The Voice of Mark: Pay Attention

Ken Eriks

Read: Mark 13:24-31 When you see these things taking place, you know that he is near. (v. 29) One preparation for Christmas that will happen in many homes is baking and decorating Christmas cookies. The recipe tells you the oven temperature and exactly how long to bake the cookies. But you have to do more than read and follow the …

The Voice of Isaiah: Yield

Ken Eriks

Read: Isaiah 64:5-8 But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (v. 8) In our family, I often feel like the only one who cannot make his fingers work the way I want. I watch my wife, children, and granddaughters draw, paint, and …

The Voice of Isaiah: Hope

Ken Eriks

Read: Isaiah 64 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence. (v. 1) Hope is central to the season of Advent when Christians celebrate the first coming of Christ at his incarnation. A wreath of evergreens is present in many churches this month as a symbol of life, growth, and …

Hope in a Lonely Place

Christy Prins

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. (v. 13) Prison can be a lonely place. Words of Hope receives many letters from prisoners who read this devotional. These letters report struggle, fear, and regret. However, we know that there is also hope in prison. That hope comes from the body of Christ. …

Finding a Church

Christy Prins

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25 Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together. (vv. 24-25) A church can be many things. Sometimes it’s a congregation in a traditional church building. Sometimes a church is a family in Indonesia gathered in a home. Sometimes it’s a crowd of South Sudanese refugees, gathering …