Devotional Archives

  • Walking Away from Sin

    February 11th, 2016

    The woman whom the Pharisees dragged before Jesus had been caught in the act of adultery. The religious authorities wanted to stone her in accordance with the law. They thought they could trap Jesus by asking what he thought was the appropriate punishment for her. Instead of answering, he confronted ...

  • Ash Wednesday

    February 10th, 2016

    A year ago, when I saw that one of the meditations in The Upper Room had the title “Ash Wednesday,” I didn’t really understand what that meant. I soon learned that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, known as the “Great Fast” in Russian Christianity. On this day some ...

  • Good Works

    February 9th, 2016

    Several years ago a fire destroyed a church in my town. The fire raged through the night. Firefighters worked for more than 13 hours to contain it. The next day’s newspaper featured an article about the fire. In the story, the church’s pastor described how members of his congregation felt: ...

  • Our Strong Tower

    February 8th, 2016

    “Do you know how many types of tag games there are, Mum?” my son asked. He listed various types they’d played at school. Around the dinner table, he talked with his brothers about the different types, comparing rules, and the difficulty of each one. Later that evening I sat down ...

  • Keep Flowing

    February 7th, 2016

    Several years ago, my wife and I spent the weekend with a friend in her new home. During our stay, she took us out back to see her pond. I was struck by the stillness of the water, the hundreds of water lilies, and the croaking of frogs. While reflecting ...

  • Rage or Blessing?

    February 6th, 2016

    The words tumbled out of my mouth as I confronted my co-worker. Months of pent-up frustration spilled over, becoming a raging river of anger. This man had criticized my work decisions, spoken rudely, and ignored me in front of others. I thought I had forgiven him, but I guess I ...

  • Got Tickets?

    February 5th, 2016

    Saturdays bring many people to our college town. Our home is several blocks off campus but right in the middle of the football excitement. One Saturday, I took an early morning jog through campus carrying some cards with Bible verses that I was trying to memorize. Even very early in ...

  • Gratitude for Answered Prayer

    February 4th, 2016

    Recently, I have been praying daily for the big battles that I face. It occurred to me, however, that when my prayers are answered, I am not so steadfast in giving thanks as I am in my asking. I may thank God once or twice and move on to some ...

  • Bedside Prayer

    February 3rd, 2016

    At the age of 80 my mother became bedridden and moved to a care facility. She remained there for five years and never complained. When the priest from a local church visited, he came to my mother’s room and offered to pray for her. My mother told him that she ...

  • Bearing Fruit

    February 2nd, 2016

    The trees and bushes in my backyard are a source of pleasure and wonder. In the beauty of their colorful blossoms and the taste of their fruit, I see God’s marvelous work. A few years ago I planted an elderberry bush. These bushes have little white flowers clustered on the ...