Posts Tagged: devotional

A Special Encounter

by Rita Westphal
I was back in my homeland visiting family, many years after moving to the United States. As was my custom, on Sabbath I attended the church where I was baptized, and where I still had many friends. They always gave me a few minutes to share with them, and had asked me to sing … Read more »

In a Perfect World

Words cannot describe what Joe and Kateena LeForge felt when they received the phone call no parent or grandparent can bear to imagine. Joe’s six-year-old grandson, Gabriel, had suffered a tragic accident and was being rushed to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri. For the next four days his family never left his bedside—and neither … Read more »


I was rushing around trying to cook soup beans and bake homemade bread for the funeral of an old gentleman who was instrumental in starting the Church I go to in our town.  His daughter told me she went to get him from the Nursing Home for Christmas Dinner and that all he wanted was … Read more »

Eating Poison

by Bobby Davis
Resentment is like eating poison and hoping the other guy dies!”
I remember hearing that pithy saying for the first time, and I can’t say I laughed at it because I had no clue what resentments were actually doing to me.
I’ve always been fascinated with the origins of words, though, and resentment comes from … Read more »

My Brother's Keeper

by Dr. R. Dean Davis
When Eve had Cain, she undoubtedly believed she’d given birth to the Messiah; so, obviously, she saw no need for her second son, Abel. His name (hebel in Hebrew) is translated as breath (“Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow,” Psalm 144:4) and also vanity or … Read more »

A Deeper Experience

by Kevin Hart
It was the beginning of a brand new day and light flooded the countryside as the sun climbed above the horizon. The sounds of seagulls filled the air as the water gently lapped the shore.
Here, on the edge of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus stepped into Peter’s boat and taught the crowd. The … Read more »

Is Your Good News Good Enough?

by Adam Dean
Things were desperate in the city of Samaria. The Syrian army had them surrounded and starving people were resorting to cannibalism to survive! Outside the gates four lepers sat starving, as well. “The famine is in the city, and we shall die there,” they said to each other, “and if we sit here, … Read more »

Wisdom at What Price?

by Dr. R. Dean Davis
The story of the fall of man in Genesis 3 offers an amazing display of God’s grace. Eve’s first sin, motivated by her desire for self-exaltation, was the same sin that cost Lucifer his home in Heaven. Now known as Satan (see Revelation 12:9 and 20:2), he tempts Eve, disguised as … Read more »

A Bucket of Glue

by J. D. Quinn
A significant group of church members work zealously in the Lord’s harvest fields. These fortunate people enjoy a sense of purpose and find deep satisfaction in fulfilling Christ’s commission to connect with others while sharing the gospel. In contrast, many people are profoundly frustrated from lack of purpose and a seemingly meaningless life. … Read more »

Take Out the Trash!

by Hal Steenson
The loud hiss from the air brakes followed the distinct rattle of the diesel engine. A 5:00 a.m. glance at the alarm clock caused me to sit upright in bed—it was Monday morning, and that was the garbage truck!
I pulled on my trousers and sneakers as I made a mad dash for the … Read more »