Weekly Lay Devotion 4-8-21

Somehow the word justice has become a controversial word among Christians, as debate rages over whether social justice is part of the gospel. To understand what role justice should have in the practice of our faith, perhaps we should first look at what Biblical justice really means. Timothy Keller, in

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Weekly Lay Devotion 3-31-21

This week's lay devotion was written by Joyce Dantzler: Early spring in yards across the country, parents, grandparents, and guardians get busy hiding Easter eggs. Eggs that have been beautifully colored and designed, are carefully hidden in conspicuous as well as in challenging places. Then, children are released into the

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Weekly Lay Devotion 3-24-21

Philippians 2:1-11 During Lent I have been reading “Lent in Plain Sight” by Jill Duffield. One of the recent devotions was based on these verses where in verse 5 we are told “Be in relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Jesus Christ”. The author went on to

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Weekly Lay Devotion 3-10-21

Do you ever wonder about all the times God has saved you from something? I’m not talking about those situations when you felt your back was up against a wall and God answered your pleas for help.  I’m talking about those times you were about to step off a cliff

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Weekly Lay Devotion 3-3-21

Do you feel the nearness of Christ? In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he tells them, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” To always be rejoicing, when there is so much heartache and loss

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Weekly Lay Devotion 2-24-21

“We are unable to run from God without also running into God.” Steve Harper, in his book, “Five Marks of a Methodist”, wrote this sentence as a way of explaining God’s agape love for us. It is all around us, unending and unconditional. No matter what we face, not matter

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Weekly Lay Devotion 2-17-21

The story of the two pockets is one I am thinking about on this Ash Wednesday. It is attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim, and goes something like this: "Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket, so that he or she can reach into the one or

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Weekly Lay Devotion 2-10-21

It’s hard to face our own hypocrisy. We feel justified in our anger; even righteous about it. The other person? They hurt us or betrayed us. And we harden our hearts towards them a little bit. We just can’t forgive them. We don’t think they deserve it. But here’s the

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Weekly Lay Devotion 02-04-21

“You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything—as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative.” These were

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