A Light for My Path Devotional

Do You Want to Get Well

January 13th, 2018

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.

In John 5:1-9 we read the exciting story of the lame man who sat by the Pool of Bethesda hoping to be healed by being the first to enter the pool after the angel stirred the waters. When Jesus arrived on the scene He asked the lame man a simple but profound question, “Do you want to get well?”

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Hymns of Worship, Hymns of Comfort

January 6th, 2018

EPHESIANS 5:18-20 (KJV) Be filled with the Spirit: speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Whether written as prayers and […]

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Reflecting on the Promises of God

December 30th, 2017

In our first devotional of 2017, I put forth a challenge to remember and rely on the promises of God as you moved forward in the new year. Let’s look again at some of the things God promises us:

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The Carol of the Angels

December 23rd, 2017


Long ago in old Judea
Angels shining with God’s light,
Sang the song of hope and gladness,
“Christ the Lord is born this night.”

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Joy to the World

December 16th, 2017

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? I do! Every time I hear “Joy to the World” my heart is overwhelmed with gladness for the coming of our Savior. I’m not quite sure when I fell in love with this delightful hymn, but every time I hear it the wonder of Christmas comes alive for me.

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The One-Line Song

December 9th, 2017

This month our devotionals focus on the music of Christmas. My mind was still thinking about that last Friday morning after I finished writing the devotional and set out to do my errands. At lunch time, I stopped to get a bite to eat at a local fast food restaurant. The place was packed, but I found a seat near a table with three young mothers who were obviously enjoying their time together. Their children were all at the next table, giggling and playing while they ate. As I settled into my seat, I noticed that above all the noise and chatter filling the air I could hear a young voice bellowing, “Ring the bells for Jesus is born! Ring the bells for Jesus is born!”

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Mary’s Song

December 2nd, 2017

One of the things I love so much about the Christmas season is the joyful sound of the carols. I never tire of hearing them and singing the beautiful message of the coming of the Christ child.

The first one to sing about this wonderful event was Mary, the mother of this Child. Her song is recorded in Luke 1:46-53. The angel of the Lord appeared to Mary, a young virgin living in Nazareth, and announced joyfully that she was chosen to bear the Savior of the world. Although Mary knew the promises of God to send a Redeemer to His people, she questioned the angel as to how it could be, that she should bear this One. His words reassured her. Then Mary’s submissive response came without hesitation—“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

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Facing the Holidays

November 25th, 2017

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, the holiday season has officially begun! While many people are excited about connecting with family and friends they don’t often see, others fret because they have to spend time with folks they would rather avoid. Feelings of hurt, rejection or abuse from the past and/or the present overshadow holiday joy.

Sadly, some individuals and families face the holidays with loneliness because death or distance keeps them from being with loved ones. Loneliness robs them of their joy and the holiday season is down right drudgery.

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A Thankful Heart

November 18th, 2017

Thanksgiving Image - PumpkinsPsalm 68:19
Blessed be the Lord who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.

Psalm 68 is an interesting passage. It was intended to be used in worship by Israel as a song of victory and deliverance. It recounts the many difficulties they endured and speaks of them being afflicted, oppressed, helpless, sinful, and exposed to hurt and pain; yet this Psalm recalls that God provided for His people in the tough wilderness wanderings and in the days of bountiful blessing in the Promised Land of Canaan. In both the good times and the bad, God blessed them and cared for them. In this passage, His people recognize that and thank Him for it.

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Have You Thanked God Today?

November 11th, 2017

Author Jerry Bridges has a way of going straight to the heart of the issue when he writes. In his book RESPECTABLE SINS he challenges us to follow  the direction of the Apostle Paul to give thanks ALWAYS and for ALL things.  Bridges boldly declares, “Giving thanks to God for both his temporal and spiritual blessings in our lives is not just a nice thing to do–it’s the moral will of God. Failure to give him the thanks due him is sin. It may seem like a benign sin to us because it doesn’t harm anyone else. But it’s an affront and insult to the one who created us and sustains every second of our lives.”

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