Daily Devotionals

Break Bread

Break Bread

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42) When I was on internship last year, I lived with a pastor and his family. I learned much during this time but the moments that stick with me the...
A Good Sacrifice

A Good Sacrifice

And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Heb. 13:16) In the middle of the night, thousands of miles from home and two weeks into my freshman year of university, I received a phone call that changed everything. My...
Glory Overload

Glory Overload

Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. (Ps. 24:7) I remember the time at Kingswood University that I helped with graduation. The place was buzzing with anticipation, excitement, and pride as the graduates...
Learning and Growing

Learning and Growing

You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect. (Heb. 12:23) As I read this passage, I feel excitement bubbling up within me. This passage provides so much hope for us. The Israelites dealt with the old covenant, which was based...
Obedience Over Desire

Obedience Over Desire

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. (Heb. 12:25) I felt God asked me to do something I did not want to do. I tried to take control and do things my way. God allowed me to make the decision. Eventually, I did what he asked. If I had just obeyed in the...
Justice and Mercy

Justice and Mercy

To Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Heb. 12:24) Many have a streak in them that likes to see people get what they deserve. Part of us rejoices when those who have done wrong suffer the...
Before the Lord

Before the Lord

You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm. (Heb. 12:18) Cozying up on the deck in a comfy chair, in my comfy clothes, with my Bible and journal has become one of my favorite things to do....
Good or Bad Choice?

Good or Bad Choice?

When he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears. (Heb. 12:17) Every choice has a consequence. Consequence is one of those words that is widely misunderstood. Many associate a consequence with discipline or...
Bitter or Better?

Bitter or Better?

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble. (Heb. 12:15) Memories from the past come up every time I see her. We used to be best friends. Then one day, everything fell apart. There’s nothing I can do...
Win Them Back

Win Them Back

Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 21) Those who have traveled on an airplane are familiar with the procedures before the plane departs. The flight attendant gives instructions...
An Active Faith

An Active Faith

Without faith it is impossible to please God . . . believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Heb. 11:6) George Müller was a Christian evangelist in England in the 1800s. He and his wife cared for over 10,000 orphans in his...
Our Supreme Example

Our Supreme Example

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb. 12:3) In math class, the teacher uses examples to explain concepts to the students. First the teacher tells the students about the problems. Next, he shows the...
Pressing Onward

Pressing Onward

Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Heb. 12:1) Pizza is delicious but not good for a runner preparing for a cross country meet. Jeans are comfort but not appropriate for...
A Prepared Home

A Prepared Home

They were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. (Heb. 11:16) For twenty-four years, I have lived in Indiana. When I meet people and they ask where I’m from, I say, “New Orleans.” One day a gentleman asked, “How long did you...
Seeing Is Not Believing

Seeing Is Not Believing

They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. (Heb. 11:13) In the popular movie, The Santa Clause, the main character who had become Santa did not believe he was Santa, even though everything around him pointed to the...
An Honorable Faith

An Honorable Faith

This is what the ancients were commended for. (Heb. 11:2) When my family would get together, stories about older relatives who were strong in their faith would flow throughout the room. The accounts were filled with examples of their devotion to the Lord in how they...
Clinging to Boulders

Clinging to Boulders

In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. (Ps. 22:4) Some of our favorite vacations are the national parks that my wife and I visit. We have just returned from Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon where we, again, were astounded by the...
Persistent and Strengthened

Persistent and Strengthened

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. (Heb. 10:39) When we moved into our present home several years ago, my wife and I knew that there were changes that we wanted to make—improvements that would make...
Soar Like an Eagle

Soar Like an Eagle

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Heb. 10:36) The bald eagle is our national symbol. They are portrayed on US currency and on the great seal of the United States. My wife and I have seen them as...
Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left. (Heb. 10:26) They were everywhere, and they were annoying. Hundreds of them buzzed around the room. I swatted at them. I covered them with bug spray....
Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

[Let us consider] not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another. (Heb. 10:25) School has just started in our city. An elementary school is located a block from our home. Each morning, I watch parents and children biking...
Unwrapped

Unwrapped

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Heb. 10:24) The wedding was beautiful. Lauren’s face radiated love and beauty. Jim beamed absolute joy as the couple recessed down the aisle toward the front door. On the patio, the...
Total Assurance

Total Assurance

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings. (Heb. 10:22) We created a dust storm as we hurtled down the bumpy, rut-filled road toward our destination. “Are you sure this is the right road?” someone asked....
Glad in the Joy of His Presence

Glad in the Joy of His Presence

Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. (Ps. 21:6) Do you feel a bit overwhelmed? Maybe another bill showed up yesterday, and you still haven’t scraped together the funds to pay the one before that. Maybe...