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Devotion: Incarnate

Incarnate The moment those words leave your mouth and you realize you have just done the thing you swore you’d never do….you have now just said something just like your parents. While I don’t have children of my own to use any of this infamous verbiage with, I still have plenty...
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Devotion: Thomas

Thomas Please take the time to read John 20:24-29 Honest Thomas.That may be a better name for who I’ve always known as “Doubting Thomas.”  In preparation for this week’s devotion, I was hyper-aware of this age-old resurrection story. I thought I knew it. Thomas was being scolded...
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Devotion: Resurrection Moments

Easter: Resurrection Moments Please take a moment to read John 20:1-18 Easter Sunday was a four tissue day for me. No, not because of allergies! I had wept on Good Friday, too, but Sunday was different. When I reread the scripture from this weekend, I noticed I was not alone in...
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Devotion: Mary

Mary Please read the scripture from the weekend: John 19:25-27 Courage is a conscious act, a considered decision. The soldier who scoops up his wounded comrade without a second thought while running from enemy gunfire is brave. But it is the soldier who has made it to safety and...
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Devotion: Soldiers

Soldiers Please take a moment and read the scripture from this weekend: John 18:1-5 On Sunday morning I was listening to Pastor Michelle teach about the Roman soldiers who arrested Jesus, and I became stuck on one of her teaching points. She explained when we hear the phrase...
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Devotion: Caiaphas

Caiaphas Please read the scriptures from the weekend: John 11:45-50 & Matthew 26:57-67 God’s plans are perfect. We say this, but do we believe it in our hearts? If we examine our deepest feelings about this, trust in His plan can become a stumbling block. We...
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Devotion: Supper

Please take the time to read Luke 22:14-23 Sometime last fall, sitting at Panera, surrounded by a restaurant full of people, we had a discussion during Lunch Table Theology regarding the sacrament of Holy Communion. There were four or five of us, plus Pastor Eric Bostrom, eating...
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Devotion: Courage

Courage Please review the scripture from the weekend: Matthew 26:36-40 Courage… you know you want more of it. We don’t seem to value courage very much in our society, but when we need it, whoa, we really need it.  How courageous are you? I’m guessing you think you lack...
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Devotion: Intentional Neighbors

Intentional Neighbors Please review the scripture from the weekend: Romans 13:8-10 We owe it to our neighbors to love them. These verses don’t just say that we should love, or that it’s good of us when we love. They say that our love is owed–a debt we are obligated to pay. When...
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Devotion: Righteous Anger

Righteous Anger Please take the time to read Mark 3:1-6 I’ve always struggled with Bible quoters in arguments, especially when it involves isolating and condemning people or groups of people. In more recent years, if I’m feeling frisky, I’ll say something like, “yeah, but isn’t...
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Devotion: Concerning Anger

Concerning Anger Please take a moment to read Matthew 5:21-26 ‘You shall not murder.’ Those words have been ingrained in us in the Fifth Commandment. Nationally, the murder rate has risen by 30% in the past year. More people seem angry, and we even have a game called “Angry...
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Devotion: How We Change

Please take the time to read Luke 10:21-37 “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,A beautiful day for a neighborWould you be mine?Could you be mine?’Won’t you be my neighbor?” Words sung by Fred Rogers to children and adults alike on the television show, “Mr. Roger’s...
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