Devotionals

Blessing in the Mess

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.—Philippians 1:6   I got myself into this mess, so I’d better get myself out, I sometimes find myself thinking. Although I believe in a God of grace, I’m still prone to act as if His…

Our Safe Place

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” —Psalm 91:2   My very first job was at a fast-food restaurant. One Saturday evening, a guy kept hanging around, asking when I got out of work. It made me feel uneasy.  As the hour grew…

Lovable!

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.—Jeremiah 31:3   “Lovable!” That exclamation came from my daughter as she got ready one morning. I didn’t know what she meant. Then she tapped her shirt, a hand-me-down from a cousin. Across the front was that word: “Lovable.” I gave…

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved?

“There was reclining on Jesus’ breast one of His disciples whom Jesus loved.” John 13:23   What do you think of the moniker, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”? That is the way the apostle John refers to himself in the Gospel of John. He never calls himself by name, just “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”…

The Problem With the Word Love

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. —1 John 4:16   We have one word in the English language for love, and we use it for everything from “I love my job” or…

Called by Name

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”—John 20:16   Advertisers have concluded that the most attention-grabbing word that viewers react to is their own name. Thus a television channel in the UK has introduced personalized advertisements with their online streaming services. We might enjoy hearing our name…

Advice From My Father

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.—Proverbs 3:5   After being laid off from an editorial job, I prayed, asking for God to help me find a new one. But when weeks went by and nothing came of my attempts at networking and filling out applications, I…

9 Powerful Reminders from the Miracle at the Red Sea

Miracle after miracle God had performed on behalf of His people, finally leading them straight out of slavery, away from the cruel hand of the Egyptians. He set them free. Free from oppression. Free from captivity. Free from bondage. And the adventure was just getting started. When Pharaoh let the people go, God didn’t lead…

Your Work Matters to God

God views your work worthy of its own engraved command. “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest” (Exodus 34:21  ). Whether you work at home or in the marketplace, your work matters to God. And your work matters to society. Cities need plumbers. Bones break. We need people to…

Taking the Gospel to the World

But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” —Mark 1:38   Jesus went and met the woman at the well in Samaria because she had an appointment with God. In Jesus’ detour into enemy territory, we see…