Advent 2017

Christmas 2017


Luke 2:1-14

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the in.” Luke 2:7

“And suddenly there was … Read More

Christmas Eve 2017


(A special two-part devotional)

Matthew 1:18-25

“God is with us.” Matthew 1:23b NRSV

This passage in Mathew gives us just about all we know of Joseph, the father of Jesus. It is interesting how little we know about Joseph. … Read More

Day Twenty One


Isaiah 35:1-10

“A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the holy way.” Isaiah 35:8

In my first local church appointment, I was the Associate Youth Pastor at Trinity Pomona UMC. As I began my ministry at … Read More

Day Twenty


James 5:7-10

“Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.” James 5:7

You may remember that my December 12th devotional referred to the old joke of an impatient person who prays, “Dear Lord, give me patience . … Read More

Day Nineteen


Matthew 11:2-11

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.” Matthew11:10

This single phase is so powerful — first found in the Old Testament book of Malachi 3:1 and 4:5 referring … Read More

Day Eighteen


John 1:6-8, 19-28

“Among you stands one whom you do not know.” John 1:26b

Do you remember the classic scene in the original movie “Jurassic Park” when the children are in the stopped jeep? It is dark, the rain … Read More

Day Seventeen


1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

“Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation…” I Thessalonians 5:16-18a

Has anyone ever asked you, “What final words do you want to leave with those you love when you are gone?” It is a … Read More

Day Sixteen


Psalm 126

“Let those who plant with tears, reap the harvest with joyful shouts.” Psalm 126:5

There is an undeniable ebb and flow that is the nature of life. Every year moves us through the seasons of winter, spring, … Read More

Day Fifteen


Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-10

 “. . . my heart is joyful because of my God, . . .” Isaiah 61:10

Joy is a good word. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines Joy as “the emotion evoked by wellbeing.” It is interesting … Read More

Day Fourteen


Isaiah 11:6c

“. . . and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6c

When my eldest son, Jason, was just four years old, I was on the patio going over some materials for a teacher training prior … Read More