How Long Lord?

By Conrad Navarro Isaiah 11:6-9 As I sit writing this devotional I’m still feeling sick, still shedding tears, and still praying for the survivors and the family members of our brothers and sisters of this week’s massacre in Sutherland Springs. King Ahaz, facing an attack from Israel and Syria, asked Assyria for help. Assyria saved Judah…

The Peace of God

By Barbara Higdon Philippians 4:4-7 There is a pervasive theology called the “prosperity gospel” or the “name it–claim it” gospel which says that wealth and physical well-being are what God wants for us.  All we need is faith to believe it, positive speech to claim it, and we’re going to get it.  It sort of…

Make Room

By Dan Jean Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. There would be no room for the family tonight even if Mary seemed ready to give birth. The innkeeper who turned Joseph and Mary away was just doing his job. There were no empty rooms. There was…

We are a People of Hope

By Lance Mayes Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7 I really love our mission statement: “We are a people of hope seeking to proclaim the love of Christ.” Hope is one of my favorite words. I’ve known too many people who had no hope. They felt they had nowhere to turn, nowhere to go. They thought that no…

Hoping and Waiting

By Lee Weems Romans 8:18-25 The typical scenario at the Malls for many families is to stand in the long line with children and/or grandchildren. There each person waits, seemingly forever, for a child to sit on the lap of a white-bearded Santa. Then, in a deep voice, Santa asks THE question, “What do you…

Parenting is Hard

By Eastin Kandt Isaiah 40:11 “He will take care of his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs together and carry them in his arms; he will gently lead their mothers.” Isaiah 40:11 GNB It is hard being a parent. Of course, I don’t have any experience except from watching my parents parent…

With All Your Heart

By Matt Allen Jeremiah 29:11-13 Craig Courtney composed a beautiful choral anthem based on Jeremiah 29:11-13 (“If You Search With All Your Hearts”). It was a “sugar stick” for my high school youth choir and served as the theme for the choir during my senior year. More than that, it eventually became my theme. A few…

Light in the Darkness

By Dena Dalton Psalm 63:1-8 “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you…” I am partial to Christmas Eve. We attend church. We have our Christmas dinner. We stay up late watching old movies, listening to music and wrapping last minute gifts. We celebrate European traditions and sneak around putting candy outside each other’s…

I Saw Santa, Maybe

By Bob Flynn Isaiah 7:14 We were a farm family in West Texas. We made our Santa Claus list from catalogs—Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, Bella Hess. There was no TV or Santas in stores. Santa came to our two-room school house once. He scared us so that he was never invited back. My brother, sister and…

Alongside

By Karen Calhoun Isaiah 40:1-5 My dad pastored small Texas Baptist churches. When I was eight, I had already lived in Brownwood, Fort Worth, Big Spring, Cohoma, Hico, Stephenville, Talpa and Bangs. Making and keeping friends was impossible — we were always moving! In third grade at Bangs, Donna asked me to come and swing with…