Devotional – When Jesus Passes Your Way

Have you ever felt this kind of moment in time: an opportunity arises when you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart, you hesitate, and someone else says, “I will!” And you walk away wondering “What if…” Today I want to share the story found in Mark chapter 10 of Blind Bartimaeus–a man who…

Devotional – I Can See Him From Here!

On an unusually warm mid-February morning, I let the early Spring soak into me for awhile on a bluff overlooking the Rappahannock River in Virginia, thankful for some “D.C. detox” as I visited friends. When so much is going on in the outside world, it takes some time for the inside world to catch up.…

Devotional – Hope for Methuselah

I switched on the light, but procrastinated my ignorance as long as possible, slowly opening my eyes and turning toward the clear bowl in the corner of my living room. I braced myself for the second time of the day. The first time was early in the morning, dreading the same scene I feared now:…

Melody Collins – California: “Would God Honor My Faith?”

Tap, scroll down, refresh. Tap, scroll down, refresh.  I impatiently refreshed my email notifications every time I remembered that I was expecting an important email that should be arriving anytime soon. Last year, I had received this same email, entitled “Program for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Admissions Committee Decision”, on March 2, 2015. Surrounded by…

Devotional – Doubt and Sincerity

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” -Colossians 2:15 It seems that God likes removing doubt about sincerity. From Noah, to Job, to Abraham and Isaac, to Moses, to Jesus and the apostles, God brings people into situations that cannot be faked.…

Devotional – Praying for Others

  In the last few months I’ve been experimenting with prayer. I hope that doesn’t sound too scary, but I think I have taken prayer for granted often in my life. It’s been incredibly helpful during times on the battlefield (aka mission field) or other challenging times in life, and I’ve learned a lot through…

Devotional – Bothering Jesus

  If anyone knew what tension feels like, it was Jairus. His daughter was fading fast, but Jesus, the Healer, was willing to come see her. Unfortunately, the traffic was ridiculous. People pressed in on every side. Jairus felt his blood pressure rising and wanted to scream at everyone: “MOVE OUT OF THE WAY!” But,…