Appearing below are Pastor Rich Nightingale’s archived devotional blogs (Monday – Friday), dating back to the start of the Forum on Monday, February 5. For a full review of the scriptural passages from which the devotionals were written, as well as others’ posts, return to DEVOTIONALS on the menu bar.

Matthew 28



“Then Jesus said to them…go and make disciples of all nations…and I shall be with you” (often referred to as the Great Commission) Matthew 28:18-20 Thank God for our first responders – those who are specially trained to assist in emergency and disaster situations. They are truly amazing people. I’m thinking of firefighters, who rush … Continued

Matthew 27:51-66



“As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus” (Matthew 27:57) According to Matthew 27:57 Joseph of Arimathea was a devout follower of Christ. He is also described as a man of considerable means. Mark 15:43 adds that he was “a respected member of … Continued

Matthew 27:1-26



“I have sinned… and betrayed innocent blood”. (Matthew 27:4) Has this ever happened at your house?The kids are arguing. Things escalate. Liam pushes Lucy. Lucy falls and unfortunately hits her head. Loud crying ensues. Mom hears the commotion and comes running. Liam is in big trouble. Hoping for a teachable moment the wise parent says, … Continued

Matthew 25:31-46



“All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another…” (Matthew 25:32) My favorite sport is basketball – not so much watching, but playing. As a kid I would shoot hoops by the hour. My dream was to someday play on the local high school team…to see my … Continued

Matthew 25:1-30



“And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one” (Matthew 25:15) So we all have talents – referring no doubt to time, money, abilities – means by which to do ministry unto the Lord. And while the apportionment was different for each, the same faithfulness was expected of all – … Continued

Matthew 24:29-51



“Understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into” (Matt. 23:43) Though I never really aspired to be a cop, I do hold them in high regard…and I do like … Continued

Matthew 24:1-28



“Tell us,” (the disciples) said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (verse 3) Harold Egbert Camping (July 19, 1921 – December 15, 2013) was an American Christian radio broadcaster, author and evangelist. Beginning in 1958, he served as president of Family … Continued

Matthew 23:23-39



“You appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness”  (verse 28) Hypocrisy, incongruity, duplicity. That’s the kind of behavior you get from a two-faced person, who says one thing and does something else. The biblical word for hypocrisy comes from the Greek term for “actor”—literally, “one who … Continued

Matthew 22:23-46



“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (verses 37-39) Have you ever heard a person say – or perhaps, have you ever said, … Continued

Matthew 22:1-22



“The Kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son” (verse 2) What is the worst thing that happened at your wedding? Someone faint? Wardrobe malfunction? At my brother’s ceremony, the best man forgot the rings. I once did a service at which I called the bride by the … Continued