Devotional: ‘Launching Our Children into the Future’ 

Standard

“About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.”

“Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrew children,’ she said. Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. ‘Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ she asked. ‘Yes, do!’ the princess replied. So, the girl went and called the baby’s mother. ‘Take this baby and nurse him for me,’ the princess told the baby’s mother. ‘I will pay you for your help.’ So, the woman took her baby home and nursed him. Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, ‘I lifted him out of the water.’” (Exodus 2:1-10)

Moses was born during a very difficult time for the nation Israel. Scripture says that the Jews were living in the land of Egypt and had been forced into slavery. The Bible also says that because they continued to grow in number, Pharaoh commanded that every male child be killed at birth.

Read the rest of this entry

Devotional: ‘The Mother Least Loved in All the Bible’

Standard

Who would you say was the mother least loved in all the Bible? To me it has to be a mother named Hagar.

The Bible says that for many years, Abraham and Sarah were unable to have a child. It was because of this that Sarah suggested that they use Hagar, her slave-girl, as a surrogate mother to produce an heir for Abraham.

Read the rest of this entry

Devotional: ‘Single Parenting’ 

Standard

In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of single parents. According to one resource, single parents are now raising more than one-third of U.S. children.[1]In addition, according to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, out of about 12 million single parent families with children under the age of 18, more than 80% were headed by single mothers. [2]

This week we have been discussing the childhood of Timothy. According to scripture, Timothy’s mother and grandmother were deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ. (see 2 Timothy 1:3-5) But what about Timothy’s father or grandfather? Who were they and what kind of a spiritual impact did they have upon this young man?

Read the rest of this entry

Devotional: ‘Genuine Faith’

Standard

“Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day, I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. (2 Timothy 1:3-5)

We all know the special relationship the Apostle Paul had with Timothy. In vs. 2 of this same chapter, Paul calls Timothy his ‘dear son.’Though Paul was not the physical father of Timothy, their spiritual relationship was as close as any father and son.

Read the rest of this entry

Sunday Sermon, ‘Handle With Prayer’

Standard

Are you a worrier? Are you currently worried about something? If so, then today’s sermon is just for you. Please look with me at Philippians 4.

 Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Read the rest of this entry

Devotional: ‘Passing Down Our Faith’

Standard

“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.” (Psalm 145:4)

Research shows us that today’s youth are drifting farther and farther away from God. Not only are there fewer who attend church, there are also fewer who believe that there is a God and that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. Much of the blame for this problem lies within the influence of today’s culture. Yet, perhaps some of the blame also falls upon the family. Consider what we read from the book of Judges.

Read the rest of this entry

Devotional: ‘Children of God’s Kingdom’

Standard

“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15)

Down through the years I have had many people ask me what will we be like when we’re in heaven? Will we recognize each other? Will mom still be mom and dad still be dad? Will we all be 33 ½ years old (the age of Jesus when He died), or will we still be the same age we are now, yet our age won’t matter. Personally, I believe that we will recognize each other in heaven; although, I’m not sure that we will still maintain the same kind of relationships we had here on earth. Instead of being moms and dads, sons and daughters, we will be brothers and sisters and God will be our Father. And as far as age goes, who cares? The Bible says that each of our bodies will be transformed and made like the resurrected body of Jesus. (see 1 John 3:1-2)

Read the rest of this entry