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Asking Our Father

April 2, 2019

Asking Our Father Ricky Smith’s 14-year-old daughter Nevaeha had found the perfect dress for her school dance, but her family simply could not afford it. Ricky took on additional hours at his three jobs so he could purchase it. He hid the dress in a garment bag, bringing it to the fast food chain where he was working. When Nevaeha opened...

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  • Devotions April 2, 2019

Put Back into Community: A Man Who Was Unclean

August 16, 2013

Put Back into Community: A Man Who Was Unclean At the close of 2002 and into 2003, the first dangerous communicable disease to emerge during the twenty-first century was Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. Having originated in animal populations, SARS migrated to humans, crossed national borders and nearly became a pandemic. Symptoms...

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  • Devotions August 16, 2013

Surprised by Jesus: A Man Healed

August 17, 2013

Surprised by Jesus: A Man Healed Recent studies say that pessimists tend to be more satisfied with events in their lives than their optimistic counterparts. The reasoning is that these adherents to a “glass half empty” mindset have lower expectations for happiness or success. When negative things happen pessimists respond, “Well, I expected...

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  • Devotions August 17, 2013

Set Free for What? A Sinner Named Barabbas

August 18, 2013

Set Free for What? A Sinner Named Barabbas The story is told about two men who were identical twins. They shared DNA, and they were both raised by their father who was a violent alcoholic. After each of the young men left home, their lives took dramatically different paths. One chose to stay away from alcohol, attended college, got married,...

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  • Devotions August 18, 2013

Playing the Part: Judas

August 26, 2013

Playing the Part: Judas When Frank Abagnale was at the airport one day, he noticed a drop box where airlines and car rental businesses dropped their cash for deposit into a locked receptacle. Recognizing an opportunity, Abagnale placed a sign over the box that read: “Out of Service. Place deposits with security guard on duty.” Then, standing...

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  • Devotions August 26, 2013

Radical Compassion: A Woman Caught in Adultery

August 28, 2013

Radical Compassion: A Woman Caught in Adultery When prisoners in the United States are condemned to die, their legal counsel has the ability to appeal for a stay of execution. The appeal has to cite some legal issue that must be resolved before the court’s order is implemented. For example, a higher court may agree to review the decision...

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  • Devotions August 28, 2013

Learning to See God: Philip

August 29, 2013

Learning to See God: Philip During an official dinner held in honor of the Queen of England in 2010, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the government of Canada would make three gifts to charitable organizations on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. The donations went to groups that serve disadvantaged children and military...

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  • Devotions August 29, 2013

The Leader Will Serve: A Disciple

August 31, 2013

The Leader Will Serve: A Disciple The hidden-camera television show Undercover Boss has aired in over twenty countries. It seems that every culture enjoys watching the chief executives of various companies take on the identity of a new employee in order to get a glimpse of their experience. The CEO of a national pizza chain might get scolded...

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  • Devotions August 31, 2013

Trouble in Paradise

October 1, 2013

Trouble in Paradise While they were shopping, a little boy nagged his mother to buy him a new toy. She responded by paraphrasing Proverbs 27:20: “Death and hell are never full, and the eyes of little boys are never satisfied.” The little boy did not understand what she meant. But he knew enough to understand that the answer was “no.” Everybody...

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  • Devotions October 1, 2013

Disappointment with God’s Timing

October 3, 2013

Disappointment with God’s Timing Pianist Oscar Levant got his revenge on a member of the audience who arrived late by playing in time to her steps as she walked down the center aisle. When she slowed down, he slowed down. When she stopped, he stopped. When she hurried to her seat, he sped up. It can be irritating when someone is late. We...

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  • Devotions October 3, 2013


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