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Daily Devotion: Prisoner of Hope

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:1,3).

At the center […]

Daily Devotion: The Mouth of Faith

“A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.’ Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, ‘Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us’” (Matthew 15:22-23).

The mouth of […]

A Note from the Pastor: Our Contender

“Contend for me, my God and Lord” (Psalm 35:23).

God appreciates us standing up for Him. But God loves it when we let Him fight for us. When we go to prayer, the Lord extends His Hand on our behalf. When we “fight the good fight,” it is actually allowing the Lord to step in and […]

Daily Devotion: A Washed Heart

“Jesus said, ‘Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters at the mouth goes into the stomach and is cast out into the sewer? But those things which proceed out of the mouth, come from the heart, and they defile them’” (Matthew 15:16-18).

Jesus said in effect, “Have you been […]

Considering Soul Care: Everyday Blessings

Celtic Christianity believes all creation is alive with God’s presence, thereby making everything a window to God. The great Reformer Martin Luther said every time we wash our faces we should be reminded of our baptism. Indeed, being mindful of daily tasks can (and should!) prompt a thanks-giving or petition to God. In this busy […]

Daily Devotion: The Power of Daily Renewal

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Every day our natural life is renewed. The sun rises with its light and warmth, the flowers open, the birds sing, and life is everywhere stirred and strengthened. As we rise from […]

Worship Moment of the Week: The Case for Christ

There was an empty tomb and still people question who Jesus was and is. As believers, the empty tomb and His resurrection is why we believe. But, have you ever pursued the facts behind our faith? Have you ever been in a conversation with a non-believer that made you question your faith in any way? […]

Daily Devotion: Safe Place

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed” (Psalm 57:1).

Where can we run when the thunder clouds begin rolling in? Where can we hide when feeling blue? Where can we find rest […]

Daily Devotion: Re-alignment

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).

The God of the Bible is portrayed as the Father who rushes out to embrace and restore His wayward child. The […]

Daily Devotion: Cultivate Your Spiritual Memory

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb” (Luke 24:1).

Despite being distinctly told by Jesus Christ Himself that He would rise on the third day, these blessed and affectionate women came with spices to embalm their Lord. So […]