Celebrate Advent Simply 4

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.  – Psalm 136:1 Some days feel like we can never stop thanking God for all the good things that fill our lives while other days feel like it’s hard to even think of one thing. But guess what? It’s okay because God’s love endures […]

Celebrate Advent Simply 3

A handwritten note is more than just words – it shows you have taken time, gathered supplies, and thoughtfully considered what you will say, how you will deliver it, and to whom you will give it. When we share words of thanks and gratitude, we acknowledge that our life just wouldn’t be the same with […]

Celebrate Advent Simply 2

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:4-6 Every day is a gift in and of itself. Every […]

Celebrate Advent Simply 1

On this first day of Advent, we remember the power of hope. Hope is like a spark that lights up even the darkest of days. So light your candle and remember that it only takes a spark for our hope in Jesus to change everything. Share one hope you have for this season. Pray: God […]

Safe Haven

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NRSV) Lately, I have found myself restless at night. All the things I didn’t get done or need to get done run through my mind. Worries and what ifs pop up to keep […]

Awe of Averages

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awe[1] (noun) an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime. It is widely understood that the more common an experience or observation, the less special it feels. Somehow, simply by our daily awareness of something, it becomes regular. I have found myself wondering about this lately, as my […]

Lost or Found

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If we took a moment to reflect on our lives, I am sure many of us could locate at least one moment that we found ourselves lost and confused about our future, the decisions we need to make, or simply uncertain about what is next. We are used to thinking about these moments individually, focused […]

Christian Witness

Christian Witness

A Reflection on Christian Witness I tried something different this week. I took my children’s message from last week and turned it into a devotion on Philippians 3:12-16 for TVprays.org. Rather than posting both, I share the devotion with you here. I hope it gives you a minute to consider the witness of your life. […]

Where Were You

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Read Job 38:1-11 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man,     I will question you, and you shall declare to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?     Tell me, if […]

Holy Belonging

Holy Belonging

Belonging is a holy gift, grounded in our identity as a beloved child of God. As I worked on the children’s message this week, I knew I had to get a little more personal, which led me to two messages. One, utilizing the stories of some of our high school students, and the other, more from my personal story, directed to a little bit of an older audience. Continue to watch the videos.