Mid-Week Devotionals

SEEING THE ANT’S TRIPE (Intestine)
May 15th, 2024
In Haiti, where I grew up, one of the common local sayings was “with patience you can see the ant’s tripe (intestine).My family’s financial situation, while somewhat better than a large portion of the population, was not that great, and we often lacked many necessities. My poor mother, God bless her soul, was a woman of faith who always hoped for better days for her and her family. She will very o...
SPIRITUAL LISTENING EARS
May 8th, 2024
On April 28th, Rev. Kay started her sermon by telling us to be quiet and listen to the world around us.  Listen to the groaning.  Listen to the aching of the world. The world needs to hear the Good News, but in order for us to hear the Good News, we need to be quiet.With all the things that are currently going on around the world, so many people think God is asleep or doesn’t speak to His children...
Navigating Life’s Storms Through Spiritual Depths
May 1st, 2024
“Study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.” John 5: 39Unbeknownst to us, we were blindsided by unexpected harsh weather conditions last Tuesday while on our way to Dubai. Our plane encountered heavy rain and fierce winds, making it impossible to land. The passengers on board were nervous and anxious as...
WALKING BY A BLESSING
April 24th, 2024
“If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been live a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.” Isaiah 48:18How often have you put money in a safe place and forgotten about it? How many times do we have things of value and don’t even realize it? I was given a necklace and earrings set several months ago. The set is beautiful. I thought it was costume jewelry. H...
DEPENDING ON GOD
April 18th, 2024
As a result of my near-death experience last month, when my heart rate dropped to around 20, a pacemaker had to be implanted in my chest to regulate my heart rate and ensure that it remains around the normal 60 beats per minute (bpm).However, at least for the first six weeks, this life saving intervention came with many restrictions: not lifting my left arm above my head, or crossing it behind my ...
Looking Ahead
April 10th, 2024
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11I usually take the same route to work daily—Route 280 West to Exit 10 and then Northfield Avenue. Anyone familiar with Northfield Avenue in West Orange will know that every block has a traffic light as you approach the Turtle Back Zoo area.One mo...
Finding Grace and Growth in Glorified Scars John 20:19-31
April 3rd, 2024
When I see someone with an interesting scar, I’m always curious to know its story. Although it’d be impolite to ask, I always hope it will come up in conversation. What event led to the stitches on the knee, what adventure resulted in the scar on the forehead, and what caused the mark on the arm? Something about scars makes us want to hear the story behind them. Sometimes, it’s a story of overcomi...
THE BEAUTY OF SCARS
March 28th, 2024
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)We are in Holy Week. Christians around the world will be celebrating Holy Week. This is a time of remembrance of how Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. He knew His time on earth was coming to an end, so H...
The Hummingbird Feeder: A Parable of Grace
March 20th, 2024
Christians all over the world observe Lent to remember the events that led up to Easter Sunday, particularly Holy Week. As I prepare for and reflect on this time, I am reminded of a story representing humanity's response to God's saving grace.Jay E. Adams writes that he has a hummingbird feeder in his backyard that he keeps filled with sugar water. The feeder has four openings from which birds may...
Welcome Home to the God of Many Chances
March 6th, 2024
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20 NIV).Continuing the theme of CG discussed this past Sunday’s sermon about the adulterer woman who received forgiveness and grace from Jesus, another story that comes to mind is one of the most memorable and heart-touching stori...