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Daily Devotion: The Call in the Dark

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

Helmut Thielicke speaks to our common spiritual quest as we experience life’s demanding and often bewildering events. He says that sometimes, as we find ourselves in darkness, we sense someone is passing by. Is it an enemy […]

Daily Devotion: The Lord Who Submits

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (John 15:9).

John Ortberg points out that the Holy Spirit did not draw attention to himself but to Jesus. “The Spirit comes in the Son’s name, bears witness to the Son, and glorifies the Son.” Jesus, on the other hand, […]

A Note from the Pastor: Circling in Prayer

In the book, Draw the Circle, the story is told of a man who was deeply concerned that innocent children were being introduced to pornography simply because adult television channels were one click away from cartoon channels. To fight against legislation, this man was determined to visit all 435 House offices and 100 Senate offices. […]

Daily Devotion: Light in the Thickest Darkness

“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith’” (Matthew 8:10).

Great faith is sometimes found where we least expect it. Our Lord beheld it in a Canaanite woman whose faith was far stronger than His Jewish […]

Considering Soul Care: Praying Through Disorientation

As we try to wrap our heads around yet another terrorist attack, it may be helpful to turn to what Walter Bruggemann calls the Psalms of Disorientation to lend language to our intense feelings – feelings that might include deep sadness, fear and doubt. Right now, try praying Psalm 13 below. Make it personal or […]

Daily Devotion: Mountains to Remove

“Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment” (Matthew 15:28).

By faith, the Canaanite woman’s daughter was healed, even though she was an unlikely candidate. By faith, the walls of Jericho fell. Yet, what’s more unlikely? We walk by faith. Do we? […]

Worship Moment of the Week: Worship as a Lifestyle

God has put “Worship as a Lifestyle” on my heart for a while now. I’ve written about it before. It’s more than just a Sunday or Thursday night experience; it’s something that should be a part of our everyday life. So when I sat down to write this week’s Worship Moment and felt a tug […]

Daily Devotion: An Immortal Kind of Faith

“He replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.’ ‘Yes it is, Lord,’ she said. ‘Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table’” Matthew 15:26-27.

When Christ spoke of dogs, he meant that the Gentiles were to Israel as the dogs. Notice that […]

Daily Devotion: The Eternal Self

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

We are not primarily physical beings, having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings, having a physical temporal experience in our bodies. The proof […]

Daily Devotion: What’s the Worst that Can Happen?

“To know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

Brother Lawrence was convinced that he knew what the worst thing that could happen to him was. He said that for him to lose a sense of God’s presence would be worse than being […]