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 15:1-20



“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (verse 8) What is the difference between a proverb and an idiom? Webster says that proverbs are short phrases that use the exact words of the phase, often to give advice on how to live one’s life. An example would be, … Continued

Matthew 14:22-36



“The boat was buffeted by the waves” (verse 24) Which of life’s difficulties are harder to deal with? The expected or the unexpected? Those you kind of see looming on the horizon or the situations that more or less blindside you? I think the latter. This passage has a couple of ‘gotcha’ scenarios. First, there … Continued

Matthew 13:31-58



“He told them many things in parables” (verse 3) What is/was the bedtime routine around your house – either as a kid or now, as a parent with your kids? We typically tucked the boys in with a prayer and a Bible story. But from time to time, I would change things up with a … Continued

Matthew 13:1-30



“But since they have no root, they last only a short time” (verse 21) Have you ever said to someone, “Let’s get to the ‘root of the problem?’” Sure, we all have. It’s a good thing. Today’s story has an interesting twist in that, the ‘root of the problem’ was a ‘problem of the root.’ … Continued

Matthew 12:24-50



“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (verse 34) Have you ever said something somewhat inappropriate, and then, to excuse it, quickly added, “Oh, pardon my French.” I have. But let me explain. As a language requirement for college prep, I took three years of French. I had a good teacher, but … Continued

Matthew 12:1-23



“For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (verse 8) Ok. Who can name the wonderful classic television sitcom that aired from 1954 to1963 which, with cheery lovable characters and non-threatening humor, depicted the ideal “typical American family?” Here’s a hint. The TV parents seemed to be able to handle almost any situation … Continued

Matthew 11



“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened…take my yoke …and you will find rest (verses 28-30) Pick up a newspaper, go online or watch the evening news – and what do you see? With the exception of an occasional ‘feel good’ story, it is about circumstances and situations which have caused humanity … Continued

Matthew 10:21-42



“But whoever disowns (denies) me before others, I will disown (deny) before my Father in heaven” (verse 33) How would you describe the difference between a ‘life of convenience’ and a ‘life of conviction?’ It strikes me that while one makes life easier, the other makes life better. One costs me nothing while the other … Continued

Matthew 10:1-20



“Jesus…gave them authority” (verse 1) God is the ultimate authority. He is sovereign. He asks permission of no one at any time to do anything. However, for the good of mankind (who were told to “rule the earth”), he delegated some of his authority. The three primary places it is found are in the home … Continued

Matthew 9:18-38



“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (verse 37) Several years ago our family had the opportunity to pick grapes at a ‘commercial’ vineyard in the Silver Creek, NY area. This came about because one of our parishioners had a relative living in that community who grew grapes for Welch’s Juice. Unfortunately for … Continued