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Posts from February 2021

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Feb. 27th – First Step of Faith

by Lent Devotions

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9 By Jan Stroh When I was a teenager, discussions at my church youth group could often be stressful for me. I was shy, afraid to speak up and share in discussions. (Yes…it’s true…I know you find it hard to believe!) During […]

Feb. 26th – Dealing with Grief

by Lent Devotions

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.’ Matthew 5:8 When Jimmy, our 3-year-old son died unexpectedly, Jim and I were devastated.  It was especially hard to deal with because he had been sick, supposedly with croup, for less than 24 hours.  And I felt guilty because we had never had him […]

Feb. 25th – Mercy

by Jeremy Scott

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Matthew 5:7 By Rev. Jeremy W Scott I want to start this by saying up front I do not consider myself a “dog person.” If it were up to me, I’m not sure my family would have any pets, let alone a dog. It’s not that […]

Feb. 24th – Fresh Bread

by Jeremy Scott

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 By Rev. Jeremy W Scott This passage comes from the Beatitudes, a sort of new 10 commandments for those who will follow Jesus. Instead of focusing on what actions to do and not do, Jesus’s new commandments focus on […]

Feb. 23rd – Charles Barkley & Tim McGraw

by Lent Devotions

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 By Alan Gibson Most basketball fans probably remember Charles Barkley for his intense, aggressive style of play as an undersized forward in the NBA. His ability, tenacity and competitive nature led to numerous accolades and culminated in being selected to the NBA Hall […]

Feb. 22nd – Comfort from Example

by Lent Devotions

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 By Candi Winckel The year 2020 was a year of loss and mourning for me and for many others in our nation and in our church family.  So many tears were shed.  As I reflect on that period of time, I am comforted […]

Feb. 20th – Not Feeling It

by Jeremy Scott

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 By Rev. Jeremy W Scott Like many folks starting something new I had a lot of expectations of what being a pastor would be. It felt so different from my previous job as a software engineer. I would be free […]

Feb 19th – Immediately

by Lent Devotions

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20 By Janet […]

Feb. 18th – Facing a Test

by Lent Devotions

The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,“One does not live by bread alone,   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’ Matthew 4:3-4 By Charla Riggs During my sophomore year of college, I […]

Feb. 17th – Suddenly!

by Lent Devotions

By Lorrie Toni And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ […]