Devotional

Sharing God's Love

Dear God: Everyone's favorite Bible text could be, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."

Well Connected

Dear God: I’m pretty connected. After all, I work at my computer all day and sometimes into the night and have full access to e-mail.

Deal or No Deal

If my life were on television and people could see how I grasp at things: a nicer car, more furniture, more clothes, etc.

A Radical Idea

Dear God: The law of heaven calls for a radical way of living that turns human logic on its head. It's customary for us to love and value those who treat us well.

New Year, New Heart

Dear God: It's a new year. Thank you for fresh opportunities to live for you and others. In Psalm 65:11, I read "You crown the year with a bountiful harvest."

Guest of Honor

Dear God: The Christmas season is a beautiful time of year. It is the Holiday season—by Your presence, make it also a Holy season.

Attitude of Gratitude

Dear God: This is the time of year that we think about earth's harvest, good food, and being with family. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year in the United States.

I'm Frustrated

Dear God: I’m fat and I’m frustrated—but I guess not quite enough to do anything about it. I cringe every time I hear on the news that Americans are getting fatter...

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.

 

Investing in Eternity

To be sure, there is nothing wrong with accomplishment, and the Bible counsels us not to be idle while we wait for Jesus to come. If you are going to work--and you should--work hard and produce great things. But remember that human accomplishments are fleeting; if you stake the meaning of your life on such things, you will ultimately become meaningless.

You do have an opportunity, however, to spend your days tapping into something much larger than yourself, something that will outlive this lifetime and last forever. In the pages of the Bible, we meet people who encountered the eternal and living God. They lived unusual lives--the kind that are not only remembered but left a lasting imprint on thousands of generations that followed them. They are resting now, waiting for Jesus to come, but they have built something that continues to change our lives today. And the words they recorded through Inspiration show us a better way. They help us discard all that is meaningless and use our brief lives to invest in something that will last forever: the kingdom of Christ.

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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

Righteous Fruit

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

Praise the Lord

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Shout His Praise

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.