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.
Doing the Right Thing
For Christians, doing the right thing isn't just an occasional moral dilemma, it's a way of life. This is what makes Christianity such a difficult path to follow. You can't just pick and choose when you'll follow the high road or made the tough call - you've got to do the "right" thing every time regardless of the circumstances or the consequences.
Every Excuse Works
When it comes to faithfulness to the assembly some reasons are valid. Illness, the demands of work, family crisis, even travel for vacation are all proper excuses for not being present on Sundays or Wednesdays.
Each child has specific needs and, as a father who knows his children, I often pray for God to bless them in particular ways.
Feel of Salvation
It has often been said that in matters of salvation we shouldn't trust our feelings. Of course, we cannot discern the truth from false doctrine merely by using our emotions; we need reason and intelligence to hear, understand, and determine what is true from what is false.
We'd be selfish and rude if we didn't give thanks or at least feel appreciative for the abundance we have here in America. There is much to be thankful for, most of it too obvious to ignore.
Getting the Rite Right
For the Jews, circumcision was a rite of passage that permitted them to claim all of the promises made to God's chosen people (Gen. 17:11-14). From Abraham to Jesus, every Jew was required to undergo this procedure or risk being "cut off" from God.
God loves ... Even Superman
Christopher Reeves, who played Superman in the movies, broke his neck in a riding accident. Doctors reported that he would probably be completely paralyzed.
Have you ever wondered, as you sweat through another lawn mowing season, why you bothered to fertilize the stuff to begin with? I contemplated this grass wisdom the other day as I crawled through my shrubs, yanking out the unwanted blades, and realized that there were a few rules common to both yard work and church work:
They say your life flashes before your eyes before you die. If it is so, this must explain why Christians die happy.
Him or Me
Paul summarizes the issue involved in our constant battle with temptation. In essence he says – when it comes to sin do we choose to please God or do we choose to please ourselves?
Intensity vs. Accuracy
In the fifteenth chapter of his prophetic book, Isaiah pronounces God's judgment on the Moabite nation and their idolatrous practices. Their response, he predicts, will be to intensify their religious rituals.
Jesus Doesn't do Funerals
Have you ever noticed that Jesus spoiled every funeral He attended? Whenever Jesus was at a funeral, the person they were mourning came back from the dead.
Joy of Irresponsibility
I don't think anyone would argue the fact that becoming a responsible person is a worthy goal. However, too much of this good thing can lead to burn our or (when it comes to religion) legalism.
Keeping Your Vows
Most of us who look back on our wedding day know that weddings are for making vows, but marriages are where we work at keeping those vows.
Look for the Rainbow
The disastrous floods that have ravaged the Mid-West recently remind us of the catastrophic deluge that God once used to destroy the earth in the days of Noah.
Mary was a Single Mom
We never describe her this way but with Joseph dead, Mary was a single mother of seven by the time she was middle aged. She would have easily fit in to the modern day statistics that count one out of every three households headed up by a single parent.
Mining the Word
For years I failed at developing the habit of daily Bible reading until I began using a notebook. Now I read a portion of the word each day and note whatever new information and ideas I discover.
Ministering to the Minister
It was a congregation whose "prime" had passed. The attendance was half of what it used to be as empty pews marked the places where entire families once sat. The singing only echoed the full voices that had previously stirred the building with sweet praise.
Miracles Don't Save
In Luke 17:19 we have the story of Jesus healing a leper. After this miracle, Jesus said to the man "Your faith has saved you." In other words, the miracle healed his body but it was the man's faith in Jesus that saved his soul.
Abstinence vs. Moderation
There is a saying that goes, "All things in moderation." The idea is that so long as you are moderate it's OK to try anything. The more accurate saying is, "All things permissible in moderation," since some things like cruelty, poison, adultery, etc., don't gain acceptability or digestibility through moderation.
I wonder just how much children really enjoy their parents' presence at their games. I sat among a group of moms and dads recently who had turned out to cheer on their kids at a school baseball tournament.
In Eph. 3:20, Paul says that God can do more than we dare ask. Have you ever wondered why we usually are timid in the things we ask God for? Perhaps some of the reasx
Don't - Just do it
Advertising used to be about making a product desirable or demonstrating why one was better than the others. Today, the product itself is irrelevant. Jean ads are about sex; shoe commercials define your attitude!
Recently, a research team studied the profiles of one hundred people who had scored highest on testing that measured personal happiness. Of all the traits among these successful, stable and highly content people, only one similarity was found. The common denominator was that they were all "goodfinders".