Small Group Devotionals
Short talks on current events and every day topics from a Christian perspective. Useful as devo messages or discussion starters for small groups.
At the beginning of his ministry, Aaron the brother of Moses and head of the priestly family was commanded to maintain the "burnt offering", Lev. 6:8-13. This sacrifice was to remain on the altar every night and all night so that there would always be a sacrificial offering to preserve the bond between God and His people.
I believe all of us battle the debt demon and he has paralyzed many of us to the point where most of our time and effort and stress come from fighting off the Demon of Debt.
I've often been uncomfortable in leading a prayer with the words "I love you, Lord." After all, who am I to say these words to such a one as God?
The majority of us have an employer or supervisor of some kind who oversees our work. In this passage, Paul reminds us that we have a specific responsibility to provide a witness of our faith to this person.
In Canada, months go by with minus zero weather. The lakes freeze over so hard that you can easily drive a truck across them without any danger. For this reason, a fleet of "icebreakers" keep the flow of traffic moving through rivers and across the Great Lakes – no matter how frigid the temperature.
I saw one of those billboards the Marines put out for recruiting purposes. You know the ones that say 'we don't take applications, just commitments.' It reminded me of when my son left for the Marines.
It is not good a good thing to hurt a child of God. Paul reminds his readers of this in Romans 12:19.
(Mark 8:34-38) Each week after a sermon or on Wednesday evening, we offer an invitation. We might miss the significance of this opportunity because we do it so often.
'As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years.' Today, with all the advances of modern medicine, doctors tell us that the average lifespan is 75.8 years. When we compare these two pieces of information we learn three important lessons.
When Someone Leaves…
Recently, we have gone through the painful experience of having to withdraw from one of our members because he refused to repent from sin and had left the assembly.
When We Respond
If you come to church regularly you will probably hear about 150 invitations to respond to the lesson or sermons a year. That means thousands of invitations in a person’s lifetime.
Why I Love my Father – God
On Father' Day while we are thinking about fathers in general, I want to share with you some reasons why I love my father. Not my earthly father, who I love and still miss more than 50 years after he died, no, my heavenly Father, who is alive and with whom I have a daily relationship.
Thanksgiving is Important
We have this unwritten rule in the church that when there is bad weather or a major holiday that falls on Sunday night or Wednesday night, we have a devo. Of course, a devotional is a good thing and edifying for the church but sometimes there is the impression that it is less than "real church" when the preacher preaches a sermon, have classes.
The Gift of Forgiveness
At this time of year our minds are focused on giving and receiving gifts. It is one of the fun things about Christmas.
The Rod of Discipline
“He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” The rod spoken of here was a very meaningful image in the Old Testament. It referred to the shepherd’s rod or staff, carved wood from a tree branch, usually the height of the man.
The Suicide Doctor
One of the more gruesome characters on the national news is a man called "The Suicide Doctor" or "Doctor Death". Dr. Kevorkian. He helps people consciously and willingly commit suicide.
A while ago there was a movie called “Awakenings” with Robert de Niro and Robin Williams. It was about a man who, for some reason, was in a coma for years and then suddenly came out of it for a while with the help of this doctor. While unconscious he could have all normal bodily functions and was kept alive.
What is Maturity?
What parents and teens discuss a lot is what is or is not mature. Parents and teens do not have the same idea about what maturity means.
Seek the Kingdom
Seeking the kingdom was explained in terms that seemed even more demanding than the Law when one looks at it on the surface.
Making and Keeping Friends
One of the best ways to learn about the Bible is to be involved in one of these competitions like Bible Bowl. There is a specific subject; there is the element of competition which forces you to study, memorize and think quickly under pressure.
How to Live Happily
I believe that the most sincere thing we can desire for someone else is their happiness. We believe, and rightly so, that whether rich or poor, healthy or sick, happiness is the most important commodity that we posses.
How to Help the Unsaved Die
A Christian woman asked me what she could do for her father who was not a Christian and who was dying of cancer. Serious thought because I will have to face this problem and so will you. Maybe you are facing it now.
How to Still be Preaching Today
You hear about it at a lectureship or when you have lunch with some brother from another congregation... Brother so and so has quit preaching; selling real estate. Brother so and so burned out; run off on his wife; changed religion...