Posts with the category “daily-devotionals”
November 24th, 2023
It is hard to imagine where this whole year has gone. It doesn’t seem possible that this week we will celebrate Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to spending time with family. I am sure you have f...
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...
November 22nd, 2023
Anywhere in this world I think, but especially here in America it is easy to lose sight of the eternal while chasing after the material and temporel. As Christians we are called to follow the cause of...
November 21st, 2023
Thanksgiving is unique among holidays in that it is food-centric. Other holidays typically include a meal (Christmas dinner, Easter brunch, 4th of July barbeque), but at Thanksgiving, the celebration ...
November 20th, 2023
Words are interesting. What we think something means isn’t always really what it means. That’s the case here in Exodus 2:24. It might seem strange to think that God “remembered” His covenant. Does tha...
November 17th, 2023
I was delighted when my new husband felt called by God to become a pastor. My husband and I had no idea what was ahead. Both of us were late converts. As we stepped into the role as leaders we were wo...
November 16th, 2023
In June of 2017, rock climber Alex Honnold, once considered the best climber in the world, attempted to climb "El Capitan,” the 3200-foot rock face in our Yosemite National Park — without ropes. They ...
November 15th, 2023
I grew up in a legalistic church. When I was in the high school youth group they said we couldn’t dance, because dancing is sin. When I asked why, they said, “Because dancing leads to sex before marri...
November 14th, 2023
I told Lynn I was going to go for a walk, which was only part of the truth. It was a Sunday. We had taken a trip to So Cal to visit Lynn’s relatives. It was our first trip overnight together. We staye...
November 13th, 2023
As I reflect on these verses my mind rushes to a special memory of John Fischer, singing a song he wrote when we were both starting in the ministry. It is called the “All-Day Song.” Perhaps you rememb...
November 10th, 2023
This year as we come to the month of November, I want to set aside more time to reflect on God’s goodness in my life and to be thankful. In the United States, we have set aside the fourth Thursday of...
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...
November 8th, 2023
If you had to pick the darkest day of the year, spiritually speaking what would it be? For me, I would say October 31st, All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, as we know it would be a top contender. It is th...
November 7th, 2023
When trials come…grief, family conflict, financial upsets… it’s hard to see how God could send those circumstances into our lives. We believe He wants the best for us so how can those things be what a...
November 6th, 2023
A couple years back we were on a vacation in Southern California. While down there we made a trip to the beach. We walked out on the pier and watched the surfers in the water below. Some were doing am...
November 3rd, 2023
I remember the first time I got into a fishing boat. It wasn't that long ago actually and I went out with a friend and our sons to go fishing on the lake. Initially when getting into the boat the only...
November 2nd, 2023
My window to the world is opened up through the power of the internet. Once again, I wait patiently for my ministry friend to log on. How amazing it is that I can connect with someone in Bucharest, Ro...
November 1st, 2023
When I was a junior at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, a mentor was assigned to me. His name was Ed and he was a seminary student attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, whic...
October 31st, 2023
I read a short story once called "The Monkey’s Paw" by W. W. Jacobs. Three wishes are granted to the owner of a particular monkey’s paw. But while the wishes are granted as requested, terrible and tr...
October 30th, 2023
I was in the Chicago area, teaching a community-wide conference. During one of the sessions, a distraught woman approached me and asked, “Dr. Cecy, can you recommend a book for me? My life is falling ...
October 27th, 2023
One of the things I enjoy doing in the early morning is going out into our subdivision for a walk. Now I will be honest, I started walking for exercise because I wanted to improve my physical health....
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...
October 25th, 2023
As the world seems to descend further into darkness around us, I think it is timely to remember that we as Christians were not guaranteed an easy or prosperous life here on earth. Rather we have actua...
October 24th, 2023
My parents had a set of stock phrases they used on myself and my siblings growing up. (My guess is that your parents probably did, too.) I still remember many of them: “Obey all the way, right away, w...
October 23rd, 2023
Sin rarely seems like it happens overnight. Sure, a sinful act happens in a moment, but there’s always a backstory, there’s always more to it than just the individual act. Sinful action is the symptom...
October 20th, 2023
Many times, God uses what has happened in my past or present to drive home a lesson He wants me to learn.This week, God took me back to the time my daughters were little. My daughter stumbled into the...
October 19th, 2023
Do you remember the yearbook section that highlighted those who stand out for their superlatives? It was an exaggerated way to recognize and celebrate people. They often say things like: Most Likely t...
October 18th, 2023
Without trust it is impossible to be in a healthy relationship. So when trust is broken, how do you rebuild it?When a Christian couple named John and Mary came to see me, John had just found out that ...
October 17th, 2023
Within a few months of my salvation, I became very zealous for all to receive what I had. How many church goers, like I had been, did not even know about getting saved? I did some street witnessing....
October 16th, 2023
In my travels I have visited several ancient ruins, including the Flavian Amphitheater in Rome, more commonly known as the Colosseum. During those ancient battles, the gladiators would sometimes fight...
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...
October 12th, 2023
Living on earth it is often easy to forget about higher things, heavenly things. We can get lost in the trivial, in our day-to-day lives, and focus only on what we can see with our own eyes. This vers...
October 11th, 2023
This past July, I had the privilege of traveling with Pastor Jim and Karon to Israel. It was my first time to see and experience the Holy Land. The time we spent at the Sea of Galilee impacted my li...
October 10th, 2023
One night I woke up at 2am with a start! A thought struck me, “I should do a Bible Study for my grandkids.” Musing on the thought I drifted back to sleep. In the morning I awoke thinking about my 2am...
October 9th, 2023
Recently, my family went to a Rend Collective concert. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a great worship band from Ireland. We were all excited to hear one of our favorite bands and couldn’t ...
October 6th, 2023
I don't know about you, but I love pizza. In fact, my family and I might be single-handedly keeping the industry in business. I kid of course but we do have pizza almost every Friday night to go along...
October 5th, 2023
Both sides of my family were embroiled on opposite sides in that tragic, American Civil War which was fought April 12, 1861–May 26, 1865. Here I am today a descendent of the North and the South. On m...
October 4th, 2023
I am going through Men In Action for the first time. It’s a curriculum written by Dr. Jim Cecy and Michael Wilhelm designed to equip men to lead in the home, the church, and the community. Pastor Jim ...
October 3rd, 2023
I was trained as a teacher and a coach. It took six years to complete a BA, and an MA and secure a teaching credential. Trained in physical education, biology, and coaching basketball. Six years, p...
October 2nd, 2023
As I reflect on these verses my mind rushes to a special memory of John Fischer, singing a song he wrote when we were both starting in the ministry. It is called the All-Day Song. Perhaps you remember...
Advent Devotionals: Day 11
December 7th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 10
December 6th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 9
December 5th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 8
December 4th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 7
December 3rd, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 6
December 2nd, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 5
December 1st, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 4
November 30th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 3
November 29th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 2
November 28th, 2023