Posts Categorized: Daily Devotions

09/22/2017

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… Read more »

09/21/2017

Skip Lloyd   How do we make God a priority in our lives? I hope by now you are wrestling with this question. I want to suggest to you how you can begin a habit that can fill you with daily wisdom and direction. The habit is daily Bible study.   Jesus said, “If you… Read more »

09/20/2017

Travis Keirns   “I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into… Read more »

09/19/2017

Brandon Leitnaker   Have you ever been going up or down some stairs and completely misjudged the next step? Sometimes it is for good reason, like the next step is either larger or smaller, or maybe there was not even a step there at all. However, there are other times when you simply get ahead… Read more »

09/18/2017

Natalie Widener   Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Falling into my nice, warm, cozy bed at the end of a long day is something I truly look forward to! Most nights I can drift off to sleep effortlessly. Yet there are nights I try to fall asleep but anxious thoughts keep me awake. Nighttime… Read more »

09/17/2017

Danielle Disbennett   Where do you find your joy?   Do you find it in your job, shopping, relationships, or hobbies? Or maybe you let your circumstances determine your joy. Perhaps your joy is determined by how many Facebook likes you received on that family picture you posted (that took you 25 tries to get… Read more »

09/16/2017

Stacey Crawford You must not have any other god but me. Exodus 20:3 I feel as though the past month has been a whirlwind. Finding out my sister-in-law has cancer again, gearing up for all of the ministries and things that happen when you work at a church in the fall, being a wife, trying… Read more »

09/15/2017

Chris Reed When I first started looking into full time ministry when I was 18, I was excited and I was naïve.  But as I progressed through college and studied the Bible and ministry, this thing began to grow inside of me…it was this feeling that I was never going to be good enough for… Read more »

09/14/2017

Skip Lloyd Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) How’s your heart? Did you know everything flows from your heart — your hopes, your dreams, your fears, your anxieties, your anger, your forgiveness, your humility, your peace, your greed, your generosity, and your love? Yes, everything… Read more »

09/13/2017

Phil Krouse Ok. It’s time for me to man-up and admit the truth. I’m selfish. I’ve always had a disdain for selfishness, and I am disappointed when I see it displayed in others or recognize it in my own life. I’ve tried to be giving and sensitive to the needs of others, but I think… Read more »

09/12/2017

Michael Giacomoni You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 I’ve been thinking about this verse a lot since Pastor Matthew’s message on Sunday. Whenever I read this verse, I conjure up images of people worshipping other gods through other religions, or the Israelites bowing down to a golden calf, and while this… Read more »

09/11/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Each morning before my daughter gets on the bus, I hand her some form of breakfast. I wish I could say it’s a wholesome breakfast filled with all the essential food groups that she needs to get a jumpstart on her day, but typically, due to time restraints, it is something quick and… Read more »

09/10/2017

Dan Wykle I love the Lord, he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2 As I was driving to work this morning, I was listening to a popular radio talk show host and he… Read more »

09/09/2017

Travis Keirns With the devastation of Hurricane Harvey front-and-center in our world, we decided to take time at Bible Study last week to pray for those directly affected by the storm. As we planned the evening, though, we recognized that many youth, and perhaps many adults as well, would be intimidated or confused by the… Read more »

09/08/2017

Tiffany Fulk This past week, I took my little guy to his Meme and Pawpaw’s house to hang out with them while I went to work. When they walked me out to my car, I looked over at their window and saw a praying mantis. My son Brantley asked, “What do you think he is… Read more »

09/07/2017

Stacey Crawford Sometimes while I’m at work, I like to listen to worship songs that have been recorded live. There’s just something about listening to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit in that moment. Many days it gives me motivation and keeps me focused as I do what God has laid before me. As I… Read more »

09/06/2017

Skip Lloyd How do we have margin in our mental life? Or a question I want to grapple with today, how do we stay mentally fit? Prepare your minds for action and be self-controlled. 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) Prepare your minds for action — the Greek literally means gird up your mind, like a soldier… Read more »

09/05/2017

Phil Krouse For years I wondered what I had done to stir God’s anger against me. I was convinced He must hate me. I felt like my sin and shame built a permanent wall between God and me. I didn’t understand what I was going through and I definitely didn’t understand why. As I tried… Read more »

09/04/2017

Chris Reed The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. Psalm 14:2 I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. Psalm 7:17… Read more »

09/03/2017

Brandon Leitnaker In the last few chapters of Acts, we read about Paul’s journey to Jerusalem. For years, Paul had been called by God to minister to the gentiles (non-Jews), sharing with them the message of the gospel (the story of Jesus, His work on the cross, and the hope of eternal life that it… Read more »

09/02/2017

Phil Krouse Sometimes life has a way of wearing us down. Maybe it’s because of choices we have made to pursue sin and our own ways and desires, but sometimes life just happens. At times we can (albeit unwilling or even unknowingly) let life change us. Often, it is ever so slowly. In his book… Read more »

09/01/2017

Kenny Burcham Do you know the story of David and Goliath? The one where the little boy beats the giant? Yes, that’s the one. It is an amazing story about God’s faithfulness in a situation where it looked like certain death. If you don’t know the story, read it in 1 Samuel 17. I feel… Read more »

08/31/2017

Chris Reed “The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us.” – C.S. Lewis Have you ever watched those nature shows about lions? They usually start out with the shot of the zebra bending down, munching on some grass…cut to a waving golden-colored grass field.  The zebra picks his head up, twitches… Read more »

08/30/2017

Travis Keirns Last week, I was reading about some figures in the Bible whose course of life was drastically changed when they met God. Moses was living a mundane life in hiding, after fleeing Egypt to escape the consequences of a murder he committed, when God challenged him to lead His people. Josiah became king… Read more »

08/29/2017

Tricia Denny Don’t Let a Raisin Crumble Your Faith! I heard a quote on the radio the other day, “Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the reason I have trouble with faith.” It made me literally laugh out loud while all alone in my van! It made me laugh because I have made that… Read more »

08/28/2017

Natalie Widener Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV) I recently joined a running group through the LCC Wholeness groups. It is a couch to 5K group that trains you to be able to go from not running, to running a… Read more »

08/27/2017

Tiffany Fulk Have you ever gone through something really hard and wondered if God was really there with you, or asked God why He would allow this to happen to you? Why does it have to be this way? Have you ever watched a friend or family member go through something, and you stopped and… Read more »

08/26/2017

Michael Giacomoni There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 It’s no secret that America seems more and more like a divided nation with every day that passes, and that can be discouraging. With that being said,… Read more »

08/25/2017

Chris Reed Something God has been teaching me is the importance of prayer. Honestly, I have always struggled with prayer. You may ask, how can a man who teaches about prayer, and prays in front of people, struggle with prayer? Well…I don’t know. But I find myself from time to time asking, “Why am I… Read more »

08/24/2017

Tiffany Fulk Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:8-9 (NLT) This world is constant motion and constant change. When you get a new car… Read more »

08/23/2017

Stacey Crawford But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 (NLT) Four years ago, right around this time, we found out that my sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. Imagine our surprise and everything else that comes with this type of diagnosis. But we were hopeful because the cancer… Read more »

08/22/2017

Skip Lloyd What if I could teach you a habit that could take your finances to the next level, grow your faith, and advance the church? Would you be interested in it? I’m talking about the habit of tithing. Yes, I said habit. While the Bible doesn’t specifically speak of “habits” as such, it does… Read more »

08/21/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Next week is the start of our new series entitled Margins. In this series, we will explore how a life of more – more money, more activities, more experiences, more time, more _____________ (you fill in the blank) – is not always the best way that we should operate our lives. Often times… Read more »

08/20/2017

Travis Keirns   Your testimonies are my heritage forever,     for they are the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:111 The writer of Psalm 119 is expressing his steadfast dedication to the Word of God by pledging to lean on the promises of God forever. “Your testimonies” is referencing the promises God has made to His people, and… Read more »

08/19/2017

Abbey Parsley I had a conversation with a dear friend the other day. She was telling me how this season of life she’s in, the very season that we prayed and prayed for, is not what she was expecting. It’s so much more difficult than she imagined. It’s a “blessing season” where the end result… Read more »

08/18/2017

Michael Giacomoni Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7:9 When I was a kid, I dedicated my life to the Lord countless times. I walked up for every altar… Read more »

08/17/2017

Stacey Crawford “God wants to take your greatest pain and turn it into your life message. He wants to use your mess for a message, He wants to use your test as a testimony. Your ministry comes out of your pain.”  (Rick Warren) Pastor Rick Warren wrote this quote and talked about this very topic… Read more »

08/16/2017

Skip Lloyd As holy people…be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Colossians 3:12 (GWT) Beginning this fall, LCC is launching a new series entitled “Margins.” And with this all-church, all-ages “to study together” launch, we’re opening 100 new spots for adults to get into a connect group. I love connect groups, not only because they… Read more »

08/15/2017

Joel Denny By no means am I a horticulturalist of any great skill. I can barely tolerate any yard work more than mowing the grass! I appreciate the beauty of our flower beds, but I do not relish the hours of work it takes to make them look good. But I do have some favorite… Read more »

08/14/2017

Danielle Disbennett Transparent: -having thoughts, feelings, or motives that are easily perceived. -easy to perceive, detect. Synonyms for transparent-undisguised, unconcealed. Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25 A few years ago, the word transparent frightened me. This… Read more »

08/13/2017

Chris Reed   Have you ever gotten a truck stuck in the mud? The kind of stuck where the tires actually dig a bigger hole every time they turn, and you get more and more stuck every time you hit the gas pedal? It seems to happen to me every time I am part of… Read more »

08/12/2017

Travis Keirns But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus… Read more »

08/11/2017

Brandon Leitnaker Have you ever taken a test and didn’t know any of the answers? One of my least favorite memories in college was when I walked into my communications class one day and completely forgot that there was a test that day. I had never done that in school before, so when it dawned… Read more »

08/10/2017

Phil Krouse My oldest son is small for his age. He is the littlest one in his class. I am trying to build him up now so that he is not insecure about his size. I am constantly telling him how much God loves him, and that God has a special plan for his life…. Read more »

08/09/2017

Tiffany Fulk God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1 (NIrV) This past weekend, my husband and I were watching “Star Wars: Rogue One.” In the last part of the movie is this big fight scene that happens while two… Read more »

08/08/2017

Stacey Crawford Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your… Read more »

08/07/2017

Dan Wykle Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 Several years ago, our church participated in the “Art Of Neighboring,” a series that looked into how we, as Christians, could shine our light by helping out those… Read more »

08/06/2017

Natalie Widener Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 I am weary today. I have tried to sit down and write this devotional three times today. You see, I am a stay-at-home mom. My day was spent meeting the needs of three children, and… Read more »

08/05/2017

Kenny Burcham I recently bought a house, and until I get married, I have my best friend from high school living with me. So my roommate Joey and I were having a conversation last night about how quickly food goes bad. It is one of those things I never thought of growing up. I just… Read more »

08/04/2017

Phil Krouse I’ve fallen in love with a new song by Hillsong United titled “So Will I (100 Billion X).” The song talks about how all of creation was formed by God, and if things without souls worship and point to God, then of course I, too, will praise and lift Him high. Every single… Read more »

08/03/2017

Michael Giacomoni Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Lately I have noticed myself getting frustrated with people a lot easier. I feel like my patience has worn thin, and things that I used to ignore drive me crazy. I can also… Read more »

08/02/2017

Tiffany Fulk My friend told me to listen to a sermon series by Louie Giglio called “People of the Fine Print.” It talked about the people who you don’t hear a lot about, like Barnabas or Tabitha from the New Testament. You don’t hear much about them, but they were so important to their ministries…. Read more »

08/01/2017

Stacey Crawford Have you ever heard the saying, “When it rains, it pours”? Well, I feel as though that was my life last week. It just seemed as though one thing happened and everything else soon started to fall apart. First, my husband injured his back which has made it hard for him to be… Read more »

07/31/2017

Brandon Leitnaker   If you have been in or around Christianity for any length of time, you have probably heard John 14:6 quoted: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” It is a fairly simple verse to remember and understand, at least the general sense of what it’s trying to convey, and… Read more »

07/30/2017

Phyllis Lloyd I can take a day or a month off. I can lay on a couch at home, escape into a country cabin in the Smokies, doze in a hammock in Michigan, veg on a beach in Hawaii, sleep till noon on a Caribbean Cruise, chill with wine in Tuscany, siesta on the whitest… Read more »

07/29/2017

Brandon Leitnaker In the summer of 1998, I qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics national meet in the 110-meter hurdles. This meet took place at the University of Washington in Seattle at Husky Stadium. This turned out to be quite an experience for me, filled with many valuable lessons, lessons I hope… Read more »

07/28/2017

Michael Giacomoni For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 (NLT) I have spent the last couple of weeks at Teen Missions in Florida with our LCC youth kids, and I have to say it was incredible! I had the privilege of seeing God not… Read more »

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 »