DEVOTIONALS

HIS UNFAILING STRENGTH

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 Do you find yourself so caught up in the rush of living that you can scarcely remember what day it is? If so, there’s a lesson to learn from the prayer of an old country preacher: “Slow me down, Lord! Slow me down. Ease...

ATTACKED

“But take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!” Job 2:5 Health is wealth. And it’s precious, but is it all that matters in life? While health is at its peak, is life at its best? The greatest trial of all is when health is at stake. This was...

THE UNKNOWN PLACE CALLED HEAVEN

    “For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.” John 6:38 Writing of heaven, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Has this world been so kind to you that you should live with regret? There are better things ahead than any we...

HOPING FOR A CHRISTMAS GIFT

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Is there one item in particular that you’re hoping to receive? As you prepare for the gift-giving season, let’s take the opportunity to remember the greatest Gift of all and our reason for hope. There are...

DO YOU DESPISE HIM?

When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau...

WHAT DOES YOUR FEAR REVEAL?

“A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, but they were frightened when they saw a man who had been demon-possessed, for he was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane.” — Mark 5:15 Knowing yourself sounds simple, until you come to your senses and realize you really...

YOU CAN’T GIVE WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples,  and the disciples gave them to the people. Matthew 14:19 After I had spoken in a squatters’ area in Manila, a young woman who...

LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS, HATE WICKEDNESS

“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” Hebrews 1:9 ‘Because You’ve loved righteousness and hated iniquity,’ said the Father to the Son, ‘You are anointed with the...

UNACCEPTED OFFERING: GENESIS 5:4

“But He did not accept Cain and his offering. This made Cain very angry and dejected.” Genesis 4:5 Offering our best to God isn’t enough. We must realize God wants the best according to His standards, and not according to our opinion of what’s best. In the time of...

PRAYING FOR OPEN DOORS

“At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:3-4 Intriguing. Paul says, ‘Pray for me, pray...

THE LORD OF MY LONGINGS

“I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.”  Psalm 130:6 Desires and longings of the heart are not evil in themselves. In fact, God designed us to have them, and for them to function for His glory. Just...

REDEEMING TIME: Colossians 4:5

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Colossians 4:5 Somehow, we think we’re going to live a long time, but James was right when he said life is a vapor, a puff of steam (James 4:14). Life goes by so fast. Make it count. How? Redeem it....

NEWS OVERLOAD

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 There’s a new malady confronting us today, one that never faced our grandparents—it is news overload! The constant barrage of news compels you, depresses you, triggers your adrenalin, and...

JESUS SIGHED: Mark 8:12

“When He heard this, He sighed deeply and said, ‘Why do you people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I assure you, I will not give this generation any such sign.’”  Mark 8:12 We’re familiar with the fact that Jesus wept. I’m amazed to find that aside from weeping,...

HEART CHECK

“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:10                                     The previous verse before our passage says: “The heart is deceitful above all...