My Heart Is On Fire By Doug Apple - A Short Christian Devotional To Open The Scriptures And Make Your Heart Burn Within You!



Luke 24:32, "And they said one to another, 'Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?'"


  • Adventures in Fasting

    28/10/2021 Duración: 09min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) I was never good at fasting. I tried it off and on for years and never had what I thought were good results. I’d make the commitment, “I’m not eating anything from this time to this time. I’m really going to seek God and dedicate myself.” I gave it the old college try, and then would just feel cranky and hungry and scattered. My work suffered. Probably my family suffered, and for what? I saw other Christians fasting, seemingly successfully, but I felt no fire in it, no visitation, no moving of God. That’s not required of course, but to me, fasting felt like a wasteland, without value or fruit. Then we moved to Tallahassee at the end of 2005 and went to a church that declared a fast to start the year 2006 – but it was a different kind of fast, a “Daniel fast.” Surely I had heard of that before, but I don’t recall it. I thought there was just one way to fast, and that was to eat no food, none. So this Daniel fast was a new idea to me, where your

  • Hallway Discipleship

    21/10/2021 Duración: 03min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) Maybe don’t be in such a hurry to flee the church building after service. Maybe your interactions with people in the hallway are as important as the service itself. I call it Hallway Discipleship. You can also call it “loving people.” It’s interacting with people in the hallway, your brothers and sisters in Christ, your family members in the family of God. It’s informal. It’s casual. It’s not structured. But it’s just as valuable as formal discipleship. It’s Hallway Discipleship. It’s taking time to look people in the eye, say hello, ask how they’re doing, and being in no hurry. It’s listening to them, hearing about their day, their life, their family, their work. It’s not looking past them to rush off to the next thing. When we do this, when we actually listen and care, here’s what it does. It earns us the opportunity to plant a seed. This is where Hallway Discipleship happens. Discipleship is helping someone follow Jesus more closely. In

  • Build a Bigger Shield

    03/09/2021 Duración: 05min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire.  (Luke 24:32) If you’re being bombarded today, you need a bigger shield. If the flaming arrows are pounding your life, you need a bigger shield. If you are feeling vulnerable and weak, and you’re running low on resistance, you need a bigger shield. What is this shield I’m talking about? I’m talking about the shield of faith.   Ephesians 6:16 says the shield of faith will “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Do you want to be more protected?  Then use the shield of faith. Now we know how a physical shield works.  If you’re shooting actual arrows at me, I’m completely defenseless just standing there.  Pretty soon I’m going to be riddled with arrows.  But if I have a shield, I can protect myself.  The shield comes between me and the arrows. And the bigger the shield, the more protected I am. That’s how a physical shield works, but how does the shield of faith w

  • What Does It Mean To Worship in Spirit and Truth?

    31/08/2021 Duración: 04min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire.  (Luke 24:32) What does it mean to worship in spirit and truth? Jesus said to worship in spirit and truth, but it’s so mysterious.  What did He mean? I don’t have all the answers, but let’s look at the context. In John chapter four Jesus was talking to the woman at the well.  At one point she tried to pull a fast one and told Jesus, “I have no husband.” This is important.  When we come to God, we must come to Him in truth.  This woman did not. She was quibbling.  She was being deceptive while not outright speaking lies. But Jesus called her out on it:  “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” Boom.  You don’t come to Jesus quibbling, being evasive, being deceptive. Then she took another strategy.  Change the subject.   She said, “Sir, I per

  • There's a Whole Body for That

    27/08/2021 Duración: 03min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire.  (Luke 24:32) You can’t do everything. You aren’t even supposed to.  You weren’t designed to. There’s a whole body for that. I’m talking about the church, which is the body of Christ. Jesus is the head, and all of His followers make up the body. Yes, Jesus has humongous plans for His body, such as reaching the whole world and loving every person and teaching them everything He taught. But that doesn’t mean that YOU have to do all that.  You are just ONE PART, one cell in this body of Christ. You know, there’s a difference in your physical body between brain cells and white blood cells.  They are different organisms with different purposes. If you watch white blood cells under a microscope, they might not appear to be doing much, until some attack takes place and they rush into action. Now imagine the brain cells coming along and trying to talk the white blood cells into abandoning their jobs and helpi

  • Gas on the Grass

    03/08/2021 Duración: 04min

    +DESCRIPTION+ I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire.  (Luke 24:32)   Not keeping your word is like pouring gas on the grass.   Have you ever accidentally spilled gas on your lawn?   You’ll know if you did because the grass will die a terrible death.   Right now I have a big dead circle in my backyard, and I’m blaming the grandkids.   When we moved into our current home, the previous owner left a lot of random stuff in and around an old shed in the backyard.   One day the grandkids were exploring and dragged an old metal gas can out from under the shed, and proceeded to empty its contents…where?  Not in the dirt, of course, but right on the beautiful grass, and now it’s dead, dead, dead.   That’s the way of gas on grass.  It’s a killer.   I remember the first time I learned this lesson.  We were renting a house and the owner was proud of the lawn.  He fertilized it and gave me just two instructions,

  • So Close to You I'm See-Through

    23/07/2021 Duración: 06min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) Sometimes God uses little scraps of words to speak mountains of truth. I think that’s what’s happening in the song “In Awe” by Hollyn. If my sources are correct, this song wasn’t written in the usual way. The singer Hollyn was literally put into a vocal booth in a sound studio and told to just sing. She said, “I didn’t have any words at first, so I took my time, closed my eyes, and for a solid hour thanked God for what He’d been doing in my life.” And out came the song “In Awe.” James 4:8 says that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. It sounds like that’s what Hollyn did in creating this song, and that is definitely what I feel whenever I hear it, like I’m drawing near to God and He is drawing near to me. And the lyrics say that. The song opens with these words: Can’t speak, So close I can feel You breathe, You’re so holy and worthy, You know where I’ve been. Can’t move, So close to You I’m see-through, No, not innocent like You,

  • Oddities in the Story of Zacchaeus

    19/05/2021 Duración: 04min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) There’s Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree. How did he get there? He climbed, which must have been a funny sight. I have 13 grandkids. We see them in trees all the time, but we never see older people in trees. And we NEVER see older rich people in robes up in trees. But that was Zacchaeus, an older, rich, short man in robes, climbing up a sycamore tree just to get a glimpse of Jesus who was coming that way in what basically must have been like a parade. Why was Zacchaeus so interested in Jesus? Why is ANYONE so interested in Jesus? In fact, why on earth are millions of people on earth still to this day so interested in Jesus? It can’t be because he was a local phenomenon, flash in the pan, 15 minutes of fame guy. Nobody is that interested in someone like that. Rich guys in robes don’t climb trees for that. So why was Zacchaeus there? That’s one of the oddities in this story of Zacchaeus. Why was he there? Luke 19:3 says he “…sought to see wh

  • How to Handle Opportunities

    14/05/2021 Duración: 04min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) It’s one of the most exciting times in life. It’s when opportunity presents itself. It’s exciting because you have to make a choice, and you know that your choice will affect your future, and maybe the future of many others. It’s exciting, and nerve wracking. In fact, some people are scared of opportunities precisely because of the possible huge ramifications. They think, “Well, if I don’t choose at all, at least I won’t make the wrong choice.” Tell that to the man in Jesus’ parable who hid his talent in the ground instead of using the opportunity wisely. Ah, now that’s the key: using opportunities wisely! So how do we do that? First of all, the Bible tells us not to “give opportunity” to the flesh, or to the devil. So when we are looking at an opportunity and deciding what to do about it, we clearly want to avoid things that are sinful. We don’t become unequally yoked. We don’t cheat people. We don’t take advantage of people. We don’t en

  • Have Patience With Yourself

    30/04/2021 Duración: 04min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) I’ve shared this parable with a bunch of people lately. Jesus was often asked about the kingdom of heaven, and I can imagine Him looking up, hand on his bearded chin, pondering and saying, “What is the kingdom of heaven like, and to what shall I compare it? Hmmm…” “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden, and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” Question: how long does it take a tree to grow from a seed? A long time. How long does it take the kingdom of heaven to grow inside of us? A long time. So my message is: have patience with yourself. Mighty trees take a long time to grow. In Luke 17 the Pharisees were asking Jesus about the kingdom, and Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation, nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” How is the kingdom of God within you? Here is a quick breakdown. We’r

  • Lets Play Two

    13/04/2021 Duración: 03min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) “Your boss is taking advantage of you.” “What? I’m just walking his dog.” “Yeah. That’s not part of your job. You’re a radio station manager, not a dog walker.” “Okay, well, call it my senior citizen ministry. I’m helping the old guy out.” “Call it what you want. You’re being taken advantage of.” “No. What I’m doing is loving my neighbor. If someone shows you how you can love them, and you can easily do it, just do it.” “But doing personal favors is not your business.” “Mankind is my business!” Okay, so now I’m quoting Marley talking to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, but mankind is our business. Jesus said something oh so powerful in the Sermon on Mount. In Matthew 5:41 He said, “…whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” This is where we get that phrase, “Go the extra mile.” How it worked back then was, a Roman soldier could legally tell you to carry his gear for a mile. So Jesus said, “If that soldier makes you carry hi

  • Set the Bar High...for the Most High

    05/04/2021 Duración: 02min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings! That’s what it says in Proverbs 22:29. Are you skilled in your work? Are you improving your skills? It’s a lifelong effort. We never stop improving. Jesus’ parable of the talents tells us the value of taking what we have and growing it. Matthew 25:23 says, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” So the question is, are we being faithful with what we’ve been given? It’s a requirement. First Corinthians 4:2 says it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. Are we being faithful? Are we growing what we’ve been given? Are we improving our skills, taking them to the next level, moving towards mastery? Ecclesiastes 9:10 says whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Colossians 3:23 says whatever we do, we sh

  • If You Are the Son of God

    02/04/2021 Duración: 04min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) “If You are the Son of God…” That’s what they shouted at Jesus while He was on the cross. They said, “If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” He could have. He could have avoided the cross altogether. When He was arrested, Peter pulled out a sword to fight, but Jesus told him to put it away. Then He said, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” He could have avoided the cross, but, He said to Peter, “How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” God had a plan, but Peter didn’t see it. Even when God announces His plans, people often don’t see it. In John chapter 2, while Jesus was at the huge temple in Jerusalem, some leaders asked Him for a sign, so He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The leaders were like, “What? It took 46 years to build this temple, and you’re going to raise it up in three d

  • Take Every Thought Captive

    29/03/2021 Duración: 04min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) There are some things we shouldn’t think about. That almost sounds un-American, like, “What about my freedom, man?” But our thoughts, like most everything, if left to themselves, will just meander downward. I love the imagery of “take every thought captive.” It means you don’t let your thoughts go anywhere they please. Captives don’t get that luxury. The idea comes from Second Corinthians 10:5 where it talks about taking every thought captive and bringing it into the obedience of Christ. So how do we take every thought captive? The Bible has some guidelines. Let’s start with Philippians 4:8, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” That knocks out a bunch of the stuff we see online, and a bunch of stuff we hear in gossip. We shouldn’t think about them because they aren’t excellent or praiseworthy.

  • Lean & Clean for the King

    29/03/2021 Duración: 03min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) Lean and clean for the King. That’s my personal motto. What does it mean? It means I want to cut the fat, the dirt, even the dust from my life so I can operate lean and clean for the King, by which I mean King Jesus, the King of Kings. A serious athlete puts his body in peak condition. It means cutting some things from his life. Serious actors go to great lengths to prepare for certain roles. It means cutting some things from their life. And serious Christians will cut some things from their life to become all that God wants them to be. I want to cut the fat from my body so it can be a fully functioning vessel. I want to cut the fat from my schedule so that my time is used wisely. I want to cut the fat from my thinking, taking every thought captive, and stopping my brain from running off in every direction. “But Doug, that sounds like work. I thought we were saved by grace, not by works.” Ephesians 2:8-9 literally says that. We are saved

  • Why Did Christians Threaten John Lennon?

    22/03/2021 Duración: 03min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) Why did Christians threaten John Lennon? He was a 20-something year old pop star for the Beatles in the 1960’s when he made an offhanded comment about Jesus. It stirred up the ire of many Christians, even to the point of John Lennon getting threats, even death threats. Why would Christians threaten John Lennon? Maybe they were thinking, “Who does he think he is, making cracks about our Lord and Savior? We can’t let him get away with it.” Interestingly, we find a similar story in the Bible. In Luke chapter 9, Jesus and His disciples were on their way to Jerusalem, and they were going through various towns. Verse 52 says, “…and as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans...” So the disciples enter this Samaritan village and guess what happens. They reject Him. They don’t want Jesus coming to their town. I can see why the disciples would be angry. Jesus does nothing but good everywhere He goes, and you reject Him? How dare you!

  • Christians Should Stop Saying This

    03/03/2021 Duración: 03min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) Cringey statements. We’ve all made them. We’ve all heard them. Cringey statements are those things we say that make other people cringe, and they often make US cringe when we think about them later. Here is a statement I hear Christians say sometimes. “I love them…but I don’t like them.” I get the point. You’re talking about a person who says or does things you don’t like, but as a Christian, we’re supposed to love them, so what do we say? “I love them, but I don’t like them.” But you know what? No one is feeling the love here. “You love me, but you don’t like me?” I’m not feeling it. “Well Doug, how can I like someone who is so unlikeable?” Look. As Christians we don’t divide the world into the likeable and the unlikeable. That would be terrible. God wants us to love people, all people, every single person. We can walk down the street and in our mind say, “I love that guy and that guy and that guy. I love her and her and her…all of t

  • What Do You Do Best?

    02/03/2021 Duración: 04min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) What do you do best? Do it for God. Those things you are good at, even if they don’t seem to be “churchy,” offer them up to God as an offering. “Lord, I offer this up to You. I love You so much, and I’m so grateful for everything.” I’m not talking about anything sinful, of course, but I am talking about the host of things that people are good at besides preaching or teaching or singing or whatever else is on the short list of obvious Christian ministries. What if you are good at computer coding? What if you’re good at auto mechanics? What if you’re good at sewing? What are you good at? Do it for God. First Corinthians 10:31 says whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. Colossians 3:17 says whatever you do, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father. Colossians 3:23 says whatever we do, we should do it with all of our heart, and do it for the Lord. Romans 12:11 says never be lazy, never be lacking in zeal, w

  • What Am I Denying Myself?

    24/02/2021 Duración: 02min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) Do you want to be a follower of Jesus? If so, He gives a prerequisite. Jesus said if we want to follow Him, we must deny ourselves. So the question is, what am I denying myself? It’s almost un-American to deny ourselves anything. King Solomon denied himself nothing at all, and it wrecked his kingdom. I approach this in a childlike way. I just say, “God, I am denying myself this because I’m so hungry for You.” Deny myself what? It’s been many things over the years, and it’s always something. Yesterday a friend said, “Would you like a muffin? Or are you fasting muffins now? I can’t keep track of what you are fasting.” Well, right now I’m fasting candy and cookies and frozen dairy treats. I’ve actually been fasting candy and cookies for three years now. I pray, “Father, I’m denying myself these things that are pleasant in this world because I’m so hungry for the things of the Kingdom of God.” I’m currently fasting all beverages except wha

  • Honor All People

    18/02/2021 Duración: 03min

    I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) So you want to have a radio program. We have a few rules, and here’s one of them: no bashing on other people. Yes, you can talk about what is true. You can talk about what is being done wrong. You can even talk about people who are doing wrong, but the rule stands: no bashing on other people. * “But Doug, what about their politics? What about their lifestyle? What about their bad doctrine? What about their evil ways, their deceptions, their cunning, conniving, crafty, criminal lives?” I don’t care what they’ve done. I don’t care what they’ve said or what they’re promoting. If they are out of bounds you can point that out, but you don’t trash them in the process. Why not? Where does that come from? Is it even possible? In First Peter chapter 2 verse 17 we encounter three of the most powerful words you will ever read in all of the Scriptures. It says, “Honor all people…” Honor all people. Now why would that be in the Bible when there a

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