Devotional

Step of Faith

Step of Faith

Matthew 14:28-29

Today was a busy day! Early this morning we heard that King Herod killed John the Baptist. Jesus seemed to take this news pretty hard; “When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place” (Matthew 14:13). I knew He wanted to be alone, but the crowds kept following Him. […]

What It Means To Forgive

What It Means To Forgive

Ephesians 4:31-32

In the message “Forgive As He Forgave” we saw that our forgiveness of others should be based on recognizing the magnitude of forgiveness we have been given through faith in Jesus. A true understanding of God’s mercy toward us ought to compel us to be merciful to others. But still, forgiveness remains difficult and somewhat […]

Dance of Thanksgiving

Dance of Thanksgiving

James 1:2-4

[Note: I sent this message out on Thanksgiving, 2013. Today, as I consider my family 4 years later, I’m reminded that I have so much to be thankful for!] Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. I know this isn’t a global holiday, but perhaps you will forgive me if I use this day to […]

Forgive As He Forgave

Forgive As He Forgave

Colossians 3:13

It seems like sooner or later everyone gets mistreated and hurt. Many times the actions against us are unintentional, but other times they can be extremely malicious. Suddenly, this hurt begins to invade every other area of our life. We carry a heavy burden which we know we don’t deserve – and which we certainly […]

Build All For His Glory

Build All For His Glory

Haggai 1:5-6

The last two messages have considered how we ought to use a different set of priorities in forming our goals and plans. Our goal should be to fully submit to our Heavenly Father, and our plans must always remain under His control. We also saw that a life submitted to God is full of opportunity […]

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Philippians 1:20

In the message “Careful Thought To Our Ways” we saw how God is the Director of our steps and how we must carefully (and prayerfully) develop goals and plans which glorify His name. And though our true goal should always be to fully release our life to God and worship Him for all eternity, each […]

Careful Thought To Our Ways

Careful Thought To Our Ways

Proverbs 14:8

The motivational speakers of our day want us to set great goals for our life: “Where do you want to be in two, five, or ten years? What type of lifestyle do you want when you retire?” We are encouraged to set goals slightly beyond our reach, and then instructed how to create a plan […]

God Makes It Grow

God Makes It Grow

1 Corinthians 3:5-6

Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthian church to correct several problems. The Corinthian’s needed instruction in marriage, Christian freedom, worship, and various issues which tended to cause division. He rebuked the church for quarreling about whom they followed: “You are still worldly… For when one says, ‘I follow Paul,’ and another, ‘I follow […]

Strong, Courageous, and Humble

Strong, Courageous, and Humble

Joshua 1:9

Joshua was Moses’ field commander in the fight against the Amalekites (Exodus 17:9) and his assistant when the Law was given at Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:13). After initially exploring the land of Canaan, Joshua was one of only two men to advise the Israelites to trust God and enter the promised land (Numbers 14:6-9). When […]

Enter His Rest

Enter His Rest

Hebrews 4:10-11

In the last two messages, we’ve considered the glory of the Lord. We saw how we are now God’s Temple and are to “reflect the Lord’s glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18) into the world as we are transformed into the likeness of Christ. It is a great honor to be in the presence of the Lord, […]

Ever-Increasing Glory

Ever-Increasing Glory

2 Corinthians 3:18

In the message “Dedicate His Temple” we saw that through the forgiveness of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are now God’s Temple; “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s Temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). And as with the Temple during the reign of King […]

Dedicate His Temple

Dedicate His Temple

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

The Old Testament adds wonderful richness to our faith. In the very first verse of the Bible we read “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). By reflecting on this wonderful truth we can better understand the words of Jesus that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Throughout the Old Testament […]