Devotional: Do You Love BIG?

devotional do you love bigSimon was a religious leader living in Capernaum. He invited Jesus to dinner one night. Maybe he was intrigued by the thought of the Messiah. Maybe he hoped to catch him in some half-truth to prove that Jesus wasn’t who he said he was. (more…)

Devotional: Brotherly Love

devotional brotherly love“But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.” – Genesis 33:4, NIV

Esau and his younger brother, Jacob were twins born to Isaac and Rebekah. From the time they were in the womb into their adult years, they fought. The two had such distinct personalities that they are as different as night and day. (more…)

Devotional: Welcome to the Table

devotional welcome to the tableDavid asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” – 2 Samuel 9:1, NIV

When David had finished uniting his kingdom and defending his country, he thought again of his beloved friend, Jonathan. Longing to show kindness in his friend’s memory, he calls for a search to be done. Does Jonathan have any family that he could look after? (more…)

Devotional: The Chance To Get Even

Devotional The chance to get even'“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20, NIV

Joseph was one of the first victims of human trafficking. His jealous brothers sold him and he was taken to be a servant in a foreign land. (more…)

Devotional: Show Mercy

devotional show mercy“Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” – Matthew 18:33, NIV

Chris was a wealthy man who owned a lot of real estate. He was a shrewd business owner but he was also known to be a generous giver in his community. (more…)

Devotional: Healing From Deep Wounds

Devotional Healing from deep wounds“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” – Proverbs 10:12, NIV

On the outside, they were the perfect family. But Annie knew better than most people that looks didn’t always tell the full story. Her father had served in the Vietnam War and had suffered a severe head injury that he’d never been treated for. (more…)

Devotional: The Cost of a Cover-Up

devotional the cost of a coverupThen I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. – Psalm 32:5, NIV

Sarah overcharged a client for a large project that her firm was handling. It was a mistake but when she found it, Sarah freaked out. She was still new at the company and she worried she’d lose her job if anyone saw it. (more…)

Devotional: Completely Faithful

Devotional completely faithfulThe LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” – Hosea 3:1, NIV

One of the most striking examples of forgiveness in Scripture is the story of Hosea. Hosea was a prophet living in Israel during a time of great unrest. (more…)

Devotional: A Beautiful Legacy

Devotional A beautiful legacy“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” – Acts 13:38, NIV

Steven McDonald was a police officer living in New York. He’d served in the military and he was the third generation in his family to join the New York City Police Department. Not only was his career going well but so was his personal life. Steven was a newlywed and his wife was pregnant. (more…)

Devotional: Love Covers All

Devotional Love covers all“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8, NIV

Nobuo Fujita was a Japanese aircraft pilot during World War II. One of his missions was to drop bombs over the coast of Oregon. After dropping two bombs, he flew back to his military base. (more…)

Devotional: The First Martyr

devotional the first martyrThen he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. – Acts 7:60, NIV

Stephen was a Christian living shortly after the ascension of Jesus. Though little is known of his life, he first appears in Acts 6. At the time, some of the widows within the church were being neglected. (more…)

Devotional: Carried To Jesus

devotional carried to JesusWhen Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” – Luke 5:20, NIV

They called themselves The Three Musketeers as kids. Liam, Noah, and Jackson were friends since elementary school. They did everything together and were constantly playing pranks on each other. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Boundaries

devotional loving boundaries

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” – Psalm 86:5, NIV

Mary grew up with an alcoholic father. “When he wasn’t drinking, he was a good father. But as I got older, the times when he was sober became fewer.” (more…)

Devotional: Welcome Home

devotional welcome home“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.” – Luke 15:13, NIV

Jordyn was the daughter of a wealthy businessman. One day, she approached her father and demanded her portion of her inheritance. She wanted to live it up while she was still young she told him. (more…)

Devotional: The Love Itself

devotional the love itself“Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” – Matthew 6:11-12, NIV

Corrie Ten Boom was a watchmaker living in Haarlem, Holland. She was a devout Christian and when the Nazis invaded her country, she longed to stand up for the Jews who were being targeted. (more…)

Devotional: Redeeming Failures

devotional redeeming failuresWhen they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” – John 21:15, NIV

Peter couldn’t help the tears that poured down his face. He sat on the front stoop rocking, his whole body unable to bear the weight of what he’d just done. (more…)

Devotional: Who Is This Man?

devotional who is this man“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.” – John 8:3, NIV

Since her father had died, caring for her sick mother and younger siblings had fallen to Adina. She couldn’t keep her grades up while working as a waitress. So she dropped out of school and struggled to make ends meet for her family. (more…)

Devotional: The Healing Power of Forgiveness

devotional the healing power of forgiveness“In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.” — Ephesians 1:7-8, NIV

Michael Rowe was part of a drug gang in New York. In 1992, he and two of his friends killed another drug dealer. (more…)

Devotional: Finding Freedom From Hate

devotional freedom from hate“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13, NIV

Samereh Alinejad lives in Iran. Her eighteen-year-old son was stabbed to death when he got into a street fight. She’d already lost one son and losing another only added to her heartbreak. (more…)

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