Devotion for January 18, 2022

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah.” (John 1:41) Today’s Bible reading is about Jesus’ first followers and how they invited others to come and meet him. John (the baptizer) had met Jesus the day before, and he

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Devotion for January 17, 2022

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” (Luke 10:36) There are two stories in this Bible passage: The parable about the man beaten by robbers, and the story about Jesus and the expert in the law. The

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Devotion for January 16, 2022

“But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.” (Deuteronomy 11:11) This year look to God for your needs: “The land which you cross over to possess … drinks water from the rain of heaven.”

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Devotion for January 15, 2022

“Jesus answered, ‘The most important [commandment] is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” (Mark 12:29-30) To love God

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Devotion for January 14, 2022

“But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.” (Deuteronomy 11:11) This year you will face some mountains and go through some valleys. And you need both. The strength gained from climbing and conquering your

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Devotion for January 13, 2022

“The most important [commandment] … is this: ‘… Love the Lord your God …’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mark 12:29-31) We learn many rules growing up: Brush your teeth. Look both ways before crossing the street. Always tell the truth. Which of these is most

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Devotion for January 12, 2022

“Then Jesus told them, ‘This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”” (Matthew 26:31) On the night before His death, Jesus made this announcement: “All of you will

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Devotion for January 11, 2022

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28) Your salvation isn’t guaranteed by your performance — but by Christ’s performance at the cross. Yes, you’ll have moments you’re proud of and moments you’re ashamed of. But as

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Devotion for January 10, 2022

“Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25) Which words would you use to serve as both a guidepost and an anchor in 2022? I don’t have one word for 2022. I have six: Lose my

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Devotion for January 9, 2022

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12) It has been said that “darkness is the absence of light.” Throughout Scripture, darkness and light are

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Devotion for January 8, 2022

“Now the people complained … .” (Numbers 11:1) Have you noticed what’s happening in social media? It seems people just love to complain — about almost everything. Actually, complaining is a favorite hobby for many people. And when we run out of things to complain about, we complain about other

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Devotion for January 7, 2022

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) If love was a sentiment that depended on someone else’s actions and reactions, or an emotion over which you had no control, Jesus wouldn’t have said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as

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