#AmReading – The Unexpected Adventure By Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg

Christian apologist Lee Strobel teams-up with author Mark Mittelberg for The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus, a daily devotional. From the synopsis on Amazon: When we seize opportunities to talk with others about Jesus, days that start out dull and tedious can quickly blossom into exciting escapades. Written for…

10 Scriptures On Courage

Courage. It is hard to come by these days. Often, it is mistaken as the absence of fear, but it is actually doing the right thing while being afraid. As a Christian, I often turn to the Bible to help me find inspiration when I feel I lack courage. In no particular order, here are…

When Kindness Does Not Disarm

James 1:2-4 – 2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (HCSB) I once heard a story about a sales associate at a small corner shop.…

Christian Inspiration: Come To Me

Matthew 11:28- “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.“ This is one of my favorite scriptures. It is one that is often overlooked or misquoted by well meaning people. Some people think that it is for when you die. When you ascend into Heaven, Jesus…

Back To The Bible

I was looking for a new book at my local bookstore, as rare as those are becoming, and I came across the section that had Bible. Wow, there are so many choices.  You want a King James Version Bible? How about New King James Version? NIV? ESV? HCSB? Philips? Man, it is not just the…

Christian Inspiration: Grace

I am going to start with the most well known Bible verse in the United States of America.  John 3:16- For God so loved the world that He gave His holy unique Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. This is a perfect example of grace. What is grace,…

Jesus Still Does Miracles- A Devotional

Earlier this month, some dear friends of mine brought their baby to church on a Wednesday night. They asked for prayer for him because the doctors had examined him and found a tumor on his hip. They made an appointment to bring the baby back because the doctor told my friends that the tumor might…

Old Man & Misses Winter: A Devotional

There was this couple who I want to call Old Man Winter and Old Lady Winter for the sake of protecting the innocent.  While my family was pastoring in Arlington, Texas, there was this couple Mr. and Mrs. Winter. They were an older couple, but had only been married about a month when we met…

Birdhouse Man and His Wife- A Devotional

Let me tell you a story: As a pastor kid, sometimes I felt like I didn’t have any friends. I would have friends, but none that were super close that I could share things with. I mainly just had “hang out” friends. However, there was a man in our church who loved to build birdhouses…

Resurrection Sunday! Jesus is Alive!

John Chapter 20 (HCSB) 20 On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we…

Book Review- What Do You Carry?

New author Elisabeth Andreassanen is an author I know well. I lived up the street from her in Redding, California. I had no idea that God had placed a book inside her heart, but I am not surprised. She is as creative as creative can be. What Do You Carry: A True Story tells Elisabeth’s…

Christian Inspirations: Relationships

What does the Bible say about relationships? If you look at them in the Bible and in real life, they are extremely complicated. It does not matter whether you are a Christian or not. However, as I was studying I found three themes that they have in common. Good Company- I Corinthians 15:33– Bad company…

Devotional- Have You Believed A Lie?

Do you struggle with thinking yourself a klutz? Maybe you think that you are not smart or not pretty. Could it be that someone told you that? Maybe someone a long time ago said one or all or more of these things. “You’re not pretty!” “You’ll never amount to anything!” “You have no talent!” “You’re…

New Latitudes of Gratitude- A Devotional

Please enjoy this devotional about worship from my brother-in-law who is a Worship Leader. He is also my very first Guest Contributor! Being both a worship leader and being involved in worship for about eleven years now has given me the opportunity to observe worship from both these perspectives. I’ve been in services where I’ve…

Devotional- Using Your Talent For God

Everyone has a talent or gift. It can be anything from being a CEO of a multibillion dollar company to being a pastor to a congregation of churchgoers. Don’t listen to the people who tell you that you have no talent. The Bible says everyone has a very important gift that needs to be used…