Is It That Simple?

By Jason Hanchey Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 On the surface, this passage makes it so simple. I believe, therefore I am granted all these protections? Where do I sign? This euphoria is short lived. As I read this again and again, I feel the guilt run deeper and deeper. I don’t deserve all these protections! I…

The Problem of Sin

  By Lance Mayes Psalm 51:1-17 Lent. Growing up Baptist, I was not too familiar with this practice. My Catholic friends would give up caffeine or chocolate, but I was never really sure why. I knew it had something to do with the weeks leading up to Easter. I know a little more now. I…

The Gift is Here

  By Garrett Vickrey John 3:16 It’s here. Christmas. Joy to the world! The Lord is Come! What will we see now? We have been keeping watch for so long. Have our eyes grown red at the moment it is time to enjoy the fruits of their labor? Christ is come. Watch. And see. Franciscans…

Happy Christmas to All

By Dan Jean Galatians 5:22‐23 “‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” I would be surprised if you haven’t heard these words already this season. They come from a beloved poem by Clement Clarke Moore and paint a romantic portrait of the power…

The Ultimate Gift

By Rubye Box I Corinthians 13 The 13th chapter of I Corinthians is known as the love chapter. Many wedding ceremonies include this chapter because it is a perfect picture of what love should be. The final verse is a summary of the entire chapter. “But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the…

Teach Us to Love

By Leo Parchman John 13:34 We use the word “love” in many different ways. It can describe a feeling of compatibility among friends, or a “moonlight and roses” feeling of romance. It can also describe a feeling of enjoyment as in “I love apple pie”, or an expression of approval as in “I love your…

Actions of Love

By James Higdon 1 Peter 1:8 Today’s devotional passage focuses on an aspect of love that we don’t often consider, although it is something of which we are certainly conscious and aware. None of us has “seen God” like we see our friends and acquaintances at work, at social gatherings, at church, etc. Nor do…

Magnificat

By Daniel Zamora Luke 1:46b‐55 Today’s passage is known as the Song of Mary, the “Magnificat,” a spontaneous hymn identified through the centuries as the first canticle recorded in the New Testament. It contains the praises that Mary expressed while being with her relative Elizabeth, once the angel had told her about some strange and…

Pain, Hope, Transformation

By Chris Langford Psalm 40:16 Where do we place our hope when others cause us pain? This is a question I often seem to ponder and perhaps one that King David reflected on. Our human nature many times may drive us to lash out at those that try to hurt us, furthering a vicious interpersonal…