Salt, Light, and Orange Juice

Salt, Light, and Orange Juice

We have all known people who have made positive imprints on our lives. Not insignificant, trivial tick-marks, but deep spiritual, and lasting etches to our spiritual well-being. I used to read and listen to a lot of self-help gurus. Wayne Dyer, Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, and Deepak Chopra to name a few.

Eventually, I found self-help to leave me thirsting for more substance, something more penetrating and permanent. But one quote from Wayne Dyer, has stuck with me for 15 years.

Hit the Pause Button

Hit the Pause Button

In the air of transparency, I must confess that I watched the Presidential Debate this week. In all honesty, I can also say that I only got through about 15 minutes of the debacle. My wife tried it again about 45 minutes later, but the tone was the same. There was nothing to be learned, neither candidate offered the promise of character. They were both too intent on shoving talking points down their opponent’s throat that there was no room for discussion or listening.

Healed by Faith

Healed by Faith

Jesus willingly accepted suffering, intense pain, and unjust punishment as a substitute for us. Jesus was wrongly accused and suffered without fighting back in order to fulfill His purpose. Verse 1 Peter 2:24 describes exactly that purpose.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This devotion was written on September 11th. It’s a day with gut-wrenching importance for many Americans and people around the world. 19 years ago, a group of terrorists hijacked planes and crashed them into majestic skyscrapers, an iconic government building, and into country fields in Pennsylvania. It was a day that changed a multitude of lives. 9/11 catapulted the Mideast and west into lengthy wars, escalated tensions between Muslims and non-muslims, and brought me closer to Jesus Christ.

Hope, Healing, and Him

Hope, Healing, and Him

This month, we are going to focus on devotionals about healing. At different times in our lives, we are urging to be lifted up from physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. We can get relief from family, friends, professionals, and even the internet, but we can’t receive the same level of hope and promise that is extended by God.

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

This Psalm is often recited during the Jewish penitential season of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur because it contains a strong theme of encouragement during a period of time when Jewish people are concerned about their fate. It’s emphasis on answered prayers and tones of salvation provides deep comfort for Jews and Christians alike.

Thy Word is A Lamp to My Feet

Thy Word is A Lamp to My Feet

Psalm 119 is not only the longest of the Psalters but it’s also the longest chapter of the Bible. It speaks so powerfully of God’s word that it is one of the most discussed passages of all Biblical scripture. Martin Luther had claimed he wouldn’t trade the whole world for “one leaf of it.”