Carol Bechtel

Carol Bechtel

The Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel is Professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan where she has taught since 1994. Dr. Bechtel preaches and teaches widely and is a General Synod Professor of Theology in the Reformed Church in America. She served as President of the RCA’s General Synod and moderator of its General Synod Council. She also serves as the Executive Director of the American Waldensian Society. Her publications include a commentary on Esther for the Interpretation series, and several Bible study books and curricula. She now lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, Tom Mullens. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include singing, cooking, gardening, and the Celtic harp.
Devotionals
Helen Hofman

A Good Reputation

Read: Proverbs 22:1; 1 Peter 2:12-17 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1 NIV) During the Zapatista

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Helen Hofman

A Blanket of Fog

Read: Acts 12:5-11 Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. (1 Kings 8:28 NIV) It was the late-1990s. Zapatista rebels had

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Helen Hofman

Forgive and Move On

Read: 1 Peter 2:19-25; 3:14, 17 But if you suffer for doing good . . . , this is commendable before God. (2:20 NIV) Construction of the Tzeltal Bible School

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Helen Hofman

Worshiping in the Woods

Read: Psalm 95:1-7 You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power. (Rev. 4:11 NIV) Thomas’s parents arranged his marriage to Maria when they were

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Helen Hofman

The Unexpected Mechanic

Read: Psalm 33:12-22 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. (v. 20 NIV) It was ten o’clock at night. We were driving on

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Helen Hofman

God Restores Peace

Read: Psalm 97 He guards the lives of his faithful ones. (v. 10 NIV) Every Wednesday evening we picked up our Tojolabal language helper, Francisco, and any other Tojolabal Christians