Devotionals

Jesus Reached Out

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.—Matthew 14:31   Sometimes life gets busy—classes are hard, work is exhausting, the bathroom needs to be cleaned, and a coffee date is on the day’s schedule. It gets to the point where I force myself to read the Bible for a few minutes a day and…

Part of the Family

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. —1 John 3:14   Pastor J. Vernon McGee once said the only exercise some Christians get is running down others and jumping to conclusions. It saddens me when I see…

3 Reasons Christian Men Should Love Strong Women

Women, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably heard things like “you’re just too intimidating to guys” or “you have too strong of opinions” or “men don’t want smart, strong women like you.” If you haven’t heard these things, I’m so glad for you. Comments like these seem to suggest that it’s wrong to be…

A Good Daddy

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.—Psalm 63:6   When our son, Xavier, was younger, business trips often pulled my husband away from home. Though his father called often, there were rough nights when the calls alone didn’t comfort Xavier. To help soothe our son when…

How Can We Love God with All Our Hearts?

1. Read his love letter. When we first fell in love with someone, we wanted to know everything about them. What they liked, what they hated, everything. And we can do the same thing with God. We can study the love letter he wrote us, and in doing so, we will learn all about his…

Just Do Your Part

“For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” —Acts 20:27   My mother was married and divorced seven times, so I practically had a full-time ministry sharing the gospel with her husbands. She was married to a man named Bill when she died, and one day I received word…

Radical Love

When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.—Luke 14:13   Just one week before her scheduled wedding date, Sarah’s engagement ended. Despite her sadness and disappointment, she decided not to waste the food she had purchased for her wedding reception. She did, however, decide to change the celebration plans.…

7 Suggestions When God is Silent

Elijah had been used of God to hold back rain from the people for over three years, because of their sins. Obviously, he was not well liked as a preacher. I can imagine the stress he experienced during those years. Something strikes me, however, that seems to further complicate Elijah’s situation. Consider 1 Kings 18:1…

The Dependability of God

From the first chapter of Scripture, the Bible makes a case for the dependability of God.  Without exception when God spoke, something wonderful happened.  By divine fiat there was light, land, beaches, and creatures.  God consulted no advisers.  He needed no assistance. “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood…