The Growing Christians Devotional blog contains short, timely posts by Ron Reid and Catherine Reid.

What Would You Do with a Year’s Salary?

What would you do with a year’s salary? Say someone just handed it to you in addition to your normal earnings? Would you put a down payment on a house…or a bigger house? Pay off your student loans…or put it away for the kids’ college fund? Splurge a little and then put the rest in […]

Surviving Holiday Entertaining: Lesson #3

Back to Mary and Martha’s Holiday Entertaining Survival Guide. Lesson #3 comes from the second dinner in the New Testament where we meet Mary and Martha found in John 12:1-3. At this particular dinner, Martha served while Mary came to the table and poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet, wiping His feet with her hair in […]

Visiting with Zacchaeus Again

Zacchaeus’ enthusiasm didn’t stop with climbing a tree to make sure he got a good view of Jesus. When Jesus asked him to come down and take Him home to dinner, we read that Zacchaeus came down “at once” and welcomed Jesus gladly. He didn’t act embarrassed at the attention his enthusiasm had attracted. He […]

Overcoming Obstacles to Meet with Jesus

Remember those stories about servants and their enthusiasm (or lack thereof) for investing their master’s property (October 21 and 25, 2005)? Jesus told one of those stories while having dinner with Zacchaeus, a real live example of someone who showed just the right kind of investment initiative and enthusiam. Remember Zacchaeus? When he first appeared in […]

Investing Without Fear

Back to the story of the three servants and their investment strategies we were talking about on Friday. There’s one part of the story where I really need to sit up and pay attention–the part where the lazy servant justifies his laziness. When the master returned home from his trip and asked the servants for an […]

Our Top Priority Investment

Here’s a story Jesus told about two guys who put what the boss wanted them to do at the top of their “to do” list–and one who didn’t. A man who was going on a journey called together his three servants and entrusted his property to them while he was gone. He distributed the property […]

Planning, Preparing and Prioritizing

I was thinking this morning about a great example of people who put God at the top of their “to do” list. After the crucifixion, some women followed Joseph of Arimathea as he claimed Jesus’ body and buried it. These women, in the midst of tragedy, made a plan. They marked where the tomb was […]

The One Necessary Thing

Even if you found the movie City Slickers forgettable, there is one scene worth remembering: the scene in which the serene and wise cowboy played by Jack Palance asks the frantic, dissatisfied businessman played by Billy Crystal if he would like to know the secret of life. In a memorable moment, Palance holds up one finger and […]

God Reminders

Let me expand on this idea of spiritual multitasking or giving ourselves little “God reminders” all day long. These small hits–listening to a sermon on your commute or praise music while you cook dinner–are not intended as a substitute for a deeper, quieter time alone with God each day. They are supplements that continue to […]

On Procrastination and Priorities

There’s an oh-so-relevant-to-the-21st century story buried deep in the Old Testament: Haggai. You gotta read it. It’s only two chapters long so it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Basically the story goes like this. God’s people returned to the Promised Land from captivity in Babylon with high hopes of a better life. They started […]