Daily Devotionals

Where to Start?

Where to Start?

A reflection on Bible reading When I first found my faith as a young woman, I was told that I should read the Bible, but had no idea where to start. With other books, I was in the habit of glancing at... Read More »

Crisis of Faith

Crisis of Faith

Believing purely by faith, having no tangible evidence, is not a natural approach for everybody in all cases. Just as the Lord made people very different in their personalities and physical makeup, th... Read More »

How Much Does God Care?

How Much Does God Care?

Within the span of a week, I heard three people say three different things that got me thinking about God’s involvement in my life. Person one said that he didn’t know if God actually cares about what... Read More »

Escaping Quicksand

Escaping Quicksand

Long before a giant shark attacked its first victim in Jaws, before Indiana Jones stumbled onto his first booby trap, and before computer graphics breathed new life into zombies, one of the most terri... Read More »

Vanessa’s Angels

Vanessa’s Angels

The sun was slipping below the horizon as I drove up the narrow two-lane road in central Mexico. I glanced at my wife, Amber, sleeping next to me. In the rearview mirror I could see our three daughter... Read More »

Extravagant Generosity

Extravagant Generosity

By Robert Schnase, United Methodist Church bishop and author. Giving puts us in a healthier relationship with our possessions and with the material world in which we live.We like making money, but we ... Read More »

Put Yourself at the Peak

Put Yourself at the Peak

A group of aging friends spend their summer vacations climbing small mountain ranges. They delight in conquering each peak in turn—no mean feat considering back problems and other ailments that someti... Read More »

5 Pillars of Financial Success

5 Pillars of Financial Success

One thing that makes life stressful and even worrisome at times is a lack of money.That’s when it’s important to remember that God is the source of financial supply. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all ... Read More »

Zarephath

Zarephath

A retelling of 1 Kings 17:8–16 “Have you something for me to eat, something to drink?” the unassuming stranger asked. “I’m weak from hunger and weary from my journey. Please, I beg you.” My heart reac... Read More »

Built to Stand

Built to Stand

At about 3 pm on March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake hit the northeastern half of Japan. It was the worst earthquake in that area’s recorded history. Thousands were killed, and hundreds of thousands... Read More »

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