Steve’s Devotional - Born to Hope

By: Steve Brown on Monday October 15, 2018

I believe with my whole being that our Christian hope is as solid as the rock on which it’s grounded—the resurrected Lord of all, Jesus Christ. He is our hope, our treasure. And it’s not foolishness for a man to dig for buried treasure, is it? If a man digs and finds, then he is above all men...

Abiding in Christ

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday October 10, 2018

Remember his prayer in John 17: "I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us." The form of obedience Jesus has given to us is abiding in him as he...

Steve’s Devotional - Defining Your Identity

By: Steve Brown on Monday October 8, 2018

At any rate, I worked very hard preparing for the retreat, to make the teaching really good. I wanted to look good too, so I took my best suits. When I arrived at the hotel, the site of the retreat, as I met the people I would be speaking to the next two days, I made every effort to appear...

Time and Chance

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday October 3, 2018

The Russians, the North Koreans, the Chinese or some Jihadist whacko could launch a nuclear attack. I (or you) could “assume room temperature.” A hurricane could destroy the Key Life building. I may have offended you and you’re not even reading this letter. My wife could say, “Enough is...

Steve’s Devotional - How to Make Your Problems Worse

By: Steve Brown on Monday October 1, 2018

Perhaps by seeing what they did, we might learn how not to solve a problem. Our story is a familiar one. It’s where the disciples find themselves in the middle of a storm out at sea, and they begin to wonder if they’re going to survive it (Mark 6:45-52). What mistakes did they make? They...

It May Be Dark Now…

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday September 26, 2018

In the study of the future or the end (eschatology), there are two aspects of the Kingdom—the “already” and the “not yet.” Right now we live in the “already but not yet.” Something is clearly wrong. The “not yet” is certainly apparent. We see it every day in the attacking comments...

Steve’s Devotional - What about the Past?

By: Steve Brown on Monday September 24, 2018

Sound familiar? All clichés. They may sound nice, but clichés are often just like Band-Aids on cancer…useless. We all have a past. We all—without exception—have a skeleton hanging in the back of our closet. What do you do about your past? Let’s check out lessons from the Apostle Paul in...

How to Have a Calm and Quiet Soul (from Somebody Who Struggles with It)

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday September 19, 2018

“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this...