Devotional

I Love Fall

Dear God: What a glorious day. The leaves just turning their beautiful colors — gold, red, yellow, burgundy. A walk in the woods with my grandsons turned into a wonderful teaching time and exploration about you and your creation.

Time For School

Dear God: School has started. Today I pray Your very special blessing on all educational institutions.

Sometimes I Doubt

Dear God: I was hit with a surging wave of doubt today. About You. Please forgive me, but I’m sometimes bombarded by the fact that everything about You, every claim You make, is invisible and has to be taken on faith.

My Child Is Hurting

Dear God: It's hard being a parent when I see my child experiencing something painful that I can't do anything about. My son is depressed and lonely. Help him take his medication.

Resurrection Hope

Dear God: Thank you for the Easter season that reaffirms our faith, trust and hope in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He gives us the hope to which we cling—"Because I live—you too shall live."

Exposing Your Grace

Dear God: It's a new day and I thank You for bringing me to it; for the benefits of rest and renewal. I just finished reading about when Jesus healed several people of their physical problems.

Sand Dollars and Snow

Dear God: Thank you for making our world so diverse. I used to live in the Midwest where it's cold much of the Winter, but once, when I lived there, I went to Florida and collected shells on a sunny beach.

Discouragement

Dear God: Be there for every person who is discouraged. For those who feel like giving up and calling it quits.

My Adversary

Dear God: I’m exhausted and feel like I’ve been fighting a war with one hand tied behind my back. I have misjudged my opponent.

Compliments

Dear God: It’s amazing how one word of praise can change a day! Heading out to the car after our small-group meeting last Thursday...

Holy Spirit

Dear God: It’s such an incredible gift of your Holy Spirit. Thank you. It’s impossible to picture your Spirit ministering throughout our lost and hurting world, but the Bible assures us of his omnipresent power.

Merry Christmas God

Dear God: The good news of salvation is the best news our world has ever heard! None of us deserves the grace you offer.

Holiday Stress

Dear God: I'm stressed out! Christmas is just around the corner and there's way too much going on! The traffic is crazy and I keep bumping into people who are downright rude!

God's Amazing Gift

Dear God: Two thousand years ago, in the fullness of time, an epoch-making event took place: Your Son was sent to our earth to become a human being—Jesus Christ.

 

Giving to Others

Christ has directed us, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature," Mark 16:15. But how often our faith fails us, as we see how great the need is and how small the resources in our hands. Behind His command is the same power that fed the multitude beside the sea. Herein lies a deep spiritual lesson for all His workers. Christ received from the Father; He gave to the disciples; they distributed to the crowd, and the people to one another. So all who are united to Christ will receive from Him the bread of life and give it to others.

     Jesus took the little loaves, and although there was only a little portion for His own disciples, He did not invite them to eat, but began to distribute to them, instructing them serve the people. The food multiplied in His hands; and the hands of the disciples, reaching out to Christ, were never empty. The disciples were the channel of communication between Christ and the people. We can share only what we receive from Christ, and we can receive only as we share with others. And the more we give, the more we will receive.

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To Those Who Ask

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

The Earth is God's

The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.

Born for Adversity

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Don't Worry

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?