Devotional Blog

On every trip, decisions are made. Along the road of life, we inevitably face intersections and decisions about which way to go. It is at those moments that we must live by faith, asking God for wisdom and believing that He will never lead in the wrong direction. It is our hope that each article on the blog will encourage you to keep enjoying the journey…and look for Jesus along the way.

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Everybody Loves a Good Story!

Life is a story. Moses said, “We spend our years as a tale that is told.” Perhaps that is why people around the world love to hear a good story – in some way, we can all identify. We weep at tragedies, laugh at comedies, and thrill at adventures. The ancients passed along truth through…

Finishing Well

Earlier today our students at Crown College completed their final exams and departed for Christmas break.  There is something terribly exciting about the successful conclusion...

5 Lessons I Have Learned About Leading Special Events

Events are not everything; life is made up of many ordinary days.  Yet special events are simply a way of emphasizing what is important.  We...

Be Strong!

I love books.  Not long ago I was rummaging through my study, searching for a book that I knew was there... Instead, I found one...

For Christian Young People: You ARE Missing Out!

"A prudent wife is from the Lord."  This verse means more to me the longer I am married.  Tammy and I were driving along in...

An Encouraging Word for Preachers: Preaching out of the Overflow

A fine young man was driving me to the airport in another state recently.  We had a pleasant conversation about many things.  He is soon...

Top of the List: Why Was Jesus Thankful?

Like most of you, I try to make a list each Thanksgiving of reasons for which I am grateful to God.  Obviously, it is never...

A Bible Lesson from an Eight Year Old

Road trips are fun.  At least if you make them that way!  This week I drove several hours to speak in a youth rally.  Often...

Family Devotions and Spiritual Awakenings

"I will get married in a few months.  What advice do you have for me?"  Working with hundreds of college students these are words I...

Victory Over Temptation

We all want to live in victory over sin.  The key to victory over sin is learning victory over temptation.  "Resist small beginnings", a wise...

What I Learned at the Dead Sea

My dad and I had the privilege to be part of training several Iraqi pastors a number of years ago.  For over a week we...

Why I Believe in Local Church Youth Ministry

For the last twenty years I have had the joy to be involved in youth ministry in some way.  It is the passion of my...

For Married Couples: Dealing with Difficult Days

Marriage is fun.  But not all the time.  Newlyweds rarely think of this when they say, "for better or for worse." Every young couple need...

An Interesting Woman and a Sermon I Needed to Hear

Through the years I have met many interesting people on airplanes.  Everyone has a story and a simple conversation with a stranger can be memorable. ...

How to Speak “A Good Word”

Someone once said in my presence, "Be kind to others.  Everybody is having a hard time."They were right.We all have our struggles and you may...

One of Life’s Greatest Questions: Where Is God?

Life is full of questions.  One of the first questions children ask about God is a question that continues into theological discussions of people of...

Reflections on our World Mission Conference

We have a lot of conferences and special meetings at Temple Baptist Church and Crown College.  Without a doubt, the meeting we have just concluded...

I Am Praying for You!

Some of the most beautiful words I ever hear are: "I am praying for you."  (Especially if I know they are more than just words!)...

Dealing with the “Noise” of Life

Ours is a noisy world. Growing up in the country there were certain noises you grew accustomed to. Crickets chirping at night. Birds singing in...