Beyond the Bulletin

Devotional thoughts for the follower of Jesus

The Seeker

As a new believer just becoming acquainted with the Scriptures, I remember being fascinated with a new and growing awareness of the riches of God’s wisdom. The more I feasted, the hungrier I became for the banquet of His Word. Not surprisingly, that hunger still grows today, as I’ve learned the feast never ends when Infinite God is »

A Prayer For Outside Help

“Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon my head; do not let my head refuse it.” (Psalm 141:5) When we face a temptation, what do we seek God for in that moment? Do we pray for strength to say “no”, or maybe the provision of “the way of escape” (1 Cor. 10: »

Fine Tuning Our Prayers

What do we pray for when we pray? What prayer items make the top of the list? Do we get in a rut and pray the same things and with the same words over and over again? (I find myself doing this.) It is important, especially when praying for others, to lift up urgent needs such as healing, employment, and »

A Healthy, Holy Obsession

Two guys often meet to talk baseball cards in a café where I sometimes read. Baseball cards must mean a lot to these guys, because they’ll talk about them for an hour at a time, a couple times a week. I’ve overheard them quote prices from $2 to $270 for a card. One guy is obviously wealthy, while »

Drops of Oil

There once lived a woman in a village of Israel. This woman’s husband—the son of a prophet—had recently passed away, leaving her with mountains of debt and two young sons who were too young to care for her. Adding to the dilemma, her family’s creditors had come to collect—and had threatened to take the widow’ »