Devotions

Punishment for My Guilt

Nahum 1:3 (NIV):  The LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. I’m basically a good guy. Sure, I’ve messed up, but will God punish me? Is there a hell? These are serious questions. It would be easy for me to avoid these questions. After all, don’t I believe the New[Read More…]

How to Walk

Micah 6:8 (NIV):  And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. I really want to do the right thing. I actually think most people do. Acting “justly” isn’t that controversial. Micah’s first word probably resonated with[Read More…]

Pride

Obadiah 1:3 (NIV):  The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, “Who can bring me down to the ground?” I did a search for pictures on “pride” and all[Read More…]

Is It All a Show?

Amos 5:21 (NIV):  “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; I cannot stand your assemblies.” I grew up attending the “General Protestant” service of the Main Post Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas. We prayed. We sang. We encouraged each other. We listened to God’s Word. During those years we didn’t[Read More…]

What Now?

Joel 1:2 (NIV):  Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors? I embrace following Jesus. I embrace Biblical values. I am pro-life from conception to natural death. I am pro Biblical[Read More…]

Returning to the Lord

Hosea 6:1 (NIV):  “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.” I have made bad decisions that have lasting consequences. I have wronged others. I have withheld truth from[Read More…]

Here Comes the Judge

Daniel 12:2 (NIV):  Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. I once led a group of military members in an exercise to help them embrace important life issues. I had each of them draw a line[Read More…]

Switchbacks

Ezekiel 18:23 (NIV):  “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” declares the Sovereign LORD. ”Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” I remember driving through the West Virginia mountains before the completion of Interstate 64. Crazy. It was a two[Read More…]