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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Choosing the right way, making decisions, choices, God's will, finding God's will

Making Decisions and Finding Direction

The Right Way: Making Decisions and Finding Direction for Life’s Journey Life is full of decisions. As a young man, I assumed that by a certain age, I would have made all of the big decisions, but I am learning that important choices must be made at every stage of life. There are junctures all…

The Power of Parents

As I sit in my study at home there are two pictures of my parents on the desk in front of me.  One is a...

Quiet!!!

Silence is a beautiful thing.  Our noisy world seems to clamor for attention more and more.  In a home with little children quiet is often...

A Message Christian Young People Desperately Need

It is my privilege to speak to young people on a regular basis.  I have to admit that they are my favorite group to preach...

A Daily Habit Everyone Should Form

All of my books have my name in them.  They are like members of the family (just ask my wife!).  In part, I put my...

Brief Thoughts on How to Make Prayer More Meaningful

The new year brings with it fresh thoughts about our devotional life.  We all need to give more time and attention to prayer.  To God....

How to Make the Most of the New Year

Another "how to" post?  Not exactly.  There will be no formula.  No equation.  No list.  No step by step instructions.  But there is a truth...

“At the Gate of the New Year”

It is Christmas, 1939, in London, England.  King George VI addresses the British Empire as he does every year at this time.  In his speech...

Dealing with “Down Time”

Down times can often be down times.  Activity, or lack of it, has a great deal of effect on our emotions.  The closing days of...

Remembering Those Who Cannot Be Home for Christmas

One of the most famous Christmas songs of all time says, "I'll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams."  Bing Crosby made it...

The Biggest Birthday Celebration in the World

We are only days away from the biggest birthday celebration in the world!  No birthday on earth has more celebration or more misunderstanding.  A recent...

Your Countenance Matters

I was walking across the parking lot.  I did not see anyone watching me and was deeply engrossed in some meaningless thought.  Then I heard...

Sarcasm is Not a Spiritual Gift!

The wisest man who ever lived wrote, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21).  Death is mentioned first because it...

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...