Posts with the category “newsletter-devotionals”

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Parable of the Rich Fool
July 29th, 2021
Recently I’ve been spending some time in Luke’s Gospel. The last couple of weeks have made me pause as I’ve considered the words in chapter 12 and the Parable of the Rich Fool. Jesus’ words right befo...  Read More
by Dustin Morgan
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Psalm 46
June 10th, 2021
Psalm 46:10“Be still, and know that I am God!”Jesus regularly took time to withdraw to lonely places to be still and pray. Moses, Elijah, and John the Baptist spent decades alone with God before launc...  Read More
by Dustin Morgan
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Ephesians Chapter 6:10-18
April 29th, 2021
Ephesians 6:10-18Many are knowledgeable about the verses in Ephesians that discuss being strong in the Lord and putting on the armor of God! I think sometimes we think of eternal things in the future ...  Read More
by Dustin Morgan
Ephesians Chapter 1-2: Jerry Johnson
April 15th, 2021
This weekly devotional comes from Jerry Johnson!...  Read More
by Dustin Morgan
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Ruth Chapter 2: Undeserved Favor
March 9th, 2021
Last week we began a new devotional series through the book of Ruth. We will be reading one chapter each week. Since our passages are longer, you will need your Bible. The main idea in this series is ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Ruth Chapter 1: Identity Amnesia
March 9th, 2021
We are beginning a new devotional series over the next 4 weeks through the book of Ruth. We will be reading one chapter each week. Since our passages will be bigger, you will need your Bible. The main...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 134
February 25th, 2021
1   Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,who stand by night in the house of the Lord!2   Lift up your hands to the holy placeand bless the Lord!3   May the Lord bless you from Zion,he wh...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 133
February 17th, 2021
A song of ascents. Of David.1 Behold, how good and pleasant it iswhen brothers dwell in unity!2 It is like the precious oil on the head,running down on the beard,on the beard of Aaron,running down on ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 132
February 9th, 2021
1   Remember, O Lord, in David's favor,all the hardships he endured,2   how he swore to the Lordand vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,3   “I will not enter my houseor get into my bed,4   I will not giv...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 131
February 9th, 2021
1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;my eyes are not raised too high;I do not occupy myself with thingstoo great and too marvelous for me.2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child wi...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 130
January 28th, 2021
1   Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!2   O Lord, hear my voice!Let your ears be attentiveto the voice of my pleas for mercy!3   If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,O Lord, who could stand?4  ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 129
January 20th, 2021
1   “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”—let Israel now say—2   “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,yet they have not prevailed against me.3   The plowers plowed upon my back;they ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 128
January 14th, 2021
1   Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,who walks in his ways!2   You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.3   Your wife will be like a...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 127
January 7th, 2021
1   Unless the Lord builds the house,those who build it labor in vain.Unless the Lord watches over the city,the watchman stays awake in vain.2   It is in vain that you rise up earlyand go late to rest...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 126
January 7th, 2021
1   When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,we were like those who dream.2   Then our mouth was filled with laughter,and our tongue with shouts of joy;then they said among the nations,“The Lord ha...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 125
January 7th, 2021
1   Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,which cannot be moved, but abides forever.2   As the mountains surround Jerusalem,so the Lord surrounds his people,from this time forth and foreverm...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 124
December 9th, 2020
1  If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—let Israel now say—2  if it had not been the Lord who was on our sidewhen people rose up against us,3  then they would have swallowed us up alive,whe...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 123
December 4th, 2020
Psalm 1231   To you I lift up my eyes,O you who are enthroned in the heavens!2   Behold, as the eyes of servantslook to the hand of their master,as the eyes of a maidservant/to the hand of her mistres...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 122
November 23rd, 2020
1  I was glad when they said to me,/“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”2  Our feet have been standing/within your gates, O Jerusalem!3  Jerusalem—built as a city/that is bound firmly together,4  to ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 121
November 23rd, 2020
Last week, we began a new devotional series through the Psalms of Ascent. They consist of 15 songs (Psalms 120-134) that were sung by the people of Israel as they traveled to the city of Jerusalem thr...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Psalms of Ascent: 120
November 5th, 2020
We are beginning a new devotional series through the Psalms of Ascent. They consist of 15 songs (Psalms 120-134) that were sung by the people of Israel as they traveled to the city of Jerusalem three ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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The Names of Jesus: Christ
November 5th, 2020
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and other...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: King of the Jews
October 22nd, 2020
And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: Son of God and Son of Man
October 15th, 2020
“And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:34)“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)Je...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: Isaiah 9:6
October 9th, 2020
“For to us a child is born,to us a son is given;and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”(Isaiah 9:...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: High Priest
October 9th, 2020
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with ou...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: The Good Shepherd
September 24th, 2020
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)The verse above is simple and yet utterly life changing. Jesus declares himself to be the good shepherd. Most ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: Bread of Life
September 16th, 2020
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, bu...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: Light of the World
September 9th, 2020
"As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: Immanuel
September 1st, 2020
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)Immanuel as a name for Jesus first appears in the pr...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Names of Jesus: Jesus
August 31st, 2020
It's a name known around the world, the most famous name of all time. By the mention of this name demons flee, people are healed, and lives are changed. There is power in this name: Jesus. But what do...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: Singing "It is Well" When It's Not
August 24th, 2020
This will be the final devotional in our Lessons from Hymns series.When peace like a river attendeth my wayWhen sorrows like sea billows rollWhatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to sayIt is well, it i...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: Friendship and Prayer
August 17th, 2020
What a friend we have in JesusAll our sins and griefs to bearWhat a privilege to carryEverything to God in prayerO what peace we often forfeitO what needless pain we bearAll because we do not carryEve...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: The Blessing of Weakness
August 17th, 2020
Sometimes we sing the words to a song so many times that they begin to lose their meaning. That’s certainly the case for me with the hymn, “Jesus Paid it All.” It’s possible that it’s the song I’ve su...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: God's Holiness
August 3rd, 2020
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almightyEarly in the morning our song shall rise to theeHoly, holy, holy, merciful and mightyGod in three persons, blessed TrinityThe hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” is one of the m...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
July 28th, 2020
As I was preparing to write this devotional, I listened to “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” a few times. And though I’ve heard it about a million times, this time it hit me differently. I stopped writing, ...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: The Christian Virtue of Curiosity
July 20th, 2020
“How Great Thou Art” is one of the most familiar hymns in the American church. But the ideals of our culture do not line up with what this hymn is inviting us to do. The lyrics tell us to stop doing a...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: Satisfaction in Jesus
July 14th, 2020
One of the hymns that convicts me the most is “Be Thou My Vision” based on a poem by St. Dallán Forgaill. I’m particularly challenged by this verse:Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praiseThou mine i...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: God's Eternal Kingdom
July 14th, 2020
Over the next few weeks, these newsletters will be going through a devotional series called Lessons from Hymns. Hymns are a huge part of our faith background and shaping the Western church. Each week,...  Read More
by Jonah Wright
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Lessons from Hymns: Uncertainty and God's Faithfulness
July 14th, 2020
Our present moment is plagued with uncertainty. With a global health crisis, a blossoming civil rights movement, a divisive political climate, a struggling economy, environmental issues, etc., the wor...  Read More
by Jonah Wright