A devotional to help military families stay connected during deployments

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. “ . . . . so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”  — 2 Corinthians 4:15 It seems to be some sort of personality test—people ask “are you the sort of […]

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” — Hebrews 12:11 The story of Joseph in the Old Testament is one of jealousy and betrayal—and the […]

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made […]

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. — John 15:13 Chuck Swindoll, one of our favorite preachers, loves to tell stories of when he was a Marine on active duty. These stories offer multiple illustrations for […]

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. — Psalm 34:18 I would be surprised if you have gotten through this deployment without any tears. Tears when your spouse left; tears during the long months of separation; tears […]

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.” […]

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword,and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. — Hebrews 4:12 As […]

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. –  Joshua 1:9 “That’s a great idea–I would have never thought of that!” A young Army wife shared with me something […]

My wife and I have only lived in military housing three times in my career. We have mixed socially outside of military circles more than inside. So, after many years, my wife doesn’t consider herself to be a “military” wife and she thought that she had little to offer those around her. One day we were with a couple who had just heard that the husband was being called up to deploy to Afghanistan. Read more . . .

Excellent or Praiseworthy is posted on Monday and Thursday nights. “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” — Jesus’ words in John 8:31,32 You have heard it called many things—an A-Ha moment, a breakthrough, “it all came together,” […]

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