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.

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

Pray to the Lord of the Harvest

Read: Matthew 9:35-38 The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray . . . (v. 37) The 20th-century evangelical leader John Stott said that the world’s great

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

Two Last Miracles

Read: Matthew 9:27-34 Never was anything like this seen in Israel. (v. 33) Opening the eyes of the two blind men and loosening the tongue of the deaf-mute are the

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman

Read: Matt. 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43 Little girl . . . arise. (Mark 5:41) This section of Matthew recounts two intertwined miracles. In both cases Jesus is not contaminated by contact

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

Follow Me

Read: Matthew 9:9-13 As Jesus passed on from there . . . he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth. (v. 9) The only thing Matthew tells

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

The Forgiveness of Sins

Read: Matthew 9:1-8 Take heart . . . your sins are forgiven. (v. 2) Every time we recite the Apostles’ Creed we say, “I believe in . . . the

Devotionals
Rev. David Bast

The In-breaking Kingdom

Read: Matthew 8:28-34 What have you to do with us, O Son of God? (v. 29) C. S. Lewis described our world as enemy-occupied territory. This story in Matthew 8