Monthly Archives: October 2012

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem “All things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” (Rom_8:28) There is a delightful little story of two angels who stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.  The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the… (more…)

The Triumph of a Gifted Life

The Triumph of a Gifted Life “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2Ti_1:7) Nothing would be more incongruous than for a follower of Jesus to be found groveling at the footstool of Caesar. And Paul wanted to make sure that Timothy knew exactly where and… (more…)

The Power of an Ignited Life

The Power of an Ignited Life “He was a burning and a shining light” (Joh_5:35) This lasting tribute was said of John the Baptist, by none other than Jesus Himself. Indeed, Jesus also said, “I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in… (more…)

The Strength of an Anchored Life

The Strength of an Anchored Life “The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope” (Col_1:5, The Message) How well is your life anchored in this shifting, titling world? Some are carried about by every wind, and tossed about by every wave. The changing tides… (more…)

This Volume is the Word of God

This Volume is the Word of God ”The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.” (Exo_32:16) Several years ago we purchased one of those huge Family Bibles, bound with engraved leather and filled with tons of extracurricular stuff like maps and charts and assorted Bible studies. There were also places… (more…)

The Three Taverns

The Three Taverns “Some of the followers in Rome heard about us and came to meet us at the Market of Appius and at the Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and was encouraged.” (Act_28:15) This is a delightful moment captured forever in the words of Luke, author of The Acts. What makes this moment so special… (more…)

Yesterday and today devotion

Is Not This the Carpenter? (Part 1 of 3) “Is this not the Carpenter?” (Mar_6:3) We know that Jesus grew up in Nazareth, and worked in Joseph’s carpentry shop. Thus, by trade, He was a carpenter. But what puzzles us is that He learned things as He was growing up. In one place the Scripture says, “though He was a… (more…)

Where Have You Pitched Your Tent?

Where Have You Pitched Your Tent? “I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.” (Act_2:26, The Message) The power of this scripture is best discovered in its poetry. Peter is quoting the Psalmist, who is talking about being buried in the grave. Shakespeare would call this a “grave situation.” The “tent” the… (more…)

Smudges and Grudges, and Immature Judges

Smudges and Grudges, and Immature Judges “Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and — good-bye, friend!” (Pro_17:9, The Message) It takes humility to overlook an offense; and maturity to let go of a slight. A proud man will take offense quickly, especially if he perceives that someone has deliberately crossed him. The Bible says,… (more…)

“I Love the Lord Because…”

“I Love the Lord Because…” “I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.” (Psa_116:1) How would you finish this sentence? “I love the Lord because…” Obviously, most would answer, “…because He first loved me.” OK. But now moving on to something that requires a little more thought on our part, take another pass at it.… (more…)