The Lesson and Life for January 31, 2016

Devotional thoughts on John 11:38-44 By Elizabeth Matko Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). He wants us to know that despite grief, tears, problems, and pain, his peace is ours for the taking. Even in the face of trouble, hardship, persecution, and […]


The Lesson and Life for January 24, 2016

Devotional thoughts on John 2:1-12 By Elizabeth Matko What if Mary had not chosen to intercede for the bride and groom who had run out of wine? Would the astounding miracle in Cana ever have happened? Would God’s glory have been revealed that day? Would the disciples’ faith have been solidified? Sometimes we need someone […]


The Lesson and Life for January 17, 2016

Devotional thoughts on Hosea 1:1-11  By Elizabeth Matko I used every trick in the book when I was potty training my first daughter. Once, I even moved her potty chair into the living room where she was watching TV. Even though the chair was right beside her, she still chose to wet her training pants! […]


The Lesson and Life for January 10, 2016

Devotional thoughts on Song of Solomon 6:4-12  By Elizabeth Matko Despite God’s warning that we should avoid comparing ourselves to others (Galatians 6:4), we do it all the time, don’t we? Even worse, we do it to our friends, coworkers, parents, children, and our spouses. Comparisons seem harmless—even positive—if they are in our favor. However, […]


The Lesson and Life for January 3, 2016

Devotional thoughts on Genesis 29:15-30 By Elizabeth Matko Jacob encountered some tough family issues. No matter how good our families are, we too will experience damaged relationships. How can we avoid frustration, disappointment, and discouragement? Focus on the Right Goal  Your priority is to please God—not to satisfy yourself or gratify other people (Colossians 3:23). […]