Don BykerDon Byker

Don Byker

Don Byker has been a pastor since 1984 in various churches and institutional settings. Don and his wife, Donna, are the parents of four adult children, two of whom are married. Donna and Don are also the glad grandparents of three granddaughters. Currently Don is serving in a rural church in Michigan full of gardeners.

June 30, 2017

God’s Consummate Garden

Revelation 21:1-7; 22:1-5
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

June 29, 2017

The Lows and Highs of Gardening

Isaiah 65:17-25
They will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. . . . My chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.

June 28, 2017

Annuals and Perennials

1 Corinthians 15:35-49
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.

June 27, 2017

Multiplication in God’s Garden

John 12:20-26
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

June 26, 2017

Continuing Fruit

Revelation 14:6-13
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. . . . They will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.

June 25, 2017

A Time to Uproot

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: . . . a time to plant and a time to uproot.

June 24, 2017

Produce or Perish?

Luke 13:1-9
‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.’

June 23, 2017

Fading Light

John 12:27-36
Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before the darkness overtakes you.”

June 22, 2017

Transplants in Trouble

Psalm 80:12-19
Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

June 21, 2017


Psalm 80:1-11
You transplanted a vine from Egypt. . . . You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land.

June 20, 2017

An Abundant Harvest

Luke 12:13-21
The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do?'

June 19, 2017

An Overwhelming Harvest

Matthew 9:35-38
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

June 18, 2017

Seeing the Harvest

John 4:27-38
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

June 17, 2017

The Purpose of Disasters?

1 Kings 8:22-24, 37-40
Forgive and act . . . so that they will fear you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors.

June 16, 2017

Gardening and Vacationing

Psalm 121
The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

June 15, 2017

Enjoying the Harvest

2 Timothy 2:1-6
The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

June 14, 2017

Seeking the Peace of the City

Jeremiah 29:4-14
Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

June 13, 2017

Gardening in the City

Jeremiah 29:1-9
Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. . . . Increase in number there; do not decrease.

June 12, 2017

Weeds in the Garden

Matthew 13:24-30
While you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest.

June 11, 2017

Volunteers in God’s Garden

Luke 9:43-50
“We tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

June 10, 2017

Milk and Honey (And Bees)

Exodus 3:1-10
I have come down to rescue them . . . and to bring them . . . into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

June 9, 2017

Coworkers in God’s Garden

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
We are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field. . . .

June 8, 2017

Sun, Rain, and Love for Everyone

Matthew 5:43-48
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

June 7, 2017

The Mystery of Seeds

Mark 4:26-29
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

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