Blessing of Teaching

Karen Hoffman

READ : 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 25:1-15   One of the most loving things a person can do is to teach a valued skill to someone else. Do you remember your Mom or Grandma teaching you how to knit or crochet? Or your Dad or Grandpa teaching you how to fish? Maybe your Dad taught you how to play ball or Mom taught you how to make fudge. We will focus for the next few days on how God shows …

Praise God for Aspirin

Karen Hoffman

READ : Matthew 9:35-38, Matthew 10:1-8   It’s a very small thing, approximately fifteen will fit in a teaspoon; but aren’t you thankful for it when you have a headache, toothache or sprained ankle? What I’m referring to is an aspirin tablet. We just read how Jesus preached the gospel and healed the sick, and also sent His disciples out with power over sickness, death and evil spirits. Jesus is the Great Physician and He did heal many while here …

Gift of Time

Karen Hoffman

READ : Genesis 1:9-19   On an average day, how many times do you look at your watch? 10? 20? It’s hard to guess, because the action is so automatic. What a marvelous part of creation the measuring of time is! What wisdom is expressed by the revolving of the earth around the sun, marking days and nights! We also see the affect of the tilting of the earth on its axis causing seasons. But when God put the lights …

God Communicates

Karen Hoffman

READ : Amos 8:11-14, 1 Samuel 3:1-10   Ever been given the “silent treatment”? To me that is one of the most painful things someone I care about can do to me. Sharing innermost thoughts and feelings is one of the most meaningful things people who care about each other can do. The idea for this devotion came after I’d experienced a period of “writer’s block.” I ran out of ideas. Then I realized why. I wasn’t spending enough time …

God Will Do It for Us

Karen Hoffman

READ : James 4:10-17, Matthew 6:31-34, Matthew 7:1-2   Each of us has tasks we dislike. One of mine is vacuuming, but it needs to be done, so I do it. In the two passages we read, God outlines two unpleasant activities we aren’t expected to do. We’re actually told not to do them, yet I very often catch myself doing one or the other. The two activities are judging others and worrying about tomorrow. Jesus mentioned these one following …