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Always

How excited I was to find two apps that would really come in handy. One was a sleep timer for music and the other was a fitness monitor. As it turned out, I never installed either one. I could not accept the terms and conditions of use. In today’s passage, Jesus asks for obedience (willingness to accept God’s terms) in order for us to gain the most benefit from the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. It’s absolutely free.

If……………, and [then]…

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, they will obey [keep] my word, and my Father will love them, and [then] we will come to them and take up residence with [remain in] them. The person who does not love me does not obey [keep] my words.” John 14: 23-24 A reply that begins with the…

Basic Training

The world turns fast sometimes. There are some days I feel like the world is spinning faster and I’m just holding on to keep up. Yes, a week only has 7 days, but oh my what we can fit in 7 days or what others may expect us to fit in 7 days. And sometimes…

Love One Another

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for this week’s devotion! A few Thursdays ago was Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday as it is to some.  It’s called Maundy in our tradition from the Latin mandatum.  Mandatum means “something commanded”, and comes from the Latin noun for “hand”, manus and the Latin verb “to give”, dare.  So, it’s personal.  It’s given to you and…

Special Delivery

Today we hear how the Almighty One does great things for the lowly, those who fear and are hungry, those who need assistance and all who hold onto a promise from God. We lit a final candle and assembled a humble manger in preparation for the Christ child, the baby Jesus, Mary’s son, our Lord.…

A Father’s Love

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.  (George Webster Douglas)  I write to you both as a son and a father and a grandfather who has been on both the receiving end and the giving…