Sabbath School Resources

Call it a devotional, spiritual blog or whatever you want—but what it is is real people sharing their real journey with Jesus.

The guidelines for our devotional writers are these:

First, it must come from your heart more than your brain—something you’ve personally experienced in your devotional time rather than something you’ve thought of in your study time.

Second, it must inspire activity that helps you Live your faith in Jesus!

If you have a devotion to share please contact us right away! This resource center is intended to be by the people, for the people—Jesus follower to Jesus follower—sharing the journey together.

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Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2016   -   Written by Scott R. Ward


Just spent the weekend in Chicago introducing Living it’s latest outreach idea called, The Angel 1 Project. I was asked to present the details of the Project at the Lake Union Conference Youth Evangelism Congress, “Called to Serve.” 300 delegates from the upper midwest were gathered there to learn about ideas and ministries that they could take home to share as outreach programs in their local areas.

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013   -   Written by John McCann

If the light that is in you is darkness how great is that light? It could be little, but still could be very effective. Ever wake up in the middle of the night to see an unexpected light on in the house? Not only does it stir up curiosity to go find out what’s going on, but often times after being in the darkness of sleep our eyes can hurt with the intense brightness of that light. I know in our house my wife gets up, flips on the light and gets her work out cloths on, I usually rollover and try to protect my eyes from the sudden interruption in my beauty sleep!

Posted Friday, July 6, 2012   -   Written by Dwain Neilson Esmond

I’m in a rough patch in my life right now. Let me be clear. My rough patches are relative. I’m not starving of hunger. There are no drones overhead dropping bombs nearby the tent where I eek out a living. Last week a bug bit me on my finger and it’s swollen like a small balloon, but that ain’t exactly cancer. All tolled, I have nothing to complain about. That said, let me tell you what’s up with me.

Posted Friday, July 6, 2012   -   Written by Dwain Neilson Esmond

It’s not possible to read Deuteronomy 7 and not have some hard questions for God. As I read it, I thought of Adolf Hitler, the merciless German dictator who tried to kill all the Jews in Europe back in the 1940s. Does God have anything in common with Hitler?

Posted Monday, June 4, 2012   -   Written by Dwain Neilson Esmond

The phrase Déjà vu is a French term that literally means “already seen.” Have you ever chilled with a couple of friends chatting about something when you get the overwhelming sense that you’ve had this conversation before, with the same people, indeed, in the same place? Lest you think I’m losing my marbles by posing such question, one study reports that more than 70 percent of people surveyed have reported a similar experience. In fact, people between the ages of 15 and 25 report having more Déjà vu experiences than any other age group.

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012   -   Written by John McCann

Ewww! Gross!  Yes, but hear me out.

The other day my dog, Hans, was starving. He follows me around the house with his expectant eyes. Hey I am hungry. Feed me – feed me. “Oh fine,” I say. “OK OK. Let’s go get your food.”

I get this great “spoil-your-dog” type of dog food. Lamb and rice mixed with veggies.  He loves the stuff. I mix in a little of his “petite bite” dry food and, BAM! Dinner is served.

Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2012   -   Written by Scott R. Ward

I love the beach. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall—it doesn’t matter if it’s windy or rainy or 100 degrees—if I have the chance I’ll go. There is just something fresh and refreshing about the beach—especially in the spring. One of the reasons I love the beach in the Spring so much is because I can have the place almost completely to myself to walk and talk with God and allow nature to nurture me.

Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2012   -   Written by Dwain Neilson Esmond

Hey, Guys! This week I’m starting a new walk with God through the book of, er, Deuteronomy. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Who in their right mind would want to spend time in a book of the Bible that hardly ever gets a mention?  Me, that’s who!

Posted Friday, April 27, 2012   -   Written by Scott R. Ward

After our visit to the Crocker Art Museum (See Part 1 of this devotional series) my students and I make our way to our next stop: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. As an art major at the University of Nebraska I learned to love ancient religious artwork.

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012   -   Written by Hubert Cisneros

When I was in high school (boarding academy) one of the guys in the dorm had a prayer group happening in his room every night.  His name was Bill Keresoma.  Each night he would ask me, personally, to join the small group meeting to read the Bible and pray. I always said “no”.  

Until one night I gave in to Bill’s persistence. It had been a long time since I had prayed, but I found myself there, spitting out some half baked prayer. That prayer, simple as it may have been, affected me more than I knew at the time.

Posted Monday, April 23, 2012   -   Written by Scott R. Ward

As a youth pastor, I have found teaching art classes at our local day Academy to be a great way to connect with teens. As part of the class I take my students on a field trip to the Crocker Art Museum in nearby Sacramento, CA for a docent-led high school student tour—nature, religion, politics, classic Greco-Roman nudes and more. I always teach my students that when they can learn to look beyond the surface of a work of art there is often a depth of meaning conveyed that is beyond anything words can describe.

Posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012   -   Written by Scott R. Ward

Life can be complex—mine is especially so, lately. I’ve been traveling here and there, speaking and training and writing and being awarded grants for creating things that are very important—or so I had thought. But what is really important in life? When the invitations cease and the attention fades away what am I left with? I’m left with feelings of unimportance and insignificance, maybe even failure. And I’m feeling that way today…

Posted Friday, April 6, 2012   -   Written by Dwain Neilson Esmond

Longtime radio commentator Paul Harvey tells this true story, which has been told many times. Perhaps you’ve heard it. If not, here it goes.

One warm summer morning a man by the name of Ray Blankenship was getting his breakfast when he looked out the window. To his horror, he saw a little girl struggling in the rain-flooded drainage ditch beside his home. Downstream the ditch rushed underneath a road, then emptied into the main culvert.

Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2012   -   Written by John McCann

HELP! Can anyone hear me? Where is my help in time of trouble? Where is my god?  My problems are real. At times my thoughts take me to troublesome places. In the dimly-lit alleys of my mind I encounter “gangs” of depression and low self worth. HELP! I cry, but no one comes running. I hear the words of Elijah taunting me, much like he mocked the worshipers of Baal when, after trying everything, their “god” did not accept their sacrifice on Mount Carmel.

Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2012   -   Written by John McCann

I just dropped my kids off at school. As I drive to my office I ponder my past weekend, the coming morning and my connection to God. The weekend was good. Went to church, taught the Courageous Bible study group, hit a birthday party and had our pastor over for Sunday brunch. It was good.