Devotional Archives

  • UNIMAGINABLE HELP

    June 27th, 2016

    For four hundred years the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. From a human standpoint, their situation seemed hopeless. But God sent Moses to proclaim God’s power and concern for the people. A seemingly hopeless situation was transformed by the unimaginable acts of God. When Jesus was executed, his followers scattered, ...

  • BURDEN

    June 26th, 2016

    From the age of five I have carried the secret shame of abuse. I have been lonely and often have felt like damaged goods. At times this burden has seemed greater than I could bear. I have even had thoughts of suicide. Though I had heard Matthew 11:28-30 many times, ...

  • FRIENDSHIP

    June 25th, 2016

    When Job was suffering, three friends came to comfort him. It took effort for them to be there with him. For seven days they simply supported him with the power of their presence. The fact that they showed up in his time of need demonstrates the compassion of true friendship. ...

  • THE PATH BEFORE US

    June 24th, 2016

    A section of the Carolina Thread Trail winds through rural Iredell County in North Carolina. As I walked the trail one spring morning, I listened for God and saw God’s creation. Birds sang, squirrels scurried up the trees, and deer dashed from my sight. The path bloomed with flowers of ...

  • FEARFUL?

    June 23rd, 2016

    When I was seven, I was afraid of the dark. If I had to get up at night, I would hold my pillow over my eyes and feel my way down the hall. One night I miscalculated and tumbled down the basement stairs. After that, I no longer put the ...

  • NURTURING

    June 22nd, 2016

    As I looked down with satisfaction at my newly planted seedlings, I thought about how new believers need to be nurtured in a way similar to these young plants. Other Christians can do this by accepting new believers where they are on their Christian journeys, encouraging them through Bible study, ...

  • THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    June 21st, 2016

    Several years ago at Christmastime, I went with my son and his family to see the “Festival of Lights,” a beautiful display of Christmas decorations and lights. As my grandchildren were taking in all the sights, my grandson, who was about six at the time, came up with a question: ...

  • WHO AM I TO COMPLAIN?

    June 20th, 2016

    One morning I listened to the radio as a pastor shared her life story. She has many physical limitations but has achieved much and remains joyful and grateful to the Lord. The fact that she dedicated her life to a ministry of service given all the suffering she has endured ...

  • RUNNING WITH GOD

    June 19th, 2016

    I am a runner, and over the past 40 years I have stepped out of my home and greeted the day with the step-by-step rhythm of my feet. Some folks have asked me if I run with headphones. I do not. I find that I am better able to have ...

  • LETTERS

    June 18th, 2016

    After yet another difficult day of high school, I came home to find a small blue envelope on my desk. My mother had written the letter when I was one year old. The three pages of journal paper were the texture of rose petals and tinged yellow with age. I ...