DAILY DEVOTIONS

Growth in Uncertain Times
August 6th, 2020
“Imagine that the pandemic swept through your part of the world, and that all public assemblies of more than three people were banned by the government for reason of public health and safety.” Where we are right now, this sentence doesn’t sound that crazy. But it was written in 2009 in the book The Trellis and the Vine as a way to help church leaders think through discipleship strategy. Their poin...
Imitators of Christ
August 5th, 2020
Have you ever had a simple but daunting task? For example, imagine the process of delivering an organ for a transplant patient. The last leg of this assignment consists of someone transporting a cooler to the operating room. Pushing a cooler on a cart or carrying it by hand isn’t an overly difficult task, but the high stakes makes it a more intimidating task.The same can be said of discipleship. O...
A Strategy to Change the World
August 4th, 2020
I need to ask your forgiveness. I’m going to talk about two subjects you may want to avoid, Covid-19 and math. I’m sorry but bear with me. Covid-19’s ability to multiply has made it harder to contain. If one person gets it and passes it to 2 more people, then they pass it to 2 more people, etc., etc., and things are soon out of control. This is the power of multiplication, and it has changed the w...
The Call to Discipleship
August 3rd, 2020
He would carry a pencil, a piece of paper, and a calculator in his shirt pocket. At any moment, he was ready to race in a simple game. His opponent would write down ten 4-digit numbers to be added up. He would simply add the numbers with paper and pencil while he gave the unsuspecting prey his calculator. In the dash to add these numbers, I never saw him get close to losing. He didn’t have any tri...
Open Our Eyes
August 1st, 2020
I got the call one Friday night. My young friend asked if I would pray with her. She had just moved into a new house. She explained that she hadn’t been sleeping well. She heard all the new sounds and felt a little frightened in the dark of night.I was immediately reminded of a time when I was living in a new house and my husband was away on a business trip. I too heard everything go “bump” in the...