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Day 8: Fight the Good Fight

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“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” -Acts 20:24 Fighting the good fight, keeping the faith, and finishing the race was very important to Paul, […]

Day 7: Planted in God’s Vineyard

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With the start of a new calendar year, people think and hope good things will happen to them and their families—financially, materially, and spiritually. Being born and raised in a free country with all its benefits and blessings, we may think we are fine with our faith, with our salvation, and with God. However, if […]

Day 6: God’s Grace to do our Best

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“For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, […]

Day 5: Becoming like Jesus

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I often in this life have grown frustrated with myself—rushing to become something or do something that mattered little and left me feeling inadequate. How could I serve or even worship this amazing God with all that was wrong with me? These feelings often stemmed from how I felt about myself more than the love […]

Day 4: Purpose and Goals

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Recently my pastor was speaking, and a phrase stuck with me, “If you don’t plan your life, someone else will.” This is a plain and simple statement but packed with meaning. Thinking on this statement, it really speaks truth. If we are not consciously focusing on our lives—not just our day-to day-lives but in our […]

Day 3: God’s Plans for You

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Someone asked me today, “Who are you?” Surprisingly, I couldn’t put together a good answer. Then they asked me what I intended to contribute to the world after college. I wasn’t sure. I know I won’t be in college forever. Pretty soon, I’ll have to make some big decisions. Soon I’ll be thrust out into […]

Day 2: The Measure of Success

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How do you measure success? Most would say that success is achieving a certain goal, but what if you struggle mightily for that goal and you don’t achieve it? Many would say that’s the definition of failure. But is it? There is a verse rather buried in the middle of the 11th chapter of Hebrews that […]

Day 1: Am I Offering my Best to God?

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I would be embarrassed if you saw my high school transcript. The truth of the matter is, I didn’t care all that much about school. I wanted to be a dairy farmer, and who needs algebra to milk cows? I believed that so much that I failed Algebra I and had to take it in […]

HOPE: Discovering Life by Doing Your Best

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Our spiritual formation theme for this academic year is HOPE: Discovering Life. We have talked often about what Peter says in 1 Peter 1:3-5, especially the phrase “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Our first chapel of the spring semester is tomorrow, January 18, at 7:00 […]

CGPS January Devotional

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When I was a young boy, I dreamed of being a cowboy and riding a horse across the open plains making a cattle drive. I read numerous books about the west and watched any movie or TV show I could that was about the old west and involved cowboys and their way of life. I […]