Monthly Archives: February 2018

Defining grace

Ezekiel 33:1–11; 1 John 1:1–10; Matthew 9:27–34 Today it seems fashionable to redefine most anything. It has become socially acceptable to order daily life according to personal thoughts and experiences. Yet, the truth remains that we humans do not have … Continue reading

Posted in Forgiveness

Be reconciled

Matthew 5:21-25, Genesis 32:1-20 People argue over the darnedest things. Once, two friends nearly came to blows over a slice of pizza. Serving their plates, one fellow took three slices while the other took only two. The one who took … Continue reading

Posted in Forgiveness

Because he lives

John 11:20-44 One Sunday morning, a teacher showed her Sunday school class a picture of famous people gathered around God’s table in heaven. The teacher asked them, “Where are you in this picture?” The children were puzzled. Finally, a child … Continue reading

Posted in Faith

Whoever loves God

1 John 5:1–12, John 15:1-10 In one of his songs, Christian singer and songwriter Steve Bell points out; “Whoever loves God loves all that God loves. Think about that.” Truly, think about it. As Christians we learn from scripture that … Continue reading

Posted in Devotions

The Father’s good pleasure

Luke 11:1-13 As it is with most fathers, I have gotten used to the fact that when my kids call, it’s not long before the conversation gets to the point when money becomes involved. I can usually tell when the … Continue reading

Posted in Prayer

In the end

Luke 21:5-19, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Alongside the road there is an old VW van with a sign propped up against it; “Repent, the end is near!” The car in front of you in traffic has a bumper sticker warning that, … Continue reading

Posted in Faith, Repentance

Serve Christ

Matthew 26:57-68, Romans 14:13-23 Confronted by our sin against others, sometimes all we can do is remain silent. Our shame is too great for words; the hurt we have caused cannot be erased by speaking. We all suffer from the … Continue reading

Posted in Repentance