Monday Devotional: September 26, 2022

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Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14 So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about the Lord or of me, his prisoner. Instead, share the suffering for the good news, depending on God’s power. 2 Timothy 1:8 (CEB) In a world of e-mail, instant messaging, and texting, we often value convenience over content. But the construction and tone of our words matter. The … Read More

Monday Devotional: September 19, 2022

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-19 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NRSVUE) Many of us connect eternal life with life after death, something that happens after we die. Paul offers a powerful … Read More

Monday Devotional: September 12, 2022

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 (CEB) First of all, then, I ask that requests, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1 (CEB) The author of First Timothy first urges that prayers, supplication, thanksgivings, and intercessions be made for everyone, but then singles out one particular group: kings and all who are in high positions. The implication … Read More

Monday Devotional: September 5, 2022

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 (CEB) Our Lord’s favor poured all over me along with the faithfulness and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14 (CEB) Water is remarkable. While sometimes soft and soothing, its fearsome power is on display in ocean waves or during floods. But water’s most remarkable transformations come over time. If you visit a canyon, … Read More

Monday Devotional: August 29, 2022

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Scripture: Philemon 1:1-21 “Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother…” Philemon 15-16 (CEB) While a prisoner in Rome, Paul wrote a carefully crafted personal letter to Philemon, a fellow … Read More

Monday Devotional: August 22, 2022

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Scripture: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 “Let mutual affection continue.” Hebrews 13:1 Love became flesh and lived among us, full of grace and truth. And Love invites us to love, for we are Love’s agents in the world. How easily we warm up to what we don’t have. We tell ourselves, “I would like to, but I don’t have time.” And while … Read More

Monday Devotional: August 15, 2022

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Scripture: Hebrews 12:18-29 I remember the day vividly. I was sitting in my office when the building began to rattle. At first, I simply thought a large truck was passing by, but after a few moments, I realized I was experiencing an earthquake. Since earthquakes are relatively rare in Washington, DC, this was quite an event for the region. The … Read More

Monday Devotional: August 8, 2022

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Scripture: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 We are surrounded by witnesses. The idea here is not of a great Olympic moment with grandstands and spectators but rather a host of individuals who can bear witness to the practice of faith. Imagine them standing one by one to tell their stories — Gideon, Rahab, Samuel, David, and Jesus. Each story is an authentic witness … Read More

Monday Devotional: August 1, 2022

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Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 These days, there seems to be very little of which we can be certain. The past several years saw a global pandemic take the lives of millions of beloved brothers, sisters, grandparents, and friends. The changes in our climate have made generational storms into annual weather events. People have become less kind, more certain of their … Read More

Monday Devotional: July 25, 2022

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Scripture: Colossians 3:1-11 A friend of mine was worried about his grandmother because she was living alone in their old family house in Mississippi. He called her and told her of his concern. She was in her favorite chair on the porch and chided him, saying, “Don’t worry; I’m not alone. It’s just me and ol’ JC out here rockin’.” … Read More