Lessons from Mayberry

July 28, 2018

I am going to end this week’s First 15 devotionals with a look at Episode #1, The New Housekeeper. As we have seen before, Andy Taylor is a single father raising his young son Opie in Mayberry. In this first episode, we meet Rose, Andy and Opie’s housekeeper, who is marrying Wilbur Pine and moving away.

Lessons from Mayberry

July 27, 2018

Episode 79, Man in a Hurry, gives a great glimpse of life in Mayberry and perhaps even a snapshot of the way some of us would like life to be like here in Mansfield (or fill in your hometown here). Malcolm Tucker's car breaks down two miles from town on a Sunday morning.

Lessons from Mayberry

July 26, 2018

Today we will reflect on one of the “lesser known” episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show”, The Case of the Punch in the Nose #152. The story begins with Andy and Barney going through old case files when Barney comes across an unresolved assault case involving Floyd the barber and Mr. Foley. Barney is determined to reopen the case

Lessons from Mayberry

July 25, 2018

As we talked about yesterday, the father/son relationship portrayed in the “Andy Griffith Show” was special. It was truly on display in episode #64, Mr. McBeevee. At the beginning of this episode, Opie and Andy are playing with an imaginary horse but the storyline becomes more complicated when Opie begins talking about a man he met in the woods, Mr. McBeevee.

Lessons from Mayberry

July 24, 2018

The Andy Griffith Show was centered on a single father and Sheriff raising his son. In the early 1960s, this storyline was groundbreaking. Andy Taylor was a strong, compassionate and loving father, not above making a mistake and apologizing. Yet he was profoundly aware of his role as the parent and all that came with it.

Lessons from Mayberry

July 23, 2018

In this Summer of Joy, I have decided to focus this week’s First 15s on a subject that has brought me great joy throughout the years: The Andy Griffith Show. Appearing first in October of 1960, it was one of the most popular television programs for its eight year, 249 episodes run.

Heaven on Earth

July 21, 2018

A few years ago, Barna Research found that 81% of Americans believe in an afterlife. We Christians think of heaven when we think of an afterlife, and we find peace in knowing there is a place where we will be with Jesus and our loved ones. The idea of a better place is such a beautiful thought.

Higher and Holier

July 20, 2018

The Bible makes it clear that as sinners, we were in desperate need of a savior. God provided that savior in Jesus Christ. We may never fully understand why God loves us so much. God’s love is infinite. It is bigger and greater than most of us can imagine. We have a hard time grasping the depth of God’s grace, love and mercy.

The Story

July 19, 2018

The Bible, taken as a whole, tells a compelling story of creation, a fall, redemption, and restoration. It is a story of overcoming insurmountable odds; of the world being set right again, a story of second chances. It is the story of a creator who relentlessly pursues us with a love so great

Narrow Gate

July 18, 2018

Salvation is yours. It’s free. God redeemed all of us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This is God’s plan to restore humanity to the way he created us. And at the same time, God also gave us free will. We can choose to turn away from God.


July 17, 2018

There is confidence in Jesus’ words in this passage. He speaks with authority about his sheep. He is certain, without doubt, in his ability to hold his sheep secure. He says twice, “No one will snatch them.” That leaves only one other possibility for the sheep.


July 16, 2018

Chuck Colson was named one of the “Watergate Seven,” and sent to federal prison for 7 months in 1974. After a conversion to Christianity, he found that God worked best through human brokenness and weakness, rather than through power and achievement. While many doubted his sincerity at first, Chuck's story was not that of a man trying to clamber and claw his way back into respectability and success.


July 14, 2018

Jesus came for everyone. Yes, every single one of us. Jesus came for the politicians, prisoners, rich, poor, liberals, and conservatives. He came also for the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, and Christians; unbelievers, believers, atheists; homosexuals and homophobes. He came for you and me and every other human being on the planet.


July 13, 2018

The word reconcile means to bring into a changed relationship, or to bring together two parties who should have been together all along. The Bible speaks of the human race as enemies of God in this passage. You may say that you are no “enemy” of God, but apart from faith in Jesus, we are passive enemies of God. You have a need for reconciliation.


July 12, 2018

This Psalm is often quoted in times of great need. But many find it a daily prayer and reminder that God is with us at all times, not just times of desperation. Yesterday, we talked about our need for amazing grace. When our need is great, the grace is greater. But often, we forget about God in the every day, small sin realm.