Devotionals

Ultimate “Fixer Upper”

1 Chronicles 22:14 (ESV) — 14 With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents (1 talent=75 lbs) of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided… 2 Chronicles 3:7 (ESV) — …

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It Only Looks Hopeless…

Mark 5:35-36 (ESV) — 35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” Have you ever felt like your circumstances …

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Who Do You See at the Gate?

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. Luke 16:19

Good Times!

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1  We are the only creatures on earth with a self-aware concept of time; why else would we waste time digging up ruins and hunting for fossils? I remember my first mission trip to Belize in 1981 where I learned that some cultures have …

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The Basics: Armor of God!

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6 This morning (Wednesday at 8am), I met with 9 teenage young men who are committed to pray for …

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PPE & People

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God….Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:1, 8 The weary-word of the day is Zoom! 1. …

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Jesus Died from Something Worse

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. Romans 6:12–13 He …

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Dimmer Switch

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so …

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Before There Were Kids!

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:31-32 Every now and then, just to needle their little sister, our older 3 kids …

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Bumper Sticker Kids?

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Surely, you have seen a my-child-is-awesome bumper sticker…“My Child was Born on the Honor Roll!” or “My Homeschooler can Outspell Your Publik Skool Kid”, etc.!  Have you ever seen one that says, …

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Worship

This past week our mission team from Hope Rock Church was able to worship with beautiful people in Roatan, Honduras. They packed their unairconditioned room and sang with passion, conviction, and joy. As they worshipped, the Lord inhabited their praises as the sound traveled out the open windows on the sea breeze to the ears …

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Who am I?

Have you ever felt inadequate for a God-sized task? When we consider the great task of leading the lost to Jesus it makes us feel feeble. We wonder if God could ever use us to lead someone to Christ. “What if I can’t answer all their questions?” “I’m no preacher.” That was Moses! In the …

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Weakness

Boasting in our weakness,2 Corinthians 11:30 (ESV)30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.If there ever was a statement that seemed counterintuitive this is it. Normally we boast of our strengths, the things that we are good at doing. Yet Paul says it’s better to boast about our …

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