Devotional Archives

  • THE OLD WATCH

    August 6th, 2017

    As a minister, I recently received an appointment to a new congregation. I was packing and waiting for the big change in my life when I saw my grandmother’s old watch, which she had received from her father. It was more than 60 years old and still working. The evening ...

  • “FOLLOW ME!”

    August 5th, 2017

    In today’s reading we find Jesus talking to Peter after Peter has denied him. Jesus tries to help him focus on his own life. However, Peter instantly asks about another disciple and what might happen to him. At times I act like Peter. I look at others’ lives and begin ...

  • SHARING GOD’S WORD

    August 4th, 2017

    My friend Robin was discouraged. Only 13 children had attended our church’s annual vacation Bible school. “We put all this money into it,” she said. “I recruited people to help. I took the week off from work, and only 13 kids came.” I told her about my first vacation Bible ...

  • 10,000 REASONS

    August 3rd, 2017

    One morning I heard a song that mentions having 10,000 reasons to bless the Lord. As I listened, I asked myself, Do I have 10,000 reasons to be grateful? I began to think about the blessing of waking up to a new day and the blessings of my children, wife, ...

  • CHRIST IS THE CENTER

    August 2nd, 2017

    Years ago, my husband and I were called to help reconcile a father and son who had undergone years of bitter feuding and separation. A round table in the center of the room separated the two sides of the conflict during the entire discussion. It also kept them from throwing ...

  • MARVEL AT GOD’S LOVE

    August 1st, 2017

    I have been going through many challenges recently, and I am trusting that God will help me. But sometimes doubt creeps in, and I feel overwhelmed or helpless. After watching an episode of my favorite TV show where a team of intelligent people saved the world dressed as comic book ...

  • THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

    July 31st, 2017

    Both our home and the church where my wife and I serve are located outside the city. This allows me the opportunity to truly appreciate the wonders of nature day and night. I particularly enjoy the radiance of the full moon spilling its light across the countryside. The moon has ...

  • IN THE FACE OF LOSS

    July 30th, 2017

    The ultrasound tech moved the wand over my abdomen. With a concerned look on her face, she said, “I am sorry; there is no heartbeat. The baby is gone.” My heart sank as tears rolled down my face. I nodded that I understood, even though I didn’t understand at all. ...

  • FOX WISDOM

    July 29th, 2017

    As I drove cautiously up my long driveway, I saw a thin red fox sitting in the brush and watching over her three rambunctious babies. Not wanting to frighten them, I pulled over as the frisky trio leaped and rolled one another down the dirt driveway, seemingly oblivious to their ...

  • I JUST DO

    July 28th, 2017

    I raise guineas, chicken-sized fowl that are fairly common on farms in the southern United States. Like chickens, these birds eat bugs and have a special fondness for ticks, which makes them great additions to farms with livestock. They also create a cacophonous uproar at the arrival of guests or ...