Putting the Decorations Away

by Dan Jean “The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully.”  2 Chronicles 30:23 The anticipation of the big day is a memory. The gifts have all been unwrapped. The guests have gone home. It is time to...
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A New Song

By Christopher Langford Psalm 98 Psalm 98 begins with the verse “O sing unto the Lord a new song”. This simplistic statement is profound. It is so short and easy to read that we may be tempted to quickly move on from it without giving it further consideration. Alternatively, some...
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God Never Lets Us Down

By Christyn Baer Psalm 22:25-31 Psalm 22 begins with a line familiar to us all, being five weeks into Eastertide… “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” David begins his anguished prayer with the same words that Jesus laments on the cross. As I sit here reading this psalm on...
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I Am Not a Theologian

By Lucas Newell Psalm 23 I am not a Theologian. Nor am I a philosopher. Neither am I a half-decent devotional writer. So when I was asked to write a devotional, I freaked out. I hadn’t planned it, I wasn’t ready for it, and I didn’t really want to do it. However, it doesn’t seem...
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An Evening Prayer

By Mary Johns Psalm 4 Have you ever had trouble going to sleep or staying asleep? Do you ever wonder if God listens and answers your prayers? In Psalm 4, David is demanding and assertive with God when he prays his evening prayer: Answer me when I pray to you!! Make things easier...
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Living Together in Unity

By Mike Neely Psalm 133 This Psalm states in verse 1:  “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live in unity”.  The Psalmist goes on to state in verse 2:  “It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard”. What do you think of when the word “unity” is...
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First Day

By Garrett Vickrey Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 My calendar is wrong. Typically, weekly calendars start with Sunday at the left margin and move to Saturday at the far right. But, I’m a preacher. And my week leads up to Sunday. My calendar begins with Monday and ends with Sunday so that I...
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Banking

By Glen Schmucker It’s time to do some banking today. The nice thing is that I don’t have to take time out of my schedule to go to the bank. I can do it all with my smart phone. I’ll take a picture of the checks, tap a button and it’s done. That’s not including the fact that I...
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The Blood Moon Temptation

By Garrett Vickrey Pastor John Hagee has just announced to his San Antonio congregation (and worldwide audience) that there will be a world-shaking event sometime between this April and October 2015. Yes, that’s correct. He is predicting that sometime within the next year and a...
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Paying Attention

By Ellen Di Giosia I’ve been giving up things for Lent for a number of years now, and it’s become a bit mundane. I could give up Starbucks, of course, or chocolate, or eating out, but I’d just go hog-wild on Easter Sunday, and something tells me that Jesus wouldn’t care for that....
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