Weekly Lay Devotion 4-28-21

2 Corinithians 9  6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. We are all familiar with

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Weekly Lay Devotion 4-21-21

We’ve been talking about holding onto hope for over a year now during this pandemic, and for some of us, we’ve been grasping at a thin thread of hope for much longer.  Whether it’s prolonged health issues, difficult family relationships, or any number of other reasons, holding onto hope day

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Weekly Lay Devotion 4-14-21

“Lord, raise up in me a holy passion.” I have sincerely prayed some form of this prayer in two different seasons of my life. The first time was after being captivated by a well-known Bible study teacher, who embodied the words of Jeremiah 20:9 - “his word is in my

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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 3-17-21

“Lord, if you aren’t going to change this situation right now, please change me so I can handle it better.” After a long season of unanswered prayer, of feeling weary from the praying for it, I whispered these words to God. I can’t say that a switch was flipped at

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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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