Monday Devotional: December 13, 2021

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For God Will Always Travel with Us Scripture: Luke 1:39-45 Traveling has always been part of the Christmas story. Traveling has always been part of the entire Christian story. But more than that, traveling IS the story of human life. From ancient ancestors crossing the land bridge in the north or heading across vast seas on rickety little boats, we … Read More

Monday Devotional: December 6, 2021

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The Unconquerable Gift of Joy Scripture: Luke 3:7-18 Happiness is an emotion that can disappear as quickly as it rises to the surface. Joy, however, is a choice. We have a choice. God gives us a joy that is unconquerable. We can choose to live in an attitude of resentment, anger and fear or we can choose to pursue the … Read More

Monday Devotional: November 29, 2021

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Scripture: Luke 3:1-6 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of … Read More

Monday Devotional: November 22, 2021

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Scripture: Luke 21:25-36 This week we begin the season of Advent, a time of anticipation for deliverance and salvation. All of our readings today warn disciples of the Lord to prepare themselves for both tribulation and rescue. We start Advent by remembering that we are a pilgrim people, not destined to be of this world but to be in it … Read More

Monday Devotional: November 8, 2021

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Beware That No One Leads You Astray Scripture: Mark 13:1-8 The disciples marveled at the size and majesty of the temple. The heart of Judaism. A big, impressive, monumental building. That, one day, would all come tumbling down. By the time Mark was written, the temple was already gone. We are still in the grip of a world-wide pandemic that … Read More

Monday Devotional: November 1, 2021

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What Might He Say to Us? Scripture: Mark 12:38-44 The word “economy” means “the process or system by which goods and services are exchanged among people.” It comes from a Greek word which referred to the management of a household. At its root, it means how a community of people choose to cooperate with one another. Into this system comes … Read More

Monday Devotional: October 25, 2021

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The First Commandment ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Mark 12:31 Scripture: Mark 12:28-34 Whenever you read “the scribes” in the Bible, imagine a small-town lawyer. They were the local experts on the law as a means of structuring community life – marriages, divorces, contracts, mortgages, etc. Some assumed powerful positions as administrative assistants to the ruling class. In … Read More

Monday Devotional: October 18, 2021

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Tell Me a Story He did not say anything to them without using a parable. Mark 4:34 Scripture: Mark 4:1-9, 33-34 Once upon a time. Those four words just might be among the most powerful in the entire world. Some of my earliest memories as a boy contain a variation on that potent phrase. My mother came home one day … Read More

Monday Devotional: October 11, 2021

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Remembering My Father Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. Colossians 3:23 Scripture: Mark 10:35-45 When I remember my dad, I picture him best outdoors hammering or gardening or downstairs working in his cluttered workroom, stuffed with fascinating tools and gadgets. His hands were always busy at a task or project—sometimes building … Read More

Monday Devotional: October 4, 2021

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Who Are You Defending? At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6 Scripture: Luke 14:7-14 When Kathleen’s teacher called her to the front of the grammar class to analyze a sentence, she panicked. As a recent transfer student, she hadn’t learned that aspect of grammar. The class laughed at her. Instantly … Read More