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…

In Need of Rest

By Aaron Tyler John 3:16 For God so loved the world Seven days He rested. Good He saw, but restless Pursuit of a broken Image quickly ensued. For God so loved the world I ran.  Without rest, He Watched for my return, Hoping to Embrace. For God so loved the world Wrestling Jacob He Discovered Israel…

Sing a New Song

By John Tompson Psalm 98:1-3 Psalm 98:1 begins with the admonition to “Sing to the Lord a new song.”  I believe this new song is a song of praise, of adoration, of awe, of love. Too often when I pray, it is not a new song. I find myself using the same old tired phrases.…

Joy, Hope, and Rest

By Nora O. Lozano Psalm 40:16 Psalm 40 is full of contrasts. On the one hand, the Psalmist writes about his own difficult experiences: Being in a desolate pit, and a miry bog (verse 1) For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me…; they are more than the hairs of my…

Fear Not

By Jennie Mayes Luke 2:8-10 “There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody,…

Bread of Life

By Cameron Vickrey John 6:33 Jesus had just gotten through feeding the five thousand with 5 loaves and 2 fish. The disciples had been looking for him the next day, hoping for more miraculous food. They remembered that in the wilderness with Moses, God provided manna from heaven. Naturally, they assumed this is the next…

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…

Resting Means Actively “Faithing”

By Randy Edwards Romans 8:18-25 Believing in Jesus is the most counter-cultural thing you and I will ever do. While the world chases down instant gratification, demands quick solutions, politicizes cut and dry platforms, preaches morality in black and white sound-bytes, and invests itself in endless Facebook debates, we as believers are called to get…