Wednesday, October 28, 2020


PSALM 18:31 (NLT)
Who but our God is a solid rock?

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.

Christ is the only foundation for our lives.

Rock of Ages, you are my foundation. Sometimes I forget, Lord, that you are my only foundation. I become self-conscious about how I look, feel, or present myself. As I abide in you, Lord, show me how to build on your foundation to bring unity, life, light, and love to those you desire to bless today. Amen. (Daily Texts, Mount Carmel Ministries edition)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


JOB 9:2-3 (MSG)
How can mere mortals get right with God?’
If we wanted to bring our case before him,
what chance would we have? Not one in a thousand!

MARK 12:32-34 (MSG)
The religion scholar said, “A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate—that God is one and there is no other. And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that’s better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!”

When Jesus realized how insightful he was, he said, “You’re almost there, right on the border of God’s kingdom.”

Make your case with love -- love for God and others.

Gracious God, you've made a way for us to relate to you. All I need to do is respond in love. Yet, I mess that up, too. My love is very uneven. Straighten me out so that your love can flow through me and out to all. I'm putting my trust in you and the loving sacrifice of your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Monday, October 26, 2020


ISAIAH 51:12 (MSG)
I, I’m the One comforting you.
What are you afraid of—or who?
Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead?

1 JOHN 4:4 (ABP)
My dear children, you're from God, so you're already victorious over these people. For God's Spirit who lives in you is more powerful than anything or anyone in the world.

In the end, God wins -- so don't be afraid!

God, thank you for looking out for us. I admit that I worry when I see all the bad things happening in the world. I let it get me down. Save me from unnecessary fear and reignite my confidence in your power to overcome. I'm going to move forward today with renewed determination. Amen.

Sunday, October 25, 2020


The 21st Sunday after Pentecost

AMOS 7:14-15 (MSG)
Amos stood up to Amaziah: "I never set up to be a preacher, never had plans to be a preacher. I raised cattle and I pruned trees. Then GOD took me off the farm and said, ‘Go preach to my people Israel.’"

MARK 1:16-17 (CEV)
As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were fishermen and were casting their nets into the lake. Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.”

God uses ordinary people for his extraordinary assignments.

Wow, God, you gift ordinary people -- people like me. I feel important to you. But I get distracted from your assignments. Instead of trusting you, I slide back to the old agenda when things get stressful. Keep me focused on what I'm called to do to advance your kingdom. I'm going to go fishing -- for people. Amen.