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Daily Devotion: The Unworthy Who Pray

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard […]

A Note from the Pastor: Circling Prayer

A few weeks ago, a group of us walked around the church block seven times. We were following The Circle Maker concept by Mark Batterson, which is physically circling our dreams and hopes in prayer. There is nothing magical about it, but it is biblical. The Israelites circled the city of Jericho until the walls […]

Daily Devotion: Waiting Quietly

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27: 13-14).

As long as waiting on God is thought of only as a step toward obtaining answers to our requests, we […]

Daily Devotion: Defying Natural Gloom

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

Amy Carmichael writes of the forbidding gloom that comes when we remember what was most precious to us but is now forever lost. She quotes Psalm 42:4: […]

Worship Moment of the Week: Let Freedom Ring!

It’s the 4th of July today. Independence Day: a day we set aside in our country to remember our freedom, and how our forefathers fought for something bigger than themselves. They stood for something they believed in so much they were willing to die for it. It’s not been an easy road, but through the […]

Daily Devotion: Who Shall Deliver Us?

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25).

When we speak of a lack of prayer and the desire for a fuller prayer life, there are some difficulties to be faced. Often […]

Daily Devotion: Spiritual Beings in a Physical World

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians […]

Daily Devotion: The Spirit of Love

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Love is not only the fruit of the Spirit from which all others come, but the Spirit is nothing less than divine love itself come down to dwell in us, […]

Daily Devotion: The Price of Your Soul

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his sight? How would you view that proposition? You shall have estates, blocks of houses, […]

Daily Devotion: Discipleship

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it’” (Matthew 16:24-25).

The law that ruled the Master’s life is here extended to […]