all over the floor isn’t going to clean up itself. “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) This axiom, however, does not […] Read More

When God Comes with a Still Small Voice

Written by Delwyn Maas | December, 2017
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (Please read 1 Kings 19:1-18 for context.) Elijah was feeling tired and dejected. To him, all his devotion and hard work in serving the Lord seemed to make little difference. He felt as if he had reached the quitting point and just wanted to die. The Lord, however, had more […] Read More

“I Will Deliver You No More!”

Written by Delwyn Maas | March, 2017
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(For context, please read Judges 10:6-16) “Then the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (Judges 10:6) Again? This cycle continues throughout the book of Judges, but it is not unique to that time and place, is it? In every generation, God’s people struggle against their sinful nature and the tendency to slip […] Read More

It Is of the Lord’s Mercies That We Are Not Consumed

Written by Delwyn Maas | June, 2016
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“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he […] Read More

Your Salvation Is The Lord’s Agenda

Written by Delwyn Maas | September, 2019
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT Perhaps more than any other Old Testament Scripture, the New Testament writers quote Psalm 110. Jesus Himself quotes it in Matthew 22:44, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’” He quotes it to oblige the Pharisees to reexamine their ideas regarding […] Read More

What Works Even Better than a Jawbone?

Written by Delwyn Maas | September, 2015
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“When he [Samson] came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached […] Read More

Sacrificing Love on the Altar of Misunderstanding

Written by Delwyn Maas | June, 2018
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (Please read Joshua chapter 22.) The Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh fought alongside the rest of Israel to take possession of the land west of the Jordan. When the time came for them to return to their lands east of the river, Joshua affirmed their faithfulness and […] Read More

Relief in Troubled Times— Worship the Lord!

Written by Delwyn Maas | March, 2021
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT King David did not have a carefree life. He often wrote of sorrow, tears, and loneliness in his psalms. Those same psalms, nevertheless, reveal deep faith. Whatever the circumstances of his troubled times, however intense and prolonged, David trusted God. David praised and thanked God in troubled times as well […] Read More

Who Alone Answers Prayers? The Lord, He is God!

Written by Delwyn Maas | August, 2017
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Read: 1 Kings 18:1-39 From its inception, the nation of Israel was intended to be a people through whom God’s Covenant Promise was to shine forth. After they immigrated into Canaan, however, we read what would become a common refrain, “Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (Judges 2:11, […] Read More

Who Alone Answers Prayers? The Lord, He is God!

Written by Delwyn Maas | August, 2017
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Read: 1 Kings 18:1-39 From its inception, the nation of Israel was intended to be a people through whom God’s Covenant Promise was to shine forth. After they immigrated into Canaan, however, we read what would become a common refrain, “Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (Judges 2:11, […] Read More

Following God with All Our Heart Begins with Repentance and Faith

Written by Delwyn Maas | December, 2018
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT In the history of the kings that followed King David, those kings are often compared to him. Sometimes it is by contrast: “. . . [Abijam] was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.” (1 Kings 15:3) At other times it is favorable: “Asa did what […] Read More

Your Enemy May Be Closer than You Think

Written by Delwyn Maas | December, 2016
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(Please read Judges 9 for the setting, people, and events to which this devotion refers.) Sunday school students are fascinated by the characters in the book of Judges—Deborah, Gideon, Abimelech, Samson. . . . You don’t remember a Sunday school lesson about Abimelech? That’s because Abimelech was not chosen by God to be the leader. […] Read More

When God Walked the Line

Written by Delwyn Maas | March, 2016
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[So the Lord said to Abram] “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two […] Read More