Daily Devotionals

Keep God in the Picture

Keep God in the Picture

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thess. 3:5) Wouldn’t it be great if we could do our own thing and everything would turn out perfectly? For example, what if on a whim you crave the perfect chocolate...
Giver of Peace

Giver of Peace

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thess. 3:16) Life can be chaotic—the complete opposite of peaceful. As believers we have a direct line to receive the greatest peace of all, but we...
Call Out Others in Love

Call Out Others in Love

Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer. (2 Thess. 3:15)How many times have we heard people say, “You can’t judge me; it’s not your place”? I remember someone communicating that they believed in God...
Impacting the Kingdom—Or Just Busy?

Impacting the Kingdom—Or Just Busy?

We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. (2 Thess. 3:11) In our society today it is easy to overschedule and yet accomplish nothing. Our culture often sets the expectation that your kids should be involved in...
Don’t Miss It

Don’t Miss It

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thess. 3:3) We all have seasons where we wrestle for control of what is going on around us. But when we wrestle for control, we miss the opportunity to experience God’s...
The Struggle Is Real

The Struggle Is Real

And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. (2 Thess. 3:2) Imagine yourself coaching a soccer team of four-and-five-year-olds. Every practice and game is full of young children picking flowers, running away from bees, and...
The Testing of Obedience

The Testing of Obedience

You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. (Ps. 119:57) “Why is it so hard to obey?” asked one of my children. “It should be easy because it is right.” That is a loaded question if I ever heard one. One thing is correct...
Fully Informed by Truth

Fully Informed by Truth

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thess. 2:15) After a hurricane, it is common to see trees snapped in two like matchsticks. But not so for palm trees. During the...
Established in Every Good Thing

Established in Every Good Thing

May our Lord . . . encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thess. 2:16–17) Graduation time brings great joy for the accomplishment and hard work of students. Parents, guardians, and friends are grateful to God. The tradition in...
Beloved of the Lord

Beloved of the Lord

God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thess. 2:13) “Hello dearest!” is the greeting of a sweet sister in Christ. Each time you see her, her greeting is accompanied by a...
By His Word And His Presence

By His Word And His Presence

The lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. (2 Thess. 2:8) Have you ever met someone whose presence exudes respect? That was my father. He only needed to say a few words...
At the Right Time

At the Right Time

And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. (2 Thess. 2:6)The loveliest sign of spring is the budding of tulips. After many failed attempts, I learned something important. There is a right time for planting tulips. If you...
Know the Truth

Know the Truth

We ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us. (2 Thess. 2:1–2) Tax time is a breeding ground for scammers trying to swindle unsuspecting victims out of millions of dollars. They pretend to be...
Loud and Strong

Loud and Strong

Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. (Ps. 119:54) “On the road again. I just can’t wait to get on the road again!” Willie Nelson’s hit song was our family’s theme recently. We enjoyed and endured a nine-month...
Cleaned to Shine

Cleaned to Shine

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. (Eph. 5:8) I entered their homes to offer new ways to clean. I didn’t expect that I’d also recognize that they were children of light, especially as I compared them...
Harmonious Transformations

Harmonious Transformations

[Speak] to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Eph. 5:19) When my mother is nearby, you can be sure you’ll hear her humming. She cleans houses for a living, and often her clients will tell...
Living Wise

Living Wise

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Eph. 5:17) My husband/pastor resigned from our church without knowing where the Lord was leading next. We were being called, much like Abram, to follow with blind faith. We prayed, listening...
Shine-A-Light Lives

Shine-A-Light Lives

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible. (Eph. 5:13) We sit together, flashlight in hand, a picture book between us. Tonight we read about planes and airports. But this book is not typical. Each two-page spread has a large picture-portion that is entirely...
Learning to Live as Light

Learning to Live as Light

And find out what pleases the Lord. (Eph. 5:10) It’s a typical evening in our home. The kids finally asleep, my husband and I take a deep breath and put our feet up to unwind. We turn on Netflix, scan the shows available, over and over, intent on finding one...
Love’s Fragrance

Love’s Fragrance

And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph. 5:2) With tears in her eyes, Kelli directed our choir. We sang of Christ’s Good Friday sacrifice, sharing how love wins....
We Will Be Brave

We Will Be Brave

May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise. (Ps. 119:41) The freedom of salvation creates in us a desire to obey God. I have found myself in circumstances where I desperately needed the assurance of God’s promises. I...
Holiness Begetting Persecution

Holiness Begetting Persecution

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him. (2 Thess. 1:12) Without fail, each book of the Bible addresses holiness or persecution. Most times, the writer addresses both. At a time when it was allowed, a group of my...
The Better Prize

The Better Prize

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling. (2 Thess. 1:11) Preacher Ralph is what they called him. A derogatory nickname because the group he regularly attended wasn’t a Christian group. When it was...
We Were Captives Too

We Were Captives Too

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. (2 Thess. 1:8) Ministering in a jail presents many challenges. You must be cleared with a background check. The facility must know the nature of any materials you use for the...