Devotional Archives

  • All Equal

    April 24th, 2017

    One of my earliest memories is going to a diner one day for lunch with my parents. We sat at a table, and the waitress handed us menus. To my surprise, we got up a moment later and walked out. I asked my mother why we were leaving since we ...

  • No Situation is Permanent

    April 23rd, 2017

    In 2006, a man I worked with tried to have me killed for refusing to be his follower. On November 26, 2006, he sent four young people to murder me at my home. All four were arrested before doing me any harm. I fled to Uganda, far from my family ...

  • Great Expectations

    April 22nd, 2017

    When we look at the first Easter, we see that everyone except Jesus had expectations that were not fulfilled. Peter expected to remain loyal to Jesus. King Herod expected Jesus to perform a miracle. Pilate expected the mob to free Jesus rather than Barabbas. (See Luke 22–23.) The Jewish leaders ...

  • The Aroma of Christ

    April 21st, 2017

    I used to work at a local mission. Some of my most vivid memories of that place are of the distinct smells I encountered there. Before guests arrived, the aroma of the day’s lunch would begin to permeate the air. Then as people came in we greeted them all, many ...

  • The Gift of Laughter

    April 20th, 2017

    One Sunday morning I noticed many solemn faces in my congregation. I knew these people well, and many concerns weighed on their hearts. As I invited the children to come forward for children’s time, they marched slowly up the center aisle, peering at all the sad faces. My two-year-old son, ...

  • Someone Prayed for Me

    April 19th, 2017

    Each time I hear the song, “Somebody Prayed for Me,”* I remember a special woman, a servant of God, who prayed for me during a time when I was rebelling against God. I also think about today’s scripture reading, when Jesus prayed for those who would believe in him because ...

  • God’s Perfect Harmony

    April 18th, 2017

    For my birthday one year, my daughter, Veronica, gave me a deluxe collection of gospel music. The collection contains nearly everything — classic hymns, artists that my parents grew up listening to, and current gospel stars. Sometimes, I have the music playing softly in the background while I write. Or ...

  • The Best Out of the Worst

    April 17th, 2017

    Every Easter morning my family would gather at the table to begin our Easter celebration by eating rice bread that our mother baked for us. One Easter morning, my siblings and I were excitedly awaiting the rice bread when we heard a yell coming from the kitchen. We rushed to ...

  • Easter Sunday

    April 16th, 2017

    None of the biblical accounts explains how the Resurrection took place. The Gospel writers say nothing about how the stone was rolled away or what happened to bring Jesus back to life. Did his heart just begin beating and the other organs gradually restart? Did the Resurrection occur instantly or ...

  • To Pray Is To Change

    April 15th, 2017

    Last year I was diagnosed with a deadly heart disease. The prognosis was grim, and my sole option was a highly specialized surgery. Fortunately I was selected for a program that allowed me to have the surgery. I was scared, and I didn’t know if I would return home. While ...