Daily Devotional 7-15-16

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

One Thing is Necessary By Paul Koch – The more that I consider Luke 10:38-42, the more I think that this is a perfect text for the understanding of the Christian life. We may be familiar with the story of Mary and Martha and the tension that plays out in their hospitality to our Lord, but this text has never really been all that well known to us. In fact, it is often misquoted or misapplied to our lives precisely because we don’t spend much time really receiving the...

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Daily Devotional 6-23-16

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Wretched Comprehension By Ross Engel – In the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke, there is a scene where Luke (played by Paul Newman) is working on the chain gang and is belted unceremoniously down the side of a hill by the prison captain. As he lies in the dust, the Captain stands over him and exclaims, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” This iconic quote has been used in a wide variety of places. It was quoted in the intro to a Guns N’ Roses song (Civil...

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Daily Devotional 3-3-16

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Pulpitless Preachers and Other Useless Crap By Paul Koch – I’ve often wondered about my own kneejerk reaction to all things bureaucratic in nature. It seems to have always been a part of my character, but it hasn’t always been beneficial. It has got me in trouble more than once throughout my life and since being ordained as a pastor, it seems to have gotten worse. Because of this tendency, I am usually outside looking in wondering why no one will take my...

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Daily Devotional 2-20-16

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

A Jagged Contention: The Living Word “Since God has given us his Word in a living voice, we can see why Luther, although intensively concerned with the text and every letter of the Bible, rates the oral character of the Word more highly than its written form…[It] is through preaching the gospel that ‘Christ comes to us, or we are brought to him.’ Communication takes place. The gospel ‘signifies nothing else than a sermon or report concerning the grace and mercy of...

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Daily Devotional 10-9-15

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Daily Devotional, General

  Rolling Naked in the Thorn Bushes October 8, 2015 By Jeff Mallinson – When overwhelming temptation presents itself, what do you do? Do you run, indulge, or do you attempt some way to inflict punishment on yourself in order to do the right thing? I tried this last approach a few years back with my friend and colleague, Betsi. We both were trying to stay on track with our diet and exercise. We decided that if we didn’t meet certain benchmarks of progress, we...

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