Devotionals

Outside In?

All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.—Galatians 3:27   “Change: From the Inside Out or the Outside In?” the headline read, reflecting a popular trend today—the idea that outward changes like a makeover or better posture can be an easy way to change how we feel on the inside—and…

Why Christmas?

But your iniquities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2   NIV) Why do we need Christmas? Have you ever thought about that question? Probably not! If the truth be known, you, like me, are just so busy “doing” Christmas,…

You Have a Savior

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” —Luke 2:10   When the angel delivered his heavenly announcement to the shepherds, he started with, “Do not be afraid.” But the shepherds, along with all of Israel, lived…

The First to Hear

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. —Luke 2:8  –9 When God’s Son was born in a manger…

Jesus is the Bridge Builder

God’s plan for humanity, crafted in the halls of heaven and carried out on the plains of earth. Only holiness could have imagined it. Only divinity could have enacted it. Only righteousness could have endured it. When God chose to reveal himself, he did so through a human body. The hand that touched the leper…

Jesus Loves Maysel

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us.—1 John 4:10   When my sister Maysel was little, she would sing a familiar song in her own way: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells Maysel.” This irritated me to no end! As one of her older, “wiser”…

Why God Came

The God of the Universe was born into the poverty of a peasant and spent his first night in the cow’s feed trough. He left the glory of heaven and moved into our neighborhood. Who could have imagined he would do such a thing? What a world he left. Our classiest mansion would be a…

It Began with a Tree

And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. —Genesis 2:9   The Christmas story begins with a tree, but…

Ham and Eggs

The eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.—2 Chronicles 16:9   In the fable of the chicken and the pig, the two animals discuss opening a restaurant together. As they plan their menu, the chicken suggests they serve ham and eggs. The pig swiftly…