Devotional Archives

  • Celebration Practice

    March 20th, 2017

    I was exhausted from the fast pace of my first collegiate softball practice and the pressure to make a good first impression. Just when I thought practice was over, Coach called us together for one final drill. “We need to get three final outs,” he explained, “then we celebrate! Since ...

  • 3rd Sunday in Lent

    March 19th, 2017

    When I’m at a social gathering and someone discovers I’m a pastor, the person often responds with nervous laughter and says something like, “I’d better watch my language!” Then sometimes people ask, “What do I call you? Pastor? Reverend?” They need to know if there’s a pattern or some sort ...

  • Ready to Serve

    March 18th, 2017

    When I read the announcement asking for Sunday school teachers, I thought, I want to serve in the church, but I don’t feel prepared. I talked with the pastor, who encouraged me to give it a try. “Our children need to hear the word of God,” he said. I accepted ...

  • The Power of Prayer

    March 17th, 2017

    Seventy years ago, at the age of two, I lay strapped to a board for several months. This was the only form of medical help available to those who had infantile paralysis, or polio. Even though the doctor gave me little hope of walking, my mother’s faithfulness and relentless prayer ...

  • Planting God’s Love

    March 16th, 2017

    As a young man I suffered a series of losses and failures that left me with a hard heart. The God I had known as a youth seemed to have disappeared. When I began to date the woman who became my wife, my life began to change. She saw something ...

  • Welcoming the Stranger

    March 15th, 2017

    I once led a group that met twice a week for lunch at the local community college. One day a new student sat down at the far end of our table. As a pastor trying to build relationships with the students, I saw this as a wonderful opportunity. “Is this ...

  • All God’s Children

    March 14th, 2017

    The coffin was carried in, and the family followed in a seemingly never-ending stream. All the seats in the big church were filled. Margaret had always loved children, and in some sense she would have considered each person there her child. She mothered her biological children and was the beloved ...

  • To the Street

    March 13th, 2017

    Worshiping with fellow Christians is special. Being fed from the word of God, being taught and encouraged by singing and praying together, giving to meet the needs of others, and remembering the sacrifice of our Savior all make the time we spend together a blessing. But I think that too ...

  • 2nd Sunday in Lent

    March 12th, 2017

    I tend to be a slow learner, and I also tend to think that I know what’s best. As a teenager, I sometimes did what I wanted to do instead of listening to my parents. Now as an adult, I sometimes do what I want to do instead of listening ...

  • Strength for the Battle

    March 11th, 2017

    At two weeks old, my daughter, Rebecca, had open-heart surgery to repair a rare congenital defect. For the next two months, she fought for her life. Every day was a struggle. During that time, I learned to rely on God for both my strength and my daughter’s health. Life is ...