DEVOTIONAL – What’s in Your Cup?

“A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.” Luke 6:44   I love to make green juice in the morning. My doctor says it feeds the cells in my body so they can function better. I usually put celery, carrots, kale, a…

Devotional – The Mission of Christmas

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”   Christmas as a volunteer missionary feels a little different. Maybe it’s hot, and you can’t even dream of a white Christmas.…

Devotional – The Crucifixion Song

I was in California a couple of weeks ago for a wedding, and on Saturday morning I got to hear my friend Tim, a pastor in northern California, give a sermon, the basis of which gives me my topic for this devotional.   This pastor is the type of person who can find a song…

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 – Happy Juneteenth!

How are you celebrating Juneteenth? Maybe you haven’t heard of it yet, but I think it’s time we spread the word a little wider about this significant U.S. holiday and the powerful story behind it. Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, commemorates the announcement of slavery’s end in the state of…

Devotional – A Cup in the Ocean

There are some days it just feels like you just can’t catch up with life. You’re working hard, but the to-do list only grows longer. Or you get through the list because you skipped exercising, eating well, sleeping, devotional time, or investing in relationships. Or maybe you really blew it and feel the full weight…