TOUGH DECISIONS! Quite often I am reminded of the tough decisions that people make in life. I have watched people face tough major decisions that will affect their life until the day they die. Decisions can be tough for a senior citizen without family or close friends. I have also watched the field directors of our mission organization face really tough but necessary decisions that will affect many lives. Choices and decisions in life are not always easy. Sometimes they are just tough. Life can get messy and complicated. Reflecting on all this I am reminded of the tough decisions (from a human perspective) that God has made concerning the human race. I cannot think of a tougher problem (


TEAMWORK! We can do more together as Christians than we can do separately. That principle is probably true in most things in life. Hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, fire departments, police departments, and disaster response organizations have a team of people to serve people who need assistance. No one person can do everything. If one person is failing in their job someone is suffering in some way. Politics, religion, race, sex and a lot of other topics are set aside to meet the needs of suffering people. As Christians we live in a suffering world. The people around us are spiritually dying and don’t even realize it. Christians need to be team focused like Jesus and the Disciples, Pa


EXERCISE, WHO NEEDS IT? When my wife was in a physical rehabilitation facility two of our friends & fellow Pastors joined me to visit her. When we arrived my wife was in the therapy room working on her arms and hands. She wasted no time in telling me she had a few pains; and she wasn’t talking about me or my two friends. But she still had to continue her exercising while we retired to the comfort of the waiting room. The right exercise was absolutely essential to my wife’s recovery. Her mission for the moment was soon accomplished and then we were all together catching up on the events in our lives. Right exercise is something we all need and that is also true in our spiritual lives as w


PLANS: It seems everyone has a plan for our life; from government to family, to the business world. But the plan that really matters is the plan God has for our life and sometimes we have a hard time understanding it. But just as God had/has a plan for the people of Israel so God has a plan for us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and He has a life plan for those who love Him and seek Him. God is serious when He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart,” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV). Th


HOPE AND PATIENCE! “But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently,” (Roman 8:24-25 NIV). Hope is a big part of the Christians’ life as it has been for God-believers in every generation. Life is uncertain and full of twists and turns and the bible is full of examples of Old and New Testament individuals and characters that have placed their hope in God and His promises. In the Bible we see some examples of fulfillment of those promises and hopes and we see some that will only be fulfilled in eternity. When dealing with hope patience is a necessity. God does not always fulfill our hopes on our tim


CAR-JACKED! Being car-jacked has to be one of the worse feelings in the world. One is just driving along headed toward their destination when they stop for traffic or a traffic light and all of a sudden and unexpectedly they find their selves Car-Jacked against their will and in life threatening danger. The end of this event is uncertain. In recent conversations I have found many Christians whose beliefs have been hi-jacked by Satan. It seems they started out in solid biblical beliefs but now the gay agenda has caused them to drift, global warming has deceived them, over-population theories cloud their perspective on abortion and world populations and Man’s ability to feed the world. And


THE FUTURE? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t give thought to the future. Some plan on the future based on their thinking. Some just ignore the future and live for today. Others live in constant fear of the future. And some look joyfully to the future. And there are probably many other viewpoints and thoughts about the future as are often expressed in movies, TV, books and other forms of media. But regardless of how or what we think about the future it does arrive. And it should have a place of importance in our lives NOW! The book of James says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes,” (James


ATTITUDE - “People may hear your words but they feel your attitude.” I don’t know who said it but I certainly know what they mean. Even a casual observance of the people around us will reveal the reality of this quote. I wonder about us as Christians and our words toward the “unlovable” of the world. I believe we know all the words to use to try and convince the “unlovable” that we love them but does our attitude (via actions) actually match up to our words? The Apostle Paul said, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had,” (Philippians 2:5 NLT). We are talking about a settled, firm, convicted state of mind that determines our actions in life. It is not an “act” but a reality


ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE! A few years ago my youngest granddaughter came to town to visit her father so we were delighted to spend a little time with her. She would soon begin her third year of college in the Fall and she had grown into a very beautiful young lady, with a great personality, and many plans in preparing for life. During this week though she just wanted to have a good time and enjoy the activities of South Florida and visiting with her father, her cousins, and the rest of the family here. At the time my wife was in a rehab center recovering from surgery. So my wife and I were delighted when she visited my wife at the rehab center a few short hours after arriving in town. Rehab cente


COMPASSION! At Caribbean Vision Ministries, where I have served for many years, we love partnering with Three Strands in Haiti as they provide, “compassionate, sustainable, comprehensive health care” to the Haitian people. I wish I could say that all health care providers who claim to provide “compassionate” care really do. But I have discovered over the years that is not always the case. An organization may say they desire and have a goal to provide “compassionate” care but the bottom line is far too many employees of the organization may not have the same goal. Praise God for all those who actually do provide compassionate care. I think far too many people in health care view their job as


MOVING DAY! My wife and I have been married for sixty years and during this period of time we have moved a lot; residence to residence, State to State, East Coast to West Coast to East Coast and a few places in between. One move in our life was different. My wife moved from the hospital into a rehabilitation care facility. This was a very positive move as she continued to recover from surgery and also worked on her ability to walk with a walker again and also some other personal care areas. She did well and was excited about preparing for future normal activity again. Then she moved back home which was very exciting. But there is another move we are both really excited about and of even grea


FOOD! I eat almost anything so being around hospital food is no big deal. But I notice hospital dieticians seem to take a different approach. They serve plenty of healthy food to sick people; but taste, well that is a different story. Now I understand the blandness and reasoning behind that; however, sick people seem to eat very little. They tend to nibble at their food. Yet the kitchen sends three full meals a day. And I notice dieticians follow up to see if people are eating any of their food. Now that got me to thinking. Dieticians are smarter than a lot of Christians. How many Christians really pay attention to the spiritual food they are eating? The Bible says, “Like newborn babies,


LONELY SOULS! As you might suspect from reading the previous devotionals I have spent a lot of time visiting in a hospital in the last few years. It reminds me of times when I pastored local churches. One of the things that stand out is how many patients there are who never seem to have anyone visiting them or looking after them, i.e., a relative or friend. I wonder how some of these people receive the care they deserve. It appears to me that the old adage “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” applies often in the hospital or rehab center and those who “can’t or won’t squeak” may often tend to get ignored or delayed in receiving care. Praise God for those facilities where staff members attempt to


FATHER’S DAY! We wish all the Fathers who read this a very happy Father’s day celebration on Sunday. Until someone has a son or daughter of their own they will never know the joy and love that appears in the heart of a father as he looks upon his child. As much as that is true from a human standpoint we also know that God the Father feels that way towards us as His sons and daughters in the faith. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court,” (Psalm 127:3-5 NIV). Fath


YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU MEET MILLIE! In South Florida we have a lot of people from Haiti. So it is no surprise that the lady who cleaned my wife Millie’s hospital room a few years ago is from Port Au Prince, Haiti. It was a surprise that her name was also Millie and she and Millie my wife connected. Millie is a sweet hard working Christian lady and was a joy to see and share with each morning. God is good and places His testimony in the most needful places. I wonder how often God’s people miss God’s intended blessings because we don’t take the time to take an interest in those people around us. Not the rich and powerful but those often considered “lowly in life” by some in our society. T


PATIENCE. Hospitals are great places that are used by God to teach patience. Sometimes in some hospitals I think the only places in the hospital that move quickly are the ER with patients brought in by EMT’s and surgical and ICU units and maybe security when there is a problem like taking coffee into a restricted area. In regular patient rooms one wonders if the call button is actually connected to a nurse’s station and if “I will let them know” means just that or if a person will actually respond to the situation prior to shift change. Reflect on that for a moment. God does address this matter of slow responses in hospitals in the Bible you know. The Apostle Paul said, “But if we hope fo


THE SOURCE OF WISDOM. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you,” (James 1:5 NIV). Sometimes the answers to life aren’t clear and obvious to all concerned. Sometimes opinions are divided among people involved in the common situations of life and sometimes it just seems confusion reigns. But the source of all wisdom is God and God often uses people to share His wisdom with us. I am thankful for the many friends I have in life who have wisdom gained from God over a lifetime and I am thankful they share some of that wisdom with me. And I am thankful for the new people God brings into my life who also have God


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A WONDERFUL DAUGHTER! This date is our daughter’s birthday. We are rightfully proud of our daughter and her love for Jesus, her love of family, friends and God’s Kingdom in this world. The world would be a much poorer place without her and she is a blessing to many people. My wife and I love to spend our daughter’s birthday with her and have a great time of celebration. But that can’t happen every year because of the distance between our homes and often because of health complications of both my wife and daughter. Distance or problems may separate us on birthdays but the reality of God’s blessings for the gift of a wonderful daughter causes us to reflect on God’s Word. “Rej


ICU IS A DANGEROUS PLACE! As a former Pastor of a number of different churches in a number of different States in the U.S. I found myself quite often in hospital Intensive Care Units to visit people in serious medical conditions. I never felt I was in danger, even when I had to put on a cap and gown, nor did I feel the Staff was in danger. For the most part these areas seemed to be very quiet, sterile and solemn, except when actually caring for arriving people in serious need. That has changed with some of the dangers like COVID-19 and who knows what the future holds. Even the medical staff is in danger now. Maybe they always were and I just didn’t know it. The Staff deserves our appreciatio


LOOK UP AND LOOK IN THE BOOK! “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard,” (Psalm 19:1-3 NIV). If anyone on planet earth looks up to the heavens in the daytime or nighttime God reveals to them in a general way the existence of a great Creator God. The message has been impressed on the heart and mind of mankind since the creation of the heavens and the creation of man. Mankind through the deception and wickedness caused by Satan and each person’s own sinful nature may deny the existence of God and make up all kinds

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