Posted in September 2011

Appointed Time (by Gary Roberts)

For the vision is yet for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it. Habakkuk 2:3 I was thinking about Abraham walking up that mountain – his dream had come true – his true love gave him a son – life was great – he made it to the top – what could be better … Continue reading

Sigh Language (by Len Winneroski)

“The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” Isaiah 29:13 (NIV) The Lord has recently reminded me of the power of nonverbal communication.  A few … Continue reading

Color (by D.A. Cobb)

The other day I decided to have lunch at a local delicatessen known for their oversized sandwiches and sinful desserts. Whenever I visit this historic eatery I sit at the counter to watch the interaction between over stressed waitresses and grumpy cooks. So that afternoon I relaxed on a comfortable swivel stool, ordered my “heart … Continue reading

On The Move Again (by Gary Roberts)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Colossians 3:23 No matter what I do – sweeping the floor, doing the dishes, cooking a meal, being retired – I do what I do unto the Lord. I’ve discovered that my work … Continue reading

Teach Us to Pray (by Gary Roberts)

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 The disciples saw something special in Jesus’ prayer life so they asked him to teach them to pray. Most of us who follow Jesus … Continue reading

Enjoy Life (by Gary Roberts)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 God created each of us to enjoy our life. God wants us to be joyful in hope and how vital that is to keep on keeping on in a fallen world. God wants us to be patient – spend 10 minutes on the … Continue reading

Broken Tree (by D.A. Cobb)

We had a horrific storm sweep through town last Friday evening. When the sirens began their ominous warning I decided to turn off the TV and shut down the computer. Heavy sheeting rain with periods of hail ripped across the area. Frequent bursts of lightning exposed black racing clouds and thunder explosions were loud enough … Continue reading

Two Years Today (by Gary Roberts)

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 Two years ago today my ex walked out on our marriage and my family never to be heard from again – I can now celebrate that and thank God for all the good that has come about because of that event … Continue reading

Free From Fear (by Gary Roberts)

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 I believe that God wants us to live a life without fear. Despite what we see on the news God calls us to live in perfect peace. For some that … Continue reading

A Journey Into Discussion* (by Ricky Maye)

That night I was to meet a friend at his home to discuss some recent throwbacks involving his upbringing. We sat on the couch simultaneously. Just as Quick he began to speak. “It was the divorce.” He began to rapidly pant, explaining that he had a picture perfect childhood. That is until the divorce. He … Continue reading

God Is Eager to Give (by Gary Roberts)

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us … Continue reading

You Ignore God (by Gary Roberts)

You ignore God’s specific laws and substitute your own traditions. Mark 7:8 Someone wrote that God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs. For example: the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; those of the canary in 14 days; those of the barnyard hen in 21 days. The eggs of … Continue reading

Called by God (by Gary Roberts)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 It is amazing that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God. That’s why every morning I ask God to … Continue reading

Car Wash (by D.A. Cobb)

Every so often I take my car to a full service wash where it is cleaned inside and out.  Tires and wheels are scrubbed, the interior is wiped clean, the exterior hand dried and the windows become spotless. My car always seems to run better when it is dirt free and shiny. One afternoon while … Continue reading

The Kingdom is a Banquet (by Gary Roberts)

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. Matthew 22:2 – Read Matthew 22:1-10 A teacher gave her 1st grade class an assignment. The next day they were to bring in a symbol of their religion. The next morning she called on Isaac, who stood … Continue reading

Clay Balls (by Gary Roberts)

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44 I read a story about a man who was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found … Continue reading

Pray About Everything (by Gary Roberts)

Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive. Matthew 21:22 Louise walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She explained that her husband was ill and unable to work, they had seven … Continue reading

Finch (by D.A. Cobb)

Today while sitting in my study I looked outside and there, perched on the window screen was a beautiful goldfinch, bright and cheerful, looking back at this writer of devotions. The encounter lasted for only a few seconds and then it flew off to charm yet another surprised viewer. Like the finch, unexpected moments happen … Continue reading

Mirror Droppings (by Len Winneroski)

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7 (NIV) Earlier this summer I spent a lot of time cleaning bird droppings off of my cars.  My car was always frosted in the same place, by the mirrors on the drivers and passenger side doors.  As you … Continue reading

Obeying God (by Gary Roberts)

So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.’ Genesis 22:14 There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in situations that cause us to feel desperate and we begin to look at life as hopeless. … Continue reading

God Causes Good (by Gary Roberts)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 We all have experienced hard things in our life, things that we later understood to be part of God’s good plan in our life but at … Continue reading

God Is For Us (by Gary Roberts)

Stand and see the salvation of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:17 Notice that this verse from 2 Chronicles 20 doesn’t say to keep on running until we see the salvation of the Lord. It doesn’t say for us to bury our head in the sand until God brings deliverance. It doesn’t say to worry all … Continue reading