Category: Devos

A Role To Play

A Role To Play

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I bring you good news of great joy for all the people.” – Luke 2:10 Last Thursday when I picked Braeleigh up from school, she was excited to tell me how she was going to get to be Mary in the school Christmas…

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Waiting

Waiting

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning.” – Psalm 130:5-6a We don’t like to wait. We don’t like lines. We don’t like lines in traffic, or lines at the grocery store, or the coffee shop, or…

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Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34 Has anyone ever accused you of being a “worry wart”? Or do you know anyone who walks into any situation and cannot conceive of a way in which it could end well? If…

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Holy Land, Holy People

Holy Land, Holy People

Hi Friends, For the last several days I have been on a pilgrimage throughout Israel and Palestine with nearly 150 United Methodists from Michigan included our wonderful Bishop, David Alan Bard, and his wife Julie. I made this same pilgrimage last year. You may be wondering what could have changed so much in the course…

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Good Medicine

Good Medicine

“A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 As I have walked with Jesus over the past 20 years, and been in pastoral ministry of one type or another for just as long, I have walked into many, many church buildings. Buildings of different sizes and…

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A Word About Welcome

A Word About Welcome

“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” – Proverbs22:6 As the day was approaching for Iman, our exchange student from Gaza, to arrive, Bri and I began coaching our girls about what to expect and how to behave. We brainstormed a lot of suggestions to make sure Iman had the…

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Stop and Sniff

Stop and Sniff

“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” – Psalm 145:5 Our family LOVES family camp. There are three things that our girls begin looking forward to immediately after they end: their birthdays, Christmas, and family camp. For Bri and I, it’s a lot of additional work and planning (not…

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Mid-Terms

Mid-Terms

“Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8 I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I think there is an election coming up soon. Yard signs declare it, social media is flooded with it, television commercials replay negative ad after negative ad. There…

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Aliens

Aliens

“When an alien [foreigner] resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien [foreigner]. The alien [immigrant] who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien [refugee] as yourself, for you were aliens [foreigners, immigrants, and refugees] in the land of Egypt: I…

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