Lenten Devotion for March 27, 2019

2 Corinthians 5:16–21 (NRSV) 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, … Continue reading Lenten Devotion for March 27, 2019

Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Thursday, December 21

2 Samuel 7 (NLT) 1 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” 3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.” “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.” That’s a scary sentence. It’s as if God is saying, “I … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Thursday, December 21

Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, December 18

Romans 16:25–27 25 Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time. 26 But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him. 27 All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.  (underline mine) AN ADVENT PRAYER I want to be strong.  I want to stay in the … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, December 18

Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, Dec. 11th

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 NLT Advent is the period of time reminding us that we wait for the Messiah to bring salvation. But what do we do in the waiting time? Paul in 1 Thessalonians gives us three things that we can busy ourselves in our time of patience. Be joyful. Pray. Be thankful. Whenever we do any of these three things we can be assured that we are in God’s will. Let me say that again. Whenever … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, Dec. 11th