Devotional Archives

  • Memories

    September 5th, 2017

    My oldest granddaughter loves to hear my stories about “the good old days” when I was her age and about the different milestones in my life. I am happy to oblige, especially since I can see that it makes her happy. I had a difficult childhood because of my health ...

  • God’s Helping Hand

    September 4th, 2017

    A few years back I was shopping with my wife. All of a sudden, I got the urge to go to the frozen food section and look at ice cream. I didn’t really want any ice cream; I just had a strong desire to go look. When I turned the ...

  • Understanding God’s Word

    September 3rd, 2017

    In 1965, I was in a special reading class to develop my comprehension skills. When I walked into the class on the first day, my immediate thought was, I’m stupid, because I would be sitting at a table with other people my peers had called “stupid.” Acts 8:30-31 reminds me ...

  • Anxious No More

    September 2nd, 2017

    I sat on my sofa reading. My left hand was gently stroking the fur of my 9-year-old pet rabbit, Alice. Suddenly, she sat upright, her long ears focused on some threatening sound that I could not hear. There were no predators in our home to cause her harm, but I ...

  • Look for the Platypus

    September 1st, 2017

    Scientists once thought that all mammals give live birth, that no mammal lays eggs. Then they explored Australian waterways and discovered the duck-billed platypus. The platypus not only astounded zoologists with its beaver-like tail and duck bill, but it also became the only known warm-blooded, fur-covered mammal that lays eggs. ...

  • BEYOND UNDERSTANDING

    August 31st, 2017

    For years my daughter Deanna has suffered from frequent, severe migraine headaches that only medication and a dark, quiet room can lessen. Seeing this, I feel helpless and wish I could suffer in her place; but I can’t. So for three years now I have been praying for her healing ...

  • A GOOD REPRESENTATIVE

    August 30th, 2017

    Years ago, six of my relatives and I accompanied another relative to her in-laws’ home after her wedding. As is our custom, our contingent included people representing the parents of the bride. Anesu, in his early twenties, represented the father. He took his role seriously and represented the family well. ...

  • STORING UP TREASURE

    August 29th, 2017

    During the first two years of my camp ministry, my bed was small, squeaky, and lumpy. When I moved to a new camp, I celebrated by purchasing the nicest mattress I could afford — and with it a custom bed frame. It was the best bed I’d ever had. Later, ...

  • A PRAYER FOR PEACE

    August 28th, 2017

    Frustrating days and sleepless nights prompted me to share my troubling situation with my friend Jerry when we met for our weekly prayer time. I asked Jerry for advice. He cautiously offered me some suggestions, but they brought no clear solution to my dilemma. Later, though, when Jerry prayed, “Lord, ...

  • BY STILL WATERS

    August 27th, 2017

    Once when I was out walking after a heavy thunderstorm, I saw some sheep desperate to get away from flood waters and onto higher ground. But they were obstructed by deep water in front of the gate. Scared and bleating loudly, they started to panic, running around in circles. Soon ...