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Living a Faith Life in a Frame

Do you live your faith life within a frame? I hadn’t thought about that aspect until I met up with a friend from my childhood several years ago. 26 years had passed since we’d last seen each other (curiously, in line at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics!), and we met at a Starbucks to get a […]

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How to Understand My Utmost for His Highest

My utmost for his highest

Do you have trouble understanding the devotionals in My Utmost for His Highest? If so, you’re not alone. Many people have told me these types of things: “That book always baffled and guilted me when I was young. Does R teach the context of its writing?” “I never understand it.” And a well-respected, multiple-degreed pastor […]

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My Utmost for His Highest and Sunday School

Utmost: devotional

My husband recently began using My Utmost for His Highest devotionals in his post-high school Sunday School class. It didn’t start that way, but that’s where they are now. R and the young people are pondering just what Oswald Chambers is really saying to them! Ask Me Any Question The class began this summer after R read an article that […]

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Who Wrote My Utmost for His Highest and How? Part I


You probably think Oswald Chambers wrote the well-loved devotional My Utmost for His Highest. You’re only half right. The ideas, the concepts, the ear willing to listen to God‘s direction and the ability to communicate them, all came through Oswald Chambers’ teaching. Putting it together into a coherent devotional, however, was the work of his widow, […]

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Six Keys to writing Christian Devotionals

How do authors write Christian devotionals? Obviously, the earliest writers like Theresa of Avila wrote under compulsion from God–in her case out of her mysticism. Writers want to share what God has put on their hearts, or because they have wisdom to help others deepen their relationships to God. I recently spoke with four contemporary devotional […]

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