Archive for June, 2024

Angry At Grace

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Michael was angry at grace and God. But he hadn't always been. He once loved going to church — not that he had a choice. His parents made sure that he was there every time the doors opened. At a young age, he accepted Christ as his … Read more

Rescued, Restored, And Renewed

Saturday, June 29, 2024

I have always loved scissors. A friend was getting rid of an old, heavy pair, but I couldn't bear the thought of the vintage scissors going into the garbage, so I brought them home. They were dull, but I reasoned that they would at least … Read more

The Glitter

Friday, June 28, 2024

My granddaughters were off school, which meant that they were in my care. As I had much to do, I asked them to find something to do quietly while I finished my chores. As I went about cleaning and vacuuming, I was pleased to see that … Read more

The Ticket

Thursday, June 27, 2024

I caught my breath just a little as I pulled out of my mailbox an envelope with a Portland Bureau of Transportation return address. Opening the letter, I was chagrined to find a citation for speeding. Over my many years of driving, I have … Read more

Eighty Years Young

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

A short time ago, I celebrated my eightieth year on this planet. Right now, it is the best age to be. In fact, I am so excited about being eighty years old that from now on, I will refer to myself as eighty years young. I know that I … Read more

Three Old Men

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The older I get, the more that I want to learn about Jesus and read about God. As a pastor for almost forty years, I thought that I knew a lot, but now, I realize that there's infinitely more to learn about Christ and more to experience … Read more

God Is Light

Monday, June 24, 2024

Back in the days when my daddy was still alive, he ordered from Amazon an 18-pack of super-bright LED flashlights featuring a compact design, constructed of high impact ABS casing in an assortment of colours. Each flashlight had a … Read more

The Whiteboard Of Forgiveness

Sunday, June 23, 2024

A few years back, I had an interesting, embarrassing, and annoying experience. I was coming from a church meeting one night with several ladies, and we happened to be standing by the side of the road. I was too close to the road, I must … Read more

Will You Be Ready?

Saturday, June 22, 2024

On two separate occasions recently, I was asked to help a friend and a family member prepare for their driver's licence renewal for individuals aged eighty and over. Due to the inevitable changes in our bodies as we age — our vision, … Read more

Leaving An Inheritance

Friday, June 21, 2024

Leaving an inheritance has meant very little in my family — at least where it concerns money. My maternal grandparents were the only ones in my family who accumulated a tidy sum of money. But even what they had wouldn't be considered … Read more

Jesus Was A Refugee

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Refugees — the same today, all yearning for new life, leaving countries so war-torn, escaping from the strife. Refugees — we welcome them as they begin anew. We show hospitality and love in what we do. – John Wesley Oldham World … Read more

Carrying Our Burdens

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Recently, I watched a documentary about the world heritage narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway in northern India. Shimla is in the cool Himalayan foothills and once was the summer capital of British India as government and army staff escaped … Read more

The Grumbler

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

My dog, Sophie, has always been a grumbler. She was born that way. She grumbles with low rumbling sounds if she feels that the other dogs are infringing on her territory or are having a good time playing in the yard while she is lying on … Read more

God's Correction

Monday, June 17, 2024

While my brother and I were growing up, birthday parties were a big event, a highlight of our childhood. When I was turning seven and my brother was turning four, since his birthday was in May and mine was in June, we had a combined … Read more

Being Fully Committed To The Lord

Sunday, June 16, 2024

The year was 1965. I was trying to decide what I should do with my life, and I wanted to be sure that I was making the right decision. I finally decided to fulfill the call to fulltime ministry that came to me when I gave my heart to … Read more

Christ's Church

Saturday, June 15, 2024

I see a lot of memes on Facebook that appear to condemn the church for not being the church that the world expects. The memes usually attack the church for being hypocritical and not compassionate enough. There is some truth to what is … Read more

Faith During Adversity

Friday, June 14, 2024

During the occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 to 1945, about 25,000 people were imprisoned for interrogation and prosecution in a jail near The Hague. Most were members of the resistance, and others were Jews and Jehovah's Witnesses. … Read more

The Joy Of The Lord

Thursday, June 13, 2024

A while ago, my dad was very ill; he couldn't even walk, and I saw him wet himself while trying to reach the restroom. I had never seen him in such a vulnerable circumstance before, and I felt weakness just descend on me. It was so sudden, … Read more

Speak, For Your Servant Hears

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Recently, as my husband and I drove by a local cancer and blood centre, I glanced at it, and the Holy Spirit softly whispered, "I want you to go there once a week, sit quietly, and pray for the patients." I silently asked the Holy … Read more

The Wind

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

In my last devotional, It Only Takes A Spark on April 18, 2024, I told how a farmer lost his barn in a fire due to a spark from his tractor. This time, I want to tell how John was involved in the … Read more

Fasting For God

Monday, June 10, 2024

I once fasted, but not from food. I suddenly found myself saddled with two car payments. Knowing that I couldn't afford both, I had a decision to make. One of the vehicles would have to go. One was a new Chevrolet Tracker that I had just … Read more

My Unintentional Gift

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Over twenty years ago, my husband and I rented out the house that we have up north to a young family. Their lease was for one year, and we received the first and the last month's rent before they moved in during the late fall. After … Read more

The Responsibility

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Agnes is very old for a goat. Yet, she has done a wonderful job acting as foster mom to our five adopted goat kids. I have very much enjoyed watching her mothering skills and how the kids have responded by trusting her and obeying. As of … Read more

Discerning The Spirits

Friday, June 7, 2024

I still white-knuckle it when I recall fishing in Alaska with my friends. It was one of those picture-perfect days, and the guide found great spots for us to flyfish from the shore. When it got slow, we would move on to other spots, making … Read more

Advice From A Great Golfer

Thursday, June 6, 2024

On April 14, 27-year-old Scottie Scheffler won the 2024 Masters Tournament — one of golf's major championships — and did it in style, by being four strokes better than his closest rival. It was his second Masters win in two years! But … Read more

Return Home

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The conclusion of the gospel story about Jesus healing the demon-possessed man has always intrigued me, because what happened after he was delivered is so similar to my own story. The cured man wanted to follow Jesus, probably because he … Read more

For God So Loved The World

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Having had a career in biology, I know that scientific discoveries provide compelling reasons to worship God. For example, the structure of DNA defies chance assembly. Yet until one of the world's most renowned scientists, Stephen Hawking, … Read more

Purple In A Sea Of White

Monday, June 3, 2024

On the day of our final exam in the university, it is a tradition that we each wear a spotless, shining, white vest, called a "white", and carry a permanent marker to sign on each other's white. Once we begin our journey to our hostels, … Read more

Climbing Mountains

Sunday, June 2, 2024

A year ago, I was diagnosed with a ten-inch hernia that could not be operated on until I lost 100 pounds. So far, I have lost 40 pounds, but because of the hernia, I cannot exercise or even walk very far. Last Christmas Day, the hernia … Read more


Saturday, June 1, 2024

When people say that they are hostage to something, it means that they are being involuntarily controlled by some outside influence. Sometimes, I feel like I'm being held hostage by forces over which I have no control. The recreational … Read more


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