High School Devotionals

Kingdom Prototype #17 - Chosen for The Name

I'm in the software development business. In 2002, I was asked to design a complex software program that would help forecast our sales, cost, and profitably each week. I reviewed the requirements, began to imagine what it would look like, and drew up some sketches. After thoughtful consideration, I estimated it would take me one year to build it. It was no small undertaking!

Kingdom House #16 – Ow! She's a brick... house

At the risk of sounding cheeky, I’d like to quote the first verse of a hit funk-disco song from 1977. Before you send me hate mail, please remember the lyrics were written by Shirley Hanna-King, the wife of one of the band members in The Commodores. HUSBAND and WIFE! (Right now I'm getting flashbacks of a Song of Solomon lesson I gave to a group of teens. LOL)

Ow, she's a brick house

Kingdom Mantra #15 - Shema Yisrael... Listen, O Israel!

i'm good enough, i'm smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like meOne of my favorite sketches on Saturday Night Live was Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley. It was a hilarious spoof of the popular self-help movement. At the beginning of every show, the camera would slowly zoom into Stuart. He wore a yellow button-down shirt with a powder blue cardigan.

Kingdom Quandary #14 - From drip to disaster

In an earlier post, I talked about my recent bathroom remodeling project. But I haven’t told you the epic tale leading up to the total makeover.

Kingdom Rescue #13 - God's response to evil

In July 2007, we went to the local rescue shelter to adopt a dog. As we entered the back room and walked through the narrow aisles, we peered into each dark cage to catch a glimpse of each dog. We couldn't help but feel bad for these animals.

Kingdom Disillusionment #12 - The problem of evil

As a child, do you remember when you came to the surprising realization that your parents weren't perfect? For me, I cannot pinpoint any particular event that triggered this awareness. But, I do remember that when the reality of their sinfulness hit me, the fictitious pedestal I had invented was suddenly kicked out from under them.

Kingdom Reign #11 – You're not the boss of me

Growing up in the United States, it's hard for me to imagine life under the rule of a king. Since our country was built upon the ideals of freedom and self-governance, the idea of subjecting myself to a reign and rule of a monarchy seems foreign, and in some sense appalling.

Kingdom Heart #10 - Help wanted

Sometime ago, I helped my employer implement an online job application process. We needed a way to efficiently collect information about each applicant, put it into a database, and give our hiring managers a way to find the best applicant for each job opening.

Kingdom Image #9 – With great power comes great responsibility

In the movie Spiderman, the main character -- Peter Parker -- is bitten by a genetically-altered spider. He discovers that he has gained special powers - the strength and agility of a spider along with a keen, ESP-like "spider sense". Initially, he uses these powers for personal gain.

Kingdom Obedience #8 - Love, Laws, and the Land

When I was about 21 years old, my Dad helped my younger brother and I buy a condo. It was an interesting arrangement because he technically paid for ALL of the upfront costs, yet my name was listed as one of the owners. My Dad paid the mortgage each month, and he asked me to pay less than 1/3 of the actual cost. My only responsibility was to pay for utilities and some minor upkeep.

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