DEVOTIONALS

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 like...

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,...