Posts Categorized: Daily Devotions

07/27/2017

Travis Keirns I just returned from my second mission trip with the youth at LCC. During those trips, I have dug an outhouse and footers by hand, poured what seemed like an endless amount of cement, trimmed about 80 palm trees, painted a huge metal roof, and fixed storm-damaged shelter houses. The odd part, I… Read more »

07/26/2017

Skip Lloyd I’m occasionally asked, “How do you know God’s will?” I’m sure when people ask me this question they are thinking something like, “If I knew His grand plan for at least this season of my life, then I could direct all my decisions to fall in line.” Is it His will for me… Read more »

07/25/2017

Tiffany Fulk Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans. Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the… Read more »

07/24/2017

Stacey Crawford You know what I have discovered recently? Male cardinals are dumb. Okay, that may be a little harsh, but they really are not very smart. I realize that God did not create humans and animals equal. We have the ability to reason, problem solve, and think for ourselves, but birds…not so much. Here… Read more »

07/23/2017

Danielle Disbennett Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your… Read more »

07/22/2017

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13   Does daily life seem like a struggle at times? Do you feel like you don’t have the strength and courage to face the problems that await? You are not alone. We all have these feelings at different times in our journey…. Read more »

07/21/2017

Did you know that confessing my sin is good for my health? It’s known among psychologists that it’s healthy to clear your conscience and get things off your chest. Our bodies were never meant to hold negative things (sin and guilt) inside. When we do that, it’s like holding a fistful of lighted firecrackers. Eventually… Read more »

07/20/2017

Conversations about getting a family dog will every once in a while makes its way into our home. Generally, those conversations are pretty short lived. Although there are many perks to having a dog, for us those perks just do not outweigh the downsides at this season in our lives. For instance, dogs require a… Read more »

07/19/2017

This past week I was down in my basement folding laundry before my son Brantley woke up. He was at the top of the stairs yelling for me. I came to the bottom of the steps and told him I was there. When he saw me he walked down a couple of stairs and was… Read more »

07/18/2017

“’Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the LORD” -Psalm 12:5a   “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” -Proverbs 29:7   When I first started following Jesus, my main goal was to get rid of all the “bad” things… Read more »

07/17/2017

Growing up in a Christian home and attending church weekly, I was around prayer often enough that you would think I would have developed a great prayer life. And while I did pray rather innocently as a child, my teen years found me talking with God less and less. I think the more I became… Read more »

07/16/2017

Amelia Miller This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (ESV)     “O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Psalm 39:4 (ESV)     Look carefully then how you… Read more »

07/15/2017

A fun summer pastime for some of my children is collecting bugs and insects in glass jars.  On the evening of the Fourth of July we were quickly walking toward the fairgrounds to reach the fireworks on time and our 5 year old daughter reached up to hand me a jar full of fireflies that… Read more »

07/14/2017

Brandon Leitnaker As the sun rises on this Fourth of July I sit in my office and watch it crest the darkened backdrop below. This morning I am feeling rather emotional, partly because I may be tired from the firework festivities the night before and partly because I am reflecting on my freedom. I ponder… Read more »

07/13/2017

Skip Lloyd I didn’t sleep well last night. Groggy, a bit disoriented, and dealing with some back pain, I made my way to the coffee pot. Waiting for a full…long…five minutes, I finally got my coffee. I began reviewing all that I had to get done that day…and concluded there weren’t enough minutes in the… Read more »

07/12/2017

Phil Krouse Have you ever pushed yourself through a difficult situation, feeling as though it is taking every last drop of your energy, wondering during the whole thing if you will make it through the challenging time? Only to look back on the other side of it, and see how God was giving you just what… Read more »

07/11/2017

Natalie Widener Have you ever experienced a difficult time in your life when you assumed you knew better? Like if God would have had a conversation with you first, surely YOUR plans would have been the better way to go! “My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,”… Read more »

07/10/2017

Dan Wykle But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20 Friday morning, June 9th, I received the three words I had hoped that I would NEVER receive. Those three words were “Dad passed away.” Even though my Dad had been struggling with health issues… Read more »

07/09/2017

Abbey Parsley “Comparison is the thief of joy.” (Theodore Roosevelt) We all nod our heads in agreement to this quote, but do we really heed its warning? Do we hear the destruction to our hearts it could cause? Do we understand the ramifications? In this day and age, this quote seems to be more of… Read more »

07/08/2017

  Michael Giacomoni Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69 I want to live my life with Simon Peter’s statement at the end of John 6… Read more »

07/07/2017

Chris Reed “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1:2-4 (ESV)   “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told,… Read more »

07/06/2017

Kenny Burcham   As I write this, we are preparing to leave for the youth mission trip to Florida. I am looking forward to this trip and the youth are, too. I love mission trips. They are always fun and also so rewarding. Rewarding because of all the work we accomplish, but also because of… Read more »

07/05/2017

Travis Keirns   “You are what you eat.” It’s a scary thought when I look at my dietary choices. As of this edit, I’ve had two cups of coffee and a cosmic brownie for the day. Even scarier though, is the thought that most people, whether they realize it or not, are what people say… Read more »

07/04/2017

Stacey Crawford I have been thinking a lot lately about the different aspects of our lives where we find our identity. Often we rely on titles to define who we are. Having children gives you the title of mom or dad. Having a spouse gives you the title of husband or wife. If you are… Read more »

07/03/2017

Dan Wykle I was honored a few months ago when I was asked if I had ever thought of writing devotionals for LCC. I remember in the email, Stacey wanting me to pray about it. Funny thing was, I had already heard from God that this is something I should do. In writing these, I… Read more »

07/02/2017

Abbey Parsley Have you ever felt like your marriage was a cross to bear instead of a badge of honor to wear? Oooo friend, do I have a story for you! In the book if 1 Samuel there’s this lady, Abigail. (No, not me but I’ll gladly take her attributes. Also, my “real” name is… Read more »

07/01/2017

Travis Keirns My son loves playing with water. Slip-n-slides, pools, hoses, sprinklers, baths, rain…it doesn’t matter. He loves it, and has since he was very young. In a way, it almost mesmerizes him. We have had an orange Home Depot 5-gallon bucket in our front yard for months simply because he loves filling it up… Read more »

06/30/2017

Michael Giacomoni “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.” “Where is he?” the king asked. “In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.” So… Read more »

06/29/2017

Kenny Burcham If someone were to describe you in a few words, which words would they choose? For example, would someone describe you as wealthy? Do you find yourself popular and well-liked? Are you blessed with family and friends? These descriptions can be personality traits or just things that someone on the outside would look at… Read more »

06/28/2017

Chris Reed From everything I have seen on the History Channel (which technically makes me an expert, right?), a good sword is both flexible AND tempered (strong). It has the strength to withstand a blow yet is flexible enough to bend without breaking if stuck in a shield. Sword craftsmen spend their lifetime coming up… Read more »

06/27/2017

Skip Lloyd I grew up in church always hearing the phrase, “Jesus is all I need!” After many years as a pastor, I have come to believe something different. I love the way John Ortberg words it in his book entitled, “Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them.” In the story of Creation in… Read more »

06/26/2017

Tiffany Fulk We have started a new series in Children’s Ministry, called “The Time is Now.” The first lesson Pastor Phil taught on was “The Time is Now to Follow God.” He taught the story about when Paul (Saul) sees the light, the real Jesus, and immediately follows what he is asked to do. Paul… Read more »

06/25/2017

Brandon Leitnaker I know the words Jesus speaks in John 10:27, “my sheep (people) hear my voice” can often create a lot of confusion and questions in our minds and hearts: Have I or will I ever hear from God? If I do hear from God, what will it sound like? How do I know… Read more »

06/24/2017

Travis Keirns All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:18 One of the most incredible stories of personal reconciliation in the Bible is that of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph, being the favorite son and having dreams of his brothers one… Read more »

06/23/2017

Michael Giacomoni Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:9-10 This passage above describes some of the marks of being a true Christian. I have been doing a lot of self-evaluation lately, and this has been… Read more »

06/22/2017

Chris Reed “The aim of charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” – Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 1:5 ESV) Somewhere along the line, probably in a movie somewhere, I’ve heard actors or artists say something like, “What’s my motivation?” For actors, motivation is used to… Read more »

06/21/2017

Tiffany Fulk In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8 (NLT) I am tired. I feel like I say this every day of my life. I don’t slow down. I go, go, go and feel like I can’t stop. This isn’t where God wants… Read more »

06/20/2017

Stacey Crawford Have you ever experienced a spiritual battle? I just recently came out of one, and it was miserable. When I am in the middle of these battles, I feel a complete heaviness. It literally feels as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders. I lack joy and don’t feel like… Read more »

06/19/2017

Brandon Leitnaker People watching, do you ever do it? I have to admit that I find myself doing it from time to time, and according to my wife, I am not great about being discreet with it. This is a trait that my daughter and I have in common. I feel like I am often… Read more »

06/18/2017

Ashton Walton    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV)    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you  will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6… Read more »

06/17/2017

Travis Keirns As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the… Read more »

06/16/2017

Michael Giacomoni I had the opportunity to go and see one of my all-time favorite bands in concert this week, and it was awesome. There is something amazing about hearing the songs you grew up listening to played live. As the band played these songs, you could tell that they were leaving everything they had… Read more »

06/15/2017

Phil Krouse I need worship. I crave worship. But not just any worship…more specifically, I need to worship God. Worship realigns our hearts like nothing else can. And while I love our weekly times of corporate worship through music, that is not the only kind of worship I’m talking about. Every time, without fail, when… Read more »

06/14/2017

Skip Lloyd This will continue until we are . . . mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. Ephesians 4:13 (CEV) Have you noticed that becoming Christ-like doesn’t happen overnight? Do you get frustrated with that fact? Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Your spiritual growth… Read more »

06/13/2017

Tiffany Fulk Have you ever ran outside in the rain happy? I know there are times in our lives we get caught in the rain, and that is just frustrating…like when you are grocery shopping, and you have to unload your groceries into your car and then your house. Frustrating. This past weekend, it started… Read more »

06/12/2017

Stacey Crawford I love summer time. It is by far my favorite season of the year. The ability to be outside, whether it be playing with my daughter, taking a run, or working on a home project, just does something good for me. I love sunshine and warm weather. Summer is so good for my… Read more »

06/11/2017

Natalie Widener “You’ve Never Failed Me Yet.” Those words, “You’ve never failed me yet,” have been ringing in my ears lately. You see, lately life has been messy, stressful, and out of the ordinary for me. Painful memories have crept up on me once again, mixed in with circumstances that my youngest little was going… Read more »

06/10/2017

  In the Bible there is one story that we see over and over again told with different characters and from different perspectives. It’s the story of God’s people leaving Him only to have Him welcome us back with open arms. We see it in the prodigal son parable and we see it here with… Read more »

06/09/2017

Travis Keirns   I don’t think anyone can deny that God is moving in huge ways at LCC. Our children are being taught extraordinary lessons and applications each week by the Children’s Ministry team. We have dozens of teens passionate about living a life for Christ and leading their peers to do the same. We… Read more »

06/08/2017

Chris Reed For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. Psalm 11:7 Grace is one of the most amazing things in this world. God loves us despite our brokenness, and invites us into a relationship with Him…that is the most phenomenal news in the world! We will spend eternity exploring… Read more »

06/07/2017

Skip Lloyd   I believe the single most important habit for every Christ follower to develop is a daily quiet time. First Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray without ceasing.” While it’s true you need to learn the habit of consistently praying throughout your day, I personally believe it’s even more important to carve out a special… Read more »

06/06/2017

Stacey Crawford   For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5 (NLT)   Have you ever had those seasons when you just feel like… Read more »

06/05/2017

Brandon Leitnaker   The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23     One of my least favorite things to do is opening gifts in front of people. I will avoid it at all cost if I can, but there are times when I just cannot get out… Read more »

06/04/2017

Kenny Burcham   We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4   I rarely rejoice in suffering. I have a bad habit of forgetting God’s faithfulness during suffering, so it is easy to run back to anger and insecurity when stuff sparks up…. Read more »

06/03/2017

Danielle Disbennett   Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to “tap out”? Days when you just want to cry, because what you are going through feels like it is too much to handle? Well, that was my day today! It started off with my seven-month-old waking up three times… Read more »

06/02/2017

Michael Giacomoni I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (ESV)   When tragedy happens, all too often I run to fear. Last week, we saw a terrible attack at a concert… Read more »

06/01/2017

Travis Keirns   Have you ever been in a season where it seems everything that could go wrong is going wrong? I’m there. It’s been a terrible past few months. My daughter has been struggling with severe anxiety and parenting has become a heartbreaking task. Our checking account was mistakenly overdrawn. We’ve had plumbing issues… Read more »

05/31/2017

Tiffany Fulk   Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy… Read more »

05/30/2017

Stacey Crawford   A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they may have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way. John 10:10 (NIRV) I took my two-year-old daughter to the playground last week. We always enjoy the days we can get out of… Read more »

05/29/2017

Skip Lloyd I don’t like to wait. And I believe I am safe to say, you don’t like it either. There is only one problem with this attitude… we’re going to spend a lot of our lives waiting. And in the inevitable times we must wait, we need to learn to trust God. The Bible… Read more »

05/28/2017

Abbey Parsley   …And just like that, the season of change blew in and all was different. Old house sold and rental house moved into. It’s all a new normal for us. And yet still feels like “home” because we’re all together. There are new sights and sounds all around, causing a bit of an… Read more »

05/27/2017

Chris Reed Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18 We are people who have to resolve tensions. Our… Read more »

05/26/2017

Travis Keirns When I worked at Fairfield Union High School, my principal had many catchphrases for which he was well-known. One that always stuck out to me was, “We have to be willing to have courageous conversations.” The meaning behind this statement was that we as a staff and a school would only reach our… Read more »

05/25/2017

Stacey Crawford Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 Every year, I am the person in charge of putting together our volunteer appreciation event that we hold to honor and show our appreciation for the sacrifice and amazing job our volunteers do. We just recently had this event… Read more »

05/24/2017

Skip Lloyd We don’t like the word surrender. Surrender is an unpopular word, disliked almost as much as the word submission. It implies losing, and no one wants to be a loser. When we think of the word surrender, we picture admitting defeat in battle, forfeiting a game, or losing to a stronger opponent. Criminals surrender… Read more »

05/23/2017

Phil Krouse Most days, I find myself struggling to remember that God “knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 13:14). Surely He must be disappointed in my constant struggle. My perpetual trying and failing over and over again can be so disheartening. The failing is what causes Hebrews 4:15 to hit my… Read more »

05/22/2017

Joel Denny JOY IS NOT HAPPINESS As a kid growing up, I remember hearing about the concept of joy and equating that concept to the same thing as happiness. Especially at Christmas time, we constantly hear the term used as it is in the carol, “Joy to the World.” I always used to think that… Read more »

05/21/2017

Dan Wykle Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 Hi…my name is Dan, and I am a Facebook Junkie! Although this statement is true, I find many advantages with Facebook. One of the things I like so much is the “Memories” part. This is where FB goes back through… Read more »

05/20/2017

Michael Giacomoni   “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we… Read more »

05/19/2017

Chris Reed   O LORD you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. Psalm 10:17-18 My son comes to me every once in a… Read more »

05/18/2017

Phil Krouse I’ve learned that what often comes naturally to me, is not God’s will for me. My sin nature will begin to pull me toward thoughts and decisions that don’t honor God. I’m sure you know I’m talking about: Your eyes linger on something…You begin to talk negatively about someone…You nurse a grudge or… Read more »

05/17/2017

Dan Wykle *** BREAKING NEWS *** How often do we see this splashed across the TV screens on the different news channels today? And how often is it EVER “Breaking News”? In this day and age, we have grown numb to what is actual breaking news, and what is just average, everyday news. I wonder… Read more »

05/16/2017

Tiffany Fulk The message that Pastor Matthew taught about Peter a couple weeks ago was amazing. He was talking about the life of Jesus, but also Peter, one of his followers. I love the story of Peter! When I was finding God for myself, not the way my family sees Him but the way He… Read more »

05/15/2017

Natalie Widener Spending time in worship with God is my favorite! I hear from Him almost every time I surrender myself to worship and sing His praises. Beautiful words have been spoken to me and over me during times of worship. Heavy chains have been broken. Guilt has been lifted. Being in God’s presence during… Read more »

05/14/2017

Abbey Parsley Hi there! Can I request a sidebar with you for a quick whisper of something important? Simply but tremendously, you are valued. Does it make you weepy to hear that from someone who cares for you? I’m sure it does, because this week has been rough, I know. Or maybe the entire month or… Read more »

05/13/2017

Brandon Leitnaker After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to… Read more »

05/12/2017

Skip Lloyd When I was growing up, I remember my mom talking about a special set of china she received as a gift. She used to describe it to me as exquisite china, individually painted with a pattern of forget-me-nots. The cups were inlaid mother-of-pearl. The dishes and cups were rimmed with gold. This china… Read more »

05/11/2017

Phil Krouse Do you ever find yourself having an imaginary conversation? If those pretend conversations are anything like the ones I have, they usually include telling someone off. Do you keep a running mental list of all the things others have said or done that hurt your feelings or upset you? When I was trapped… Read more »

05/10/2017

Michael Giacomoni Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29 Sometimes when I read the Bible (especially… Read more »

05/09/2017

Travis Keirns The idea of bad things happening to “good people” is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult ideas to conceptualize. If we are honest, we almost want karma to exist. We want to feel like we can do good things and magically have good things happen to us in return, but we… Read more »

05/08/2017

Stacey Crawford I was scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago, and for some reason posts and comments were bothering me more than normal. It was negative thing after negative thing. Things were being posted that really caused a lot of anger to boil up in me, so much so that there was one point… Read more »

05/07/2017

Danielle Disbennett Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-7 (ESV) I recently made the decision not to return to work after having my second child, and try this whole stay-at-home… Read more »

05/06/2017

Chris Reed And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 There is a scene at the end of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, when Frodo and Sam have delivered the One Ring to the fires of Mt. Doom… Read more »

05/05/2017

Stacey Crawford I have been reading in the book of Romans. I’m only about six chapters in, but I am seeing a similar theme as I read it. It is funny to me because I’ve actually done studies on Romans, but I feel as though this time around I am reading it with fresh eyes…. Read more »

05/04/2017

Brandon Leitnaker   I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18   I’ve noticed recently in a lot of worship songs that the word “orphan” is being used. I’ll admit that I never really fully understood why I was singing a lyric like God is a “Father to the… Read more »

05/03/2017

Amelia Miller Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalms 62:8 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 You know what’s been really hard for me lately? Trusting that… Read more »

05/02/2017

Skip Lloyd I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about the purpose of prayer, and how prayer relates to God’s overall purpose for our lives. I think many times we approach prayer asking God to grant what we have already decided is best for our situation. In other words, we decide for God what His… Read more »

05/01/2017

Michael Giacomoni A Living Sacrifice Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then… Read more »

04/30/2017

Dan Wykle [Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Several years ago, my life was lacking true meaning. I was a Christian, but was just “skating by,” thinking that I had it all handled. Then 2008 (the economic collapse) happened, and I… Read more »

04/29/2017

Travis Keirns A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:  just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 We’ve all done it. Someone shares with us their hurt… Read more »

04/28/2017

Tiffany Fulk This past weekend, Pastor Matthew taught on “The Valley.” I sat there in awe, thinking about my life, while I listened to all of his points. I remembered when I was in the valley and how hard it was. The valley felt like I was alone, like God had forgotten me, like I… Read more »

04/27/2017

Phil Krouse There was a period in my life whenever I was faced with a decision, or felt God calling me to something, I would weigh in my mind the cost or maybe the benefit of obeying, and make my choice based on my feelings or what I felt capable of. It seems so foolish… Read more »

04/26/2017

Chris Reed   When I look at your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly… Read more »

04/25/2017

Brandon Leitnaker But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?… Read more »

04/24/2017

Gina Giacomoni In my personal devotional time I have been reading through Ephesians. This particular passage has been on my heart for weeks: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing… Read more »

04/23/2017

Phyllis Lloyd Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his… Read more »

04/22/2017

Michael Giacomoni   I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty… Read more »

04/21/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Resurrection is one those churchy words that we just don’t use every day. I mean, could you imagine if you walked around saying things like, “I feel so resurrected today!” or “Those muffins I made last night really resurrected once I turned the temperature up on the stove!” or “I had a fish… Read more »

04/20/2017

Tiffany Fulk   “This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely… Read more »

04/19/2017

Travis Keirns Benjamin Franklin: American Founding Father, inventor, politician, overall interesting character…and propagator of one of the most famous misquotes of God. In 1736, Ben’s periodical, called Poor Richard’s Almanack, contained the statement, “God helps those who help themselves.” Over the past 250-plus years, that statement or mindset has been used in some form by… Read more »