Devotional Archives

  • Working for Good

    March 3rd, 2015

    When I was diagnosed with cancer, people started to pray for me — missionaries, church friends, and relatives. That was two years ago last month. As time went by, I wondered why God had sustained my life. Surely God must have a job that I should be doing! My previous ...

  • Joy in Preaching Christ

    March 2nd, 2015

    Recently, I’ve been thinking about Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. While imprisoned for preaching Christ, Paul expressed joy in the knowledge that the gospel of the love and the saving grace of Jesus Christ was being preached, regardless of the manner in which the message was relayed. Rather ...

  • 2nd Sunday in Lent

    March 1st, 2015

    “Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?” Our mother always asked us these questions the moment we came in the back door after playing in the hot summer sun. If we said no, then her next question was, “Are you sure?” No matter our position in the world, these questions face ...

  • Accepting Change

    February 28th, 2015

    When I was younger, I welcomed change. That was probably because I either instigated the changes in my life or at least seemed to have control over them. Life was full of new possibilities as I went off to college, learned new things, and made new friends. Change was everywhere, ...

  • Behind Prison Walls

    February 27th, 2015

    Nearly four years ago I began counseling prison inmates in alcohol rehabilitation. I tell these men about what Jesus has done for me; I am a recovering alcoholic with over 20 years of sobriety. Most of the inmates are serving long sentences for murder or armed robbery. However, my colleagues ...

  • God Empowers

    February 26th, 2015

    After 10 years out of the job market, I was invited to participate in a work group to develop fund-raising projects to benefit the community. The group was composed of a social worker, a psychologist, an educational psychologist, and me, a psychology student. Among these colleagues I often felt small ...

  • Keeping the Sabbath

    February 25th, 2015

    We were headed to church one Sunday morning when my dad made a turn in the opposite direction. I asked where we were going, and he told me we were going to worship God in a different way that day. Always up for something new, I was excited about this ...

  • Where We Don’t Want to Go

    February 24th, 2015

    Recently my mom endured several hospital stays and a stint in a nursing facility for rehab. Though weak, she still managed sparks of wry humor. One afternoon as I fastened her hospital gown, she pasted on a smile and said, “I sure can relate to that verse about someone else ...

  • Choosing Forgiveness

    February 23rd, 2015

    As I listened to our pastor confess his greatest sin and failure, I felt shock, disbelief, and disappointment. Then, suddenly, I was overwhelmed by a more powerful feeling. My heart burned with compassion and mercy. I had been given a glimpse of God’s heart. As the pastor stood before us, ...

  • First Sunday in Lent

    February 22nd, 2015

    In the Hebrew Bible, names represent hopes, dreams, and the characteristics of persons. For example, Jacob, after wrestling with an angel was given a new name, Israel, which means “the one who struggled with God.” Knowing the name of a person can give insight into the origin, nature, and the ...