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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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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? …

Christmas Chaos

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14, NRSV It seems an impossible task to be asked to pray.  There is a cacophony of noise surrounding me.  Two kiddos are fighting over…

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for offering this week’s devotion. (In case you are wondering, the darkest Night Service he refers to will be held on Sunday night,m December 22 at 6PM in our sanctuary.) “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel;  After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in…

Past, Present and Future

Whatever moments are to come, this moment is forever.  Nothing that will come to be can make this moment otherwise.  Everything that ever happens in life goes on being a part of that life, not just the thing that happens last.  The man on the cross is also the babe in the manger, the child…

What Happened to the Pumpkins?

Our thanks again to Brendan Armitage for this week’s devotion! Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” —Mark 14:36 Our genteel display of winter squash, in reds and tans and oranges, had been rather cruelly mauled, as you can see…

A Little Something Sweet…

We thank Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s email devotional! “I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself.  But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.” ~~ Romans 14:14 (NRSV) “Oh, Martha!  That cake is sinfully delicious!” Insert your favorite decadent…

Touching the Face of God

John Gillespie Magee was a WWII fighter pilot, who wrote these words three months before he was killed in a mid-air collision.  The poem is entitled, “High Flight.” Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds,…

The Voice of Your Soul

We use the word “soul” a lot, don’t we?  “You are my soul-mate” … “That involved some soul-searching” … “She’s a bit of a lost soul, isn’t she?” … “You really bared your soul, didn’t you?”  We have a whole genre of music called “soul music.”  Maybe you watched the TV show “Soul Train” as…