Philippians 4:8 – Hope in Haiti: Part 1

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)

Early on, as a missionary in Haiti, I worked with kids and teachers, walking the back trails of rural villages to help photograph students for sponsoring in America. Because of the experience I was allowed a glimpse behind the mechanism of this playground of foreign aid and NGO’s.

I peered into the world of a people who also fought bitterly for their freedom, but were now falling headlong into a new shade of slavery

Read morePhilippians 4:8 – Hope in Haiti: Part 1

1 Peter 5:8-9 Always Be Watchful

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9 ESV)

It seems to me that when I feel closest to Christ and everything is going well is when I should be the most cautious. I should call in for reinforcements to cover my rear and keep my head on a swivel to assure I am looking out for an attack in every direction. Unfortunately, for most of us that’s not our typical course of action. We tend to let our guard down further because we embrace a false sense of security because of the feeling that we are close to God (see Romans 7:21 – So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.)

This sense of closeness to God can be genuine, but the belief that

Read more1 Peter 5:8-9 Always Be Watchful

Psalm 139:7-8 – God In The MRI

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! (Psalm 139:7-8 ESV)

From Jordan:

I had always thought that I was fine with being cramped in enclosed spaces, until the summer of 2011 when I had my first MRI. That’s when I found out that I was wrong; in fact, not just wrong, but very, very wrong. If you’re unfamiliar with MRI’s, it is a medical imaging procedure in which the patient is inserted into a tube just large enough for his or her body to slide into. Then (don’t lose me in the fancy medical jargon here), there are a bunch of loud hammering noises, clicks, claps, beeps and a variety of other atonal hubbub.

Initially, the cramped space and the noise didn’t bother me

Read morePsalm 139:7-8 – God In The MRI