Richard (Dick) Innes's Devotion: How's Your Self-Worth?

Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself."While Jesus said we were to love our neighbor as ourselves, somebody else said, "Heaven help your neighbor if you hate yourself." There's a lot of truth in this statement. The fact is I can only love and accept others to the degree that I have learned to love and accept myself; that is, in a healthy sense.

Richard (Dick) Innes's Devotion: Successful Failures

"Samuel saw Eliab and thought 'surely the Lord's anointed [for king] stands here before the Lord.' But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'"1




Richard (Dick) Innes's Devotion: Hands of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Following World War II some German students volunteered to help rebuild a cathedral in England, one that had been badly damaged by the Luftwaffe bombings. As the work progressed, they weren't sure how to best restore a large statue of Jesus with arms outstretched and bearing the familiar inscription, "Come unto me."

Richard (Dick) Innes's Devotion: Who You Are? (Jeremiah 31:3)

Dear Reader, no matter what you have ever been told in the past, or what you have come to believe about yourself, always remember that God loves you totally with an everlasting love. He believes in you absolutely and wants you to come to him and believe in yourself in a healthy and helpful way so that you will, with his help, become all that he has envisioned for you to be, and to achieve all that he has planned for you to do.


Richard (Dick) Innes's Devotion: On Guard (1 Corinthians 16:13)

As the Apostle Paul advised, we need to be constantly on guard against our own deceptive thoughts, rationalizations, and actions because Satan will never give up on seeking to lead us away from God. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour


Richard (Dick) Innes's Devotion: Being Connected (1 John 1:7)

Unfortunately, many people are taught to ignore their negative emotions. As John T. Raffa wrote in Psychology for Living magazine: "They believe you should hide such feelings-deny, deny, deny-and become nothing but a robot instead of what God made us, beings with feelings."

Richard (Dick) Innes: Keepers of the Earth (Genesis 1:26)

John Ruskin wrote, "God has lent us the earth for our life. It belongs as much to those who are to come after us and those whose names are already written in the book of creation, as to us; and we have no right, by anything that we do, or neglect, to involve them in unnecessary penalties, or deprive them of benefits that are in our power to bequeath."

Richard (Dick) Innes: God Too Much (Psalm 17:7-9)

Napoleon Bonaparte was the greatest general of his day and one of the greatest of all time. He was also an astute politician with an unconquerable will to win. His goal was to rule the world and he seemed well on his way to achieving that goal.

Richard (Dick) Innes: Promise to Return (John 14:3)

An article in Our Daily Bread reports how, "In 1914 Ernest Shackleton led an expedition to sail to Antarctica, and then walk to the South Pole. The expedition went according to plan until ice trapped the ship and eventually crushed its hull. The men made their way by lifeboat to a small island. Promising to come back for them, Shackleton and a small rescue party set out across 800 miles of perilous seas to South Georgia Island.

Richard (Dick) Innes: If Jesus Came to Your House (Romans 12:1-2)

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Derek Noorman's Devotion: Come, Follow Me (Matthew 4:18-22)

No one likes failure. Whether it's an "F" on a test, a failed business deal, or a broken relationship, failure is hard to stomach. Failure mocks us and asks us to examine what went wrong, perhaps offering us only a slight hope of redemption the next time. Once we fail it is very hard to try again.

Richard (Dick) Innes: Growing Strong in the Broken Places

In his book, Beginning Again, Terry Hershey writes, "God not only says that failure is never the final word, but that your area of weakness will become your area of strength. Where you were weak and learned grace will become a means whereby you can reach out and touch the lives of others who need the same good news.

Richard (Dick) Innes: Growing Strong in the Broken Places (Romans 8:28)

In his book, Beginning Again, Terry Hershey writes, "God not only says that failure is never the final word, but that your area of weakness will become your area of strength. Where you were weak and learned grace will become a means whereby you can reach out and touch the lives of others who need the same good news.

Richard (Dick) Innes: Is Israel God's Timepiece? (Genesis 17:8)

A year or two ago Joy and I had the opportunity to visit Israel. To walk where Jesus and his disciples walked in Jerusalem, by the Temple wall, on the Mount of Olives, in the Garden of Gethsemane, the "Place of the Skull" where Jesus was crucified; the Jordan River where John baptized Jesus, plus sailing across the Sea of Galilee made God's Word, the Bible, come alive.

Richard (Dick) Innes: When You Can't Forgive Yourself ... Part II

Yesterday we discussed how to overcome real guilt by confessing what we have done wrong both to God and to at least one trusted person and, where possible, to the one whom we have hurt or wronged. When we do this, real guilt goes. However, if having done the above and I still feel guilty, the feeling is false guilt. With false guilt I can confess it all day long, but the "guilty" feeling will never go away because it isn't guilt.



Richard (Dick) Innes: Outrunning Who? (Romans 12:10)

It's an old story but worth repeating: Two friends are hiking in the woods when they come upon a menacing-looking bear walking directly toward them. When one fellow starts to slowly remove his backpack, the other whispers, "What are you gonna do?"