VIDEO Man Gets Carried Around The World By His Friends


We Carry Kevan

Now this is what friendship is all about!

There are limitations set on the disabled community, based on social and personal expectations. Kevan Chandler and his friends are on a mission to remove these limits. Hear from Kevan, on how communities can reimagine accessibility, on living the ‘impossible’ and on inspiring change.

In 2015, Kevan and his friends spent a year working toward their goal of traveling around Europe and designing a backpack to carry Kevan on their backs. This project became known as ‘We Carry Kevan’ and in June 2016, they boarded a plane to Paris, leaving Kevan’s wheelchair at the Atlanta airport. This is Kevan’s story of friendship and defying limits.


On Our Hearts

These commandments . . . are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Deuteronomy 6:6–7

After a young boy faced some challenges in school, his dad began to teach him a pledge to recite each morning before school: “I thank God for waking me up today. I am going to school so I can learn . . . and be the leader that God has created me to be.” The pledge is one way the father hopes to help his son apply himself and deal with life’s inevitable challenges.

In a way, by helping his son to commit this pledge to memory, the father is doing something similar to what God commanded the Israelites in the desert: “These commandments . . . are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children” (Deuteronomy 6:6–7).

After wandering in the wilderness for forty years, the next generation of Israelites was about to enter the Promised Land. God knew it wouldn’t be easy for them to succeed—unless they kept their focus on Him. And so, through Moses, He urged them to remember and be obedient to Him—and to help their children to know and love God by talking about His Word “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (v. 7).

Each new day, we too can commit to allowing Scripture to guide our hearts and minds as we live in gratitude to Him.

By:  Alyson Kieda

Reflect & Pray

What can you do to keep Scripture on your heart? Why is it important to read and talk about the Word with loved ones?

Dear God, thank You for giving me each new day. Help me to keep Your wisdom in my heart and on my mind.

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Sunday Reflection: The Blessing of Transformation

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul urged the church to be transformed so they could resist the ways of the world and discern God’s will (Rom. 12:1-2). Interestingly, the apostle used the word translated elsewhere as “transfiguration”—the same term that described Jesus becoming radiant on the mountain (Matt. 17:2)—to describe the kind of change believers are called to.

But resisting the world’s ways doesn’t mean simply avoiding certain behaviors. In fact, it’s possible to act rightly and still not be transformed. No, the change required of us is nothing less than divine work: a remaking of our heart and mind. And the only way to get there is by abiding in Jesus—living each day in step with Him and His will. (Read John 15.)

Think about it
• That same Greek word meaning “transfiguration” is also found in 2 Corinthians 3:18, where Paul writes about being transformed into the image of God. How can you “reflect” the Lord, as if a mirror, in your day-to-day life?

• Paul calls for this transformation to happen by “the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). What could you do today to participate in that process with God?

Seek The Prince of Glory

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3)

One of the most precious hymns of the Christian faith is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” written by Isaac Watts. Let us use its rich rehearsal of truth in poetry to guide our Bible study these next four days.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

The great King of all creation laid aside aspects of His immortal attributes and became a mortal man so He could die for us. Simultaneously man and God, He endured death for condemned sinners, then He re-entered His lifeless body. The hymn writer called Him the “Prince of glory,” a fitting affirmation on the eternal Son of the Father.

Having once again retaken His created life, the Creator offered us eternal life—a free gift to undeserving sinners. Having paid the sufficient price for all our sin, thereby removing all penalties levied against sinful man, He offered us eternal life also. “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).

Nothing we do in this life gains us eternity; works are worthless. “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Working for rewards can avail nothing, but rather we look to the cross of our wondrous Christ. JDM

The Major Major Decision

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

—2 Timothy 1:13-14


There is a great decision that every denomination has to make sometime in the development of its history. Every church also has to make it either at its beginning or a little later—usually a little later. Eventually every board is faced with the decision…. Every pastor has to face it and keep renewing his decision on his knees before God. Finally, every church member, every evangelist, every Christian has to make this decision….

The question is this: Shall we modify the truth in doctrine or practice to gain more adherents? Or shall we preserve the truth in doctrine and practice and take the consequences?…

A commitment to preserving the truth and practice of the church is what separates me from a great many people who are perhaps far greater than I am in ability. This is my conviction, long held and deeply confirmed by a knowledge of the fact that modern gospel churches, almost without exception, have decided to modify the truth and practice a little in order to have more adherents and get along better.   RRR165-167

We’re under constant pressure to have more adherents, more members, more numbers, Lord. God help me never to modify or compromise to achieve that, but to tenaciously holdfast to my core beliefs and priorities. Amen.


Real Living

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

—1 Timothy 4:15


Let me observe that some Christians think they can be disciples of Christ without ever a thought about the necessity of self-discipline and genuine commitment to Him. We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude finds its way into the church. We have liberty, we have money, we live in comparative luxury. As a result, discipline practically has disappeared.

What would a violin solo sound like if the strings on the musician’s instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not “disciplined”? Being an artist, the musician would not attempt to bring sound from that violin until each string had been tuned and tested and all was in perfect harmony.

In things that matter with God—important things—we need to be disciplined, pulled together, attuned to the Spirit until we are in harmony with all of God’s planning for us. MMG043-044

The Spirit of Life dwells and fills men, permeates their being, sanctifies their nature, quickens their powers, vitalizes their mortal bodies and radiates their life….Pentecost turned anemic believers into exuberant saints. PRL041


A Divine Reveille

2 Corinthians 5:17

To some men and women there comes the rare experience when it seems, if only for a moment, that the barriers between God and the soul disappear and they find themselves in His very presence. Such an experience is often decisive in that life is never quite the same again; something new has broken into it, adding new vision, beauty and power. It is a new dawn, a divine reveille, which arouses one to action for God.

This is what happened in the life of Matthew the tax collector. As he sat at his work Jesus burst in upon his vision. For a moment a door opened into another world, and Matthew heard an authoritative voice calling, “Follow Me!”

(Matthew 9:9). He closed his books, put away his money and followed Jesus.

This one supreme, quiet, insistent voice called him to a high vocation. It was the imperative command of a royal person.

Following Christ, like falling in love, is a mutual matter. It is Christ coming to man and man coming to Christ. Christ offers us a new chance, a new life—and from no one else can we obtain it.

Other religious leaders had frequently passed the tollbooth where Matthew sat at the receipt of custom, but they made no impression on him, nor did he on them. To them, Matthew was a traitor to the Jewish race in the service of the hated Romans, collecting taxes from the Jews for a foreign power. To them he was a social outcast.

But Jesus never looked upon men in terms of what they were, but in terms of what they might become. Jesus knew what potential lay dormant in the tax gatherer, and He stirred impulses that opened up vistas to a new life. Where the Jews saw a rogue, Jesus saw a potentially honest man. If Matthew’s pen had been used for perfidy, a new Matthew could wield it to write a gospel. The crafty auditor could become, through Christ, a Christian author giving to the world a record of the immortal Word.

Is there a more inspiring thought to those who have failed, whose lives are blighted and broken, than that Christ always looks for the best in men? He knows the worst is capable of the best through divine grace.

To see in Christ a love which is not in ourselves, and to open our hearts to it, is the way of salvation. The real Matthew was awakened. The world becomes a different place when we follow Christ. Life vibrates with a new challenge:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

George B. Smith, Meditations for the Ordinary Man