Pastor’s Blog

Daily Devotional Jan 13, 2023

“The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next” (Romans 8:19, MSG).


     Consider the following survey. Say that you find yourself waiting behind another car in the McDonald’s drive-thru. The individual in front of you is having trouble making up her mind whether or not she wants a café` mocha or a cappuccino. You, however, have just a few minutes to get to your doctor’s appointment on time. Do you:


Daily Devotional Jan 12, 2023

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10, NIV).

     There’s an amusing story told about the late British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. One day, Churchill was entertaining questions from members of the House of Commons. A memberof the Socialist party railed against Churchill, spewing venomous words against him. Meanwhile, Winston Churchill remained impassive. He actually looked bored. When it came time for Churchill to respond, he rose and said, “If I valued the opinion of the honorable gentleman, I might get angry.”


Daily Devotional Jan 11, 2023

“Jacob replied, ‘I have traveled this earth for 130 hard years.’” (Genesis 47:9, NLT).


     I admired her and at the same time I felt badly for her. I watched from a distance as a young mother pushed a stroller with two toddlers up a steep incline. Her diminutive stature didn’t do her any favors for this particular task.


Daily Devotional Jan 10, 2023

“I appeared to them from far away. People of Israel, I have always loved you, so I continue to show you my constant love” (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV).

     Author, David Prince, once told of a family who adopted an older child from an unspeakably horrific orphanage in another country. When they brought the little girl home, one of the things they told her was that she was expected to clean her room every day. When she heard about that responsibility, she fixated on it and saw it as a way she would earn her family’s love.


Daily Devotional Jan 9, 2023

“[God] says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’” (Psalm 46:10, NIV).


     Between the ages of thirty and forty-five Ludwig van Beethoven slowly lost his hearing. In frustration Beethoven wrote, “From a distance I do not hear the high notes of the instruments and the singers’ voices.” The maestro had to pound the keys of the piano so forcefully that he often damaged the instrument.


Daily Devotional Jan 6, 2023

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord” (Colossians 3:13).

     Malachy McCourt once said, “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” Sadly, people who harbor grudges fail to recognize how much stress they bring upon themselves. The fact is that grudges punish the grudge bearer far more than the one who deserves the punishment.