Devotional Archives

  • Freely Given

    December 4th, 2016

    I volunteer to speak in Sunday evening worship services for residents of a nearby healthcare facility. Preparing a fifteen-minute sermon can be challenging. The message must be concise and easily understood by listeners. One evening after my sermon, Holy Communion was offered. An elderly man in a wheelchair declined to ...

  • Worthy is the Lamb

    December 3rd, 2016

    We all know how hard it is to accept criticism, especially when we’re fully convinced that we’re in the right. When we get back that best-written paper from our professor, we cringe at all the critical remarks in the margin in red ink! But, in the course of time, we ...

  • Doing What Is Right

    December 2nd, 2016

    Recently, I was struggling with feelings of uncertainty and a lack of direction; in general I wasn’t sure how I felt. My uncertainties were frustrating and affected nearly everything I did. I felt detached from my home life. My work was affected because I felt removed from it as well. ...

  • Desires in Conflict

    December 1st, 2016

    I was alone in a foreign country, on an overnight stopover after a busy three weeks of preaching and teaching, and I had once again watched TV pornography. No one will know, I’d rationalized; but when I returned home, I felt ashamed and told my wife. I had degraded the ...

  • Healing Prayer

    November 30th, 2016

    Three-and-a-half hours had elapsed as my sister’s friends and family waited in the crowded hospital lounge. We were relieved when the physician made her way toward us. With concern in her eyes, she explained to us that the operation had gone well, but she also had bad news. As she ...

  • Showing Love

    November 29th, 2016

    As I was walking home, I saw three young girls who looked confused. They asked me, “Sister, do you want to cross the road?” I replied, “Oh, no, I’m waiting for the bus.” They looked sad and disappointed. Then I asked them, “Children, where do you want to go?” They ...

  • “Please, Lord, Fill Me”

    November 28th, 2016

    As a former water-utilities instructor traveling throughout West Texas, I’ve seen drought many times — up close and personal. To me, drought is scarier than almost any other natural disaster. When fires or floods hit, we can survey the damage and then start cleaning it up. But drought is like ...

  • The Power of Jesus

    November 27th, 2016

    In today’s reading, we find a man confronted with bad news: he has been struck by a painful and incurable disease. Leprosy (now called Hansen’s Disease) is a disease whose effects are visible on the skin: blemishes, wounds, and bruises that in severe cases disfigure the body. Can we find ...

  • Trusting God

    November 26th, 2016

    My father was a pastor in another state and truly devoted to the church. He had diabetes and was insulin dependent. One day, after visiting him, I prayed that God would not let my father die alone. Three weeks later, on a Sunday morning, I received a call that he ...

  • Freedom to Choose

    November 25th, 2016

    Every day we are required to make choices: when to get up, what to eat, how to approach the day. Many of our choices are major decisions about what road we will travel in life. Our environment, education, goals, friends, and heroes all influence our choices. As a parent, I ...