Who Gets the Chair?

“When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessings, he was filled with joy…” (Acts 11:23a NLT) One of my favorite devotions that I read each day is by Ron Hutchcraft. It’s called A Word With You. In a recent article he told the story of Cindy, who attended a campus ministry he ledContinue reading “Who Gets the Chair?”

When a Lion’s Den Became a Petting Zoo

“So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions.” (Daniel 6:16a NLT) During the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Jerusalem was defeated. It was in that context that Daniel was chosen to be among those trained for the royal service of their new King.Continue reading “When a Lion’s Den Became a Petting Zoo”

The Jesus I Love

“Then she knelt behind Him at His feet, weeping. Her tears fell on His feet, and she wiped them off with her hair.” (Luke 7:38a NLT) This is among my favorite stories about Jesus. In verse 37 Luke says of this woman: “When a certain immoral woman from that city heard He was eating there,Continue reading “The Jesus I Love”

What We Can Learn from Peter’s Failure

“’No!’ Peter insisted. ‘Even if I have to die with You, I will never deny you!’” (Matthew 26:35a NLT) Have you ever made a promise or a statement of conviction that at the time you had 100% confidence you would keep? But afterwards life happens and everything you thought you’d do or be flies outContinue reading “What We Can Learn from Peter’s Failure”

What’s the Anchor of Your Soul?

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (Hebrews 6:19 NLT) My wife and I were given the privilege and opportunity to go on a few cruises. To me, one of the fascinating things about the ships on which we traveled wereContinue reading “What’s the Anchor of Your Soul?”

Keeping Short Accounts with People and with God

“…settle your differences quickly.” (Matthew 5:25a NLT) There is a principle that I learned early in my walk with God that has proven helpful across the years. The principle is to keep short accounts with people and with God. What does that mean? It means if you’re having an issue with someone, don’t wait forContinue reading “Keeping Short Accounts with People and with God”

What Does It Mean to Die to Sin?

“Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?” (Romans 6:2 NLT) Sin is a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional issue that can easily be misunderstood and/or misrepresented. On some levels it’s very straightforward, but the plot thickens because God alone knows our heart and can know with certainty whether we’ve sinned orContinue reading “What Does It Mean to Die to Sin?”

The Imitation of Spirituality

“How can your empty cliches comfort me? All your explanations are lies!” (Job 21:34 NLT) Have you ever met someone who had an air of spirituality that you soon realized was a mile wide and an inch deep? Job, in the above verse, quickly found that the “counsel” of his “friends” was clearly not helping,Continue reading “The Imitation of Spirituality”

Let Your Past Be Past

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) What does it mean to belong to Christ? Think of it like this. Let’s say you buy a used car. It’s new to you, but at one pointContinue reading “Let Your Past Be Past”

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

“Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.” (Proverbs 11:3 NLT) “Honest” Abe Lincoln believed “Honesty is the best policy,” but is it? Couple that with Proverbs 12:22 that says: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in those who tell the truth.” I’ve heard people say things like: “This is the honest truth.”Continue reading “Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?”