Section: Devotionals

Mishaps Happen

It was time for summer vacation, and we had planned a trip to the mountains of North Carolina. My daughter had mastered the art of riding a bicycle only a few months earlier and was anxious to take her bike with us. After several stops in various spots along the way, we … Read more »

Peanut Butter Jars

I have a tradition. Almost every year I go to Wal-Mart before Christmas and buy Mollie, my wife, a new set of drinking glasses. I purchase a new set of glasses that match. Why do I do this? It all started years ago when our two children were at home and … Read more »

The Good Shepherd

The rising sun cast its rays on budding bushes and trees. The smell of Spring was in the air—fresh and green. As morning dawned on the Quinn Farm in central Texas, the seasonal sounds intensified.
Baa…Baa…Baa—a ewe bleated for her newborn lamb. Baa…Baa—the baby responded. This constant cry of communication, multiplied by hundreds … Read more »

A Garden of Choices

by Dr. R. Dean Davis
The ancient Hebrews had a relational understanding of God—they knew Him by what He did for them. They also related events in ever-increasing levels of detail, so beginning with Genesis 2:4 we find ourselves at the third level of detail of the Creation story.
Man is clearly the centerpiece of God’s Creation. … Read more »

Unexpected Gifts

by Grace Yost
Gifts come wrapped in many ways, and some gifts are not wrapped at all. God’s gifts also come to us in various forms—many times in ways we never expected.
Have you ever considered that the desire to serve God is a gift from Him? Have you dreamed at some point in your life—even your childhood—of serving … Read more »

Hey Houston, We’ve Got a Problem Here

The church Jesus established when He dropped His head in the locks of His shoulders and died, is on a mission—a mission from God. The mission is to go into the entire world and preach the good news to every nation. If you are a child of God, then it becomes your mission, not just … Read more »

Let’s Go Target!

Some time ago, my sister and her daughter Sonia came to our house to visit. During their stay, we did all of the fun things three-year-olds love to do. We walked our dog, played on the jungle gym, swung on the swings, slid down the slide, and squeezed through what must have been miles of … Read more »

Styrofoam Cups

2 Corinthians 4: 1&7 says, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;… But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Have you ever watched what someone does with a Styrofoam cup after they finish … Read more »

Lighten the Ship

The shipwreck in the twenty-seventh chapter of Acts is the most detailed account of an ancient shipwreck in recorded history. However, this is not why Luke was led by the Holy Spirit to pen this record. This Scripture is an obvious example of a mature walk with God. It reveals our willingness or our refusal … Read more »

Safely Sins

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2 Amp
Husbands and their wives have different likes. Case in point: Karen and myself. When I sleep, I like lots of blankets on my side … Read more »