40 Days of Building on Faith: You are Equipped to Serve and Bring Hope

By Rhea Triche On days when problems become overwhelming, have you ever lain in bed or looked in the mirror and thought about or even asked yourself, “Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why did God create me?  Does my life even matter?” The prophet Jeremiah understood such moments of despair and offers some powerful words about hope. …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Faith Builds Hope

By Doug Murrell Shortly after arriving at Habitat for Humanity, I made my first visit to the Republic of Haiti. Even years after the devastating earthquake that rocked this mountainous island, the remnants of destruction are still overwhelming. I fully expected to find communities depressed and in despair. Instead, I was  struck by what I saw in the eyes of …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Faith in Action

By Anna Matevosyan Today we look at another example of faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). This meditation from Armenia reminds us that God’s mighty power is at work — over time, and even when we are unaware. Every believer’s faith includes a narrative, with some stories more dramatic than …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Hope When You cannot See

By Lisa Nickerson When I consider the concept of hope, I think of the well-known verse from Hebrews 11:1, NKJV: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things  not seen.” Romans 8:24 expands on this thought, adding that hope, in itself, is not necessary if we already know or have seen the outcome. In Romans …

40 Days of Building on Faith: A Time of Preparation

By Scot Sellers The Lenten season is a time of preparation. It is a time for us to prepare ourselves to  better understand and appreciate the great gift our Lord gave to each of us: His willingness to give His life up so that we could know Him and be with Him for eternity. Philippians 2:4-7 reminds us that Jesus …

40 Days of Building on Faith: When we Think Hope is Lost

By Jason Vance The Scripture passage from Ezekiel 37:1–14 paints a vivid picture of both despair and hope. I am sure we have all faced times when we felt dried up and spent! Probably many more times, we have witnessed other people who have lost hope. This passage about dry bones may conjure up for us thoughts of majority-world countries …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Bathed in Grace

By Jonathan T.M. Reckford Recently, I read an article in Christianity Today by Pete Briscoe about being on a  journey from law to grace. He spoke of always having a taste of grace, but over the past few years deciding to bathe in it. I understand completely what he is talking about. I had always called myself a Christian, but …

40 Days of Building on Faith: God-Sized Tasks

By Tim Daugherty “‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’”  — John 16:33, NIV Today is St. Patrick’s Day. I found it fitting to be assigned to write a devotional for this day, given my Irish heritage! When …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Trust in the Lord

By Rick McDanie As I write this message of hope, my family reels with the pain of loss. You see, this morning we lost our pet of 13 years. Even though it was clearly Wrigley’s time, it does not lessen the blow. So the family will pause in grief and begin to move on in life without Wrigley. I wonder …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Doing the Good News

By Gary L. Hansen “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?” — James 2:14, NIV It was later in the evening, and I was crying! I was not sad, and I was not overly happy. Along with 10 others from Michigan, I was sitting …