Devotional Archives

  • God’s Team

    September 15th, 2017

    My wife and I enjoy college sports. The traditions and strong loyalties appeal to us. In all honesty, when our team is winning, being a loyal fan is easy. Nevertheless, we have lived through the prosperous years and the lean years with our team, as any true fan does. In ...

  • Changing Course

    September 14th, 2017

    The Cávado River is a small river that follows a linear course through Portugal. Its presence provided sustenance to an old settlement for thousands of years. The river has always been important to the life and livelihood of the people around it. In the 1960s, a large dam was built ...

  • Making the Call

    September 13th, 2017

    Throughout my childhood I knew little more of my father than his name. One night I began to ask God for direction. As I prayed, I began to think of forgiveness and the importance of honoring my parents. I realized that my fear of rejection had robbed me of the ...

  • Heavenly Guardian

    September 12th, 2017

    Some time ago while driving on the main highway in the eastern zone of my country, I noticed a car in the right lane traveling at a very low speed with its hazard lights on. I immediately thought the car was having mechanical difficulties. But as it turned out, it ...

  • God Loves all Types

    September 11th, 2017

    One day, our four-year-old daughter came up to my wife and me and said, “Daddy, Mommy, two people with different-colored eyes can be friends.” She paused and ended with an emphatic, “Really, they can!” My wife and I laughed. What made it so funny was not only our daughter’s enthusiasm ...

  • A Closer Walk

    September 10th, 2017

    A Bible study reflection question caught my attention: What three things in your life keep you from a closer relationship with God? Instantly, the word busyness came to mind, followed by the words worry and fear. When I retired, I envisioned days filled with reading, studying, writing, and indulging in ...

  • Remain Standing

    September 9th, 2017

    Two years ago, after two days of almost cyclone-force winds, I traveled to an activity at one of our churches. While going through a pine forest, I came upon a section where many of the trees were bent over at forty-five-degree angles or had completely fallen. Only a few remained ...

  • Restored

    September 8th, 2017

    My husband and I decided to buy a charming home built in 1911. Leaded-glass windows, built-in cabinets, a secret staircase, and the sunroom exceeded our expectations. One day a friend mentioned to my husband that the low ceilings in the living and dining rooms were unusual for this era. They ...

  • Staying within the Ropes

    September 7th, 2017

    My twin eight-year-old daughters take swim lessons at the YMCA. The pool is long, and the lanes are separated by ropes and buoys. The youngest children in the class look like they are swatting flies when they swim. They zigzag into the lane ropes, then have to stop and untangle ...

  • Higher Ways

    September 6th, 2017

    Getting things done gives me a sense of satisfaction, making me feel productive and complete. But interruptions often throw myplans off track: a family member needing help, a clerk wanting to chat, or someone’s email seeking last-minute volunteers. When I’m focused on crossing items off my list, these disruptions frustrate ...