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Daily Devotion: Penetrating the Gloom

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).

Alan Payton said, “There is no more terrible condition of the soul than despair. We continue to breathe, to eat, to drink. But […]

Daily Devotion: Our Love for Christ

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

What a wonderful description of the Christian life. People had never seen Christ, yet they truly loved Him and believed in Him, […]

A Note from the Youth Director: Milestones

As a new parent, I pay extra special attention to all the ways my child is growing: first steps, new words, and her unique personality development. I tell people she is “one-teen years old.” As each milestone is reached, I pray God will help her in each new phase of life.

Youth Sunday is a […]

Daily Devotion: Lifted into God’s Presence

“Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long; See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love; I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly” (Psalm 119: 97, 159, 167).

One portion of scripture that is devoted to teaching us the place God’s Word […]

Considering Soul Care: God of Paradox

In the midst of a difficult “valley” season? Let our God of paradox comfort your soul through this beautiful 16th century prayer [adapted from The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett, ed.]. Share which paradox below you personally relate to – or add another based on your own God-experiences!

 

LORD, HIGH AND HOLY, MEEK AND LOWLY,
You have […]

Daily Devotion: Prayers of the Heart

“The woman came and knelt before him. ‘Lord, help me!’ she said” (Matthew 15:25).

The bitterness of the woman’s trial gives the right tone to her prayer. This is her second prayer, and it reflects how Jesus allows us to amend, enlarge, and simplify our prayers. She came and worshipped Him saying, “Lord, help me!” Sorrow […]

Worship Moment of the Week: God and Satan

Have you ever wondered why God didn’t destroy Lucifer as soon as he rebelled against Him? Just the other day, someone brought this up and it has stuck with me ever since. God is good, we know this, and everything He created is good. The Bible backs this up in Genesis 1:31, “Then God looked […]

Daily Devotion: Vital Questions

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart’” (1 Samuel 16:7).

It never occurred to the Pharisees and teachers that there […]

Daily Devotion: Jesus’ DNA

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I […]

Daily Devotion: Owl or Eagle

“Praise the Lord, my soul…who crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:5).

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they […]