Section: Devotionals

In From The Cold

Thomas, my cat, returns to center stage again today. I continue to learn so much from him. Last week, I heard that pathetic “mew” at the door, signaling that he wanted in. One look at that poor gray heap on the doorstep told the tale. He had been in a catfight. The air was chilly … Read more »

Trust In Our Lord

Many a time I recall getting out of my pickup truck in a snow storm to turn the hubs on the front wheels, locking in the “four wheel drive,” to give me more control.
I enjoyed testing the road surface beneath a foot or two of snow to determine a safe speed for travel. I … Read more »

When Darkness Enters

I remember calling my ninety-year-old parents to ask the usual question, “How are you doing out there in California?” we lived two thousand miles apart. On this occasion, their answer was not the usual one. Several Pacific storms had come ashore back to back dropping eight inches of rain on the coast and … Read more »

The Bullwhip

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
My neighbor walked out into the middle of the street in front of my home with a bullwhip. As I watched from my living room, he unrolled it, swung the … Read more »

The Dangerous Void

It was the worst nuclear accident in history. On the night of April 26, 1986 the number four reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded during a safety test. 5 People died immediately, 53 more within three months, and 237 diagnosed with acute radiation sickness. The 50,000 residents that populated the nearby … Read more »

Jesus Means Light, Hope and Freedom

When my neighbor told me of a scared wild bird that was trapped, flying around in the large clothing store where she worked, and that the employees were unable to catch it to set it free–I immediately thought back to working with my Dad in Texas. We had a big showroom where we sold and … Read more »


I dropped the little bag into my cup and reached for the hot water. As it poured over the pomegranate tucked into the little tea-pocket, I noticed the faintest hint of color begin to seep into the water. Grabbing my spoon, I squeezed the tea bag against the edge and instantly a rich, deep purple … Read more »

Social Evangelism

by Dr. Leonard Westphal

I was raised in Brazil in a very sociable and hospitable home. With great fondness I remember all those people eating in our home, and how my parents enjoyed having them over for fellowship. Early on they impressed on my heart the importance of hospitality.
The Bible lists 21 different gifts God gives His … Read more »

Ramblings on a Rock Tumbler

by Grandma Joyce Neal
My old rock tumbler sits alone and covered with cobwebs in a corner of my dusty shed. I haven’t used it for many months now, and on my back porch, a bucketful of raw agates are waiting to be polished.
So what am I waiting for? I think now would be a good … Read more »

The Dumbest Words Ever Spoken By the Church

I was reading the Scriptures the other day and was absolutely stunned by a passage in the gospel of John. The more I thought about it, the more my jaw dropped in total disbelief! I don’t know how Jesus could have looked at the church members before Him and kept a straight face!
The setting … Read more »