Nov 24, 2017

Loving At A Distance

By |Nov 24, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Patience|0 Comments

It is easier to love people at a distance than those closest to us.  We can love people at a distance with a kind of idealized love.  We may tend to lose patience with those who are nearby.  It takes more effort, spiritual energy and grace to love folks up close.  The problem-laden people in

Nov 23, 2017

Wear These Clothes

By |Nov 23, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Humility, Kindness, Love, Patience, Peace|0 Comments

What if all of us wore the same outfit to church and then wore it everyday throughout the week?  What outfit am I talking about?  “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”  If all of us wore that outfit, what kind of church would we have?  What kind of world would we have? 

Sep 18, 2017

Christian Speech

By |Sep 18, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Patience, Spirit|0 Comments

You cannot effectively argue with what you don’t understand.  You can only make a case for or against something when you have taken the time and patience to hear and understand the position of another.  Until then we talk past each other, we yell, we call names, we pin loaded tags and repulsive titles on

Sep 15, 2017

Love’s Power

By |Sep 15, 2017|Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Love, Patience, Perseverance, Reconciliation, Sin|0 Comments

No power is stronger than the power of love.  Hate is no match.  Love even triumphed over those who tried to crucify it on a cross.  When truly experienced, love can melt a heart of stone, break down walls, cover sins, forgive enemies, and reconcile families.  It is the most powerful tool at a parent’s

Aug 17, 2017

“The Reason”

By |Aug 17, 2017|Devotionals, Endurance, Patience, Perseverance, Suffering|0 Comments

I have heard it more times than I can count, “All things happen for a reason.”  The statement implies that all things in our life are preordered for us by God.  It makes God the cause of evil things, like ordering a dump truck to run over your child or arranging the overdose or suicide

Jul 3, 2017


By |Jul 3, 2017|Devotionals, Grace, Maturity, Patience|0 Comments

We all have things in our past that we regret.  We regret not keeping our mouth shut, not acting with maturity, not doing our homework, acting on partial information, etc.  We regret missing an opportunity to learn from another, teach another, to have been tender when we were tough, to have shown grace and not

Apr 2, 2017

The Wilderness of Grief

By |Apr 2, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Grace, Hope, Lent, Patience|0 Comments

Grief accompanies any significant loss.  Grief is messy.  Each one grieves in his or her own way.  Yet, our grief is not unlike that which all grievers experience.  The griever needs grace, support and patience.  The griever needs to arrive at a place of acceptance and new hope.  Grievers need those who will stand with

Mar 29, 2017

Prayer And Perseverance 

By |Mar 29, 2017|Devotionals, Endurance, Lent, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

Prayer cannot take the place of endurance and perseverance.  Prayer may enhance both, and is necessary for the journey.  But at some point you have to start walking and enduring, getting through it and getting beyond it.  There are no push button fixes.  No magic pills.  Life is hard.  Running a race can make your

Mar 19, 2017

The Race

By |Mar 19, 2017|Devotionals, Encouragement, Grace, Lent, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

We are not only called to run the race (Heb 12:1), we are also called to help others to complete it.  We run better when we run with others.  We do better when we help each other.  Let’s help the crippled ones win the race.  Let’s help the ones with bad knees and ankles.  Let’s

Dec 18, 2016

Interruptions And Disruptions

By |Dec 18, 2016|Commitment, Devotionals, Endurance, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

We often make careful plans for our lives, only to find that interruptions come to alter what we had hoped to accomplish.  Our plans get interrupted and our goals get disrupted.  A job change.  A bad diagnosis.  A family problem.  A sick parent, spouse or child.  A fire.  A storm.  An accident.  A bomb.  Persecution.