Daily Devotionals

Acts 10: 24-29

And on the following day they entered Caesare’a. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his kinsmen and close friends. When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered; and he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit any one of another nation; but God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”

Acts 10: 24-29

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We all can serve God!

Bible Point: We all can serve God! Key Verse: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). No matter who we are and what talents we have, we can all serve God (Exodus 35:4–36:38). […]

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Daily Devotionals

Luke 6:27-36

“But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
-Luke 6:27-36

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Paralyzed Man

I must admit this has always been one of my favorite passages of scripture. In one brief story, Luke offers the church a beautiful visual of the love we are called to have for our neighbors. The story begins with Jesus teaching the experts and ends with everyone bewildered by what they have witnessed.

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ARE YOU PART OF THE SOLUTION?

The words of Jesus in the Bible are clear. We are to love God, worship him and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. When you and I take that seriously, I believe we become part of the solution rather than the problem! We move from being people who simply exist and take up space […]

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A Kind Word

I had just arrived at work one morning, sat down at my desk, when my cell phone buzzed to let me know that I had a text message. The morning had already been quite busy with the usual hustle and bustle at my house. It takes a lot of effort to get the whole family ready and out the door for work and school. We often joke that we are, “Off like a herd of turtles.”

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Serving the Community

I’m amazed at the way our church family serves God and the community through programs like Mobile Meals, the congregational care ministry and mentoring. These activities are hard work; they take time, effort and sacrifice. One of the comments I hear regularly from our volunteers is “do you think we are REALLY making a difference?” It can be discouraging when we do not see immediate results or when the work we do is not recognized. Many times, the people we are serving do not demonstrate appreciation or we do not see the type of change we are hoping for.

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Mentors

Their names were Jeanette, Barbara and Linda, and they were my co-teachers during my first 3 years of teaching. Right out of college, I was green and inexperienced, but these ladies took me under their wings and helped me so much.

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The Good Samaritan

The parable of the Good Samaritan was told by Jesus as a response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus was offering a teaching about the greatest commandments that could be summed up in loving God and loving neighbor.

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Daily Devotionals

1 Kings 17:8-14

Then the word of the LORD came to him, “Arise, go to Zar’ephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he arose and went to Zar’ephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a cruse; and now, I am gathering a couple of sticks, that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Eli’jah said to her, “Fear not; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD the God of Israel, ‘The jar of meal shall not be spent, and the cruse of oil shall not fail, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.

1 Kings 17:8-14

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