Category Archives: Devotions

Jesus Said: Be Shalom

Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children. (Matthew 5:9, Common English Bible) There have been a lot of troubling images out of the city of Baltimore. These images of violence fill our TV and … Continue reading

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New Life is Coming

My father-in-law was in town a few weeks ago. We took him up to the Blue Ridge Parkway one day to explore the mountains and its trails. Spring has just started and the trees are still barren and dry leaves … Continue reading

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It’s Friday

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Guest Post: Good Friday Pondering

by Rev. Alan Combs “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These words come at the beginning of Psalm 22. Immediately, the biblical scholar-wannabe in me asks a biblical scholar-wannabe question. How much of Psalm 22 did Jesus … Continue reading

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Guest Post: God Protects

by Minoka Gunesekera Read Exodus 12:1-14 Many times when I go home from seminary I eat with my closest friends and family. It has become almost a ritual. The food and the actions may not be very unique, but when my … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday Reflections

I remember as a child gathering outside of my home church on the front lawn as the church service was beginning. We had our palm branches in hand and were already waving and running around as we waited. Then, at … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Get Prepared

by Rev. Tammie Grimm Read Mark 8:31-38 “Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Trust in God’s Promise

by Michelle Hettmann Read Psalm 118:19-29. This past fall, I studied abroad in Lugano, Switzerland, and Adigrat, Ethiopia. I was so blessed to have the opportunity to set foot in over 10 countries and experience glimpses of life in communities all … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Finding Silence

by Rev. Deacon Lisa McGehee “Be still and know I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Animals have an uncanny knack for reading the moods and habits of their human companions. My cat Pippin knows the precise moment when I wake up in … Continue reading

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Guest Post: One-Upmanship

by Brock Weigel Read Psalm 31: 9-16 “For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my iniquity, and my body has wasted away.” (Psalm 31: 10) While playing basketball, the goal … Continue reading

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