One Minute Devotional September 23rd

Life’s Only Constant

The only constant in life is change, or so a very wise man once said. At first-blush you might think that he was just being funny, but history teaches us that he was spot-on with his observation. The world of today is no longer the same world as it was even a few short years ago.

There is one aspect of life, however, where his observation is not spot-on. In amongst the changes in our lives, there is one facet of life that has not changed – God’s word and His love for His children.

Our understanding of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable may have shifted over time, but His word and His love for His children has not!

His love for each one of us is the same now as it’s always been: at times soft and comforting and at others, hard and demanding. Yet, in all of His dealings with us, this foundation has never changed.

Scripture: 1 John 4:19

Your thoughts?

Weekly Devotional 01.28.2018

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19
Hardly a day goes by without hearing of yet another act of evil: mass shootings, abuse of children, war waged on innocents, etc. These are not the acts of a loving God. Rather, they are the acts of, as John calls him, the “wicked one.” Lest there be any doubt, John is speaking of the enemy of God – Satan.

The existence of evil acts should not come as any surprise to the faithful. Scripture gives ample warning of their existence.

The question is not whether evil exists, the question is how to respond to it. We could physically isolate ourselves from the world so that we’re not touched by it. This solution has been tried and it failed because as long as we live in our evil flesh the problem travels with us wherever we go.

God has warned us that evil will be a part of life but He also gives us direction as to how we should handle its presence. We’re told that instead of hiding from it, we should confront it. He tells us that we are to do so by living our lives with Him at the center. When we live like this then we become witnesses to His grace and power as we go about the work of making disciples of all nations.

As is always the case, the choice is yours as to how you live your life. You can try to hide from evil, or you can confront it by living with Christ Jesus as the center, the core, of your life.

Heavenly Father, protect me from Satan and the evil that he spreads. Guide me as I live my life as a witness to you and confront his evil. Give me the strength and courage to be bold in making disciples of all nations. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Weekly Devotional 01.14.2017

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
We are known by a number of titles over our lifetime. We begin as “cute baby (insert your name here)” and go on from there. Over a lifetime we can hold a number of “titles” often overlapping one another: husband, father, wife, mother, Grandpa, President, and so forth.

Some of these titles describe what we are while others may describe who we are. The one thing that most have in common is that they are bestowed upon us by someone else; rarely can we bestow a title upon ourselves.

There are also those titles that we carried as a child that have stayed with us as adults – sometimes to our dislike. Most of the time we outgrow one title and grow into another one as we progress through life.

There is one title, however, that has been bestowed upon you and that will stay with you from birth to death, and beyond. God has endowed you with the title “a child of God.”

To be honest, it’s not always easy to live up to it as we struggle with the temptations and demands that the world makes on us. But even in our struggle, we never are stripped of the title that God has given us because His love for us never falters.

Heavenly Father, I’m honored and humbled to be known as Your child. Help me to live up to that title in a manner that brings glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.