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From Prison to Perspective

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Kings 25:29, " So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life. " Background Could we say that life is all about perspective? Maybe that's a little strong, but perspective certainly affects...

You are not an Orphan before God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 14:18, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” Background For the first few years of elementary school, we lived close enough so that I was able to walk to school. I did have to cross a huge intersection, one that...

Remove Confusion

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 2:6, " And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. " Background I'm embarrassed to say it, but many times I am shocked to come home from work and hear that...

From Disappointment to God’s Love

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Background Disappointment is a double-edge sword, isn’t it? It’s hard to say whether it’s worse to...

A Group That Loves

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 14:21, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Background It’s safe to say that you are...

Be Careful What You Say

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 3:10, " Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. " Background My five-year-old is still learning to read. But that doesn't stop her from grabbing book after book and pouring over them like...

Keep Christ in Your Present

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Titus 3:3, " For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. " Background I have been fortunate to work at the same company...

More Faith and Less Sight

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 1:34, " Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. " Background One of my favorite sayings about hitting a baseball is that it's...

The Heart of Your Home

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.’” Background A friend of ours recently had a significant stretch...

Cleaning Up Our House

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Proverbs 30:33, " For as the pressing of milk makes butter, and pressing the nose brings forth blood, so the pressing of anger produces strife. " Background I'm realizing more and more that much of the anguish and exasperation around our home comes as a...

Buried Deep

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 4:19, " Now the Lord said to Moses in Midian, 'Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.' " Background Moses spent a lot of time in the wilderness with his sheep. Being a shepherd for forty years...

Reverent Fear of a Holy God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 5:4, “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Background We humans like to...

Peace In Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 7:50, " Then He said to the woman, 'Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.' " Background Are you at peace? Do you have peace in your life? Or are you looking for peace, longing for it, going through your days wishing that...

His Pruning Shears

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:1, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” Background In the first three gospels, Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who planted a vineyard and rented it out to vinedressers. After the owner had been away for a while...

Turn Your Concerns Over to God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Timothy 5:23, " No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities. " Background All week long, I have been battling a cold, or something similar to it. It hasn't knocked me out, but I...

Be Clean

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 7:19, " For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. " Background One of the amazing accomplishments of civilization to me is the ability for thousands or millions of people...

Abide in Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” Background My wife has taken on a new role this year at church in...

Loving Parent

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:9, “As the Father loved Me, I also loved you; abide in My love.” Background As a parent, one has the opportunity to experience things, express things, and pass along things that could possibly continue for generations. As the parent of six children, those...

Ask God to Move You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ecclesiastes 3:1, " To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. " Background Seasons change at the same time each year, and no strivings of man or machine can do anything to prevent their coming and going. Regardless of whether...

Do Not Follow the Money

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 26:15, " And said, 'What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?' And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. " Background There may not be a more infamous character from early American history than Benedict...

Our Compliance

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:10, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” Background If you do this, then that will happen. Is there an area of our lives where this precept...

Surrender to His Authority

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 9:1, " And He called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. " Background We Americans are very protective of our rights. We don't take too kindly to those who try to infringe upon our...

Give Thanksgiving

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 14:13, " But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. " Background There are many legends and versions surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. Although there are a couple of firsthand accounts regarding some of the particulars of that...

Stand Firm

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Joshua 9:18, " But the people of Israel did not attack them, because the leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the Lord, the God of Israel. Then all the congregation murmured against the leaders. " Background Having just endured the season of...

We Must Believe by Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” Background Any Christian worth his salt will tell you that there are obvious discrepancies in the Bible. How else would you explain...

Our Workmanship Should Reflect the Goodness of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 2:10, " For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Background Have you ever fallen victim to one of those e-mails that infects your computer with a virus once you...

Love One Another

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Background “Gentlemen, start your engines.” The four words constitute the most famous command in auto racing, if not in all of sports. A precious few have been privileged enough...

God Can Do Anything Through You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 4:10, " For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. " Background Just because you're not working doesn't mean that you're resting, does it? How many three-day weekends or weeklong vacations have been...

Speak or Pray as God Prompts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 3:4, " Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, 'Look at us.' Background Whenever our church has sent out survey teams into the surrounding neighborhoods, we have tried to send them out in groups of three. One person would have...

Pray like Saul, Listen like Ananias

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 9:11, " So the Lord said to him, 'Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.' " Background Congratulations. We usually get to hear that when...

Make His Desires, Your Desires

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 1:14-15, " But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. " Background I've never gone hunting, but...

What are You Sacrificing for Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Background As a kid, I played a lot of football in my backyard. On one particular occasion, while I was going out to catch a pass, I...

We are Never Too Old to Serve

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Deuteronomy 34:7, " Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. " Background There is an ancient riddle from Greek mythology that asks what goes on four legs in the morning, two...

Prayerful Thanks

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Thessalonians 1:2, " We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers. " Background One of my kids was saying her prayers a while back, and before I could hardly realize she had begun, she rattled off...

A Heart In Rhythm With His

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:15, “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” Background When someone...

Our Need for Grace

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 6:6, " And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. " Background We've all done something that we were sorry for. Perhaps it was just this morning or right before bedtime last...

Our Appointment by God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” Background My friend’s daughter wants...

The Holiness of Christ, in You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 7:12, " So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. " Background If you're like me, then you probably don't ask for help from others if you can possibly avoid...

What is the Task the Lord is Asking of You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Nehemiah 2:5, " I said to the king, 'If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it.' Background I...

Our Relationship with God is a Two-Way Street

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 19:2, " And he said to them, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?' And they said, 'No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.' " Background When you sign on for something, you want to be sure...

Love vs. Hate

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:18, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” Background My younger brother and I used to fuss and fight and pick on each other for the better part of our childhood. Truth be told, I was...

Whatever You Do, Do It For Him

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31, " So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. " Background Did you enjoy your breakfast this morning? Maybe today is the day of the week when you do something special for...

An Image of Jealousy

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ezekiel 8:5, " Then He said to me, 'Son of man, lift your eyes now toward the north.' So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance. " Background When I...

Following Faithfully, Remaining Faithful

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.” Background The company I work for is a...

Unfailing Faithfulness

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Joshua 21:45, " Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. " Background A manager here at work is going on vacation Wednesday. She also has a relatively new employee working...

Closer as a Family

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:22, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” Background It is undeniable that some of God’s greatest graces He offers through our spouse and children. The love and...

Believe on Faith, Not a Sign

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 1:22, " For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom. Background You are probably familiar with the Old Testament story of Gideon and the fleece. God had chosen Gideon to lead the Israelites against the Midianites, but Gideon's faith was lacking,...

Watch for What You May Not Notice

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:23, “He who hates Me hates My Father also.” Background Mensa is an organization made up of people who score in the 98 th percentile or higher of an intelligence test, and therefore is a society to which I will never belong. Perhaps if my first...

He Was Born To Die

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Revelation 5:11, “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” Background I think I have mentioned this before,...

Share the Story

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 2:7, " And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. " Background When you have six children like we do, the odds are...

Build Your City Wall

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Nehemiah 2:4, " Then the king said to me, 'What do you request?' So I prayed to the God of heaven. " Background I am awestruck at the idea of one man rebuilding a city. Nehemiah's plan to rebuild the wall of his beloved Jerusalem...

Stop Explaining Away Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 15:25, “But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated Me without a cause.’” Background At the NC State Fair, there is a particular restaurant that plays a recording advertising the various foods that they serve. In a deep,...

Being Astonished by Prayer

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ezra 9:6, " And I prayed, 'I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to You, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.' " Background We don't pray anymore like Ezra...

Your Selected Story

Scripture Our verse for today is from 1 Samuel 10:16, " So Saul said to his uncle, 'He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.' But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said. " Background Do you remember not that long ago...

The Tornadoes of Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Peter 2:6, " And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemning them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly. " Background A few years ago, people across the South and Midwest saw destruction like they...

He is in You

Scripture Our verse for today is in 2 Peter 3:8, " But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. " Background Companies and organizations and sports teams spend a lot of time and money...

God’s Sweet Memories

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Kings 2:12, " And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, 'My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!' So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.  Background Bitter...

When The Time Comes

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:2, “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he is offering service to God.” Background There was a time when the time was coming that white men would capture, enslave, buy...

Live For God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, " For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for...

ToDo List for God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Timothy 4:8, " For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. " Background If you have seen the original Karate Kid movie, you are familiar with the scenes...

The Scripture Covers You Like Snow

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 22:4, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. Background In this particular area where I live, winter has a somewhat milder bite to it than does summer. Whereas summer can bring month-long stretches of temperatures well...

God’s Rightful Place

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Isaiah 40:28, " Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary? There is no searching of His understanding. " Background Last night, I thought I'd give...

Be Acceptable in His Sight

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:7a, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth.” Background When you read that verse with no context provided, your mind is open to interpret and inflect it in whichever way it is inclined to. If you are prone to be around those who recoil...

Your Heart Needs Cleansing

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 4:4, " For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. " Background For obvious reasons, my kids are not overly fond of cleaning the bathrooms. But on top of...

Who Do You Serve

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 9:19, " Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people. " Background Have you taken any time recently to look...

Someone to Influence

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from 1 John 3:18, " My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. " Background In the movie Facing The Giants , there is a scene where the high school football team does a drill called the...

Be Drawn to Christ

Scripture Our verse for today is from John 16:7, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” Background On the night before the great destruction of Sodom...

The Bread of Life is Valuable

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:10, " For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. " Background When I started working at my current job many years ago, I lived in another town and had about...

Persecution from Service

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Corinthians 11:25, " Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea. " Background I think it's safe to say that Paul would have prayed for a...

Be A Good Soldier

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Timothy 2:3, " You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. " Background I'm not much of a military man. I don't really know anything about it. My dad did a brief stint in the Air Force back in his...

Our Perfect Union

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:12, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Background On the afternoon of November 19, 1863, noted orator and former Secretary of State, Senator, and Governor of Massachusetts Edward Everett delivered a two-hour long speech, honoring...

Fight the Good Fight

Scripture Our verse for today is from 1 Timothy 6:11-12, " But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good...

Honor Belongs to God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 12:23, " At once an angel from the Lord struck him down because he took the honor that belonged to God. Later, Herod was eaten by worms and died. " Background " The British are coming! The British are coming! " That's a quote...

Doing Things the Way We Used To

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 15:37-38, " Barnabas wanted to take John called Mark with them, but Paul thought it best not to take him with them, because he deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. " Background Paul and Barnabas were part...

Seasons in Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:21, “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into...

Rejoice not Sorrow

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:22, “Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.” Background There is something in the New Testament called a “hina” clause, whose name comes from the transliteration...

His Humble Servant

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Daniel 5:21, " He was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven,...

Leave Your Egypt

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 14:12, " Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert. " Background " 'Tis better to have loved and lost...

Leading Your Every Step

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 4:13, " But Moses said, 'Please, my Lord, just send someone else.' " Background Where are you going today? Are you headed to work, or do you have a bunch of errands to run? Are you taking your kids to school this morning and...

Christ Speaks Plainly About God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:25, “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.” Background During World War II, Nazi Germany used...

Do Not be Frightened, God Provides

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:28, “I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” Background Throughout the relatively short ministry of Jesus, He gave no shortage of reasons as to His presence among men....

Nothing Can Separate You from Him

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Deuteronomy 30:11, " For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. " Background My high school and its arch rival are about five miles from each other. Kids that attend one of these schools...

Trust God to Take Care of You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 18:8, " Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, 'They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?' " Background When you...

Don’t Settle for Something Less than Him

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 12:13, " Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. And take note, the Lord has set a king over you. " Background When I first moved out on my own, I remember some choices that...

Trust the One Who Knows All Things

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:30, “Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.” Background I imagine part of the wonder of heaven will be finding out all those...

Confront Your Doubt

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:31, “Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe?’” Background “Are you sure?” Few other words can strike doubt into our hearts as effectively as these. The least little bit of uncertainty seems to feed off of this question, such that even the most confident...

Be Ready to Help the Lonely

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 16:32, “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” Background All alone. That’s such a phrase of...

Persevere Through the Holy Spirit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 5:3-4, " And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope. " Background When I used to work for a moving company, I got injured on one of our jobs....

Pointing Your Child to Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 19:14, " But Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.' " Background Several years ago, my four-year-old daughter and I had a special date. My wife had to work,...

God Heals Us All

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 21:14, " Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. " Background One might expect to read such a verse as this one about Jesus all throughout the gospels. And in fact there are numerous passages...

Give Up Your Rule

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 19:20, " The young man said to Him, 'All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?' " Background I used to work with a lady who has never had a cavity. She told me that she had flossed...

Your Leaves vs. Your Fruit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 21:19, " And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, 'Let no fruit grow on you ever again.' Immediately the fig tree withered away. " Background We know when...

Be known for what we Are rather than what we are Not

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 14:22, " Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, 'Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?' " Background My wife has a friend who is a lawyer. They met while they were in school at UNC....

Wrongfully Convicted

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:1, “When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You.’” Background The hour has come. For the movie, The Green Mile , that phrase takes on...

Released from our own Prison

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 27:21, " The governor asked, 'Which of the two do you want me to release to you?' They answered, 'Barabbas.' " Background Have you ever seen the television show " The Price is Right? " Contestants try to guess the correct prices of certain...

Eternity Lives Within You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Background You are well aware that Rome was the governing body during the time of Jesus. Recall the audacious decree of Caesar Augustus...

Wash Away Your Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Psalm 51:2, " Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. " Background My three youngest daughters love to go barefoot. Inside, outside, warm weather, cold weather, grass, dirt, pavement. At home, church, a friend's house, the store, the park, their...

Doing Good Regardless

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Psalm 35:12, " They reward me evil for good, to the sorrow of my soul. " Background In the movie Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays an actor who is struggling to continue to find work. In his quest to be the consummate professional and deliver the...

Delivered from Bondage

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 6:9, " Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery. " Background Have you ever been the one to deliver the big, exciting news, only to get a reaction...

See Your Work Through to the End

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:4, “I glorified You on earth, having accomplished the work that You gave Me to do.” Background Before you read on, test yourself on who is on each of the US dollar bills. The $20 bill is often called a “Jackson,” after Andrew Jackson,...

Don’t Take Shortcuts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 13:1, " Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end....

Your Future is in His Hands

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:7, " And He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.' " Background Being in the dark. For some of us, that's not a very comfortable place to be....

Don’t Pursue What is Dead

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Kings 1:3, " But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, 'Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the King of Samaria, and say to them, " Is it because there is no God in Israel that you...

Praise God for His Glory

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” Background You may have grown up in the proverbial medical dark ages as I did. For years and years, we were taught...

Seek the Things that Come From Your New Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Colossians 3:1, " If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. " Background What a unique position the men and women had who were with Jesus before and after His...

Leave Your Suitcases Behind

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Deuteronomy 29:5, " And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. " Background When you map out your route for a trip, you might be...

Live In Gratitude

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 22:9, " Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. " Background Imagine...

Call Out to Him By Name

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 23:42, " And he was saying, 'Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom.' " Background There are very few instances in the gospels where Jesus is addressed by name. Most times He is called Lord, or maybe Master or Teacher. Oddly enough,...

Endure When Things Go Wrong

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 27:3, " Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. " Background Have you ever been able to have your cake and eat it, too? It's...

Faith of a Child

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:6, “I have manifested Your name to the men You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.” Background Being back at work yesterday, I had the most marvelous response to...

God In Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:7, “Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.” Background I took a few philosophy courses in college, but sometimes the best instruction can come from a Dilbert cartoon: “What is the key to success?” “Hire the...

The Narrow Path

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 7:14, " For narrow is the gate and hard is the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few. " Background I hope you have experienced the movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory . It is a fabulous tale of five...

Just Do It

Scripture Our verse for today is from Micah 6:8, " He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? " Background There is an old saying that goes, " The...

His Mercy Every Day

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 9:13, " But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners. " Background I know this may sound simple, or dumb, or worse. But what if the Pharisees who...

Wet Your Appetite

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:8, “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.” Background You will recall the parable of...

Make Me Clean

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 8:2, " And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, 'Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.' " Background Picture the leper working his way through the crowd that is following Jesus after He had just finished delivering His sermon...

Quod Erat Demonstrandum – Completed

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 1:6, " And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion unto the day of Jesus Christ. " Background When I was in high school and college, I would sometimes put the letters Q.E.D. at...

Pray for Believers and Unbelievers

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:9, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.” Background If you’ve been in a group of people while they are praying, and one of them prays aloud for...

Shape a Generation

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 8:1, " Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel. " Background I don't want to put any pressure on you, but today may be a monumental day for you. A decision you make...

Resting at the Cross

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:10, “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.” Background Take a look at yourself, a good, hard look. On your best day, how together do you think you have it? When you’ve made it through your...

Trading God for a King

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 8:18, " And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day. " Background How good are you at taking advice? Probably not as good...

Is God In It

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 1:1, " In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. " Background " In the beginning God. " That phrase says a lot, doesn't it? For so many of us, it sets in place the foundation for what we believe and how...

Separation Anxiety

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:11, “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” Background To the One...

Living with Praise

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 10:4, " For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. " Background There certainly was a lot of bloodshed in the Old Testament. The Israelites, in spite of whatever little military training they might have had, seemed...

Decisions

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:12, “While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” Background When I was...

One At a Time

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 3:13, " But exhort one another every day, while it is called " today, " that none of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. " Background Take it one game at a time. If you've been around sports for even the slightest...

Live for God Today

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 9:27-28, " Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people." Background One and done. That's a phrase we hear a lot these days, especially in...

Not Of This World

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:16, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” Background Our society seems to have turned making comparisons into a national pastime. The moment someone stands out in the crowd, someone else feels compelled to compare them to...

You Are A Child of God

Scripture Our verse for today come from Daniel 5:27, " TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting. " Background Every year for as long as I can remember, I have been going to the North Carolina State Fair. It was one our favorite annual outings when we were...

God As Your Guide

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 10:46, " Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. " Background In the movie, Dead Poets Society , Robin Williams plays a teacher named...

Let God Draw You To Prayer

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 6:12, " Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. " Background I'm almost certain that you have uttered the phrase, " That's just like old times,...

Let His Truth Guide You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Background Can you be truthful and yet not be honest? I read a scenario recently where an employee went to lunch with a friend and two strangers who had contacted her office about a...

Wash Your Feet

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 13:10, " Jesus said to him, 'He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.' " Background We seem to have an unusual disdain for dirt in our house. Perhaps...

The Air We Breathe

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:20, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” Background If you’ve watched the weather on television, you’ve seen the reference to an air quality index. This number is used to communicate how...

One In Us

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:21, “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” Background The fictional planet Tatooine from the movie Star Wars is known...

Strength Beyond Suffering

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Isaiah 40:29, “He giveth power to the faint, and to him who has no might, He increaseth strength.” Background Annie Johnson Flint knew about suffering. Born in 1866, she and her baby sister were placed just three years later, when her mom died, in a...

Follow God’s Instructions

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 6:47, " Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like. " Background In the entertainment and media world, there is the constant battle to keep us tuned in to find out what's next....

Willingly Submit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 2:51, " And He went down with them to Nazareth, and He continued in submission to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. " Background Death and taxes, right? We have always heard that those two are the only things...

Stop Living in Two Worlds

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:12, “Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.” Background A juxtaposition is the instance of two things placed close together with contrasting effect. You might consider the everyday staples of salt and...

Admit Your Failures

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 John 1:9, " If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. " Background There's always a catch, isn't there? You probably receive, if you're like me, dozens of junk e-mails...

A Taste of Power

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:3, “Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came with lanterns, torches, and weapons.” Background In the movie Rio Bravo , Dean Martin plays Dude, a deputy who has become the town drunk as he wallowed in...

Share the Good News

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Amos 1:1, “The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel.” Background I wonder how many shepherds there were...

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Serve

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Nehemiah 3:1, " Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred, and consecrated it, then as...

Set Your Compass Toward God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:4, “Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, ‘Whom are you seeking?’” Background Cliff Clavin was a character on the television show Cheers , which was set in a bar in Boston. Cliff was a mail carrier...

Remain In The Lowly Places

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:6, “Now when He said to them, ‘I am He,’ they drew back and fell to the ground.” Background In the movie, Good Will Hunting , Matt Damon plays the 20-year old Will Hunting, who works as a janitor at MIT. One day, Will and his...

Turn Around

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:7, “Then He asked them again, ‘Whom are you seeking?’ And they said, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’” Background A criminal was recorded by video surveillance attempting to break into a restaurant during the wee hours of the morning. Once the passing cars were gone, he...

Worship God On All Days

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 19:47, " And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him. " Background If your church is anything like most churches, there will not be a service on most...

Organize Your Day with Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Luke 11:28, " But He said, 'More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!' " Background Sometimes I wish I were a list-maker. Or at least more organized or more structured. Too often I begin the day with...

Receive His Grace and Reconciliation

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Jonah 1:2, " Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before Me. " Background Would you rather be a prophet of God or a great city? In the story of Jonah, each has its...

Slow Down and Wait on God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 26:51, “And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.” Background Competitive swimmers and runners use the acronym PR to refer to their personal...

Let Jesus Redeem Your Cup

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:11, “So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?’” Background Cups can be as trivial as the coffee mugs that have sayings on them like, “Sisters are like fat...

Beg For God’s Grace

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 6:9, " Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. " Background Allow me to set up the scenario in which Noah finds himself in today's passage. Just previously, God had described His supreme creation, mankind, as great in...

Christ Calls Us Into The Light

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:39, " And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. " Background Have you ever done anything at night? Well of course you have. But have you ever done...

A Heart That Exudes Gratitude

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:22, “And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, ‘Do You answer the high priest like that?’” Background A few years ago, William Irvine wrote a book entitled A Slap...

A Savior Who Loves You Unconditionally

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 7:45, " You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. " Background I would imagine that you were taught to behave a certain way when you were the guest in someone's...

Asking For a New Hunger For Righteousness

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:17, “Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, ‘You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?’ He said, ‘I am not.’” Background We tend to talk about Peter’s betrayal of Jesus in terms of him denying our...

Next on Your Agenda

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 5:27, " So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died. " Background When I was growing up, I was really into sports statistics. I used to copy teams' records and players' averages out of the book of...

Our Full Devotion

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 15:38-39, " Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember...

What Has Rule Over You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 17:23, " For as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To The Unknown God. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you. " Background When was...

Not Defined By Our Failures

Scripture Our verse today comes from John 18:19, “The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.” Background Juxtaposed against one another on the night before our Lord’s crucifixion is the questioning of Jesus by the high priest and the maneuverings of Peter in the courtyard just outside. Even...

Who Should Judge

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:31, “Then Pilate said to them, ‘You take Him and judge Him according to your law.’ Therefore the Jews said to him, ‘It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.’” Background The list is actually quite lengthy, the offenses declared in...

Say More By Saying Less

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:40, “Then they all cried again, saying, ‘Not this Man, but Barabbas.’ Now Barabbas was a robber.” Background I am around certain people on a somewhat regular basis who have a tendency to say things they should not. Sometimes it’s that one extra comment...

Lord Make Us Different

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 14:24, " But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. " Background Are you the one who is different, or...

The Grit of Sin in Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 5:6, " Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Background When was the last time you used a recipe that called for leaven? Have you been to the grocery store recently and picked...

The Approval Of Man

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:1, “So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.” Background A few hours earlier, Jesus had been in the garden, asking God for help. To whatever extent His divinity and humanity comingled, He knew of some horrific moments that awaited Him, and He begged...

When You Have It Backwards

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 10:33, " The Jews answered Him saying, 'For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a man, make Yourself God.' " Background Have you ever gotten something completely backwards from the way it was meant to...

Trustworthiness

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 19:17, " 'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.' " Background Very few of us may be highly-trained specialists or expert technicians, especially gifted and talented to perform...

Inside and Outside

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:3, “Then they said, ‘Hail, King of the Jews.’ And they struck Him with their hands.” Background In The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, a vain emperor hires two weavers to make him the best suit of clothes. But the weavers are con-men, and...

The Courtroom

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:4, “Pilate then went out again, and said to them, ‘Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.’” Background In your invisible satchel of supplies and gadgets that hangs down by your hip,...

Give To God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:7, “The Jews answered him, ‘We have a law, and according to that law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.’” Background If I were to ask you if you think you should get a raise, I have no...

Do You Have Enough

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 33:11, " 'Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.' So he urged him, and he took it. " Background When did you get enough? When will you get enough? And...

Where is God Not Concerned

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Kings 18:33, " And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, 'Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood,' " Background As you are...

Overcome Your Fears

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:8, “Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid.” Background Some of what makes the scenes between Jesus and Pilate so fascinating is how our Lord remains in total calm while the world around Him is being turned upside down. The...

He Lives Where You Belong

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:9, “ went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, ‘Where are You from?’ But Jesus gave him no answer.” Background Our family is about to leave town for several days to go to a national competition for my daughter. Teams from all...

God has Forgiven our Debts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 7:41, " A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. " Background Turn on the news and you’re bound to hear a story about the economy. Sides might argue over whether it is doing well, getting better,...

God’s Authority in Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:10, “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have the power to crucify You, and the power to release You?’” Background On The Cosby Show , Bill Cosby played an ob/gyn doctor married to a lawyer,...

Follow As a Loyal Subject

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:12, “From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, ‘If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.’” Background Elvis Presley was, well, the King of Rock and...

Performing a Miracle in You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 2:8, " And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.' And they took it. " Background The first miracle that Jesus the man performed occurred at the wedding in Cana. The wedding party had...

The Title of Christian

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:19, “Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Background If you are one of a particular group of about 68 million Americans, then you are someone who tweets....

Make All Things New

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:21, “So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, “The King of the Jews,” but rather, “This Man said, I am King of the Jews.”’” Background There are so many things I love about the movie Star Trek II: The...

Producing Fruit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Galatians 5:19, "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and lewdness." Background As I was sitting in my car one morning, waiting for the engine to warm up, I decided to stare at the clock. I wanted to see the 3 turn...

Hatred Toward Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Proverbs 6:16, " These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him. " Background We hate a lot of things, don't we? This time of year, many of us hate the humidity. A few months back, we were hating the cold...

Memorizing God’s Word

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:22, “Pilate answered, ‘What I have written, I have written.’” Background When I performed a quick search online of trite sayings, the first article I read listed this one at the top: It is what it is. And I couldn’t help but laugh because...

Don’t Let Your Faith Get Lost

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 22:7, " Isaac turned to Abraham and said, 'Father?' 'Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. 'We have the fire and the wood,' his son said, 'but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?' " Background I don't know about your family, but the moment...

Where You Put Your Energy

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:23, “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.” Background I recently saw a funny...

The Reputation of Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 8:50, " But when Jesus heard it, He answered, 'Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.' " Background Our family went to Busch Gardens this weekend, so we spent some time maneuvering through crowds and waiting in lines. We...

No Substitutes for Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:24, “They said therefore among themselves, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,’ that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: ‘They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.’ Therefore...

Choices in the Light of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Kings 13:18, " And he said to him, 'I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, " Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat...

Thank God for Mom

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:25, “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” Background In 1955, money took on a whole new perspective. But it wasn’t the currency that was in the news that...

Lighten Your Burden

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 4:19, " And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. " Background George Muller was a pastor and mighty servant of God in Europe during the 19 th century. One day he was speaking with a...

The Good Times

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:29, “Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.” Background Just one sip of Gatorade takes me back forty years to the cool, autumn...

Be Finished With Your Old Ways

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:30, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Background I can still hear my mom asking me, “Are you finished with that?” I usually had been playing with a...

Pray For Fearless Words

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 6:19, " Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. " Background Do you know someone who is mighty in prayer? Do you have people in your...

Pray for the Big and the Small

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 1:27, " For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. " Background Over the several years that I have worked where I currently do, three coworkers have shared with me some of the...

Self-Control Through The Spirit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:32, “Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.” Background If you are familiar with the movie, Mommie Dearest , then you know something about the irrational behavior and home life of the Hollywood...

Don’t Miss Out

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 9:27, " But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in...

Becoming Like Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:41, “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.” Background There is an old nursery rhyme called There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly that...

Getting Your Attention

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 2:28, " So Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still and did not pursue Israel anymore, nor did they fight anymore. " Background There are many cities that have emergency sirens all throughout the town. When something enormous threatens the...

Prepare for Sunday Worship

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 21:12, " Then Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. " Background I don't know if you went...

Be The Best for the Worst

Scripture Our verse for today is from 1 Timothy 1:15-16, " Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience...