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 21:23-46



“The Kingdom of God will be…given to people who produce fruit” (verse 43) Can you see a connection between The Platters (a 50’s band) and a fruit platter? We love our fruit here at the Nightingales. Last year we picked organic strawberries, froze 45 quarts of blueberries and spent an afternoon with Kidz Klub families … Continued

Matthew 21:1-22



“My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves’” (verse 13) As we read through the pages of the Old Testament we see it happening time after time. God’s chosen people (the Jews) fall into sin and out of favor with the Lord, often leading to … Continued

Matthew 20:17-34



“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked (verse 32) Though Jesus knew full well the nature of these men’s needs, this was not a superfluous question. In many instances, the blind were also beggars – as was the case with Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46). In biblical times, it was common practice to … Continued

Matthew 20:1-16



About nine in the morning…and again around noon… and (again) about three in the afternoon… and (again) about five, he went out and said to those standing around, “(will) you go and work in my vineyard?” (verses 3,7) Commentators differ on the exact nature of this parable’s interpretation. One certain option would be relative to … Continued

Matthew 19



“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God” (verse 24) We have all heard the catchphrase “Follow the money.” Popularized in the 1976 motion picture, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, it describes a means of pursuing the motivation behind … Continued

Matthew 18:21-35



“I canceled your debt… Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your (debtor)?” (verses 32,33) Have you seen the Chevy commercial that ends with a ‘real owner’ saying, “Another ding, another scratch – it would be just another chapter in the story. Then you hear the voice over: EVERY SCAR TELLS A STORY, AND YOU CAN … Continued

Matthew 18:1-20



“Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (verse 3) Who of us has not encountered in the grocery store, a three-year-old in aisle thirteen throwing a major league temper tantrum? We walk by thinking, “That little tyke needs a good… (I was going to say, “Nap,” … Continued

Matthew 17



“Jesus said…bring the boy to me” (verse 17) As a parent/grandparent, I find this verse to be wonderfully encouraging…because I believe Jesus still heals – albeit physical, emotional or spiritual. What happened in this narrative when the father took his son to Jesus, can still be realized when we go to God in prayer. So … Continued

Matthew 16



“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (verse 26) Do you ever go to estate sales? Just on a whim, I went to one the other day. I had no idea whose place it was or anything of the circumstances. However, when I saw the line … Continued

Matthew 15:21-39



“Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” (verse 33) Someone once said, “We are all skeptics at one level or another,” meaning that from time to time, we all have our doubts. And I guess the twelve disciples were no exception. But still – it just seems to … Continued