Don's Weekly Devotional Blog

Nothing Without Love

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And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2)

I ran from place to place and wired explosives. Other people interrupted, but I couldn’t let on what I was really doing. I gave platitudes to keep them content. Breaking from the crowd, I sprinted to the detonation site. Then I woke from my dream, shaken and breathing hard.

“Lord, what does it mean?” I asked.

In the quiet of my prayer closet, the Holy Spirit gave his interpretation. 

“Don, you are conspiring to bring explosive change to the people you shepherd. You run around wiring for a new start for your church, instead of truly loving the souls that will be blown up in the process. 

“Slow down and care for people, not your programs, or your bigger, brighter future. Because, if you build the greatest ministry in the world, lead thousands to Christ, and witness your land swept into repentance, but don’t engage people with my love, then you’ve done nothing.”

My chin hung to my chest. “Lord, will I ever get out of spiritual kindergarten? Forgive me, yet again. Help me to love whoever will let me. Teach me to know them, enjoy good things with them, and offer your peace for the hurts in their lives.

“Help me to see the individual, and not the crowd.”

Prayer: Patient Savior, walk me into a deeper love.

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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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