Devotional Archives

  • Fatherhood

    April 21st, 2015

    Watching the church youth reenact the Nativity story, I developed a deeper appreciation for Joseph. As I viewed the scene where the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, instructing him to take Mary as his wife and name her son Jesus, I was struck by this thought: Jesus not ...

  • Neighbors of Compassion

    April 20th, 2015

    On April 15, 2013 two bombs exploded in Boston, Massachusetts during the Boston Marathon. At least three people were killed and many others severely injured. As I listened later in the week to the latest news on this horrific event, I noticed that people from across the country began to ...

  • Do Good Always

    April 19th, 2015

    My sister Portia and her four children were ordered out of the house by her husband. He had decided to end their 20-year marriage. Our parents took her in, but soon we saw her slip into depression. A neighbor advised us to take her to a counselor where Portia learned ...

  • Unmerited Favor

    April 18th, 2015

    I work at the circulation desk of a busy public library. Almost on a daily basis, a patron comes in with a sheepish look, hands me some books, and tells me the books are overdue. As I check in the books the patron stands there waiting to pay a fine. ...

  • God Will!

    April 17th, 2015

    For many years the spirit of fear engulfed me. I feared almost everything — any situation and any undertaking. As a result, I endured many sleepless nights. Even when I slept, I would have strange nightmares. Then my fear was cast out on an ordinary day, while I was sitting ...

  • Focus on Jesus

    April 16th, 2015

    For 14 years I worked in a sporting goods store in Anchorage, Alaska. One day as I was coming from the warehouse to deliver a few items to the store, an irate customer met me when I walked through the store entrance. She was livid and began a tirade of ...

  • The Prodigal Daughter

    April 15th, 2015

    I hit the road with everything I owned packed inside my small car even though the idea of leaving my apartment, job, school, friends, and my comfortable life of sin had paralyzed me. The drive home seemed like a lifetime; I dreaded returning to face my mom. Fearful thoughts also ...

  • More than a Sandwich

    April 14th, 2015

    When I was 25 years old, I decided to travel to Ireland for a little adventure. I met some other young adults in a hostel, and one night three of us were walking down a street in Dublin when a disheveled-looking man and woman approached us asking for money to ...

  • True Treasures

    April 13th, 2015

    Growing up, I often retreated to my mother’s bedroom and made a beeline for her jewelry box. Inside was the jewelry my mother had accumulated over the years. I loved counting the metal figures on her silver charm bracelet and hearing the jingle of her earrings when I shook them. ...

  • I Am Mephibosheth

    April 12th, 2015

    After Jonathan died, David sought to show kindness to every member of Jonathan’s family. Thus, for the rest of his life he provided care for Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, who was lame. In some ways, I am Mephibosheth. After being run over by a truck while bike riding, I underwent 18 ...