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I won’t give up…

I won’t give up…

Take a moment to watch this video and listen to the words . . . What if this was a message to us from God? “I won’t give up . . . I will be here patiently waiting . . . “ That is the beauty of God and God’s grace. It patiently waits - even ...
With friends like Job’s wife, who needs enemies?

With friends like Job’s wife, who needs enemies?

In the Hebrew Scripture, there is a story about a man named Job. The authorship of Job is highly questioned in theological circles; debated whether it is a metaphorical story to talk about the nature of God versus a literal one. However, the ...
The Dangers of NOT screaming “NO!”

The Dangers of NOT screaming “NO!”

There are some dangers to not screaming out "NO" to God. When we stand in the face of tremendous life circumstances, and we don't express the internal angst, anger, disappointment, or whatever emotion we are feeling, other things begin to ...

Going Back to the Beginning

How do we know that God doesn’t “cause” our suffering? How do we know that the theology discussed in yesterday’s devotion is actually “solid” and that God is not the distributor of both good and bad?   Unfortunately the answer is not ...
Suffering Bites!

Suffering Bites!

Perhaps you’ve asked one of the following questions of God; they are certainly questions that most Christians struggle with at some point . . . If God is all-good and all-powerful, why wouldn’t God have aided (fill in the blank) ...
Why are we afraid of screaming, “NO!”

Why are we afraid of screaming, “NO!”

This week’s word in our “Get Naked” message series leading us up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection is “No!”   Not “no” in the sense that we are declining a party invite or “no, don’t do that” as we would say to a child. But rather ...
All Things are Possible

All Things are Possible

This week, every devotion has included a story of someone facing insurmountable odds (which ultimately resulted in physical death), yet even facing death they held on to hope. These are REAL people . . . not biblical superheros that seem so ...
Joey and Rory: A Dream Come True

Joey and Rory: A Dream Come True

Bottom of Form Joey + Rory were an American country & bluegrass duo composed of singer-songwriters Rory Lee Feek (born April 25, 1965) and Joey Martin Feek (September 9, 1975 – March 4, 2016). They had multiple top hits and a continual ...
Jimmy Valvano and Courage

Jimmy Valvano and Courage

Below is an excerpt from Coach Jimmy Valvano’s acceptance speech for the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first-ever ESPY Awards. This was given during his fight with cancer. His words are inspiring and allow us to ...
Why Me? Why Not Me?

Why Me? Why Not Me?

Upon retirement a pastor and his wife moved to their new retirement home at Lake Junaluska and became immersed in Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church. They were inseparable. The pastor’s years as a bishop had brought much travel to his ...
You are a sibling of SpongeBob!

You are a sibling of SpongeBob!

“He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.” Harry Emerson ...
So Thirsty…

So Thirsty…

Think of a time when you were so thirsty that your thirst was all-consuming. Have you ever been that thirsty? That all you could think about was getting some water? As the first Ugandan mission team prepped for our trip, the employee of ...

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