Devotionals

More Salt!

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again?  It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” Matthew 5:13   On October 2, 1864, an extremely bloody battle took place in the Civil War…

Stunned by His Grace

I’ve never been surprised by God’s judgment—but I’m still stunned by his grace! David the psalmist becomes David the voyeur, but by God’s grace becomes David the psalmist again. Peter denied Christ before he preached Christ. Zaccaeus, the crook… the cleanest part of his life was the money he’d laundered, but Jesus still had time…

If Only . . .

Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.—John 11:32   As we exited the parking lot, my husband slowed the car to wait for a young woman riding her bike. When Tom nodded to indicate she could go first, she smiled, waved, and rode on. Moments later, the driver from a…

The Hero in Your Mirror

A hero could be next door and you wouldn’t know it. The fellow who changes the oil in your car could be a hero in overalls! Maybe as he works he prays, asking God to do with the heart of the driver what he does with the engine. The daycare worker where you drop off…

What God is Doing

Changing direction in life is not tragic—but losing passion in life is! Something happens along the way. Convictions to change the world downgrade to commitments to pay the bills. Rather than make a difference, we make a salary. Rather than look outward, we look inward. And we don’t like what we see! But God is…

Life to the Full

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. —John 10:10   When I stopped by to visit my sister’s family, my nephews eagerly showed me their new chore system, a set of Choropoly boards. Each colorful electronic board keeps track of their chores. A job well done means the…

The Great Exchange

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7   (NRSV) We were miles from the nearest town. With the…

Not Far From The Kingdom

“As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” —Acts 8:3   Does it ever seem as though God couldn’t save certain people—people whom you can’t imagine being followers of Jesus? You can’t, in your mind’s eye, envision them carrying a Bible…

What’s In Your Closet?

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’”  John 5:6   NIV The catchy tag line for Capital One asks this question, “What’s in your wallet?”  The subtle inference is you better get a Capital…

Your Name On God’s Hand

When I see a flock of sheep I see exactly that—a flock. A rabble of wool…all alike. But not so with the shepherd. To him every sheep is different. Every face is special. Every sheep has a name, and that includes you! The Shepherd knows you! He knows your name and he will never forget…