How Does Remaining In God’s Word Make You Free?
“In order to be free, we need to believe in the Lord,” says Emily, 12. Yes, that is where freedom begins. Freedom from spiritual death comes from believing in Christ alone as one’s savior. That is why Jesus called this a new birth. Like a physical birth, it happens in an instant. But learning how […] March 22 2017
How Can You Know If You Are Pleasing God?
“I’m cleaning up my room,” says Joseph, 5. “People need room to walk so they don’t trip. I’m not hurting anyone and that makes God happy!” Whether you’re 5 years old or 50, cleaning your room is always a challenge. It reminds me of what Phyllis Diller said, “Housework can’t kill you, but why take […] March 21 2017
How Do We Know Jesus Came From Heaven On A Mission From His Father (John 8:12-20)?
When it comes to where we will spend eternity, God doesn’t want us to gamble. Therefore, Jesus banished all doubt by fulfilling a mission predicted by Hebrew prophets hundreds of years before his miraculous birth in Bethlehem. “Gambling is the surest way of getting nothing for something,” wrote Wilson Mizner. By bringing us into this […] March 9 2017
Why Should We Forgive One Another (John 8:1-11)?
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you,” wrote Lewis Smedes. I’ll never forget the video I saw of a session where a counselor urged a woman to forgive her mother. With great effort, the woman tried several times to utter words of forgiveness. Her entire face and […] March 9 2017
Why Do People Argue Over Who Jesus Is (John 7:40-53)?
“Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he’s talking about,” wrote Sam Ewing. The religious leaders of Jesus’ time constantly tried to trap Jesus with trick questions. They must have come away frustrated every time they talked with Jesus. Jesus came from the presence of his Father in heaven. The religious […] March 9 2017
How Is Jesus Like A River Of Living Water In Your Life (John 7:37-39)?
“Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away,” wrote Arthur Golden. Isn’t this the story of Christianity and the mighty Roman Empire? Rivers of living water flowing out of the lives of Christians eventually overcame the mighty dam of Roman persecution. Within a few hundred years, the small and often persecuted movement called […] March 9 2017
Why Did Some People Want To Arrest Jesus (John 7:25-36)?
“They did not like Jesus,” says Jonathan, 7. “They hated him. They did not think he was the savior and they wanted to crucify him.” A lot of Christians fantasize about walking with Jesus during the time of his ministry. Remember the 1993 movie based on the old TV series, The Fugitive? Living on the […] March 9 2017
How Can We Know If Someone Is A True Teacher From God (John 7:14-24)?
“When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree,” says an ancient Vietnamese proverb. Good teachers are like those who plant fruit-bearing trees. Psalm One says that a wise person, who meditates in God’s Word day and night, is like a tree planted by rivers of water that brings forth fruit in […] March 9 2017
What Can We Learn From Jesus About Timing (John 7:1-13)?
“You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go,” said Yogi Berra. In life, everyone wants to hit home runs. It’s the lack of timing that causes so many strike outs. Mark Twain once wrote, “I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had […] March 9 2017
How Can I Remember That Life Is About Living For God? (Part 2 of 2)
“My dad is a preacher,” says Dylan, 7. Say no more, Dylan. We understand. Another Dylan, 6, says he remembers to live for God by a simple formula: “Love people, listen to God, don’t push and don’t talk back.” Whether you’re 6 or 60, this sounds like pretty good advice. “I do a devotion every […] September 19 2016
How Can I Remember That Life Is About Living For God? (Part 1 of 2)
“I can remind myself life is about living for God by making my bed,” says Kevin, 5. Living for God is exciting when we think of Moses lifting his staff to see God part the Red Sea or Elijah seeing fire come down from heaven to consume the offering he prepared in a duel with […] September 19 2016
Why Do Some Christians Stop Following Jesus (John 6:60-71)?
“Maybe the things Jesus asks people to do are so hard that they do not want to do it,” says Maggie, 11. “It’s easier to quit.” Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is difficult because one is usually swimming upstream against the current of this world. Becoming a Christian is as easy as reaching out […] March 7 2016