CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

Words from the Cyber-Wilderness

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the…

A Brave New World

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to…

Oh, Those Kiddos

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 So … I get a crazy idea as I’m writing a puppet show script for the preschool this week.  (Admittedly, the fact…

Desk Detritus

Last week, the computer mouse on my desk mysteriously fell between the desk and the wall in my office.  By “mysteriously”, I mean “was thrown against the wall in frustration over an uncooperative website form I was trying to fill out.”  My desk weighs the equivalent of a mid-sized rhinoceros, so usually things go there…

Not-so-Dirty Ground

We extend our thanks to Brendan Armitage for offering this week’s devotion. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” ~~ Genesis 3:19 (KJV) I can usually tell who I’m parked next to in…

Angels Unawares

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2, KJV) Most Sundays after church services are over and before heading for home, I walk through all the pews in the church sanctuary, so as to collect the attendance sheets from the 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. services.  (And allow me…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) You, my…

Holey and Holy

I’m swimming in the Gulf, off the coast of Osprey, Florida (near Sarasota) a few days ago while in town celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday.  And as I often do when in ocean water, and have stopped swimming to take in the vista around me … I dig for seashells with my feet.  I find…

Fervent Prayer

“In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” ~~ Ephesians 6:18   I like bookstores.  A little reading is never a bad thing, right? …