Devotionals

Dec
28
2016

The Light Of God’s Face – Genesis 1:1,3-4

Hear the Word of God in Genesis 1:1,3-4. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” Hear the sound of God’s voice that continually speaks his creative […]
Dec
13
2016

Christ My Life

As we celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, pray this prayer attributed to St. Patrick to reflect on all that was Christ is for you. Christ for sickness, Christ for health, Christ for poverty, Christ for wealth, Christ for joy, Christ for sorrow, Christ today, and Christ tomorrow; Christ my life, and […]
Dec
6
2016

Hopes and Fears

The celebration of Christmas can feel formulaic, especially in the United States. Stores start advertising Christmas in October. Radio stations play Christmas music in November. People start pulling out the decorations and recipes they cook every Christmas. It is easy to simply fall into the formula of Christmas. But a quick look at the story […]
Nov
29
2016

Immanuel, God with Us

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 “What is your favorite name or characteristic of God?” It is an almost impossible question to answer because there are so many attributes of God I adore. But if […]
Nov
22
2016

Thanks-living

While many associate Thanksgiving Day with family, overeating and over-shopping, it should propel us toward a heart of gratitude. It is a time to consider God’s goodness, grace, and provision for us. He is the Author of encouragement, help, and hope. I like to think of Thanksgiving as trust-giving and thanks-living. It is an act […]
Nov
15
2016

Blessed Are Those Who Love The Irritating

When tests come through those who irritate me, I have to ask myself, “Am I loving God by loving them?” If I am not loving them, I am not loving God. John’s repeated admonitions in 1 John about personal relationships convicts me every time. For example, “If someone claims, ‘I love God,’ but hates his […]
Nov
8
2016

Seeking God Psalm 63:1

Listen with your spirit to the Word of God and be blessed with the passionate cry of the psalmist in Psalm 63:1. “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.” And in Psalm 42:1. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so […]
Oct
31
2016

Ticks of the Clock

86,400 ticks of the clock All of us are conscious of time, in one way or another. We feel that we don’t ever have enough time, but we all have 86,400 ticks of the clock every day. Time is a non-renewable asset. The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “There is a time for everything, and a […]
Oct
25
2016

Choose Life – Deuteronomy 30:19

Spirit, listen to your Father’s heart from His Word in Deuteronomy 30:19. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Be blessed in the name of the One who is life. Your Father is pleased that Jesus His Son lives in […]
Oct
19
2016

God Sized Prayers

In Isaiah 36-37 Hezekiah and his people are under a vicious attack. It would have been easy for Hezekiah to pray passive prayers. Passive praying would be “Poor little me, the enemy is beating up on us. He is taunting us, telling us how defenseless and weak we are, how he is going to whip […]
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