Comeback Performance

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 5:7-12 To be a world-class athlete, it seems you need to come out of retirement at least once. This is especially true if you’re a boxer. Who could forget the comeback performances of Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, and, of course, Sylvester Stallone in Rocky III? Even football’s Reggie White has come out of retirement since I wrote the March 10 devotional reading! Daniel himself gives quite the comeback performance when King Belshazzar calls him back into …

A Reckless Party

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 5:1-6 Have you heard the expression, “He saw the writing on the wall and decided it was time to go?” It often relates to the corporate executive or sports coach who resigns after losing effectiveness. It describes the point in peoples’ careers when they realize their time is up. They had their chance, messed up and now must move on. In today’s reading, King Belshazzar appears intent on defying God. Imagine how Daniel must have prayed for …

God's Protecting Presence

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 3:24-30 British runner Derek Redmond was on the backstretch in the 400-meter semifinals during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when he collapsed with a torn hamstring. Struggling to his feet, his face contorted with pain, he attempted to continue. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, an older man broke through security and rushed to his side. The amazed crowd cheered – then cried – as Derek, aided by his father, finished the race. Nebuchadnezzar was similarly astonished as he …

No Way Out

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 3:19-23 When I was young, I had a keen interest in magic. I especially enjoyed reading about Harry Houdini, who was famous for his great escapes. He would have guards shackle him with chains and locks and put him in a canvas bag, which would then be tied up and thrown into a freezing-cold river. Each level of entrapment made his escape seem more impossible, and always left his audience wondering, “How did he survive that!” When …

Trusting God's Plan Completely

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 3:8-18 Our church bus sometimes, too often, breaks down on youth group trips. It’s always fun to watch the varied responses from our young people. Some worry about how we’ll get the bus fixed while others complain about what we’ll miss or be late for. But some will actually grab a book or headphones and relax. They understand the matter is beyond their control and trust we’ll get them to our destination sooner or later. Nebuchadnezzar’s astrologers …

Taking a Stand – Literally

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 3:4-7 They are moments in history etched into our collective psyche: the Chinese pro-democracy student standing down a tank in Tianemen Square, Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus, women placing daisies into the gun barrels of soldiers during a Vietnam War protest – all examples of individuals who had decided that it was time to take a stand. There are critical times like these in our Christian walk. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego …