DAILY DEVOTIONS

Meet a Thief: Raise to Walk
July 27th, 2021
Our subject this week is the penitent criminal on the cross.We own a United States flag that I like to hang by our front door on Memorial Day and Independence Day. From the time I was little, I have found interesting the symbolism in our flag’s design; but I confess I needed some help from pbs.org to remember all the details:“The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent t...
Meet a Thief: The People You Meet
July 26th, 2021
Our subject this week is the penitent criminal on the cross.This week we are wrapping up our sermon series about “Seven People You Need to Know.” When I think of meeting people, I flash back to a very specific childhood memory. Let’s start today with a quick trip back to the 1970’s when I was a wee lad watching Sesame Street and wearing corduroy pants. Sing with me:Oh, who are the people in your n...
HEARTitude
July 24th, 2021
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)“Judas is a carrot.”’ As a child, that’s how I heard Judas Iscariot’s name pronounced. Thankfully, I now know the correct version; but the more I read about this fellow, the more that childhood name rings in my head! To me, this disciple of Jesus is an interesting and fascinating one to study.In our Sunday School...
Joseph of Arimathea: A Trusting Man
July 23rd, 2021
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)Wow! Joseph of Arimathea… What a journey!A few verses and centuries later, we are still digging...
Joseph of Arimathea: A Burial, Part 2
July 22nd, 2021
Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. (Luke 23:53)Ya’ll, we have learned so much about Joseph of Arimathea this week, but this nugget is my favorite: Joseph was a planner!There are few things I love more than a planner. While I work in the digital space all day everyday, this girl has paper planners and is pr...