1 JOHN 5:7-8

“7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”

I really couldn’t think of another title for today’s devotional. It’s pretty straight forward. We’re talking about witnesses. That is someone who can personally vouch for or speak on behalf of something. They have first-hand knowledge. Have you ever been called as a witness? If you tell the truth, it’s no big deal, is it?

John is following his thought from verse 6. And here in verses 7 and 8 he calls forth the three witnesses which testify about Jesus. I love the last phrase in verse 8 – “and the three are in agreement.” The actual Greek says, “these three are in one.” That’s awesome. The water, the blood and the Spirit all speak to who Jesus is.


Speaking the truth about something is important. Our kids should be taught to always tell the truth. If you know the truth, speak the truth. Falsehoods and lies will lead you to more and more trouble. It gets hard to keep the facts straight, and pretty soon you’re telling lies to cover lies. We should always point others toward the truth.

Our children, even our young children, can be witnesses for Christ. They can share the truth about Jesus to anyone. What’s really great is that most people will let them talk. They may shut us down, but they will listen to a child talk about God. For the Lord’s sake, teach them to do that every chance they get. They may just plant the seed that could lead someone to accept Christ as Savior.

Are you bearing witness to Jesus? You may be only one witness and not three, but you can be an effective witness. Our lives should be a witness to what He’s done in our lives. He has done so much, hasn’t it? Why in the world would we ever miss an opportunity to tell someone that? And by doing that we are being obedient the One who has delivered us. Amen?

I will tell others the great news of my salvation. I will be a witness to the works You have done in my life and point others to You.



2 PETER 2:19

“promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”

Have you ever felt defeated and overcome? Who hasn’t at some time in their life? The Greek word for “overcome” is only used three times in the New Testament – here in this verse and in the next verse and also in 2 Corinthians 12:13. It means to be defeated or overcome, to be made to feel inferior. Have you ever felt that way? Be assured that is not of God.

The enemy wants to enslave you to those thoughts and feelings. God never wants us to feel inferior. He is in the building up business. Satan, on the other hand, makes it his goal to bring us down, to make us feel less than we were created to be. Do not be enslaved by those thoughts. Allow the Lord to break those chains of corruption. He wants you free.


Play a game with your kids. Get some various size links of chain and label them with tags that name various sins we commit. Get some heavy chains if you can and even attach some weights to them. Start putting the chains on your kids, starting with the lightest weight. Once you put it on them, have them walk around the room. Add the additional links of chains and weight, each time having them walk the room.

Keep adding the chains and weights until they can’t walk anymore. Now they are getting the picture. The more sin we allow in our lives, the more we are weighted down. We can’t possibly walk with Christ as He intends with these heavy weights on us. The good news is He can remove them all with just the slightest word. Ask your child how they feel once all the chains are removed. I bet they will feel relieved.

Are you walking around right now weighted down and enslaved by your sins? Have you allowed others to draw you into a lifestyle of bondage? Break free today. Jesus has the ability to break any chains that bind you. Will you trust Him to do that today in your life?

Father, forgive me for wearing the chains of bondage. Break me free from any and all chains that bind me. I want to follow You.



I cannot believe it’s here! Book 1 of the 3 Volumes (volumes 2-3 to follow in 2020). God orchestrated this and used AMG Publishers (Steve, Amanda, Ebony, Rick, others) to make it happen. Can’t wait to see how the Lord will use this in the lives of families.
I will have books available at Woodland Park beginning Sunday, November 3. Would make a great Christmas gift for a family. Price is $14.99.
Or you can order through amgpublishers.com, amazon books, Christian Book Distributors or Lifeway. Just search for the title or author.
To God be the Glory!

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“so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”

That may sound silly – super glued! But I love that stuff. When something needs to be held tight and not move, pull out the super glue. Just make sure you have it set in the right place, because once the glue is applied, it’s not moving.

That’s the meaning behind the word “establish” in today’s verse. God will super glue your heart “without blame in holiness.” Of course, everything God does is eternal. He doesn’t mess around with temporal stuff. So, if He establishes your heart, He intends it to last for eternity.


How do you apply this verse to yourself and your family? God can only establish your heart if it is yielded to Him. He won’t force you. As bad as you want your children to follow Christ, it is only possible if they surrender to Him. 

Our job as parents is to prepare our children’s hearts to be established by the Lord. That means we are consistently teaching them God’s Word. We know it won’t come back void. We are consistently teaching them to pray, so when the Holy Spirit draws them to surrender, they will know His voice. 

Have you fully, and I mean fully, surrendered your heart to Him? Does He have it all? If you are holding back, He can’t establish you as blameless or in holiness. If we insist of handling part of our heart ourselves, it will not be secure. Allow the Lord today to have it all.  He can handle it. He can secure it.

You are the Maker of my heart, therefore, You are the only one who can establish it. Thank You, Lord, for super glueing my heart today.

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VERSE OF THE DAY: 1 Thessalonians 1:2

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;”

I love how Paul tells ALL the Thessalonians these words. He was thanking God for all of them. Now, that’s hard for me to believe. Surely, there was at least one person in that church that Paul wasn’t entirely thankful for. I’ve been in a lot of churches, and I can’t think of a one where I was thankful for everyone. There always seems to be one who just causes me trouble.

Then Paul goes on to say he is praying for them. He, Silvanus and Timothy were praying for them. What do you think he was praying? I am sure he was reflecting on all they had done for him and the Lord. Who do you mention in your prayers?


Teaching our children to pray is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent. Hearing them pray for Aunt Susie, Uncle Fred, the mailman and the dog down the street really warms your heart. Making mention of people!  That’s what they are doing.  They are doing the same thing Paul was doing.

Our job is teach them to talk to the Lord about others. They should pray for healing for the sick. They should pray for the salvation of the lost. And they should pray for wisdom for fellow believers to walk with the Lord. Whatever it is, they should pray for others and be thankful for them.

Who are you the most thankful for? Who are you praying for? Be like Paul today and give thanks for all, not just a few. Remember, God has placed each person in your life for a reason. Be thankful!

O God, I confess I am not thankful for everyone in my life. Give me Your love for them. Help me see them as You. Then I can be grateful for them and pray for them.



Best Verse: Psalm 86:5 “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.”


Man, O man.  This verse hit me hard.  I know God is always ready to forgive.  His will is that all men be saved, right?  What hit me hard was this question.  “Am I always ready to forgive?”  The answer is…No!  And that hurts.  Why am I not eager to forgive others?  What part of me won’t allow that?

It’s my old, sinful self.  It’s my flesh.  It’s my ego. It’s my hurt feelings. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.  I don’t forgive because it’s all about me.  Wow! That is NOT godly, and for that I repent.  I need to be more like Him and forgive freely and willingly.


Listen closely, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa.  Teach your children and grandchildren to forgive.  Teach them how to forgive.  Teach them why you forgive.  We forgive because He first forgave us.  We must exercise the same kind of mercy He shows us. 

But there is ONLY one way for your children to learn this.  You have to do it first.  Instead of talking about others, forgive them.  When someone hurts you, forgive them.  Let your children know, as much as is appropriate, that you have chosen to forgive that person because of Jesus.  You may want to retaliate or hold that grudge, but because of His love for you and them, you have chosen to forgive.

Who do you need to forgive right now?  I bet there is someone.  I bet there is someone in your life right now whom you are upset with.  Let it go.  Let the Lord Jesus love them through you.  Show them the mercy and grace you have experienced in Jesus.

Father of forgiveness, there is NO WAY I can forgive others.  But I know You can forgive them through me.  Help me today to die to myself and allow You to live and love through me.



Best Verse: Psalm 84:10a “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.”


Don’t you just love this verse?  Can you imagine standing in the court of God?  Many people fear that.  Not me. Why?  Because I am welcomed.  I am an heir to His kingdom.  He extends His scepter towards me in gesture of acceptance.  I had rather spend seconds with Him than eons without Him.

Being in God’s court means You can see Him rule and reign.  Being in God’s court means You can observe His mercy and grace.  Being in God’s court means You can see the multitudes who are bowing before Him.  Nothing will compare with being in His court.


Take your child to court.  Now, I don’t mean to get him straightened out.  Let them observe a court room.  Most kids have never seen that, so this verse doesn’t make sense to them.  If possible, let them meet a judge.  Explain to them what the judge does.  He dispenses justice.  That’s his job. 

Let them walk up to the judge’s bench.  Sitting up there you can see the whole courtroom.  Nothing is hidden from your view.  That’s how it is with God.  He rules from above and can see all eternity.  His rule is just and fair.  He rules equally.  

Where are you in the courtroom?  Are you trembling before our holy judge?  I hope not. I pray you are there just in awe of His presence.  I pray you walk in without trepidation or fear, knowing that Jesus is your defense. The accuser may come, but his arguments against you fall short.  If that isn’t you, make it so today.

Judge of all, I stand before You innocent because of Jesus.  My case has been dismissed.  I praise You for the mercy and grace You extended me.



Best Verse: Psalm 83:1 “O God, do not remain quiet; do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.”


How many times have you begged God to speak to you?  Come on, be honest.  I am sure you have had those times in your life when God was quiet, when He was silent. I’ve had those times.  It was like He had turned off His ears and stopped listening to me.  

He hasn’t.  God is at work even when we think He isn’t.  He is always listening.  He is always at work.  We just don’t have our ears tuned to hear Him or our eyes focused to see Him at work. We are so busy screaming at God that we miss Him by a mile.


We are all pretty good at teaching our children to pray.  We make the time to get with them at bedtime and pray with them or for them.  But do you teach them to listen?  Listening is a skill that will enable them to hear when God is speaking.  It will also allow them to determine when He is quiet.  If God is quiet, it is for a reason.

I am sure your children understand quietness. They may not be very quiet, but they have probably experienced it.  The next time you are praying with them, take a few minutes and be quiet.  Tell them to not say a word.  Tell them to just listen to all the things around them.  Getting still will allow them to hear – sometimes the unexpected.

When is the last time you were quiet? Sometimes I just sit and listen for God. I bow my head, turn my palms upward and focus on listening.  I want to hear Him when He speaks.  I have to turn off “me” to hear Him.  How about you?

Speak Lord, speak. Let me hear Your voice.  Let me hear Your commands.  I want to follow only You.



Best Verses: Psalm 82:3-4 “3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.”


There are so many people in the world who need a helping hand.  I am sure in your community there are hundreds of people who just need someone to come alongside them.  They are the weak, fatherless, afflicted, destitute and needy spoken of here in this Psalm. 

How can you help? How about meeting some immediate needs? It doesn’t do any good to preach to someone who is starving.  The Word is much more affective when they feel safe and warm.  Remember that everyone in this situation is also loved by our Father. He wants them to come home too.


If your children are old enough, take them to a homeless shelter to help feed some people this year.  Find a local ministry that is meeting these needs and donate to it.  Help your child with a bake sale to raise money for a needy family.  If possible, do this anonymously.  That is so much more fun.

Teaching our children to reach out to others can be just as instructive for us as adults.  We get accustomed to our lifestyles and overlook those around us who have real needs.  There may be someone right in your church who just needs a little help. Be the family of God to them.

I have never known anyone who reached out to help someone who regretted it.  I believe you should always make sure the need is legitimate, but ultimately that is not your concern.  If the Spirit in you is leading you to help, do it.  He will handle the outcome.  

Lord, I look around and see those less fortunate than me everywhere.  Give me the desire to help.  Give me the courage to reach out and be the hand of Jesus.