Devotional Archives

  • Light

    December 9th, 1997

    One cold December night, a lonely young man walked into the darkness toward a bright light in the distance. Captivated by the glow, he followed the light until he came to a school building. He heard the sounds of a basketball game coming from inside. After opening the door, the ...

  • Our Jar of Meal

    December 8th, 1997

    I must confess that at times in my life I have envied the widow of Zarephath. In the midst of famine, she had the security of knowing that the flour would not run out nor the jar of oil run dry. How often I have longed for that security! She ...

  • A Peaceful Christmas

    December 7th, 1997

    During World War II many young men were mobilized to the battlefields and died. Here in Japan, we were forced to give all articles of value from our homes for the military. Almost all of downtown Tokyo was destroyed, burned to ashes by a B-29 air raid when I was ...

  • Unity in Diversity

    December 6th, 1997

    I sat in the darkened concert hall, absorbed in listening to the enchanting harmony of a Beethoven concerto. The music was created by members of an orchestra using skills developed by training and discipline. That wonderful music offers a picture of the church. Paul writes in chapter 12 of First ...

  • Faith, Mighty Faith

    December 5th, 1997

    As I read the second chapter of Mark, I am impressed by the crowd that came to hear Jesus preach. So many came, in fact, that the house became so crowded that there was no room left for any more - even around the door. One group of men, however, ...

  • Focus on the Promises

    December 4th, 1997

    Tear stains on the pages of my Bible attest to the time 20 years ago when I told God I was putting my faith in this promise from Isaiah 43 though all looked hopeless. In a drug-induced stupor, my 22-year-old son had robbed a bank and was in prison. My ...

  • Sharing God's Light

    December 3rd, 1997

    Light penetrates darkness and makes clear all areas; nothing can be hidden. The Bible teaches us that light comes from God, and God's light makes all the difference. Consider the light from a candle or a lamp. There are many beautiful and decorative candles and lamps. Yet the candle and ...

  • Not a Seasonal Thing

    December 2nd, 1997

    I was searching inside the box for the different pieces of the cr?che. As I picked each one out, pulling away small strips of white paper that enveloped them, I felt a void. I just couldn't seem to get into the right mood. The last piece, baby Jesus, was the ...

  • The Cock Still Crows

    December 1st, 1997

    Many of us today find it easy to identify with Peter. Although he lived nearly 2,000 years ago, many of his characteristics parallel our own. Peter was so sure of himself that he vowed he would die with Jesus if the occasion arose. Yet at the decisive hour while he ...

  • Where Hope Lives

    November 30th, 1997

    It was Christmas week in Brisbane, Australia. As director of the Methodist home-nursing service, I was visiting homes of our patients with our senior nurse. At one suburban home I met an elderly gentleman paralyzed by a stroke; he could neither move nor speak. His wife had insisted on his ...