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…

Be the Light of Joy

By Bridgette Langford Romans 12:9‐12 What does it mean to have Joy? Christ shares with us that in order for us to truly seek Joyfulness, our love must be genuine, we must hate evil, and should be devoted to loving one another above ourselves. We must have great energy and keep our spiritual passion for…

The Word Moved Into The Neighborhood

By Bob Morrison John 1:14 You just cannot begin John’s first Chapter at verse 14. You have to begin at the beginning… “In the beginning was the Word…” Genesis comes alive to us again. He was there. Jesus was there. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines…

Joy in My Heart

By Emily Delgado Psalm 98:4‐9 I have had to sit with this Advent devotion for a long me. As much as I love the Christmas season, I have felt unable to capture the Spirit in my writing, and, as a result, have found myself feeling more and more like Scrooge. It seems that everywhere I…

THE Christmas Story

By Windy Barker Luke 2:8‐10 And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them,…

Know Joy

By April Smith-Koebel Luke 1:46‐48 Reading Luke’s message I am reminded of the many blessings the Lord has for his children. Blessed to have the love and promises he holds for all. It is through Jesus’ love that we know joy. I am blessed to have the opportunity to change lives daily through my work.…

We Rejoice Together

By Lance Mayes Joy seems elusive at times; sometimes non-existent for long stretches of me. Such is the case for Israel. These were dark times. No joy. No hope. No way out of the mess they were in. Captivity was no fun for God’s chosen people. Where are you, God? Many of us today can…