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.
One of the most difficult things to learn is Christian mathematics. The ideas of three persons in one God, hundredfold interest on giving, seventy times seven forgiveness are math concepts unique to the Bible. One lesson that we have to learn early in our Christian walk is the idea of addition – who is added to whom.
Guarding Against Greed
In Luke 12:15 Jesus warns us to guard against greed. In other words, we need to protect ourselves against continually desiring what we don't have or constantly craving more of what we do.
Have you ever noticed that as you and your family grow older, there are fewer gifts under the Christmas tree? When our kids were small the living room was filled with presents of every size as each child was offered a variety of toys, games and goodies to enjoy.
It's a Comforting Thought...
We often think that this verse only refers to sin and disobedience and God's help in overcoming these.
Lord Will Provide
Christians live by the promises of God. One such promise is found in the book of Psalms, "They (the righteous) will not be ashamed in the time of evil; and in the days of famine, they will have abundance", Ps. 37:19.
The other day I found myself all in a flux over retirement. It seems that my pension wasn't what it was supposed to be. Investment specialists reminded me over the radio, through the mail, even at lectureships that I've got to be ready for retirement or I won't enjoy it.
In his book, "Four Things Every Parent Should Know", John Croyle reviews four basic things that contribute to successful parenting...
One thing the quiet of night affords you is the time and silence to hear yourself think of all the things that might go wrong with your life. It must have been such a moment that drove my youngest daughter, Emilie, to seek some reassurance the other night.
The Discipline of Failure
What do David, the woman at the well, and Peter the Apostle have in common? They were all failures. David committed adultery and murder; the Samaritan woman failed at marriage five times; and Peter... well just pick anything from empty boasting to denying Jesus to disbelieving the news of Christ's resurrection and you have an idea of his track record.
Just A Minute
Over the years I've learned that the difference between sin and no sin is about one extra minute of self control.
Not All Will Die
One of my more selfish prayers has always been that God would spare me the experience of death. Talk about wanting your cake and eating it too – I want to go to Heaven and I want to avoid death in the process.
A 1,000 Choices Along the Way
There are always choices to make if you want to follow God's way. A thousand little decisions: to hold your tongue, to switch the channel, to make an effort.
Present Pain, Future Gain
People of faith…great faith, were those who continued serving God even though they couldn't see the bigger picture.
Slavery to Perfection
"But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness." -Romans 6:17-18
There's Probably no God...
It seems that atheists are in need of publicity. The British Humanist Association along with the support of scientist and author, Richard Dawkins, raised some $200,000 in a campaign to promote an atheist message.
Blessing or Bait?
Author Robert Morely says that the main rule for catching bass is letting the fish run with the bait. You want to make sure that the fish feels no resistance so it will think it has the worm with "no strings" attached.
What More do you Want?
I never do enough. I mean that as a parent or husband or minister, I never do everything that needs to be done or ought to be done.
He Could Have Done More
Jesus had the potential of doing so much, but He didn't. He could have cured all the lepers, freed the Jews from Roman domination, stopped the hunger and suffering of the poor – but He didn't.
"Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged." When I try to imagine the reality of these words, I become indignant.
The Devil’s Snare
I once heard of an interesting method of capturing monkeys by African hunters. They would empty a large plant shell called a “calabash” and drill a hole in its side just large enough for a monkey’s hand to squeeze through. They would then fill the shell with peanuts and tie it to a tree.
A Christian Father's Vision
Men like to watch. They like to watch sports or sit on the porch and watch cars go by.
In Defense of the Sedentary Life
I gave up on forced exercise at the age of fifty-four. It might have been because my laziness finally overcame my pride but I suspect that the main reason was guilt.
Our Body and Blood
The idea of taking the communion in order to "remember" the sacrifice of Jesus is a safe spiritual idea. It only requires us to commemorate what someone else has done for us, and not what we might be doing ourselves.