Howard Vanderwell

Howard Vanderwell

Rev. Howard Vanderwell has been involved in pastoral ministry in the Christian Reformed Church for 40 years, serving as a pastor in Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan and more recently as a staff member of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. His work at the Institute involves research and writing on worship issues, leading workshops on worship and preaching, networking with pastors, and teaching courses on worship at Calvin Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Eleanor, have three married sons and ten grandchildren.

Devotionals by Howard Vanderwell

November 30, 2005

Anticipation

Revelation 21:1-5
I saw the Holy City ... prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Revelation 21:2

November 29, 2005

Peace

Philippians 4:4-9
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts ... Philippians 4:7

November 28, 2005

Distress

Mark 3:1-6
He looked around at them in anger ... deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts ... Mark 3:5

November 27, 2005

Perseverance

James 1:2-4
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

November 26, 2005

Assurance

Romans 8:12-17
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Romans 8:16

November 25, 2005

Hope

Romans 8:18-25
If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25

November 24, 2005

Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:12-24
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

November 23, 2005

Compassion

Matthew 9:27-38
He had compassion on them, because they were ... like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

November 22, 2005

Rich Generosity

2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:2

November 21, 2005

Our Calling

Ephesians 4:1-6
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

November 20, 2005

First Things

Matthew 6:25-34
"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matt. 6:33

November 19, 2005

Wisdom

James 1:1-8
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all ... James 1:5

November 18, 2005

Surprise

Acts 3:1-10
They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:10

November 17, 2005

Available

Luke 1:26-38
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Luke 1:38

November 16, 2005

Courage

Joshua 1:1-9
"Be strong and very courageous." Joshua 1:7

November 15, 2005

Self-Knowledge

Matthew 25:14-30
"To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent ..." Matthew 25:15

November 14, 2005

Self-Control

Galatians 5:16-26
Losing self-control leaves you as helpless as a city without a wall. Proverbs 25:28 (CEV)

November 12, 2005

Awe

Matthew 9:1-8
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe . . . . Matthew 9:8

November 10, 2005

Accepting Ourselves

Romans 12:1-8
Think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3

November 9, 2005

Accepting Others

Philippians 2:1-4
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

November 8, 2005

A Forgiving Heart

Matthew 18:21-35
“This is how my . . . Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:35

November 7, 2005

Patient Tolerance

Ephesians 4:1-6
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

November 4, 2005

A Cheerful Heart

Proverbs 17:22-28
"A cheerful heart is good medicine . . . .” Proverbs 17:22

November 3, 2005

Inner Thoughts

Philippians 4:2-9
Whatever is true . . . excellent or praiseworthy— think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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