Tagged: men’s ministry

Mosaics–a free devotion for tonight’s meeting

I recently attended a local art fair. Even though my own twin brother was one of the artists, I wasn’t especially fond of anything on display. I visited booth after booth, and after awhile, everything started to look alike. Three eyes on a face. Ten arms on one body. Disconnected arms and toes. Words that…

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God Does Not Wink–a free devotion for tonight’s meeting

In his forbearance [God] had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished (Romans 3:25). Many years ago I led a children’s devotion using a jar of applesauce, a very moldy jar of applesauce! My student volunteer loved applesauce, until he saw my jar. Then he wanted nothing to do with it. Would you? I offered him…

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A Prayer for “Respect Life” Sunday

Celebrating… Respecting… Life! Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. (Proverbs 31:8)  Lord, give me persuasive words of wisdom and the opportunities to speak up for: Unborn children Pregnancy Care Centers Those with chronic mental or physical challenges Innocent victims of crime Those who near life’s end here on earth Lord, give me both words and…

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What Works?

“We’re not saved by works, but we’re saved for works,” says my pastor, Karl Schmidt. He’s summarizing St. Paul’s words, “For it is by grace you are saved, though faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created…

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Rehydrate–a free devotion

On a recent visit to the Chicago Botanical Garden, I kept noticing the water rather than plants. There was water in fountains; water tumbling off boulders or burbling over stones in a streambed; and water rippling behind the ducks on the lake. There was even water as rain, chasing me to find shelter. Watching all…

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Names, Names, and More Names

Individuals born to royalty here on earth customarily inherit many names and titles. Great Britain’s Prince Charles, for instance, is known officially as: His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of…

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Belonging Together–a free devotion

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.1 Corinthians 12:12 “I think we should use a neutral color—like blue—for the new carpet in our worship area. Unless we use blue, I won’t contribute.” “Blue…

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O Come, Let Us Worship Him

You’re a church professional or a committed volunteer. You’ve planned services, written sermons, prepared devotions, arranged and directed choir concerts, decorated classrooms, baked cookies for your crew, recruited youth to assemble gift baskets for shut-ins, run to the store to buy extension cords to replace the ones lost when last year’s lights and ornaments were…

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To Bethlehem, To See . . . (A free devotion for Advent)

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:15 Angels filled the inky sky, then disappeared, Leaving once-sleepy shepherds        to rub their eyes             and cinch their robes             more…

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Honoring Each Other: Thanking Those Who Serve Us

The parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty. 1 Corinthians 12:23 Sit back. Relax. It’s been a long, hard day. Slip those aching feet into a tub of warm water. Savor the comfort seeping through your body. Feet might…

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