James and Rose DekkerJames and Rose Dekker

James and Rose Dekker

James C. Dekker is the pastor of Covenant Christian Reformed Church in St. Catharines, Ontario. Previously he served other congregations in Alberta and Ontario. Rose Dekker serves as a refugee coordinator for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee in Canada. She also serves as a certified spiritual director. The Dekkers were missionaries for nine years with Christian Reformed World Missions, serving in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Cuba.

Devotions by James and Rose Dekker

February 29, 2008

Waiting for Jesus

Revelation 7:9-17

?I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.?
Revelation 22:7

February 28, 2008

Silence: To Prepare for the End

Habakkuk 2:2-3, 18-20

?The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.?
Habakkuk 2:20

February 27, 2008

Jesus Retreats Before His Last Battle

Matthew 26:36-44

?My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.?
Matthew 26:39

February 26, 2008

Jesus Retreats to Pray

Matthew 14:22-23

After he had dismissed [the crowd], he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.
Matthew 14:23

February 25, 2008

Jesus Retreats

Matthew 14:1-14

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.
Matthew 14:13

February 24, 2008

Receiving Spiritual Direction

2 Timothy 1:11-14; 2:1-2

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

February 23, 2008

Confession: We Confess to Live

Psalm 32

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
James 5:16

February 22, 2008

Fasting: Because Jesus Lives in You

Luke 12:29-31

Daniel ... said ... ?Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.?
Daniel 1:11-12

February 21, 2008

Celebration: Breakfast With the Lord

John 21:1-14

Jesus said to them, ?Come and have breakfast.? ... They knew it was the Lord.
John 21:12

February 20, 2008

Celebration: Jesus? Last Supper

John 13:1-17

He now showed them the full extent of his love.
John 13:1

February 19, 2008

Celebration: Enough to Give Away

John 6:1-13

Jesus declared, ?I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry.?
John 6:35

February 18, 2008

Celebration: Jesus Celebrates a Wedding

John 2:1-11

This [sign] ... Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory ...
John 2:11

February 17, 2008


Deuteronomy 6:4-9

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Deuteronomy 6:6

February 16, 2008

Thanking God in All You Do

Acts 16:16-34

Whatever you do ... do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God ...
Colossians 3:17

February 15, 2008

Giving Thanks: Thanking God Forever

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
Psalm 136:1

February 14, 2008

Forgiveness: Jesus? People Giving It

Luke 5:17-26

Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God.
Luke 5:26

February 13, 2008

Forgiveness: Rejecting It

Luke 5:17-26

?Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone??
Luke 5:21

February 12, 2008

Forgiveness: Receiving It

Luke 5:17-26

Immediately he stood up ... took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
Luke 5:25

February 11, 2008

Forgiveness: A Gift From Jesus

Luke 5:17-26

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ?Friend, your sins are forgiven.?
Luke 5:20

February 10, 2008

The Practice of Lectio Divina

Luke 5:17-26

The power of the Lord was present ...
Luke 5:17

February 9, 2008

David?S Confession for New Life

Psalm 51

Nathan said to David, ?You are the man!?
2 Samuel 12:7

February 8, 2008

Confession: In the Footsteps of Jesus

Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus replied, ?... It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.?
Matthew 3:15

February 7, 2008

Sounds of Silence

Psalm 46

?Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations ...?
Psalm 46:10

February 6, 2008

Silence: The Sound of the Beginning

Genesis 1

God said, ?Let there be light,? and there was light. God saw that the light was good ...
Genesis 1:3-4

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