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

It’s Your Move

The U-Haul was loaded and waiting outside. It was August 1995, and the “reset button” of my life was about to be pressed. Within the span of a month, I would sell my business in Chicago, move to New England, marry my fiancée, start attending a new church, and begin working full-time for Growing Christians […]

Back to the Future

It’s one of the best moments of the year.   No, I’m not talking about Christmas morning or Super Bowl Sunday.   It happened just over a week ago – that moment we go BACK IN TIME; when we get to turn the clocks back an hour.   It’s like magic.   It’s like owning your own DeLorean with a […]

Say Something Presidential

Hillary, Marco, Ben, Carly, Bernie, Donald… what do these candidates all have in common? Besides sparring for the same job opening, they share one dubious distinction:  virtually every word they speak will be analyzed by the entire country.  I don’t envy these folks.  No matter what stance they take on any issue, they can expect […]


It’s disturbing.  The articles and posts these days that find fault with nearly everything Christians do. It’s trendy.  Social media rants and click-bait titles such as: “10 Things Christians do that are Totally Annoying.” It’s expected.  For unbelievers to attack Christians in this way. It’s heartbreaking.  When the writers are Christians themselves. It’s unfair.  To […]

Man Working Above

A utility truck rumbled up in front of my house today.  I didn’t know what it was doing there.  I was afraid to ask.  A guy wearing a safety vest and helmet hopped out and started setting up shop.  He had the whole array of spinning lights, signs and traffic cones going.  Apparently a towering […]

The Open Window

The waning days of summer are a reflection of warm, feel-good experiences in our Rhode Island beach town.  Countless seasonal visitors return here every year, seeking the charm of a coastal New England vacation.  The seaside community near our house is a postcard of traditional Americana, with tidy cedar-shake homes overlooking wind-swept rocky shorelines.  My […]

Fuzzy Blue Rectangles

Final bids at a recent New York City art auction soared well over $40,000,000.  Yet the subject of the frenzied closing was nothing more than a few yards of canvas and a thin layer of pigment.  Forty. Million.  Dollars.  It’s hard to fathom.  You might assume we’re talking about a famous painting by Monet, Picasso, […]

1001 Strange but True Facts

– A flying snake can flatten its body like a wing and glide for distances over 300 feet. – The tongue of a blue whale can weigh more than an adult elephant. My son, Dave, loves reading books of interesting facts like these.  He pores over the pages, offering a cascade of odd knowledge to anyone […]

Hold the Onions, Please

Onions.  A truly loathsome ingredient.  To say I dislike onions would be giving them way too much credit.  I can’t imagine anyone taking delight in such a repulsive flavor.  What redeeming value is there to a food that makes you cry… or rhymes with “bunion”?  And who was the first person to yank one out […]

Flying the Friendly Skies

Flight attendants ran through their routine safety presentation — demonstrating the complex workings of the seat belts and vaguely gesturing towards various emergency exits. No one was paying any attention to them. It was the beginning of what we all assumed would be just another normal flight. The thrust of the engines pressed us back […]