Devotionals

The Secret of Peace

The Lord of peace himself give you peace.—2 Thessalonians 3:16   Grace is a very special lady. One word comes to mind when I think of her: peace. The quiet and restful expression on her face has seldom changed in the six months I have known her, even though her husband was diagnosed with a…

His Perfect Love

Jesus loves us too much to leave us in doubt about his grace. His “perfect love expels all fear!” (1 John 4:18   NLT). If God loved us with an imperfect love, we would have high cause to worry. Imperfect love keeps a list of sins and consults it often. God keeps no list of…

God in the Details

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.—Psalm 145:9   When my “chocolate” Labrador retriever puppy was three months old, I took him to the veterinarian’s office for his shots and checkup. As our vet carefully looked him over, she noticed a small white marking in his fur on…

The Art of Forgiveness

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.—Luke 15:20   One afternoon I spent two hours at an art exhibit—The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness—in which all…

Right Where You Are

“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” —Esther 4:14   Have you ever found yourself in a place where you don’t necessarily want to be? You thought, “Why did I end up in this neighborhood with these neighbors?” . . . “Why did I end up…

Don’t Be Afraid

Fear. It creates a form of spiritual amnesia. It dulls our miracle memory. It makes us forget what Jesus has done and how good God is. When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god. When safety becomes our god, we worship the risk-free life. The fear-filled cannot love deeply. Love is risky. No wonder…

Walking Epistles

Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. —2 Corinthians 3:3   Sammy Mason was a stunt pilot and a committed follower of Jesus Christ. He…

Reason to Sing

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.—Psalm 98:1   When I was thirteen, my school required students to take four exploratory courses, including home economics, art, choir, and woodworking. On my first day in choir, the instructor called each student to the piano individually to hear their voices and…

Into Our Storms

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.—Mark 4:39   Wind howled, lightning flashed, waves crashed. I thought I was going to die. My grandparents and I were fishing on a lake, but we’d stayed out too long. As…

The Salt of the Earth

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” —Matthew 5:13   Salt was kind of a big deal in the first century. In fact, it was so important…