Devotional

Never Lose Hope

Never Lose Hope

John 11:4-6

In the message “Stand Firm in The Gap” we were encouraged to continue in prayer and minister to the needs of others, to stand in the gap for those who need protection against enemy attacks, and to stand as long as necessary. This requires perseverance and complete trust in God. It can be difficult when […]

Stand Firm in The Gap

Stand Firm in The Gap

Ezekiel 22:30-31

In the final years of the southern kingdom of Israel, God warned that He was going to use the king of Babylon to discipline the people unless they returned to Him with a heart of worship. But the people failed to repent and the invasion of Jerusalem began. Ezekiel was a prophet to those taken […]

Put It Into Practice

Put It Into Practice

Philippians 4:9

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is one hundred and four verses filled with encouragement and joy. Paul didn’t write this letter to explain deep theology or to deal with any particular sin. Rather, his purpose was to express love for his friends and to encourage them (and us) to live a joy-filled Christian life. In […]

Follower or Fool

Follower or Fool

Mark 10:21

In the message “Arise And Walk” we were reminded that as God answers our prayers He does so in a manner which is “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). He answers according to our true need driven by His divine good. This is a difficult concept but God’s view of this […]

Arise And Walk

Arise And Walk

Acts 3:6

To grow as a Christian means to become closer, and develop a more intimate relationship, with God. This relationship begins when we are born into His family – when we ask Him to forgive our sins through faith in Jesus and begin what is intended to be an eternal communion of love. He desires for […]

Return to Give Thanks

Return to Give Thanks

Luke 17:17

One day when Jesus was traveling from Galilee to Jerusalem, ten men with leprosy approached Him and called out; “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” (Luke 17:13). Jesus didn’t immediately heal the lepers. Instead, He gave them a simple instruction; “Go, show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:14). A leper would only present himself to […]

Tools of The Teacher

Tools of The Teacher

Jeremiah 27:6

In the days of the prophet Jeremiah, God’s chosen people had turned away to worship other gods. But God longed for His children to return and worship Him as the One True God. The Israelites had been warned for many years and now God used a foreign king as His tool for discipline and instruction. […]

Personal Psalms

Personal Psalms

The one hundred and fifty psalms in the Bible were written by several different people; we believe that David wrote many but certainly not all. The psalms were meant to be set to music and sung as a way of praising the glory of God, but also as a way of expressing the deeply honest […]

My Super Power

My Super Power

James 1:2-4

[Note: I sent a version of this message out in March of last year. It highlights some thoughts by my youngest daughter.] In the spring of 2013, our family was in the middle of a terrible trial. Our youngest child – our 12 year old daughter, Kaylee – was diagnosed with an advanced stage of […]

Misplaced Trust

Misplaced Trust

1 Chronicles 21:1-2

In the message “Secure In His Presence” we were encouraged to guard against anything which takes away from our complete dependence on our Heavenly Father. We saw how worldly security can sometimes cause us to close our eyes and ears to God’s leading. Becoming secure in the world means we are placing our trust in […]

Secure in His Presence

Secure in His Presence

Jeremiah 22:21

Jehoiakim was king of Judah just prior to the first Babylonian invasion in 605 B.C.. He had become comfortable in the security of the palace, and an alliance with the Egyptians made him feel even more protected. But Jehoiakim led the people of Judah further away from God; “he did evil in the eyes of […]

Strain Toward the Vine

Strain Toward the Vine

John 15:4-5

Our life in these mortal bodies will always fall short of God’s standard. From the moment sin entered the world, we’ve been unable to satisfy God’s requirement of perfection. But, knowing our weakness, God gave His Son as a sacrifice to make perfect those who believe; “By one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those […]