If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 As a 10-year-old child, Joe thought life was one long struggle. For... Continue Reading →
Pie Crust Promises
For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise]the LORD! Psalm 117: 2 Many of us will eat pie for Thanksgiving this year. This devo features not just the pie but pie crust. Please remember to thank God for everything in your life, even the difficult parts. I’m... Continue Reading →
Teaching Preschoolers to Ask for God’s Forgiveness
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 If you’re blessed to care for a toddler or preschooler, take advantage of opportunities to have fun with books while demonstrating a biblical theme. Here’s an idea for implementing an activity, a Christian value and the reading of... Continue Reading →
Forgiveness Is Possible
I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness. Zechariah 8:8 When Peggy’s missionary husband was killed by a Philippine jeepney, she grieved. In the Philippines the person who causes a death... Continue Reading →
God’s Law of Attraction Fulfills Its Promises
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3 A few years ago, I read a book that purported to explain how successful people attained wealth, health, and happiness. The book said the Law of Attraction had enabled people for... Continue Reading →
Wake Up with Hope
Awake, my glory!Awake, harp and lyre!I will awaken the dawn.Psalm 57:8 Photo by Dave Reusser. Do you feel full of gratitude upon awaking in the morning or do you wonder how you will get through the day? My friend, Shirley, didn’t like hearing the birds sing in the morning. She knew if birds were singing, she had gotten drunk... Continue Reading →
Are You Bold Enough to Reach Out for God?
‘Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.’ (Philippians 2:4, New American Standard Bible) Paul gripped the jail cell’s window bars and looked outside despairingly. He hadn’t meant to get caught selling cocaine. Now he was in prison for who knows how long. He had been... Continue Reading →
Not Guilty In God’s Eyes
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. -- Romans 8:1 (NIV) I interviewed this man as part of my work in writing a newsletter for the Allen County (IN) Jail Chaplaincy. I’ve been blessed to be a part of this ministry for 10 years. The chaplains are so dedicated... Continue Reading →
Have a Testimony to Share? Do it!
Today’s scripture: 2 Chronicles 33:14-20 Today’s verse: His prayer ... and his entreaty all are written in the records of the seers. -- II Chron. 33:19 (NIV) Testimonies display God’s grace in different ways. My friend Sam believed God didn’t love poor children and so battled a vicious temper. Francis got pregnant at age 16... Continue Reading →
Restoration by God Is Possible—and Awesome!
Photo by Dave Reusser “So He brought him back to Jerusalem …" -- II Chron. 33:12 (NIV) As a teenager, Frank rebelled against family rules, smoked, drank, and rarely attended church. Then someone dared Frank to go on a European missions trip. Thinking it would be neat to visit another country, Frank went. Through Polish Christians,... Continue Reading →