Devotional Archives

  • RIPTIDES

    September 24th, 2016

    From the walkway above Ipanema Beach near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I saw a terrible sight. A young man was caught in a fierce riptide and quickly swept out to sea. He swam toward shore with all of his might but only exhausted himself. He went under, came up screaming ...

  • PERFECT DETAILS

    September 23rd, 2016

    A few years ago, I worked with a friend to create decorative window treatments for the stained-glass windows of our sanctuary. Since each stained-glass panel depicted a different scripture, we chose to create a unique treatment for each window. Our limited budget often required in-store redesign of original ideas. Back ...

  • SEEDS OF THE GOSPEL

    September 22nd, 2016

    The soil was tilled and the seeds carefully planted. The spring rains were timely, and with proper care our garden flourished. We canned 50 jars of green beans and were able to provide buckets of beans to others. When the yield slowed and the weeds started to thrive, I decided ...

  • KEEPING A CONNECTION

    September 21st, 2016

    We enjoy entertaining our friend who is a Chinese exchange student. He’s enthusiastic about his classes and his time with our American family. However, each evening at 7:30 he excuses himself, regardless of where he is and what’s going on. Why? He always calls his family in Beijing at 8:00 ...

  • CLOUDS OF BLESSING

    September 20th, 2016

    It had been a day of mixed emotions as I visited patients in the hospital. I listened to one family’s fears about imminent death and bereavement. Then a radiant young person greeted me: “Good news! The tests are clear! I’m going home tomorrow.” I sat for a moment in the ...

  • THE ANCHOR AND THE CROSS

    September 19th, 2016

    Our grandson Landon loves boats. When he visits us, he pretends our long front porch is a ship. He “hoists the sails” by tugging on the cords of the window blinds and “swabs the deck” with a dust mop. Outside, the garden hose becomes a rope to haul up the ...

  • PRIVILEGED TO TEACH

    September 18th, 2016

    I recently turned 80 years old. Even at this age, I cannot forget my Sunday school teachers. I attended Sunday school from the ages of three to 18. During this period, I received Jesus as my Savior. I am grateful for my teachers who taught the living word of God ...

  • HIDE-AND-SEEK

    September 17th, 2016

    Hide-and-seek was one of my favorite childhood games. I remember curling up behind my dad’s recliner, stifling a giggle that begged to erupt. My sister, Rainey, would prowl through the house chanting my name, anxious to spot a rogue foot or hand that would expose my hiding spot. Most of ...

  • NOT THE FINAL WORD

    September 16th, 2016

    On a trip to Israel, I visited the gravesite that many people think is Lazarus’s tomb. It was a somber but hopeful experience. Being in that place brought to mind the death of my own brother Dana years before. I recalled the feeling of disbelief as my father announced to ...

  • A SYMPATHETIC SAVIOR

    September 15th, 2016

    Someone in my seventh-grade Sunday school class remarked that Jesus experienced all the same temptations and trials that we face today. Then one girl’s head shot up; and with a questioning look in her eyes, she said, “You mean Jesus went through puberty?” Although the Bible clearly tells us that ...