The Response of Nehemiah

In Nehemiah 1, we read about a report that Nehemiah receives from Jerusalem. When he hears about what is happening to God’s people and to the state of Jerusalem, he weeps. Not only does he mourn for days, but he fasts and prays continuously. He is more than a little upset. He is unsettled. He […]

Being A Stairmaster Outline

Being A Stairmaster Psalms 120-134 The Pattern of the Psalms: Situation of Distress / Lord’s Power / Security from God Takes over ten minutes to read these Songs of Ascents Be Free to Climb Able to come / Able to be fully present / If serve one service, attend the other Be Glad to Climb […]

Be a Barnabas Outline

I recently shared a devotional on being one who provides encouragement to others. Here’s the outline for reference / resource. To download this, follow the link below. Be a Barnabas “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as […]

Run with Purpose

Running a race is one thing; winning a race is another. Paul told us to “run to win” (v. 24). If we look at our Christian walk (or run if you will) as a journey with an eternal prize, we can understand it is not some short race in the backyard with a younger or […]

All For Him

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” – Revelation 4:11 [NIV] Recently, as we were sitting in church awaiting the start of the morning worship service, my daughter was looking at the […]

Do This Or Else

“As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” – Daniel 3:5-6 [NIV] […]

God Gave

“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”  – Daniel 1:17 [NIV] Today’s verse says that God gave Daniel and his friends the knowledge and understanding.  Now in this passage, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are […]

But Even If

“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Daniel 3:18 [NIV] The beginning of this verse sets the tone. It is a phrase that is sometimes hard to chew on for us. […]

God Is Able

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.” – Daniel 3:17 [NIV] Could you imagine being the three young men standing before Nebuchadnezzar and this promise of the furnace? They stood before him and declared […]

Cat Meets Dog

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” – Psalm 91:4 [NLT] When walking the dog, a cat came into view. My dog immediately got excited to “make friends” with the cat. I do not think that the cat was too […]