About the Author

David Bast
David Bast

Dave Bast retired as the President and Broadcast Minister of Words of Hope in January 2017, after 23 years with the ministry. Prior to his ministry and work at Words of Hope, Dave served as a pastor for 18 years in congregations in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several devotional books. A graduate of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, he has also studied at both the Fuller and Calvin seminaries. Dave and his wife, Betty Jo, have four children and four grandchildren. Dave enjoys reading, growing tomatoes, and avidly follows the Detroit Tigers.

Books
Rev. David Bast

Carols and Lessons

An Advent Devotional What would Christmas be without carols to sing? Yet how often do we think about the familiar words we are singing?   In these devotionals, David Bast

Books
Rev. David Bast

What We Are

With apologies to Charles Dickens, the Christian ministry could be described as the best of jobs and the worst of jobs. It is indeed a high calling to be a minister of the Word of God. Ministers are subjected to criticism and scorn; they are belittled, viewed as oddballs, sometimes overworked, often under-appreciated. “We are the scum of the earth,” says Paul.

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

Blessed Are the Persecuted

Read: Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are you when others . . . persecute you . . . on my account. (v. 11) “Blessing” and “persecution” don’t sound like they belong in

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Rev. David Bast

The First Martyr

Read: Acts 6 They could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. (v. 10) The Greek word for “witness” is martys. Originally, a martyr was someone

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Rev. David Bast

Ears to Hear

Read: Matthew 13:1-9 He who has ears, let him hear. (v. 9) Every letter in Revelation 2–3 concludes with this: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

Faith is the Victory

Read: Revelation 3:21-22; 12:10-17a [To] the one who conquers . . . as I also conquered. (v. 21) Seven times over in his letters to the churches the Lord makes promises