Sunday, January 31, 2010

Forgetting Our First Love

How easy it can be to forget about Christ. Oh, we may deny that we do so, but do our actions show the painful truth? Sometimes we neglect the one who died for us, who is calling out to us for fellowship, because we are following after lesser things. May the voice of Jesus in this song penetrate our hearts today.

--Kutless - Run


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Unfinished Portraits

None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but as Christians we need to remember that God isn't finished with us yet. In fact, even if we were to die tonight we would still have an eternity left with Him. What are His plans for us? Only He knows for sure. Our job is to trust His heart and know that He will walk with us in all our tomorrows as surely as He is with us today.

--Brandon Heath - Wait and See


Friday, January 29, 2010

Sublime Beauty

Photo credit: =anja=

May the sublime beauty
Of God's miraculous creation
Illuminate His majesty
In your thoughts of Him today


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Unseen Presence

Photo credit: =anja=

It may seem sometimes
You walk alone, abandoned
But dear Christian remember
He walks unseen at your side
An ever present help and comfort
Forever there when you need Him


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Guiding Lights

Photo credit: Wiggum03

May you be centered
In His perfect will
And be guided by
The lights of His leading
Down all of life's pathways


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Music To His Ears

Photo credit: Pollysphotos

Worship the Lord with singing
And may your music rise
In praise of His name


Monday, January 25, 2010

Heart Exchange

Photo credit: Boy_Wonder

The Lord doesn't ask for
Devotion out of duty
Obedience out of fear
Christianity based on culture

No, the Lord asks for
Something simple yet precious
That gives meaning to the motions

He asks for our hearts

Not a bad exchange
For the one He has given us


Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Parent's Prayer

Most moms and dads want what is best for their children; this is a trait which is hardwired into parents. And as Christians, we also recognize that God's desires for our children are even higher and purer than our own, because His plans for their lives are perfectly suited for them. Today's video reflects this dual love and vision for a child's future quite poignantly.

--Mark Harris - Find Your Wings


Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Look to Our Future

We often get discouraged by the simple drudgery of living day after day in an imperfect world. It is easy to lose sight, at times, of the bright tomorrow that we as Christians have in store for us through the precious gift of Christ. May this video encourage you today to remember your future.

--FFH - One of These Days


Friday, January 22, 2010

Bubble Babble

Photo credit: semantico

We may sometimes wish we could live life in a bubble, where no one could ever hurt us, criticize us, or laugh at us. But then again, if we lived in a bubble no one could help us, encourage us, laugh with us, or even truly love us either. Nor could we do the same things for others. I guess it's a good thing God calls us to be in the world and not isolated from it.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Back Issues

Photo credit: desertsnail

The old back is out again, so I'm trying to get as much bed rest as possible. Hopefully, I will be "back" and posting soon. In the meantime, why not read old posts ("back" issues) you have missed. As you can see, my "punny" sense of humor has managed to survive, but it is questionable if that is a good thing or not.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Striving Toward the Light

Photo credit: Canonshot Mole...

Seek His face
Despite the darkness
Hear His call
Above the noise
Run to Him
Over the obstacles
Seek his Face
And know His love


Thursday, January 14, 2010

From Peanuts to the Pressbox

Periodically, I will include a book review like the one below as an extra post to this devotional blog. I hope you enjoy it.

To call Eli Gold’s From Peanuts to the Pressbox the best memoir I have ever read would be a lie, but it is not the worst book that I have read in this genre either. In reality, this autobiography, written with Gold’s frequent collaborator M. B. Roberts, is rather entertaining with its plethora of amusing anecdotes and momentary glimpses of the various luminaries of the sports universe. What is tiring, though, is the lackadaisical structure of the narrative, an error that tends to make the book easy to put down.

Gold’s honesty about his ambitions and transparency about his pratfalls from the past are part of what endears the book to the reader. He comes across as flawed but likeable, a normal guy doing what he loves without any sugarcoating. Gold leaves us with the impression that he is approachable, funny, and the kind of man you would have over to the house to watch the game and swap stories with.

The celebrities he peppers the memoir with are also human, caught in candid portrayals that either reinforce or forever alter any former impressions of them. Sportscaster Howard Cosell comes across as arrogant and talented as others have portrayed him. However, former quarterback Kenny “The Snake” Stabler is shown to have a quick, biting wit in addition to his more publicly known ability of being a phenomenal color commentator.

Truly, there are some wonderful gems to be found throughout Gold’s tale. The haphazard way the story is told, though, can be very distracting. Yes, there is a fine, linear thread that connects the first chapter to the last, but the journey is also so pot-holed with incidents from various stages of his career that the reader is jolted around at times like a passenger in a roadster’s rumble seat.

From Peanuts to the Pressbox has plenty of merit, but it reminds me of going over to listen to old war stories at your grandfather’s house. There are some interesting anecdotes, but the way the tales are woven together make it hard to take in one sitting.


Photo credit: Zcott

May God give us the wisdom
To discern which of the roadblocks
On life's pathways are of the world
Or from Him.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our Backs to the Light

Photo credit: Kristin Manson

How often we turn our backs
On the light of God's truth
And strike out on our own.
How sad that we forget
That leaving Him behind
On life's troubled journey
Only leads us into darkness.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Photo credit: irq506

God did not make us
All out of the same mold.
Nature and people show
A God-ordained diversity.
Why, then, do we think
All "good" Christians
Should look the same?


Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunset from the Porch

Sunset from the Porch, originally uploaded by pathdoc1701.

May the light of His love
Illuminate you today
And every day
Of this new year.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Answer Man

Why are we here? What is our purpose? Where can we turn for answers to all of the questions we have in this life? There is only one good starting point: the Bible. And the person that is central to that book is the subject of this video.

--Fee - All Because of Jesus


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Love Unfathomable

No matter how many times we let Him down, fail to measure up, and fall into the same old patterns of sinful behavior He has rescued us from again and again, He still loves us. Can you imagine anything more glorious and unfathomable?

--David Crowder Band - How He Loves


Friday, January 8, 2010

Economics of Faith


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Food for Thought


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What's the Point in Church?


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Love Issue


Monday, January 4, 2010

What is Worship?


Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Trail to Blaze

Here's another older yet still inspiring video that is perfect for the new year. Is 2010 going to be just another year of the same old patterns for us, or are we instead going to embark on a great adventure of faith as we follow closer to Christ? The choice is ours.

--Steven Curtis Chapman - The Great Adventure


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Living Out Loud

This is an oldie but a goodie. The challenge in it is as valid today as it was back in Christ's time. Do we, as believers, live out our faith in a way that we go unnoticed by the world around us or do we live it out loud, so to speak, so that others may see the truth?

--Steven Curtis Chapman - Live Out Loud


Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Path

Photo credit: *Blueberry Pie

The path into the New Year
Is concealed from our eyes.
There may be rocks ahead.
May we ever walk with
Our sure-footed Lord
Who will guide us safely home.


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