Posts with the category “pathway-devotionals”

Week of March 29
by Larry Ashlock on March 29th, 2020
“God cannot fix who is first not broken” (Jack Wellman). Perhaps it is my recent accident or the global crisis, or both, but the word “broken” touches me to the depths of my soul today. Many of us have been racing to accomplish our self-made agendas, and we realize now that God has said, “Enough.” Friends, if He is talking to you in this way, as painful as it may be, please listen and respond. The...  Read More
Week of March 22
by Larry Ashlock on March 22nd, 2020
There always seems to be a human tendency, when bad things occur, to draw a moral straight line from a national catastrophe to God’s judgment. What is the relationship between national and/or individual sin and some calamity? I’ll address this tendency to leap too soon to moral conclusions in a bit, but we first need to examine God’s mercies in this story of Achan’s sin and how it related to the n...  Read More
Week of March 15
by Larry Ashlock on March 15th, 2020
“The only way you can serve God is by serving other people,” says Pastor Rick Warren. We are likely to say, “Amen,” then go about serving our own interests. Not so with the Savior. Jesus has a way of getting the attention of his disciples by communicating the message on several different levels. I write what you may already know, but I do so because we often fail to see it in our own contexts. Mar...  Read More
Week of March 8
by Larry Ashlock on March 8th, 2020
Brother Lawrence once said, “You need not cry very loud; he is nearer to us than we think.” This man of God has reminded me of the power of Christ’s silence when He suffered for our sins (1 Peter 2:23-25). These were the darkest hours of the Savior’s walk on earth, and we often claim that it was during this time that God was far removed from him. I feel confident however that the word of God was w...  Read More
Week of March 1
by Larry Ashlock on March 1st, 2020
Jesus spells himself out, as the saying goes, in language that people understand. Sadly, people often do not “read” him correctly. However, there is life eternal for those that do. We will see the clear message that Jesus proclaimed and the various reactions to it in Mark 3. The message that the Gospel writer wants us to receive is contained in three words about Jesus—"Son of God.” Let’s examine a...  Read More
Week of Feb. 23
by Larry Ashlock on February 23rd, 2020
“Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you,” writes Dallas Willard. We may not grasp fully the significance of the former professor and renowned author’s words, but we do sense the invitation to be like the Savior! “Make disciples” was a central mandate that Christ gave to his disciples just prior to his ascension, so we know that it is important. Our discipleship n...  Read More
Week of Feb. 16
by Larry Ashlock on February 16th, 2020
“The buck stops here” means that the “responsibility for something cannot or should not be passed to someone else” (Oxford Dictionaries). Many believe that the “buck stopped” with the first eyewitnesses of Christ’s earthly ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Therefore, the Acts 1:8 mantle to be witnesses fell upon their shoulders, so when they passed off the scene, the mandate ceas...  Read More
Week of Feb. 9
by Larry Ashlock on February 8th, 2020
Conflict may be for the good of the whole and bring glory to God. There! I have stated it. Acts 15 provides us with a critical watershed moment in a missional current that has been building for several chapters in Acts. Luke has a clear message that he wants to communicate, and he does not sweep the theological challenge beneath the carpet, so to speak. Let’s examine the point in the passage and l...  Read More
Week of Feb. 2
by Larry Ashlock on February 2nd, 2020
Jesus’ final words to his disciples on the Mount of Olives were, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . .” (Acts 1:8-12). The “Power” came! Sadly, the Mount of Olives would quickly change from a place of dispersion to a center of devotion by AD 330. Twenty-four churches had been built there, including Constantine’s Church of the Ascension a...  Read More
Week of Jan. 26
by Larry Ashlock on January 26th, 2020
“Let my people go,” rings in my ears to this day as I recall Charlton Heston portraying Moses in the 1956 film epic, “The Ten Commandments.” Most of us will be familiar with the Bible book of Exodus and the miraculous stories of God’s deliverance of Israel from Egyptian slavery. We enjoy reading the narrative accounts of the birth of Moses, the travails of Israel under Egyptian bondage, the plague...  Read More
Week of Jan. 19
by Larry Ashlock on January 19th, 2020
The meek “do not accommodate to the powerful and influential, but ‘surrender their will to God so completely that God’s will becomes their will’ . . . They become God’s workhorses on earth” (Clarence Jordan, Sermon on the Mount, 24-25). Christian culture, when confronted with a call to become God’s workhorses, quite often responds with “Neigh!” (Sorry, I could not resist the pun). Jesus, however, ...  Read More
Week of Jan. 12
by Larry Ashlock on January 13th, 2020
The evangelist Billy Sunday once said, “If you have no joy, there is a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” If you are like me, you have lost an important item on occasion and searched frantically to find it. Many believers are in a frantic search for an emotion that they do not need, happiness, when all along God has equipped them with the vehicle and virtue that is essential to a flourishing li...  Read More
Week of Jan. 5
by Larry Ashlock on January 6th, 2020
“Now the Lord said” holds profound implications for the life of a man named Abram, and it bears that same significance for you and me (12:1). Genesis 12 represents a critical shift in focus from the human family to the family story of Israel’s patriarchs. The account begins with Abram (later called Abraham) and covers three more generations that followed after him. Faith required action, so Abram ...  Read More
Happy New Year!
by Larry Ashlock on January 1st, 2020
“In the stars his handiwork I see . . .” were words from the 70s-era youth chorus, “Pass It On.” One wonders how many young people knew that they were heralding a specific worldview. Consider also the worldview declaration found in Genesis 1:1. Now, that small verse is laden with huge meaning. Indeed, the opening words of scripture are quite familiar to us, but we may not realize how they were mea...  Read More
Week of Dec. 22
by Larry Ashlock on December 24th, 2019
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house. . .” And, so begins the familiar Christmas poem. All inside were waiting anxiously for the next morning where they would receive gifts. We live in an age of unadulterated me-ism and consumerism, so calling attention to two powerful words, “Follow me,” may seem strangely out of place today (21:19b). The Apostle John’s parenthetical stateme...  Read More
Week of Dec. 15
by Larry Ashlock on December 16th, 2019
It has been said, “In the old covenant the blessing was initiated by you; in the new covenant, the blessing is initiated by God” (Paul A. Adefarasin). Covenant! Yes, it represents the eternal bond between our God and our lives. It would be impossible in a few short paragraphs to encapsulate the aim of the new covenant in Christ but that should not prevent us from making an attempt (I’m laughing). ...  Read More
Week of Dec. 8
by Larry Ashlock on December 8th, 2019
Martin Luther once said, “The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” The underlying message is that the Christian holds himself or herself to a standard of behavior that is grounded in a source of authority. Luther stood on the word of God, taught the word of God, and applied it to hi...  Read More
Week of Dec. 1
by Larry Ashlock on November 26th, 2019
William Carey, prior to becoming a missionary, read and re-read Isaiah 54:5 which states, “For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the Lord of Hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called God of all the earth” (NASB). It affects me deeply to know that it was Carey’s study and application of the Word of God that led to his lasting global legacy. Let’s ponder how we may ex...  Read More