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Priorities and Values in the Kingdom

April 21, 2014

Priorities and Values in the Kingdom “The early bird gets the worm.” “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” “Hard work is the best reward.” For generations people have relied on these sayings to encourage a robust work ethic with the expectation of success. While such principles of merit and reward may apply to human industry, today’s reading...

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  • Devotions April 21, 2014

Change: When Sin Crouches at the Door

May 2, 2014

Change: When Sin Crouches at the Door The pit bull has a mixed reputation among dog breeds. Many owners insist that they are gentle by nature and angered only when provoked. But many pit bulls are bred to be fighting dogs. In the first five months of 2013, pit bulls were responsible for 93 percent of all dog bite fatalities that occurred.

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  • Devotions May 2, 2014

From Fear to Courage

May 10, 2014

From Fear to Courage In the magazine Today’s Christian Woman, Kathy Martin wrote of the time her three-year-old cousin Mark spilled fruit punch on the floor. When he went to get the mop he realized that it was on the porch where it was dark. Mark was afraid of the dark. When Mark’s mother reminded him that Jesus was present even in the dark,...

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  • Devotions May 10, 2014

From Courage to Faith

May 11, 2014

From Courage to Faith Charles Spurgeon called faith “the hand that grasps.” The book of Hebrews describes it as assurance of what is unseen. But if you had asked Gideon to define faith, he probably would have said that faith is the confidence that God is greater than we are. Gideon wrestled with fear, but his greatest struggle was in the...

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  • Devotions May 11, 2014

From Sadness to Peace

May 12, 2014

From Sadness to Peace Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” This was certainly true of Hannah, the wife of Elkanah. Only in her case the situation was worse. Instead of calling her cold, Eli the high priest accused her of being...

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  • Devotions May 12, 2014

Rejoicing over Change

May 19, 2014

Rejoicing over Change Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer provoked controversy when he claimed to be an evangelical Christian. Some questioned whether his conversion was sincere. Others wondered whether God could forgive someone who was responsible for the brutal murder of seventeen people. Ultimately God knows if his conversion was true. Those...

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  • Devotions May 19, 2014

Change and Remorse

May 23, 2014

Change and Remorse Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet yourself? Charles Spurgeon once observed, “If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.” One of the most important changes we experience in Christ is the change of mind about ourselves that...

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  • Devotions May 23, 2014

Greatest Commandment as the Heart of the Covenant

June 7, 2014

Greatest Commandment as the Heart of the Covenant Deuteronomy 6:4–9, and especially verse 4, is known by the Hebrew term the Shema (meaning “hear”). These verses are so central to the Jewish faith that they are recited daily by believers and weekly in synagogues. The practices of wearing phylacteries on the forehead and left arm and of placing...

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  • Devotions June 7, 2014

Worship, Purity, and Generosity in Covenant Life

June 13, 2014

Worship, Purity, and Generosity in Covenant Life A food safety scandal in southern China recently seized international headlines. Up to one hundred lambs per day were being slaughtered at an illegal warehouse, then injected with dirty pond water to increase their weight and price. Inspection stamps were forged so that the meat could be sold...

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  • Devotions June 13, 2014

Religious Leaders and the Covenant

June 16, 2014

Religious Leaders and the Covenant Many cultures practice ancestor worship in various forms. In Vietnam, for example, nearly every home or place of business contains a small altar for the ancestors, who are regularly offered food, incense, replica paper money, and prayers. It is thought that the ancestors can influence events in the present-day...

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  • Devotions June 16, 2014


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