The weekly devotions on this page are written by our staff, volunteers and those involved in intercessory prayer ministry. We are grateful for their contribution and heart after God.

A new devotion will be posted every Monday.

What Ever Happened To Hope?

Clete Snellenberger

I Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abide Faith, Hope and Love, these three, but the greatest of these is Love.”

When Jesus makes all things new and His followers are ushered into the eternal state, “Faith” will no longer be necessary because the redeemed will see God face to face. “Hope” will no longer be necessary because their hope will have been perfectly realized. But “Love” will remain, and it will finally be known without the taint of sin. But for now these three remain, so let us look at the word called Hope.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now Faith is the substance (tangibility), of the hoped for (or anticipated), the evidence (proof) of things not seen.” It is an absolute conviction—based on the assurance of God’s unchangeable and perfect character that God’s promises will be fulfilled. Continue reading

The Back Side of the Desert

Shirley Nickle

Does your life seem as if it is not going anywhere and without purpose? Or, do you find yourself thinking, “When God, when?” Or, perhaps you are feeling that small assignments don’t matter and that your daily routine is not important to God. Is God even interested or concerned?

Yes, God does care about our daily lives! He cares that we are people of integrity and that we keep our word. God cares about our attitude and He desires for us to be faithful to all that we put our hand to. He wants us to be respectful to others and for us to do the right thing at all times. It is called CHARACTER!

In the Book of Exodus, God called Moses from his mother’s womb. God knew the choices Moses would make in his life. (And God knows the choices that we will make in our life.) He knows us from beginning to the end. Only God knows the heart of man. Continue reading

Too Much Pride

Elda McAteer

Is there anyone out there who has been in trouble and you wouldn’t ask anyone for help?

Too much pride can get you into a lot of trouble. I know from personal experience. Pride always comes before a fall!

Here’s my story:

When I was about 24 years old, I was married and had three children. We were living in a trailer and had no money. My husband was working but we just barely made a living. I was determined to not ask for help from my family or the church. NO WAY!!

We needed groceries but we didn’t have the money to buy any. So, in my pride and foolishness, I decided to go ahead and write a check and buy groceries.

I knew we didn’t have the money in the bank to cover it. I reasoned that by writing the check ahead I would still have a week to get the money in the bank and take care of the check. (In those days it took longer for a check to clear the bank). Well, the check did not clear. It went through the bank twice and I was unable to come up with the money to take care of it.

One day a policeman came to my door to arrest me! He had a warrant for my arrest. I was scared half to death. I knew it was against the law to write a bad check. I started crying uncontrollably and told him my story. Thankfully, the officer felt sorry for me.

When the officer saw that I had three little children to feed, he didn’t have the heart to arrest me. The officer gave me two days to come up with the money and said, “I will pretend I didn’t find you!” Thank God for mercy!

After that I went to my sister and asked for her help. She gladly gave me the money. If I remember correctly, she was hurt that I didn’t go to her in the time of need.

I was so foolish. I let pride get in the way. I could have gone to jail and possibly have lost my children because of pride.

I realize that is how our Heavenly Father is toward us when we don’t go to Him in time of need. Today I understand it was through the grace of God that the officer showed me compassion.

Too many of us allow pride to get in our way. Why? Why do we stay away from the Lord, the very One who loves us and is the source of everything we need? When we have a prideful spirit in us it keeps us from going to our Heavenly Father for help.

Often we have the attitude of, “I don’t need any help, I can do this on my own.” Pride blinds us and prevents us from dealing with things that come our way.

The enemy wants us to be scared and so afraid that we won’t ask or go for help. He puts shame and embarrassment on us during stressful times of need. The devil also uses the tactic that we are too good or above asking for help – too proud to lower ourselves and ask for assistance from others (or God). These lies are from the pit of hell!

Everyone needs help!

Psalm 121:1 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from God…

“I made a mistake.”

It’s a huge mistake not to admit when you’ve made a mistake. I have made so many mistakes in my life. I really began to live when I learned to humble myself before God and was willing to say “I’m sorry”.

When pride comes it is followed by disgrace. But, with humility comes wisdom.

Psalm 46:1 NIRV “God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble.”

The Real You!!

Sharon Couchman

Years ago way back in the 60’s & 70’s (I’m telling my age!) there was a TV game series called “To Tell the Truth”. Many of us “oldies” remember this popular show. The program consisted of a moderator, three contestants, and a panel of celebrities. The three contestants tried to fool the four-member celebrity panel into guessing who was really telling the truth about who they were.

The celebrity panelists, one at a time, would question the three contestants (addressing them by No. 1, No. 2. and No. 3) in an attempt to expose the liars and determine who was telling the truth. Continue reading

Are You Growing Weary?

Elda McAteer

Several years ago my husband and I owned a business. All of our children worked with us. My husband, John, and I each worked about 60 hours a week. Our sons would help us after school and on weekends. We all worked very hard trying to make a living.

Several years later the business started going downhill and was no longer profitable. The boys had to find other jobs. By this time our sons were married and had to provide for their own families. Continue reading