Devotional – A Leap or a Marathon?

I was listening to a sermon recently on Abraham and Sarah, and their journey of faith. It was a pretty long journey, if you think about it. Besides the whole “leave-your-country-and-go-wherever-I-show-you” part at the beginning, God also promised countless descendants to an old couple with no kids. Do you know how long it was from…

Devotional: Wait for It…

Twelve-year-old Jesus tried to take it all in—the buzz of foreign languages, the jostling crowd, the smell of confined animals awaiting their fate in the Temple. But nothing could prepare Him for that moment—the instant the Passover lamb was killed. Suddenly His identity and mission were crystal clear—He was the Lamb. I’m pretty sure none…

Devotional: Silent Night

It was a silent night.  A very long, dark, silent night.  For nearly 400 years, God’s people heard nothing from Him.  There were no more messages, no more deliverers.  There was only a promise, and only a few who still dared to hope.  Rome seemed to be more present than God, but still, they carried…

Devotional: Open the Door!

The young servant girl awoke with a start at the sound of an abrupt knock on the door.  Heart beating wildly, the girl crept silently to the door. Ever since James was killed and Peter was thrown into prison, it seemed that every knock on that door could only bring bad news.  Who was next?  Rhoda didn’t want…

Devotional: Waiting with Hope

What are you waiting for?  What is it that keeps your breath and heart suspended, your eyes searching the skies for a tiny cloud of hope?  What keeps your mind racing in circles chasing down the elusive “answer”?  What is it that you’re waiting for, but quit expecting long ago?  What is it that, when…