Why We Shine


Let your light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works

and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16


A Little Bit of Harmony


The need for believers to care for the poor is a constant theme of Scripture, but often we do nothing about it.  We get caught up in meeting our own needs and desires, or we just don’t see enough poor people to remember their needs.  Both in your own city and across the oceans there are people who need help.  What can you do to show them tangible evidence of God’s love?

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT, May 23.  Tyndale House Publishers.  2003.



Satan tries to trick us into thinking that life can be divided into two separate parts:  the secular, which is separate from the Lord, and the spiritual.  That’s a lie.  As God’s children, we are spiritual beings, and every area of our life is to be an expression of that divine relationship.  Whether employment, family role, ministry, or leisure pursuits, our every involvement connects into God’s purpose for our life and must please Him.

Portions of commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, February 12, 2017.

Shadow and Light

These serve as a copy and shadow

of the heavenly things,

as Moses was warned when he was

about to complete the tabernacle.

For He said,

Be careful that you make everything

according to the pattern that was

shown to you on the mountain.

But Jesus has now obtained a

superior ministry,

and to that degree He is the mediator

of a better covenant,

which has been legally enacted

on better promises.

Hebrews 8:5-6





Yes, Jesus can save, but not much else.  That is what some Christians reflect to the world, when we believe in Jesus for salvation, but trust ourselves for daily living.  When we depend on our intelligence, talents, material possessions, or family to help us.  God wants us to rely on Him alone.  On whom do you depend and give glory to?

We should not become lazy and complacent because Christ has not yet returned.  Instead, our lives should express our eager expectation of His coming.  What would you like to be doing when Christ returns?  Is that the way you are living each day?

Portions of commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, December 10, 2016, and The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, December 11.

Who do you love?


For everyone who practices wicked things

hates the light and avoids it,

so that his deeds may not be exposed.

John 3:20

“Keep everything hazy in his mind now, and you will have all eternity wherein to amuse yourself by producing in him the peculiar kind of clarity which Hell affords.”  The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, pg. 7