Daily Devotionals

Someday You’ll Know

Someday You’ll Know

Jesus replied, ”You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (John 13:7) Charles A. Tindley knew difficulties. Though not a slave, he worked alongside them when his father was forced to “hire him out” due to...
The Humility of Greatness

The Humility of Greatness

So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. (John 13:4) One year for Pastor Appreciation, the church passed out names of the ministry team as prayer partners for the year. The director of a mission group received the...
There is Joy

There is Joy

You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (Ps. 45:7) My wedding day was the end of months of deep pain. My husband and I were engaged long distance and that brought...
God’s Children

God’s Children

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24) My dad was always quick to discipline when we misbehaved. I remember there were times that I thought this was harsh—unnecessary. Even so, I listened to whatever he said. I may...
More Important Matters

More Important Matters

But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. (Matt. 23:23) When Brian ended up staying at our house for three days, I have to admit I was a little anxious. You see, Brian is in our youth group and is ten years younger...
Missing the Point

Missing the Point

And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. (Matt. 23:22) In youth group, my friends and I tried our best to live lives that were pleasing to God. As teenagers this meant, for the most part, changing our language. We tried to...
Priority Shift

Priority Shift

You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? (Matt. 23:17) Around the time I started seriously attending church, we went to visit with my grandma. On this particular visit she wanted to attend her liturgical church. She...
When Worship Fades

When Worship Fades

Away with the noise of your songs! (Amos 5:23) People have told me that I am the person they want to be sitting next to during a worship set. On one hand that fills me with such a sense of humility. God gave me my voice in the first place so I want to give him my very...
Rule Maker

Rule Maker

I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. (Amos 5:21) When Ethan and I were little, we used to have competitions all the time—anything from racing to the car, board games, or seeing who could jump the highest on the trampoline....
Salvation in the Present Tense

Salvation in the Present Tense

We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. (Ps. 44:1) My favorite football team won the coveted Super Bowl a few years ago. They had a couple good years after that, but then came a miserable season...
HE CAME TO ME TOO

HE CAME TO ME TOO

And last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. (1 Cor. 15:8) The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus certainly proved he was alive. One sighting could have been explained away as a delusion or post-traumatic hysteria, but he appeared numerous...
Working with the End in Mind

Working with the End in Mind

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. (2 Tim. 1:9) I took an oil painting class in college. The first assignment was to take an empty canvas and without any predetermined...
The Gift of Today

The Gift of Today

God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” (Heb. 4:7) Between the past that cannot be undone and the future that may not be, lies today—the only real time over which we have any control. What a wonderful gift today is. Today we have...
Only One Way

Only One Way

You are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel. (Gal. 1:6) No one wants to be called a bigot or have it said that you are intolerant, but that is the charge current culture levels against...
Coming Home

Coming Home

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. (Rom. 3:25) I watched as the young mother and small children waited excitedly and nervously at the airport. The passengers began exiting the plane and...
As Guilty as Sin

As Guilty as Sin

But whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18) Sometimes guilt shows up all over the offender. If you walk into your living room and find your sofa pillow in shreds, the...
I’LL BE BACK

I’LL BE BACK

Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. (Ps. 43:1) If you research the famous lines of actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, among the most popular is his...
Freedom

Freedom

When we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. (1 Cor. 11:32) As a parent, we often give our kids subtle tests. Before we grant them complete freedom to do certain things, we often want to...
How Did You Know?

How Did You Know?

But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. (1 Cor. 11:31)My sister-in-law Tiffany is an incredible nurse who has the ability almost always to diagnose accurately physical concerns in our family. We can call her with...
I’m Better

I’m Better

Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. (1 Cor. 11:28)Recently, our youngest, Sarah, came down with both pneumonia and the flu at the same time. It was not a pleasant week for her or us. However, after she began...
Confirmation Message

Confirmation Message

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Cor. 11:26) An email came into my inbox recently to confirm a family vacation we have planned during the next school break. Although I typically do not use them...
Remember

Remember

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor. 11:25) As some of us get older, one of the first things to go is not just our hair, but our memories. Unfortunately, if I’m honest, I have...
Something New

Something New

And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor. 11:24) A close friend of mine has a gift of restoring and repurposing old or what some refer to as “reclaimed”...
Sing A New Song

Sing A New Song

He put a new song in my mouth. . . . Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. (Ps. 40:3) What song do you sing? What is that word or phrase your coworkers tease you about saying often? Ask some family members, “What am I known for? What are my...