ENCOURAGEMENT

IN TROUBLED TIMES

During this time of uncertainty, worry, and stress we are trying to be a non-anxious presence in our community. One way we are doing this is by providing daily devotions to help ground us in the encouragement we find in the Word of God, the presence of the Holy Spirit and connection to our community.

The Blessing

Verse: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26 Thoughts I'm currently obsessed with the Kari Jobe song "The Blessing" that is based off of this...

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Fulfilling Fasting

Verse Hebrews 4:13 “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable.” (NLT) Thoughts I was reflecting on the recent devotionals about fasting and daily bread and I was reminded...

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Give us this day our daily bread

Verse Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Thoughts Before the corona virus, life had a seeming certainty to it. Each day we would follow our routine of going to work or school. We would go to the grocery store...

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Remain in Me

Verse John 15:4-5 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much...

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Where is Your Secret Place?

Verse: Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Thoughts This is a declaration that my wife and I have leaned on many times over the years. When I lost my job and wondered how to pay for college. When we...

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It’s About Time

Verse: Ephesians 5:15-16 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Thoughts This is a pretty simple thought for today, but maybe it will encourage you. I once heard a leader...

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Gratitude Despite Uncertainty

Verse 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 New International Version (NIV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Thoughts During this time of slowing down, reflection has come easy. While many...

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Yesterday Was Bad

Verse: James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Thoughts Yesterday started out really good for me. I woke up with the attitude that even though this situation isn't ideal, we can find opportunities to serve and be creative. I got to deliver some food...

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Be a Friend of Change

Verse “He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 Thoughts My grandmother, who we called Nanny, died at the end of October. She was 88 years old and if you had the privilege of meeting her, she left a mark on your heart. Nanny had a huge role in...

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Uprooted

Verse: Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out shoots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year...

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