Daily Devotional

GOD IS AWARE

“The LORD said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…'”
Exodus 3:7-8a, NIV

God sees. God hears. God is aware. God has come to rescue you. The Israelites were slaves under the oppression of extremely unfair taskmasters. When it seemed like the load was unbearable, the weight was doubled. When the pressure of meeting the quotas was already too intense, deadlines were shortened and

GOD IS AWARE2006-12-21T11:54:14+00:00

GIVE A SWEATER TO JESUS THIS CHRISTMAS

“‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”
Matthew 25:36,37,40 NKJV

Imagine going to a birthday party with gifts for all the guests but nothing for the one whose birthday celebration it is. That would be rude. Somehow we are missing the point.

Gift giving at Christmas

GIVE A SWEATER TO JESUS THIS CHRISTMAS2006-12-21T11:50:24+00:00

NOT SO SILENT NIGHT

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'”
Luke 2:12-14, NKJV

There was all the potential for a silent birth scene. Mary and Joseph quietly going through the birth of the King of the Universe…in total obscurity…in a stable. The birth of any other earthly king would have been announced by heralds in the streets followed by a festival of great celebrating. Not in the case of the King of Kings, however.

But there was great celebration. It was not really a silent night. As the shepherds stared at the dark night, an angel suddenly appeared

NOT SO SILENT NIGHT2006-12-21T11:41:08+00:00

PUTTING SKIN ON

“And the Word became flesh….”
John 1:14, NIV

I love the story of the little girl who jumped into bed with her mom and dad as a severe thunder and lightning storm came over her home. Her suddenlyawakened dad tried to calm her fears by saying, “Honey, you can go back to your own bed now. God will be with you.” To this statement of adult sized faith, the little girl tearfully replied, “I know God will be with me in my room, but right now I need someone with skin on.”

Are you glad God came into the chaos of our world with “skin on?” How could we ever really know the love of God without having

PUTTING SKIN ON2006-12-21T11:38:44+00:00

THE COURAGE TO CONFESS OUR LOVE

“I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.”
Psalm 116:1, NIV

Thirty years ago I sat in Cynthia’s home watching television with her and her mother. I arrived early, we had dinner and then we sat down to enjoy our Friday evening shows. However, my goal was not to watch television with her mother! It was to confess my love for Cynthia and ask her mother’s permission to marry her. From 7:00 PM until the network signed off with the National Anthem I remained in my frozen state, dodging Cynthia’s looks, while looking for the courage to confess my love. Finally, as my future mother-in-law started to get up I said, “Wait before you go

THE COURAGE TO CONFESS OUR LOVE2006-12-21T11:35:36+00:00

ARE YOU BECOMING LIKE JESUS?

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Romans 8:29, NKJV

As a child, I always looked up to my Dad. I felt like he was the biggest, strongest and smartest man in the world. I can remember wanting to walk like him, talk like him and I hoped to hear people say, “You are just like your Dad.” When I was about eight, my grandmother saw me walking down the street and told me, “You walk just like your Dad.” It was a tremendous feeling!

As I read this passage in Romans it was very clear what God’s plan

ARE YOU BECOMING LIKE JESUS?2006-12-21T11:19:31+00:00

BIG!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:1, NIV

While our God is the master of managing details, His true specialty is “BIG!” He loves to work on a grand scale. This simple statement in Genesis dramatically declares how easily He can accomplish the amazingly monumental. Now as Moses, inspired by the Spirit, wrote Genesis 1:1, he knew this “heaven and earth” stuff was big but he had no idea how big. While Moses had piled up more frequent-hiker miles than most of his contemporaries, he probably had little awareness of just how big his world was. He had seen Egypt, the Promised Land (and lots of desert between) but that was just about it. Great oceans and continents

BIG!2006-12-21T11:14:09+00:00

A Father’s Love

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 3:16, NAS

It was a difficult delivery; my wife had planned to go “natural.” After many hours, the doctor came into the room and said the only thing to do was a C-section. Being first-time parents, we were clueless. We agreed to the procedure and soon we were looking into the blue eyes of our beautiful daughter. This was utterly amazing, I wondered if anyone else in the world had ever experienced this feeling, the wow of it all. I was a dad!!!

A Father’s Love2006-12-05T18:33:28+00:00

A Parent Knows

“…Like babies you will be nursed and bounced on my knees. I will comfort you as a mother comforts her child…”
Isaiah 66:12-13, NIV

God is like a loving mother. God is a place of strength and we learn that from moms who have loved us and nurtured us. When I think of that verse, I think of times, as a little boy, when I would fall down and skin my knee or other times when I just felt sad, and I found myself crying. It was my mom who, when my knee was skinned, would pick me up, pronounce that I would be ok, and comfort me as she surrounded me with her arms. And when

A Parent Knows2006-12-05T18:26:30+00:00

Influence

“By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying,
made mention of the departure of the children of Israel,
and gave instructions concerning his bones.”
Hebrews 11:20-22 , NKJV

Some may make an impact, but only a few will have lasting influence. An impact is short lived, but influence is long enjoyed. So great was the faith and commitment of Abraham that we observe its effects to the third generation in his children and children’s children. Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph

Influence2006-12-05T18:24:37+00:00