Who Am I, Anyway?

Larry McAuley

READ : Proverbs 3:5-6 August can be a pivotal month in our lives. Many of us stand on the threshold of a new school year. Others are poised for a busy fall schedule. It’s time for pondering what lies ahead. For some, this can include the vexing question, “Who am I, anyway?” The world of opportunities is a wonderful challenge, but also a great problem. Is there a doctor lurking in you waiting to be trained? A teacher? A pastor? …

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

Larry McAuley

READ : Joshua 2:1-14 Have you ever repeated a sin you’ve vowed not to do again? Being a sinful human is discouraging. No matter how hard we try, something always sneaks up on us and there we go again! Do you wonder if you’ll ever be good enough to get to heaven? Do you think, “What’s the use of trying? God could never accept a person as sinful as I.” Read the passage for today again. Was Rahab a fine, …

Unscrambling the Mess You're In

Larry McAuley

READ : Romans 4:18-21 At last it’s Friday! What a week! Did you ever think it would end? Things started out messed up on Monday and each day seemed to get worse. The more you tried to untie the knot of mistakes, disappointment and failure, the tighter the knot became! Ever stop to think what makes life like that? Sometimes we can identify the direct results of our sin, failure, and disobedience. Sometimes, we don’t see any connection-things are just …

Scared to Move Ahead?

Larry McAuley

READ : Joshua 1:1-9 August can be a scary month. Vacation ends. School starts. Will those new friends from summer camp still be friends next summer? Will I get along ok at college? It’s like being on the border of new territory. Something like Joshua in our reading. He had reason to be scared, didn’t he? He had been Moses’ helper, but now the responsibility for all these people was his. Plus they were supposed to strike off into new …

Prayers That Will Be Answered

Larry McAuley

READ : Mark 11:22-25 When was the last time you were up in your attic or basement sorting through old stuff? Wouldn’t it be fun to find an old, tarnished lantern? Imagine polishing it up. It begins to sparkle and shine; and then, all of a sudden- whoosh, out pops a genie, bows, and in a dramatic, deep voice booms, “What is your wish, O master?” What would you wish for? It’s fun to lean back, shut your eyes and …

Truth and Consequences

Larry McAuley

READ : Psalm 52:1-9 Boy, can I tell you stories about truth and its consequences. It seems like half my boyhood was consumed in creating fanciful tales to get out of the previous creative tale I told! Why are we so afraid of telling the truth? Is it because we know we might have to pay the price? We get all tangled up because we trust ourselves, our words, and our possessions for our value and security. Notice what we …