Posts with the tag “pastor-kenton-rahn”

Daily Devotional
May 28th, 2024
The Mariana trench is the deepest underwater location on earth, plummeting 36,000 feet below sea level, or roughly 6 ½ miles deep.  In 1960, oceanographers were able to descend to the bottom, and to t...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
May 13th, 2024
Lately I’ve been feeling the call of Yosemite Valley.  If I don’t visit once a year I start going through withdrawals.  One of the most-breathtaking views on the planet, in my opinion, is driving thro...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
April 30th, 2024
I can’t imagine living in a world without new things.  What if everything stayed the same and never changed?  Or everything just wore out and dilapidated over time without being fixed or replaced? It ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
April 18th, 2024
This is one of the best-known and most-quoted verses in the Bible on parenting.  On the surface there is a precious promise here: if we train our children in the ways of the Lord, when they get older ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
April 1st, 2024
In college, some of my friends nicknamed me “the seeker.”  At the time I wasn’t a Christian, and even though I didn’t realize it I was searching for something missing in my life.  That’s why I joined ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
March 22nd, 2024
We’ve all had some bad days.  Discouraging days.  Days when it seemed like everything went wrong.  Days of sorrow.  Days of regret.  Terrible days when tragedy struck.  But no matter how bad things we...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
March 6th, 2024
Embedded in the western wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is one of the world’s largest cut stones.  It is 44 feet long, 10 feet high, 16 feet deep, and weighs 570 tons.  The stone is so massive t...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
February 20th, 2024
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan river and entered the promised land, they encamped near the city of Jericho.  Tensions were high as the people prepared for their first battle with the Canaanite...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
February 8th, 2024
Occasionally, when I start a new year, I ask the Lord to give me a word that will signify what he wants me to learn in the days and months ahead, a word he wants me to focus and meditate on until it b...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
January 4th, 2024
Over the years I’ve heard people make some pretty ridiculous New Year’s resolutions.  A few that stand out to me are:I will think of a password other than “password” or “hello.”I will do less laundry ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
November 23rd, 2023
There are two mistakes we can make in the Christian life that are equally dangerous: we can be too hard on ourselves, or we can be too easy on ourselves.  The second mistake leads to a life of unrestr...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
November 9th, 2023
One of the saddest moments of my life was walking through the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.  At one point on the tour, the museum highlights how Jews were abducted, packed into train car...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
October 26th, 2023
“Hey partner, how are you doing?” the paramedic said, looking down at me.I was writhing on the floor with excruciating pain radiating through my left side, the unmistakable sensation of a kidney stone...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
October 13th, 2023
According to the Bible, there are only two kinds of children in the world—the children of God and the children of the devil (cf. 1 John 1:12–13 and John 8:39–44).  That’s a very stark and startling re...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
September 29th, 2023
The fear of the Lord is a difficult concept for many Christians to grasp.  As God’s children, we marvel at the love our heavenly Father has for us, and we have a hard time understanding what role fear...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
September 12th, 2023
When I was in Elementary School, I had a great friend who lived on the other side of town where I grew up.  During summer vacation, we were allowed to walk, run, skateboard, or ride bikes to each othe...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
August 31st, 2023
I’m kind of an all-or-nothing type of person.  I like things that are black-and-white, cut-and-dry, clean, clear, simple, and straightforward.  But life is often sloppy, messy, uncontrollable, unpredi...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
August 18th, 2023
Recently I completed my first 40-day fast.  I never thought I would attempt something like that, but I believe the Lord invited me to a different kind of feasting that I couldn’t resist.  It reminded ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
August 3rd, 2023
There are a lot of wonderful promises in the Bible, but one of my favorites has to be the promise of God’s presence.  The ESV translation contains the phrase “I will be with you” eleven times and “I a...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
July 19th, 2023
Romans 12:12 is an amazing verse.  John Piper calls it “a description of the Christian life,” and I think he’s right.  Here is a strand of three priceless pearls for us to marvel at.  Not only is each...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
July 5th, 2023
Samuel has got to be one of my favorite characters in the Bible. The story of his birth and Hannah’s desire to dedicate him to the service of the Lord is inspiring (1 Sam 1:1–28).  As a young boy, he ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
June 22nd, 2023
Have you heard the sweet old hymn called “Count Your Blessings?” The opening stanza has some really good advice. It reminds us: “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise y...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
May 10th, 2023
I was born again and became a new creation in Christ on February 13, 1993—just two months shy of my 23rd birthday.  I know for a fact that my mom helped pray me into the kingdom, and shortly after my ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
April 27th, 2023
When I was about nine years old, a neighborhood friend of mine probably saved my life. It was a beautiful sunny day during summer vacation. Steven and I were sitting on top of a block wall talking whe...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
April 13th, 2023
When I was younger – and in much better shape – I used to go on solo backpacking trips in the Sierra mountains.  I would scour the map for a remote lake nestled in a forest and get away for a few days...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
March 16th, 2023
In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick made one of the greatest discoveries in the history of the world.  Peering into the genetic structure deep inside our cells, they were the first to identify the...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
March 3rd, 2023
There have been a couple of days recently when I was feeling pretty down and didn’t even want to open the Bible.  I just didn’t have the energy to search the Scriptures, and I didn’t know what to read...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
February 15th, 2023
A number of years ago my parents gave me a loan to help me buy a car.  It came at a time when I wasn’t making a lot of money, but every month I sent them my monthly payment.  Like so many of us, I was...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
February 2nd, 2023
Recently my dad spent 16 days in the hospital.  After battling pneumonia and sepsis, it appeared he was recovering and the doctors took him off life-support, but he passed away on January 9, 2023. At ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
January 5th, 2023
One of my favorite scenes in John Bunyan’s classic work The Pilgrim’s Progress is when the main character – Christian – spends time in the house of Interpreter.   Interpreter (who represents the Holy ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
November 24th, 2022
I can’t imagine living in a world without new things.  What if everything stayed the same and never changed?  Or everything just wore out and dilapidated over time without being fixed or replaced? It ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
November 10th, 2022
A few days ago I walked past a convenience store and did a double take when I spotted the grand prize for the California Lottery - $1 billion dollars – the second largest Powerball jackpot in U.S. his...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
October 27th, 2022
The average adult between 18 and 64 needs between 7-9 hours of sleep, but recent studies show that 35% of Americans are sleep-deprived, and 50% struggle with feeling sleepy throughout the day. If you ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
October 13th, 2022
I once heard a story about a man who went to see an eye doctor.  The receptionist asked him what kind of problem he was having.“I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes,” came the answer.“Have you ever...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
September 28th, 2022
Some people think the will of God is mysterious and enigmatic – hard to understand.  But this passage makes it crystal clear. While there are puzzling questions in life that require patience and wisdo...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
September 15th, 2022
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible on prayer.  In my book, it ranks right up there with Hebrews 11:6 and 1 John 5:14-15.  It begins with three mind-blowing promises for those who A.S.K. – ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
September 1st, 2022
Lately I’ve been feeling the call of Yosemite Valley.  If I don’t visit once a year I start going through withdrawals.  One of the most-breathtaking views on the planet, in my opinion, is driving thro...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
August 18th, 2022
I’m not being humble when I say that I’m a horrible singer.  I have virtually no musical talent.  So when I worship the Lord, my goal is that the song in my heart will sound better than the song that ...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
August 4th, 2022
What does it mean to have faith like a mustard seed?  In this verse, Jesus uses an analogy, and I find it interesting that he compares faith to a mustard seed.  I think there are a couple lessons we c...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn
Daily Devotional
July 21st, 2022
Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples, “You are the salt ofthe earth?” In ancient times, his parable was particularly striking because salt was a rarecommodity before m...  Read More
by Pastor Kenton Rahn