What is crouching at your door?

When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. 6 […]

Blessed to be a blessing

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:1-2 ESV My friend, Todd Agnew, wrote a short devotional several years ago that has given me a different perspective on blessings from […]

God’s Masterpiece

8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT Our […]

Love and Light

7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 8 Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 9 If anyone claims, “I am living […]

Psalm 6 Sick at heart

1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage. 2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? 4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 6:1-4 NLT This Psalm is one of David’s lamentations, an honest admission […]

Celebrate!

It is no wonder that I love you, O God. You have granted me a security that I could never find among the things of this world. You have erased from my life the fear of death. What follows the grave is not my fearful concern. The traumatic experiences of this life cannot destroy me. You are never out of reach, but are ever aware of my problems and conflicts. How great and all-powerful is […]

Spicy Meat Loaf

Set aside: 1 lb. ground hot Italian sausage (If you are using links, remove casing.) 3-4 strips bacon   Mix together gently: 2 lb. ground sirloin Italian seasoned bread crumbs (as needed to bind meatloaf together) 1 large onion, chopped 1 large green pepper, chopped 2 eggs, beaten Salt/Pepper   Mix together in separate bowl: 1 can crushed tomatoes 1 can tomato sauce 1/4 cup catsup 1/4 cup yellow mustard 2-3 T. Worcestershire sauce 2-3 […]

God Likes You

Several years ago on a hot summer day in Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in a lake behind his house. As he ran toward the lake, he discarded his shoes, socks, and shirt so he would be ready to jump into the cool water. As he swam toward the middle of the lake, he was unaware that an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother watched out the window […]

Jesus, the Word of Life

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and […]

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes 4 large sweet potatoes 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1/4 cup butter 1 large apple, chopped 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg Bake potatoes at 425° for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple and cranberries; saute 2-3 minutes or until apple is tender. Stir in nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and […]