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 »