Choices and Consequences

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Genesis 3:1-13   “Not responsible,” says a young man who drag raced down a highway at 100 miles an hour, hit a car making a left turn, and killed three teens instantly. “Not responsible,” says a student who sneaks a gun into school which kills a friend. “I didn’t know it was loaded.” “Not responsible,” say two children who killed their parents. “They were abusive.” Since the dawn of recorded history people have been trying to blame others …

Is God a Killjoy?

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Psalm 19:7-14   Our Creator made men and women to live lives within boundaries. All of His creation reflects His order. “He gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command” (Prov. 8:29). Joy is a by-product of living according to the rules. “Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble,” says the Psalmist (Ps. 119:165). “You shall keep My laws for your own good,” says the Lord. He …

Are You the Elder Brother?

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Luke 15:25-32   Perhaps you have heard the story of a new Christian who was so overjoyed in a church service that he exclaimed, “Praise the Lord!” An usher immediately came to him and tapped him on the shoulder, “We don’t do that here, sir.” Recent converts with their newfound faith are often filled with enthusiasm and joy. They see promises in the Bible for the first time. They find worship exciting. They are most effective in bringing …

Joyful Acceptance

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Luke 15:11-24   This parable, like the one about rescuing the lost sheep, underscores how Christ receives wounded people. The son had squandered his fortune and disgraced the family. Yet his father loved him, received him back with rejoicing, and threw a big party for him. For several summers I served a church on Little Cranberry Island, Maine. Here I met Malcolm. He was a big man six feet, six inches tall, muttering to himself as he wandered …

Surprised by Joy

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Luke 15:1-7   The Lord promised His disciples that they would have supreme joy, in spite of trials and persecution. In this series of devotions I want to look at various aspects of joy, including what God does to provide for our needs, what hindrances there may be to fullness of joy, and what resources there are for surmounting the obstacles to receiving what He has promised. People are like lost sheep. Our Lord told this parable in …