Weekly Devotion 10-20-21

I know lots of parents of young adults who are worrying about their kids who don’t currently attend church.  I’m one of them. But here’s what I know.  God can use the habits we form with our children while they are growing up to call them back to the church.

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Weekly Devotion 10-14-21

“The first online worship service at CUMC was on Sunday, March 15th.” That’s one of the first entries I made into a notebook I have kept during the pandemic. I’m not very successful at keeping a daily journal, but I wanted to document this unique experience of living through a

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Weekly Devotion 10-6-21

Jesus wept. He wept for and with Mary and Martha. He wept for Lazarus who was buried in a tomb. When you think about it, His weeping makes little sense to us. In just a few minutes, Jesus would be raising Lazarus from the dead, and there would be great

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Weekly Devotion 9-29-21

As a young boy, my parents gave me a prayer book that on the very first page showed a color picture of Jesus on the cross. Underneath the picture was the statement from John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for

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Weekly Devotion 9-22-21

Many years ago, I came pretty close to leaving Centreville United Methodist Church.    The reason?  I felt like an unwelcome outsider. Fast forward to today, and I am incredibly glad I didn’t leave.  I love CUMC.  I feel deeply connected to the church and the people that make up the

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Weekly Devotion 9-15-21

Being a follower of Jesus can land you in places you never expected, doing things you never thought you could do. And with it comes such a feeling of joy and fulfillment in doing what God has planned for you to do. But to get there, you have to make

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Weekly Devotion 9-8-21

We are living in days of big, horrible, hard things happening, and we can feel so small and overwhelmed. We want our big God to show up in big ways, but we are living in days of the small things. Bags of food given to local families. Kits packed for

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Weekly Devotion 9-3-21

“Anne was always glad in the happiness of her friends; but it is sometimes a little lonely to be surrounded everywhere by happiness that is not your own.”  ( L.M. Montgomery, author of the book Anne of Green Gables) It’s true, isn’t it?  And nowhere do we see this more

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Weekly Devotion 8-25-21

Recently I visited the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. As I read up on and learned about this holy place before our visit, it was clear to me that regardless of one’s religious affiliation, this visit would afford the opportunity to engage Our Lord and Savior in

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Weekly Devotion 8-18-21

Something about her body language triggered my concern for her safety. When our car first rounded the bend in the road, I noticed the two of them.  A male and a female.  I thought they may have been teenagers, and they seemed to be horsing around.  He playfully giving her

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