Daily Devotional

  • The Sabbath and Freedom
    on August 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    It is impossible to over- invest in the Sabbath. If you observe this day the way God intends, you will always get more out of it than you put in. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when He said, ?The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath? (Mark 2:27). When we offer God our worship and adoration through Sabbath obser-vance, we open a channel through which He can bless and refresh us abundantly. Enjoying nature on the Sabbath can provide just such a glimpse into God?s generous and loving heart. ? ?God is love? is written upon every opening bud, upon every spire of springing grass. The lovely birds making the air vocal with their happy songs, the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green?all testify to the tender, fatherly care of our God and to His desire to make His children happy.?

  • The Sabbath and Freedom
    on August 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    It is impossible to over-invest in the Sabbath. If you observe this day the way God intends, you will always get more out of it than you put in. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when He said, ?The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath? (Mark 2:27). When we offer God our worship and adoration through Sabbath obser-vance, we open a channel through which He can bless and refresh us abundantly. Enjoying nature on the Sabbath can provide just such a glimpse into God?s generous and loving heart. ? ?God is love? is written upon every opening bud, upon every spire of springing grass. The lovely birds making the air vocal with their happy songs, the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green?all testify to the tender, fatherly care of our God and to His desire to make His children happy.?

  • The Value of a Soul
    on August 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Today Jesus is still looking for genuine disciples who will be moved with compassion to labor for those "having no shepherd." To have no shepherd means that they need someone to lead them into the truth. . . . If we are Christians, then the burden of Christ has become our burden. Jesus paid too much, and the value of a soul is too high, to allow inconvenience, reputation, or fear to prevent us from giving our best to lead souls into the truth. In laboring for the salvation of others, we are never alone. "We are to be laborers together with the heavenly angels in presenting Jesus to the world. With almost impatient eagerness the angels wait for our cooperation. . . . And when we give ourselves to Christ in wholehearted devotion, angels rejoice that they may speak through our voices to reveal God's love" (The Desire of Ages, p. 297).  Not only are we colaborers with the angels, but by sharing the burden of Christ for lost souls we will find a fellowship with our Savior that can be experienced in no other way. His reassuring promise is especially given to all those who carry the gospel to the world: "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).

  • The Power of His Words
    on August 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    When you stand on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, you realize that it's not a major body of water like Lake Michigan or the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It is a relatively small lake, but it was the center of life for many of those who lived around its edges. Their livelihood depended on the fishing in the lake and the boats that transported goods to the other side. But when you stand there, you can't help but think about that morning long ago when Jesus met an enthusiastic crowd at the water's edge. From there, He led them farther up the hillside to a spot where all could sit and listen. There He shared the words that continue to impact us today. These words of blessing need to come alive in our imagination. His words have the power to touch our hearts and change our lives - just as they did for the people who sat around Him on that morning long ago beside the Sea of Galilee. 

  • Like the Stars
    on August 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The Saviour's coming was foretold in Eden. When Adam and Eve first heart the promise, they looked for its speedy fulfillment. They joyfully welcomed their first-born son, hoping that he might be the Deliverer. But the fulfillment of the promise tarried. Century after century passed away; the voices of the prophets ceased. But like the stars in the vast circuit of their appointed path, God's purposes know no haste and no delay.When the great clock of time pointed to that hour, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

  • Only Jesus
    on August 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The way to lead humans back to God was to show them what God was really like. This could be done by only One. Only Jesus, who knew the limitless love of His Father, could make that love clear. The plan to save humans was not an afterthought. It was in place before Adam and Eve sinned. The plan was a natural result of the law of selfless love. From eternity, God and Jesus know of Lucifer's fall and that his lies would lead humans to rebel also. God didn't create sin. He did not want it to exist. But He knew that it would happen and made a plan to deal with that most critical emergency. His plan revealed the great love He had for this world and humanity.

  • Repairing the Breach
    on August 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Many Christians do not recognize that there is a deeper cause of many of their struggles. They do not recognize that Satan has snuck in through a back door and is binding them with his chains of deception. Thankfully, Christ came to set the captives free, to make our crooked ways straight, and to break apart the chains that bind us (see Isaiah 58:6 and Isaiah 45:2). As we recognize that the enemy is trying to weaken our spiritual fortresses so he can overcome us, we should prayerfully ask the Lord to search our hearts. Before we can move forward effectively by repairing the breaches in our spiritual walls, we have to know exactly where the holes are and what access points he has into our lives. Praying Psalm 139:23, 24 will help show us where to look.