Look Intently

I cannot forget the excitement of receiving my engagement ring. I am not sure which sparkled brightest, the diamond, or my eyes. It was not a costly ring, but I felt like a princess. My future husband and I had made our commitment official. Long before I wore the ring, a diamond cutter looked intently into the gem, searched for flaws, and examined its many facets.

Am I committed; do I diligently look intently into the treasure of God’s word? Do my eyes light up? “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25 NIV).” My flaws are sins; as darkness, they make a backdrop for the brilliance of God’s flawless word! Through adoption, I’m a child of the King!

Devotionals, Family, Marriage

He’s A Rebel


Pam Ford Davis

Are you a Rebel or a Yankee? Geographical boundaries largely influence your choice of label. Most are pretty proud of that distinction. I don’t reside at the Mason-Dixon line, but I’m from the Northeast and my husband is from the Deep South. Before I ever saw his face I was very aware of his homeland. A Syracuse radio station hired him for the graveyard shift, and promoted him heavily before he arrived.  The Rebel would soon be on the air.

Rebellion against God is not a slogan or promotional stunt. It is very serious to rebel against our Creator. “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you might set in order what remains, and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man be above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion (Titus 1:5-6 NAS).”  

Paul urged his co-laborer to choose church leaders wisely. As believers, we can not make children serve the Lord. We can guide them in hopes of stopping rebellion before it starts. Billy and Ruth Graham lived out their faith before their children. Yet, Franklin confesses to rebellion in his heart in early years. That rebel is now a humble servant.