Posts from September 2016

Within a Stone’s Throw

Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.—John 8:7   As a group of religious leaders herded an adulterous woman toward Jesus, they couldn’t know they were carrying her within a stone’s throw of grace. Their hope was to discredit Him. If He told them…

Praying For You Today

The Spirit himself intercedes for us . . . . [Christ Jesus] is also interceding for us.—Romans 8:26  , 34 When we face a perplexing situation or a tough problem, we often ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for us. It’s a great encouragement to know that others who care are holding…

True Riches

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. —Luke 12:34   At the memorial service for my friend’s dad, someone said to her, “Until I met your father, I didn’t know a person could have fun while helping others.” Her dad contributed his part in helping to build the kingdom of God…

Words That Matter

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes . . . this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.—1 John 1:1   Early in my days of working as an editor for Our Daily Bread, I selected the cover verse for each month’s devotional. After a…

Fence Your Heart, Not Just Your Behavior

Confession results in deeper personal insight. Further confession leads to greater insight. This is one of the graces of confession. You see this spiritual dynamic operating in the life of David in Psalm 51  . This man, who was so completely blinded by his own lust, that he wasn’t only able to use his God-given…

The Gates of Worship

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.—Psalm 100:4   When you enter some of the greatest cities in the world, you can encounter famous gates such as the Brandenburg Gate (Berlin), the Jaffa Gate (Jerusalem), and the gates at Downing Street (London). Whether the…

Who Is In The Driver’s Seat?

A great many saints today have pride of race, pride of face, and pride of grace – they are even proud they have been saved by grace! My friend, your salvation ought not to make you proud, it is not even something to brag about. It is something about which to glorify God, and it…

Keeping A Connection

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2   (NIV) We enjoy entertaining our friend who is a Chinese exchange student. He’s enthusiastic about his classes and his time with our American family. However, each evening at 7:30 he excuses himself, regardless of where he is and what’s going on. Why? He…

Fiery Trials

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.—James 1:2   Fire can be one of the worst enemies of trees. But it can also be helpful. Experts say that small, frequent fires called “cool” fires clean the forest floor of dead leaves and branches but don’t destroy the…

Clouds Of Blessing

The darkness and the light are both alike to thee. – Psalm 139:12   (KJV) It had been a day of mixed emotions as I visited patients in the hospital. I listened to one family’s fears about imminent death and bereavement. Then a radiant young person greeted me: “Good news! The tests are clear! I’m…