Daily Devotionals

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.

-Proverbs 3:5-8

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Grace

God‘s grace is truly amazing. Wrapped into our concept of grace are so many wonderful parts of our life of faith. Grace is God’s presence in our lives. We are not alone as we walk the journey of life. Deuteronomy states, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

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Starting Line

Setting goals is something I’ve been encouraged to do throughout the years when I began a new class, a new job, or a new commitment.  Any time there is a new expectation or a new season, we want to have a good start.  Goals are something that help us to have a good start.  And we have to look at what we hope the end result will be so that we can figure out how we will get from point A to point B.  Both the start and the finish are important as we look to the goals in our life. 

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Never stop learning

Sharing a meal with friends is a special event. Good food and good conversation always make for a great time. Learning how to make good food with a good friend, now that is an awesome time. Jack and Jolene are a special couple who befriended Aimee and me at the church we served in Fort Cobb, OK. One day I called Jack and Jolene and asked if they would like to go to dinner with us. They said they would love to have dinner, but we should come to their house. Jack was getting ready to make his enchiladas and they thought we would enjoy that experience.

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The Music Man

I can still remember that familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was eight or nine and starting 3rd grade.  You know the feeling.  When you’re so young you don’t know what to expect or how you’ll deal with the unexpected.  Will I like my teacher?  Will I make new friends?  Will I do well in 3rd grade?   Then there was the question the Rev. Wendy Lambert talked about in the opening sermon of the series, Orientation to life…. Will I belong?  I was terrified.

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The Bible

The start of school brings many new things for students. Often, they are learning a new schedule. They are experiencing new academic challenges. Each year brings new social settings and growing opportunities.

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Daily Devotionals

Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

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Daily Devotionals

Matthew 9: 27-31

“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.”

-Matthew 9: 27-31

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Multi-tasking

My time in seminary was a rewarding, yet a highly demanding experience.  I attended seminary at the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. While in seminary my family and I lived in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma where we served, not one, but two churches.  Between family, work, school, and travel my to-do-list stayed full. With all of these things in front of me I spent the first part of seminary feeling completely overwhelmed.  

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Robert Fulghum’s book of short essays and poem of the same name “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” became well-known after it was published in 1986.  It was a simple, humorous, and truthful approach to how we should interact, behave, and understand our role in the world around us.  Some of the suggestions included; “Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess.  Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you’ve hurt somebody.” 

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