Devotionals

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” —Acts 16:30   “What must I do to be saved?” This was a question asked long ago by a man simply identified as “the keeper of the prison” (Acts 16:27  ). And people are still asking the same question today.…

The Great Physician

Remain in me, as I also remain in you.—John 15:4   When Dr. Rishi Manchanda asks his patients, “Where do you live?” he’s looking for more than an address. He has seen a pattern. Those who come to him for help often live in conditions of environmental stress. Molds, pests, and toxins are making them…

Saving Faith

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” —Acts 16:31   Maybe you can remember at least one time or another in your life when someone walked up to you with a very determined expression and a Bible in their hand. Then they asked a…

Courage to Be Faithful

Do not be frightened.—1 Peter 3:14   Fear is Hadassah’s constant companion. Hadassah, a young Jewish girl living in the first century, is a fictional character in Francine Rivers’ book A Voice in the Wind. After Hadassah becomes a slave in a Roman household, she fears persecution for her faith in Christ. She knows that…

Never Left Hanging

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. —Philippians 1:6   There are many reasons I’m glad I’m not God. One of them is that I’m the kind of the person who starts projects and then forgets them.…

A Blessing Bowl

I thank my God every time I remember you. —Philippians 1:3   The familiar bing of an arriving email caught my attention while I wrote at my computer. Usually I try to resist the temptation to check every email but the subject line was too enticing: “You are a blessing.” Eagerly, I opened it to…

Come In, O King!

This much is sure: God will teach you to pray. Don’t think for a minute that he is glaring at you from a distance with crossed arms and a scowl, waiting for you to get your prayer life together. Just the opposite! In Revelation 3:20   Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the…

Self-Talk

“LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?  Who may dwell on Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.” Psalm 15:1-2   What thoughts play in your mind as you go through your day? Are they thoughts that build you up in the Lord? Are they…

Listening to His Voice

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.—John 10:27   NKJV I’m hard of hearing—“deaf in one ear and can’t hear out of the other,” as my father used to say. So I wear a set of hearing aids. Most of the time the devices work well, except in environments…

It Is Amazing!

Let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.—Psalm 72:19    NKJV In our natural state, we all fall short of it (Romans 3:23  ). Jesus was the radiance of it (Hebrews 1:3  ), and those who knew Him saw it (John 1:14  ). In the Old Testament, it filled the tabernacle…