Devotional – The Deal of a Lifetime

In Exodus 33, Moses is given a unique choice. Moses was offered everything he could ever want or need, but only on the condition that he would journey without the manifest presence of God.  God would give His protection, provision, manna, water from a rock, quail for dinner, health, clothes that didn’t wear out, and…

Devotional – We are Going to Serve…

I wake up in the morning to my phone’s alarm. It has a function on it that allows me to place some text on my phone’s screen every time the alarm sounds, so I thought it would be a good idea to place the latter part of Joshua 24:15 as my daily reminder: “As for…

Devotional – Grandpa’s Letter

To save money while in grad school, my grandparents graciously allowed me to move in with them, rent-free. It was a little humbling after living “on my own” for a year after college, but looking back, I wouldn’t trade that season of life for anything. I had the privilege relating to my grandparents as an…

Devotional – You’re Invited

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. – Rev. 22:17, NRSV When I read that verse recently, I did a double-take. It’s familiar enough that somehow I’d missed one of…

Devotional – Dear Future-Self

  Right before Jesus left earth, He told His followers to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit. They waited for 10 days. I wonder what was going through their hearts and minds as they prayed and waited?  Here’s a creative guess, from a page in Peter’s journal. (Probably the only entry, since…

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…