Devotion

People Of Humble Confidence

People Of Humble Confidence

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Cor. 10:12) WORKING AS A MISSIONARY RECRUITER, I want the individuals I talk with to have a certain amount of confidence. I want to see that they have confidence in who they are, in who...
People Of Great Faith

People Of Great Faith

We will worship and then we will come back to you. (Gen. 22:5) TEN YEARS AGO, I found myself feeling insecure about my faith, my life, and my overall future. I felt like every part of my life had been thrown up in the air and I was doing my best to catch everything so...
God’s Wonderful, Infallible Word

God’s Wonderful, Infallible Word

I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. (Ps. 119:31) GOD WAS SERIOUS when He told His prophet in Ezekiel 26 that conquering nations would destroy Tyre’s walls, break down its towers, lay its stones and timbers in the sea, and scrape...
My Faithful Martyrs

My Faithful Martyrs

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says . . . He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. (Rev. 2:11) PASTOR RICHARD WURMBRAND was arrested in 1948 for preaching the gospel and pastoring an “unapproved” (underground) church...
Brothers In The Darkest Night

Brothers In The Darkest Night

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. (1 John 3:14) IN THE MOONLESS HOURS after midnight, paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division parachuted into enemy territory. It was June 6,...
Teach Me To Love Like That

Teach Me To Love Like That

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. (1 Thess. 3:12) RICK HAS A SEVERE CASE of cerebral palsy, resulting from oxygen deprivation during birth. At fifteen, he asked to participate in a...
Out Of Death, Life

Out Of Death, Life

So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. (2 Cor. 4:12) IT WAS NEARLY CHRISTMAS, December 21, 1620, before the passengers and crew of the Mayflower finally landed at Plymouth Harbor. A bitter Massachusetts winter was in full swing. By the coming of...
An Empty Tomb Is A Beautiful Thing

An Empty Tomb Is A Beautiful Thing

Therefore my heart is glad . . . because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. (Acts 2:26–27) THE BODY OF MUHAMMAD lies enshrined behind gold mesh and black curtains at the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The...
The Night Jesus Prayed For Me

The Night Jesus Prayed For Me

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. (John 17:9) I HEARD A VISITING PREACHER say that, when he is facing an urgent need, he takes it to the children’s classes for prayer. He knows that their...
Open, Says Me

Open, Says Me

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Ps. 119:18) MICHAEL W. SMITH sings a song that asks the Lord to open the eyes of his heart so he can see Him. Often we don’t see God’s blessings, especially when they seem hidden in tough times....
Open, Says Me

Open, Says Me

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Ps. 119:18) MICHAEL W. SMITH sings a song that asks the Lord to open the eyes of his heart so he can see Him. Often we don’t see God’s blessings, especially when they seem hidden in tough times....
Notice And Be Blessed

Notice And Be Blessed

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Rev 1:3) The child leapt onto her snoring mother’s bed just as the first blushes of sunrise peeked...
Glory Through The Pain

Glory Through The Pain

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. (2 Tim. 2:10) MAYBE YOUR FITNESS instructor has told you there is no gain without pain. Physical therapists help people work...
Debt-Free Living

Debt-Free Living

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (Rom. 13:8) IT IS HARD TO BE DEBT FREE, isn’t it? We live in a culture of indebtedness. Even our government has been deficit...
Our Passover Lamb

Our Passover Lamb

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plagues will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Ex.12:13) PROPHECIES OF CHRIST, the Messiah, pepper the Old Testament. Perhaps the most obvious...
Getting Them To Believe

Getting Them To Believe

I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say. (John 12:50) WHY IS IT so hard for folks to believe in Jesus Christ? Perhaps, as the saying goes, He is “too good to be true.” Even among His...
Rebuilding

Rebuilding

He will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundation be laid.” (Isa. 44:28) FROM GENESIS TO TODAY, God continually reaches out to humankind. His most fervent desire is to redeem us from our sins so we can once...
The Position To Pray

The Position To Pray

Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. (Ps. 119:2) It’s inevitable toward the end of a school term: A handful of students rush to their teacher, suddenly interested in doing extra credit. Most of the time, their interest is the...
A Light In The Darkness

A Light In The Darkness

For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:10) Jace waited until everybody else had left the break room. He wanted to talk to Tony alone. Tony had...
Time To Pray

Time To Pray

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. (Matt. 26:40) Four-year-old Mandy sat on the lap of Justin, her father, as he looked at paintings of Jesus on the Internet....
Vision Correction

Vision Correction

“Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Gen. 15:5) God was working powerfully in the life of Abraham. But Abraham had a problem; he was suffering from tunnel...
Time To Renew

Time To Renew

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. (Isa. 40:31) John had a tight morning ROUTINE. He felt it was important to start each working day with a hot shower, a light breakfast, and a quick read of the local newspaper....
Left Out

Left Out

They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. (Heb. 11:37–38) Emily was visibly upset after her first day of school. Her mother, Rose, asked the high school senior, “What’s wrong? I...
Power Over The Marrow

Power Over The Marrow

The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! (Ps. 118:16) the lord’s right hand is symbolic of His power. When we have God’s power on our side, we have all we need. His strength is adequate for every...