PSN Devotions Season 2 (2021)


  • What We Shall Be, July 17, 2021. We know the Kingdom of Heaven exists for eternity, but we don’t know much about it yet. However, that hasn’t stopped us from trying to figure our who will be there – or who won’t be there. Maybe a better use of our time and energy would be getting to know the Eternal King and living in such a way that others would want to know Him as well.
  • Respecting The Name, July 10, 2021. Do we believe the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable? If we do, then we should have no problem believing that promises and blessings He has bestowed from time immemorial are still in effect. But what does that mean in connection with reconciling estranged parts of our Creator’s Covenant family?
  • There’s No Place Like Home, July 3, 2021. If life is a journey, what is the destination? Why is the road so rough, with so many twists and turns? And why are we powerless to overcome the perils along the way? Or are we really powerless to deliver ourselves from the dire circumstances of life?
  • The Echo of Eternity, June 25, 2021. Bad things happen even to good people, and good things happen even to bad people. It’s futile to try to figure this out, but the struggle of life is hardly futile in the greater context of eternity.
  • Learning Through Offenses, June 19, 2021. Truth is absolute, but our perspective of truth is relative. Once we understand that, we move a long way toward the place where love covers a multitude of offenses.
  • How to Be Ready, June 5, 2021. The Bible tells us to watch and pray and be ready, but does it tell us how, and for what?
  • The Time of Our Visitation, May 29, 2021. It’s possible to live through earth-shaking times and miss the really important things. That’s why it’s good to remember that God’s redemptive plan hinges on Israel and Israel’s Messiah.
  • Grazing Safely, May 22, 2021. We know that our Redeemer promises to gather his scattered sheep. What we do not know very well is what those sheep should do once gathered.
  • Climbing Up the Mountain, May 16, 2021. A Crisis of faith happens when situations confront us that demand we follow through with what we say we believe, or back away from it. It’s really that simple, until we’re in the crisis – and unless we have walked out our faith day by day, it’s uncomfortably possible that we might not come through with our faith intact.
  • One More River to Cross, May 9, 2021. There is some comfort in knowing that our Creator expects us to fail. It’s part of the lengthy training process He has over seen for millennia to prepare a redeemed people for His eternal purposes.
  • A Man of Righteous Sorrow, May 2, 2021. Why do bad things happen to good people? Maybe it’s because they are far better able to handle adversity than those whose connection to the Creator is tenuous. Maybe the righteous suffer not only because they can endure trials, but because their Redeemer wants to refine them for something eternal.
  • The Disappearing Railroad Blues, April 25, 2021. Our finite human nature often has difficulty appreciating the past and the future while simultaneously living in the present. Old and new tend to clash, with one taking primacy of place. Which we choose depends on our age and point of view. But we serve an Eternal God Who exists outside of time. Is there some way, as His disciples, that we can reconcile old and new in our daily lives?
  • Take the Old King Off Life Support, April 18, 2021. We want the Lord to move and make things right, but often we ourselves are the reason He is holding back. Maybe instead of hoping He will fix the old things, we should ask how we can help Him usher in something new and better.
  • Heroic, Hopeful, or Wishful Thinking? April 11, 2021. It’s easy to be optimistic in the good times, or even in the moderately bad times, but what about when the world as we know it is coming to an end? 
  • Just Let Me Go Home, April 4, 2021. Sometimes life can get so hard that we’re ready for our Creator to take us home. But what do we really mean by that? And what does He hear when we cry out that way?
  • What Love Is, March 21, 2021. We all want to experience love, but do we really know what it is? And if we don’t know what it is, how can we give it – or receive it?
  • We Are Coming, But Are We Staying? March 14, 2021. The Parable of the Sower seems easy enough to understand until we actually have to live it out. Oddly enough, most people probably have no idea they are living out that parable on a daily basis – not only in their individual lives, but in their families, congregations, ministries, and communities.
  • Praying For Babylon, March 7, 2021. It’s easy to pray for those in authority when they are good to us, but how do we pray for those we don’t like, or who do us harm? Or is there an obligation to pray for them at all?
  • So Many Chickens, February 21, 2021. Choosing life rather than death sounds simple enough. Who would have a problem making such an obvious choice? But is it really that simple when the choice we make concerns the intrinsic value of another human being – especially when that person is someone whose value may be questionable in our eyes?
  • Only Following Orders?, February 14, 2021. It is said that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. Maybe it’s more accurate to say that evil triumphs when good people get so caught up in the business of life that they stop pursuing righteousness. So if they are not pursuing righteousness, what are they pursuing? And what slips by while they’re not looking?
  • The Trial of Not Knowing, February 7, 2021. The hardest part of any trial may not be the trial itself, but waiting for it to begin.
  • Justice On The Right Terms, January 24, 2021. We all want to see right prevail. Or do we? Maybe what we really want is to see right prevail as we define it.
  • Defiance, Or Definition?, January 17, 2021. Where do we draw the line between obedience and defiance to authority? Maybe that is not the right question. Maybe it’s more a matter of who – and whose – we understand ourselves to be.
  • Our Shenandoah Moment, January 10, 2021. No matter how diligently we try to avoid controversy and hard choices, eventually they overtake us. It is another paradox of life that even refusing to choose one way or another often means to have made a choice, and in so doing to endure even greater harm. This is not new. Our ancestors going back to the beginning have dealt with hard decisions. What can their choices teach us?
  • An Eternal Catch-22, January 3, 2021. Life is one grand paradox. To enjoy life to its fullest, we have to live within the boundaries our Creator established, even if those boundaries displease us. Going beyond those boundaries to grasp more of life brings very disagreeable consequences, but what happens when we stay within those boundaries even when they are constricting, unpleasant, and painful?

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