Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 9, 2021


Today’s devotion comes from 3 John 1:13-15.

“I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink;  but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.

Peace be to you.  The friends greet you.  Greet the friends by name.”  3 John 1:13-15.


This is more of a challenge to me than to others.  I am inclined to write rather than to speak face to face.  This may be more evident to some of you who receive these devotions by email generally addressed to “Dear Family and Friends” rather than by specific name or by more personal emails.  Likewise, in the 1990’s, when I lived in Florida and my mother lived in Michigan, even my mother received more letters in the form of Gold Mining devotions that you see in my web site than personal letters or visits.   

But, there is One Who leads us by name and Who will never leave us nor forsake us and Who gives us peace as the perfect example of today’s Scripture.

“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.”  John 10:3-4.

“…  for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  Hebrews 13:5.

“Peace I leave with you;  My peace I give to you;  not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  John 14:27. 

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;  and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;  and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  John 10:27-29. 


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