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Weekly devotions by email from our Pastors and guest devotioneers. New devotions are posted here and emailed every Wednesday morning.

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Awakening to Light

What is so sweet as to awake from a troubled dream and behold a beloved face smiling upon you?  My soul is for the moment bowed down with grief when I cease to feel the touch of their hands or hear a tender word from them; but the light of faith never fades from my…

Harvest

Thank you to Brendan Armitage for serving again as our guest devotioneer this week. Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves…

A Solitary Life … or Not

We live in a world that thrives on individuality.   “One of a kind” is preferred over “one of the herd.”  Being “unique” is a higher calling than being “uniform.”  “Standing out” is far better than “blending in.”  I get it.  Being unique makes us feel special, it invites others to notice us.  It helps us…

A Canna Lily in Your Heart

(Thank you to Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s devotion) “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 Canna lilies are tall plants, often 8′ high, with shiny, broad tropical leaves and topped with these dramatic stems of red or orange flowers.  This time of year, they’re…

Holy Laughter

It was a homiletical hot mess.  I got a little too clever for my own good this past Sunday in my sermonizing.  If you were in traditional worship that morning, you already witnessed my brilliant idea of playing Hide-and-Seek in the middle of the sermon.  I had six cards with words on them that as…

Choose Life

It was 6:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, and already the day was complicated.  I had just spent about forty-five minutes with a family that was in the process of removing a hospital life-support system from their loved one.  She had been in a serious accident the day before, and while her body was strong and…

Angels Unawares

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. ~~Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV) I’m not much for the Book of Hebrews.  I’ve never been enamored by the lofty language, the implied superiority of New Testament teaching over the Old Testament foundations for Jesus’ ministry, and the…

Light & Darkness

Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  (Genesis 1:3-4, NRSV) I’ve been following the ritual since the summer of 1981.  Forty-eight Sunday mornings a year, give-or-take one or two, I am walking through the hallways of…

Be Kind to Gloobshnarf.

We extend our thanks to Jill Emmert for serving as this week’s guest devotioneer … her first time writing for us. It won’t be her last, we hope. Fifty-three first days of school. That’s how many we’ve had with our three sons so far, between pre-school, public school, and college. We’re coming up on fifty-four…

A Rainy Baptism

We again thank Brendan Armitage for providing this week’s devotion. Make sure to tune in next week for another guest devotion by Jill Emmert. Galatians 3:26 — “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Have you ever…