Gifts of Light

By Daniel Zamora Isaiah 9:2-3 Increase your Joy and Rejoice! Have you ever tried to walk in the darkness, at least a few steps to reach the closest light switch or perhaps when the power is out during a big storm, and are trying to reach your cell phone or any other source of light? We…

Don’t Be Afraid

By Kirsten Hancock John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” There is much to be afraid of in our troubled world. Reckless drivers. Drug and alcohol addiction. People who do not…

How Long Lord?

By Conrad Navarro Isaiah 11:6-9 As I sit writing this devotional I’m still feeling sick, still shedding tears, and still praying for the survivors and the family members of our brothers and sisters of this week’s massacre in Sutherland Springs. King Ahaz, facing an attack from Israel and Syria, asked Assyria for help. Assyria saved Judah…

The Peace of God

By Barbara Higdon Philippians 4:4-7 There is a pervasive theology called the “prosperity gospel” or the “name it–claim it” gospel which says that wealth and physical well-being are what God wants for us.  All we need is faith to believe it, positive speech to claim it, and we’re going to get it.  It sort of…

Light in the Darkness

By Dena Dalton Psalm 63:1-8 “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you…” I am partial to Christmas Eve. We attend church. We have our Christmas dinner. We stay up late watching old movies, listening to music and wrapping last minute gifts. We celebrate European traditions and sneak around putting candy outside each other’s…

God’s Present

By Sandra Peters Jude 1:24-25 Hallelujah, it’s Christmas Eve and we are celebrating the Present of presents! King of kings!  Lord of lords! Yes! Jesus Christ!! The ultimate Present from God!!! Thanks be to God!!!! Think about all that has happened in 2016. God through His Beloved Son Jesus has granted us gifts of Hope,…

Love Flowing

By Dan Jean Romans 12:9-12 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. If you…

How Jesus Gives

By Ellen Di Giosia John 14:27 Here is how the world gives: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” This is how Jesus gives: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Here is how the world gives: “The world belongs to the energetic.” This is how Jesus gives: “Blessed are…

When Will This Be?

By Lee Weems Isaiah 11:6-9 Already busy shoppers rush about and bump into one another. Still others cut in front of others to grasp that gift away. Perhaps a brief, “I’m sorry but I was here first,” takes place but not often.The competitive spirit demands the most and the best in order to look good…

Control Enthusiast

By Edie Dutton Philippians 4:4-7 I think someone is trying to tell me something, I thought as received my Advent devotional  assignment. This is the second time I have been given Philippians 4:4-7 duty. Now Philippians is my favorite book in the Bible and for a very good reason…I need to hear it! Who has…