Don's Weekly Devotional Blog

 

"Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

The space around them suffused with a presence of holy goodness so tangible that it felt like liquid, rather than air. An intoxicating radiance danced through their bodies, and goosebumps waved over their skin. Moses in the cleft of the rock, Solomon in the glory filled temple, the apostles atop the Mount of Transfiguration, John deep in an apocalyptic trance–encounters with the glory of God that forged spiritual giants from clay mortals.

Now here I come, as common a duffer as any who lived. Yet, Jesus offers me a blessing in faith that can exceed what Moses and Elijah received. He says it comes of believing without seeing. What those who behold undeniable miracles have is not faith but experience, and yet, faith is what pleases God (Heb. 11:6). He desires that we love him and not his pyrotechnic miracles.

I spoke with the Lord on this theme as I performed one of those unspectacular but precious life tasks—walking my seventeen-month-old grandson in the park. Jesus showed me that, as I love Jaden, God loves me. He demonstrated how I could engage as much of his glory in that small moment as in any Mount Carmel fire from heaven extravaganza. It’s beside the calm waters of a simple life where whispers of God’s truth are heard the loudest.

God’s desire is that my heart would look for encounters with him in each bite of daily bread. By this means, a faith more precious than that of our Bible heroes may yet grow.

Prayer: Lord, give me heroic faith through small things.

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Deep2Deep

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Psalms 42:7 (NIV) 
 
Do you feel it too? God is calling us into the depths of himself. It’s a roar, a deluge, and it beckons irresistibly. What about you? Want to dive into the bottomless pools with me? 
 
One day at a time, let’s work through some of the most powerful Scriptures. We’ll wrestle our way closer to the heart of Father God. Strip off encumbrances and plunge into the crystal depths of his character. Let’s discover the joy we’ve longed for. Deep calls to deep. Come with me into God’s Niagara.
 
Brother Don connects daily Scripture meditations with life experiences on the mission field. Taste cultures around the world and learn from the diversity of God’s creation. In addition to new cultures, Deep2Deep also draws lessons from children. Innocence, joy, and trust are themes Don explores with childlike faith. 
 
This Volume contains 366 devotional meditations to bless the reader for years to come.
 

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Africa's Child

There are “thin spots” in various locations around the globe. These are places where the Kingdom of God breaks through the veil of our temporal existence. Miracles happen, revivals begin, and whole communities, even nations, are transformed.

In 2001, I discovered one of these thin spots in Cross River State, Nigeria. I was there as a missionary trainee. The eruption had begun three years before in a village named Ekori. The stories I heard, and the thousands of celebrants I witnessed, combined to make my heart race with holy excitement.

Fervent prayers clashing against witchcraft, rich African colors, sounds, and traditions, everything pivoting on a handful of unwavering, humble Christians—all the elements of an epic story were right there in Ekori.

Over the last twenty years, the gospel explosion of Ekori Village has only increased, like circles growing from a great splash. When I returned to Nigeria in 2019, I knew without a doubt, it was time to speak the truth of what did, and is still happening, in Cross River State. Thus, it is my calling and privilege to record these events using the art form I love most, historical novels.

I hope Africa’s Child inspires you, as it does me.

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As a missionary, I came into contact with a tribal group in Southern India that had been through the most amazing events in our times. With dreams and miracles, God rescued them from the caste system much like he delivered Israel from Egypt.

I heard many testimonies that corroborated the story and saw with my own eyes thousands of radically changed lives. The tribe’s name is Yanadi, meaning people without origin. At a time when the Yanadis were suffering abuse, starvation and disease, God reached out to this unclaimed tribe.

It’s exciting to know that he still reveals himself to humble children in all cultures. Though others have documented the Yanadis story before me, it has been my great privilege to create the first historical fiction novel.

I have re-told this compelling story before groups in many settings, often with wet eyes. Now I commit it to writen words for the enrichment of my readers.

Don Goulding

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Tree of Life


The Tree of Life Discipleship Series moves a believer toward maturity in the Christian faith. The lessons can be used alone, with a mentor, or in a group. Buy on Amazon.
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