Something to Think About With Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf 
 

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
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Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Regional Vice President
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June 24, 2019 Devotion

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure.” – Proverbs 4:25-26

As a young boy learning to hit a baseball, my dad would coach me to keep my eye on the ball. I never was much of a hitter, but his advice has been good advice for life. When we keep our eye on our spiritual goal, we are less likely to slip and fall, regardless of the distractions. May today be the day our eyes look directly forward, so we do not fall!


June 17, 2019 Devotion

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

It is all too easy to trust our own instincts and insight in difficult situations. After all, we know ourselves better than anyone—right? … Wrong! God knows us better! Faith involves trusting God more than our own instincts and insight. As difficult as it may be only faith can keep us on the right path.


June 10, 2019 Devotion

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6

There are many sources of information available to us. Of course, not all information is wisdom. If we truly believe that God’s word is the source of true wisdom, shall we not double down on our search for true wisdom by deeper study of the Bible?


June 3, 2019 Devotion

“Hear, my child, your father’s instruction, and do not reject your mother’s teaching.” – Proverbs 1:8

As I have graduated from parenting to grandparenting, I have begun to think about what spiritual legacy I am leaving for my family. My parents didn’t speak about their spiritual legacy so much in words as by their actions. What wisdom are we sharing with future generations by what we do?


May 27, 2019

“Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.” – Acts 16:14

Sometimes I feel that I need my heart opened so I will learn to be a better listener. We have such freedom to speak the Word of God, that I find I often do not absorb it into my spirit. May God open our hearts to eagerly listen and share it, instead of storing away the Word.


May 20, 2019

“But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’” – Acts 11:9

How hard it is sometimes to “go higher up and deeper in,” to quote C. S. Lewis. God’s great desire is for us to continually see more fully and to understand more clearly, no matter our past. Instead of focusing on rigidity and human perfection, may our hearts focus on developing a true relationship with God.


May 13, 2019

“In Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.” – Acts 9:36

Dorcas was known for her personality and actions so much so that people sought Peter’s help in bringing her back from death. Do my “good works and acts of charity” show that I am willing to offer love and acceptance, no matter the social status, no matter how busy I am, because of God’s love and forgiveness found in me?


May 6, 2019

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts 9:5-6

How often do I stop to pray, and reflect before I act, especially when it involves others? Saul was determined to do what he thought was right, without consulting God or others. Perhaps our world would be different if we began the day by asking, “God, show me who you would have me to bless today, especially if their lifestyle is radically different from mine.”


April 29, 2019

“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” – Psalm 23:6b

To dwell is to live in, to abide in, to pitch one’s tent in. The Israelites built a Temple as God’s dwelling place. I believe God’s dwelling place is not a physical structure. Rather God wants to dwell in our hearts. When we invite God to dwell in us, we enter into a sacred space of a Holy Communion, which transforms our lives. Where will you pitch your tent today? Where will you dwell?


April 29, 2019

“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” – Psalm 23:6b

To dwell is to live in, to abide in, to pitch one’s tent in. The Israelites built a Temple as God’s dwelling place. I believe God’s dwelling place is not a physical structure. Rather God wants to dwell in our hearts. When we invite God to dwell in us, we enter into a sacred space of a Holy Communion, which transforms our lives. Where will you pitch your tent today? Where will you dwell?


April 22, 2019

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil.” – Psalm 23:4

The resurrection confirms God’s promise to walk with us through our darkest valleys. God did not abandon Jesus in His darkest hour. God raised Him up! How does it change your outlook and your life to know for sure that God will walk with you in your darkest valleys? This is good news indeed. Hallelujah!


April 15, 2019

“He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3b

Sometimes we do the right thing almost in spite of ourselves. We didn’t necessarily intend to do what turned out well, but just felt a nudge to go ahead. Perhaps you slowed down at an intersection and narrowly avoided an accident or just procrastinated making a decision and avoided making a bad one. Consider this! The more we learn to depend on God’s leading, the more we tend to take the right path!


April 8, 2019

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; He restores my soul!” – Psalm 23:2-3

How is your soul doing today? Can you take a minute to either physically or just mentally lie down? Can you think about a pleasant place, a place which refreshes your soul? Can you set aside all your troubles for just a moment and breathe in God’s Holy Spirit? The app on my cell phone reminds me to breathe several times a day. When it does, I remind myself that God is inviting me to breathe so that He can restore my soul!


April 1, 2019

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1

Sheep were essential to life in David’s time. At the same time, they needed shepherds to protect them and keep them from wandering off into danger. We too need a shepherd. Consider where you have been wandering lately. Now close your eyes and think about how God has protected you from danger. Now give thanks for God is good!


March 25, 2019

"Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” – Isaiah 55:6 

God's call to us is always to draw near to Him and to learn what it is like to live the life He has prepared for us with Him. Isaiah did not mean that God was not available at times. I think that like my father, God is ready to take us deeper the moment I will let go of the meaningless aspects of life in exchange for time with Him!


March 18, 2019

“And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’” – Luke 13:35

I worry about our country. We are like sheep without a shepherd. But it is not because Jesus is not up to the crisis. I wonder if Christianity is in the minority simply because we consider what we are doing to be more important than taking the time to deepen our relationship with God. Take the next five minutes to list your blessings as they rise above your hurts, and then finish by reading aloud Psalm 100!


March 11, 2019

Jesus answered him, 'It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him. – Luke 4:12-13

Temptation often causes the first step toward a stumble into sin and self-imposed separation from God. Even Satan could not resist the challenge to put Jesus to the test. The Bible states that it was only after he had tried “every test” did he leave Jesus alone. When I am most tempted or feel like God is nowhere to be found, that is the most important time for me to stop everything else and give my trust back to Him!


March 4, 2019

From the cloud came a voice, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” – Luke 9:35

While hiking on a narrow mountain path in the intense fog that can so quickly overcome you, sounds and sudden appearances of other hikers can be quite unnerving. In this passage, we receive Jesus’ promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you and God’s exhortation to “listen to Him.” Imagine what type of “transfiguration” might occur if we spent just 15 minutes in a serene place listening to Him today.


February 25, 2019

“Are any among you suffering? They should pray!” – James 5:13

When I was a Boy Scout studying First Aid, I learned about a universal antidote for poisoning accidents. James advocates prayer as a universal antidote for whatever suffering we endure. Prayer doesn’t eliminate our suffering, but prayer always invites God to share in it. O God you alone know all the suffering we face today. Come and be with us as we struggle through it.


February 18, 2019

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, willing to yield, full of mercy, and good fruits.” – James 3:17

As the leaders of our church gather for the Special Session of General Conference on February 23-26, 2019, let us pray for their safe travels, for their constructive conversations, and that God’s wisdom and mercy might pour over them like an endless stream.


February 11, 2019

“Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life.” – James 1:12

Temptation is fueled from our own desires. We are tempted to believe that we alone know what is best for ourselves, our families, our church, and the world. It truly is a blessing to withstand temptation and hear God’s word above all other voices and to earnestly pray, “Thy will be done, Lord.”


February 2, 2019

“Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know the testing of your faith produces endurance.” – James 1:2-3

It is hard to think of the trials of our lives as a joy. Sure, we long for endurance for we know the race we run is long. But a joy? The athletes who won the Super Bowl trained long hours and were mightily tested along the path to the big prize. As difficult as it seems in the moment, James says we too must rejoice in our trials because they produce endurance for us. O God, help us through the upcoming tests and trials that we may endure, become mature in our faith, and win our race for you.


January 28, 2019

"Tthis day is holy to our LORD ... for the joy of the LORD is your strength." - Nehemiah 8:9-10

It is a New Year. Have you taken inventory of your joy at what God is doing in your life? Do not mourn. Even in the midst of heartache, set aside some special time with God instead of pitying yourself because things have not gone the way you planned.


January 21, 2019

“You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” – Isaiah 62:3

I read that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle missed the Queen's diplomatic reception. Why? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the evening attending a carol service in support of a fund which provides aid for children’s education in Uganda. You are, in the hand of God as a “crown of beauty” or a “royal diadem” when you allow God to use you to change a life, right a wrong or display His love to others!


January 14, 2019

Thus says the LORD, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1

No matter how discouraged you may get at times, never forget that there is One who knows your name, your heart, your fears. You are always on His mind! There is no hurt that He cannot heal; nor fear He cannot address. You are an intimate part of His plan!


January 7, 2019

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1

There is much negative talk and disagreement that gets the attention of the media. But have you ever looked at the power of the sun when it rises in the morning and realized that the glorious plan of the One who created you, was to also leave you reminders that daily His glory shines on you?


January 1, 2019

And the one sitting on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new for the first things have passed away.” - Revelation 21:5

Welcome to 2019. We are grateful that you read our devotions and that you support GUMF. You are a blessing to us. Thank you!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Will 2019 simply be more of the same? Or will you seize the opportunity to be deliberate about making constructive plans? Step one is to pray about what to resolve. Step two is to write down your resolutions on paper. Step three is locate your resolutions where you will see them regularly. Step four is to follow through. If you need ideas, please check out our Winter 2019 Faith & Money newsletter