Devotional Archives

  • Listening for God's Whisper

    February 7th, 1998

    For many years I had been a "Sunday Christian"; prayer was only for emergencies. I thought that I was such a busy professional person that I could not extract a few moments from my life for prayer. For me, prayer was only a monologue. Then I became a member of ...

  • More Than We Are

    February 6th, 1998

    David often thanked God for protecting him from King Saul's evil attacks. When David became king, he did not seek revenge. Instead, he remembered God's kindness and wanted to share it. He found Mephibosheth, Saul's crippled grandson, and brought him to the palace to be cared for. He was showing ...

  • Inspiring Workers

    February 5th, 1998

    Nehemiah led God's people in restoring the wall of Jerusalem. Rebuilding the city wall required many workers. How did this one man inspire people to work and succeed? The name Nehemiah aptly means, "God has comforted." Nehemiah shared his faith and the stories of how God had answered prayer in ...

  • Another Magnificent Day

    February 4th, 1998

    Several years ago while struggling to make some decisions about my life, I began attending a Wednesday morning Communion and healing service. Each morning, the minister in charge of the service offered prayer that always began, "Almighty God, thank you for the beginning of another magnificent day." I could not ...

  • A New Covenant

    February 3rd, 1998

    The writer of Hebrews shows us the more excellent way of Jesus Christ, our high priest. The new covenant that Jesus made with his disciples is more excellent than the old covenant that was given to Moses. In the new covenant, Jesus bore our sin on the cross so that ...

  • "Thanks, Dad!"

    February 2nd, 1998

    Dinner was over, and my six-year-old son, Ian, was struggling with a large jigsaw puzzle on the kitchen floor. It didn't look as if he would be able to finish by his bedtime. My plans for the evening did not include working a puzzle, but I found myself down on ...

  • Pulling Together As One

    February 1st, 1998

    The congregation at my church is still mourning the death of Doris, our pastor's wife. When she was diagnosed with cancer, we were all sad, but we took the situation day by day. We learned to pull together as one. When our pastor was unable to meet some of the ...

  • Last Words Last Long

    January 31st, 1998

    Last words spoken before death often are given special significance. We remember the final moments of loved ones and attach importance to them. Such a request or an admonition may be treasured for a lifetime. "Look after your father," says a dying mother to her daughter. And that daughter never ...

  • Perpetual Light

    January 30th, 1998

    My husband is never without a flashlight. He keeps one in his car, one in the kitchen, one by the bed, and several in the cellar. He even has a small one on his key chain. I used to tease him about having so many. Who needs them? I thought. ...

  • Rejoice in Love

    January 29th, 1998

    At a recent family gathering our granddaughter Lexy, a first-year student at a nearby church-related college, reported on her grades. She told us, "I got straight A's in everything except Christianity. I got a B in that." There was silence and then laughter by the group. Then she went on ...