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As a preacher of the Gospel, I am a speaker.  But I find myself becoming a listener as much as a speaker.  As a matter of fact, I find myself doing more and more listening, listening to the heartbreaking situations in which many people exist.  I use the word “exist” because “live” seems to be   Read More …

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Ron Dun devo

An article written after Ron’s dad died: This week I am preaching in a small town in western Oklahoma. The young pastor is a good friend, his people are good listeners, and the church is beautiful. But the landscape which seems bleak and windblown is depressingly desolate to me and punctuates my loneliness. I don’t   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 3

“Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord.” Psalm 130:1 The Spanish philosopher, Miguel Unamuno, once said:  If we ever got honest enough to go out into the streets and uncover our common grief, we would discover that we are all grieving for the self-same thing.”  His words call to mind the   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 4

I’ve been ill since April — deep, persistent pains in the chest and extreme difficulty in breathing and a tenacious weariness. They thought at first it was my heart but after a zillion tests concluded that it was not. I ended up in the hospital three or four more times, leaving each time with conflicting   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 5

“Where can I go from Your Spirit. Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol,behold, You are there (Psalm 139:7,8).” During the months (coming up on five), I have been ill, about the only thing constructive, apart from praying, I’ve   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 6

James 1:1-8;16,17 Augustine said, “Grant me, Lord, to know and understand which is first, to call on Thee or to praise Thee?? and again, to know Thee or to call on Thee?  For who can call on Thee, not knowing Thee?  For he that knoweth Thee not may call on Thee as other than Thou   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 7

As many of you know, I have been ill for the past seven months and haven’t preached since September. I lay in the hospital for six weeks, then spent an additional six months at home in bed. At the same time my daughter Kimberly was in a car wreck in November and, because of severe   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 8

On this day as we remember the life of Ron Dunn and celebrate his home going, it is with deep regret that I cannot be present in person.  I was on the last leg of my flight to Manila somewhere between Japan and the Philippines when Ron went home to be with the Lord.  I   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 9

Not long ago I decided to take a poll of a number of branches in a certain vineyard to find out how they were managing to take the strain of bearing fruit. After interviewing as many as possible, I came to some interesting conclusions. Not one had an ulcer, was on tranquilizers, was uptight or   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 10

“Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 11

When we become Christian, we enter into relationship with God. We also enter into fellowship with God. And the extent to which we enjoy our relationship with God is determined by our fellowship with Him. There were times, while I was growing up, that I didn’t enjoy my relationship with my dad. It became quite   Read More …

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Ron Dunn devo. 12

Christmas, 1972, I gave my wife a gold watch. On the back was inscribed: To Kaye, with love 1972 “A Very Good Year” I didn’t know it was the last good year we would have for quite a while. Early in 1973 our 15 year-old son, Ronnie Jr., seemed suddenly, as it appeared to us   Read More …

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