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Strikes Like Lightning

By The Rev. Dr. Jim Crews “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  - 2 Timothy 1:7   Covid-19 will likely be remembered as the largest, most devastating health and economic event in our lifetime, bringing the world to a stand-still in the year 2020.  We the people continue to ...
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What are you worth?

By Dave Lescalleet For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16   Many years ago my dad gave me a rare Mickey Mantle baseball card.  I remember asking my dad what the card was worth.  He explained to me that the value of ...
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The Ducks in Spain Speak

By Chaplain Franklin Sasser ... I know them, and they follow me. - John 10:27 In the middle of Madrid is a beautiful park. In the center of a large city filled with beautiful architecture, sculptures and paintings, there is an oasis of almost natural beauty. Retiro Park is manicured and sculpted to its own beauty. As I walked through ...
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Then I Remembered…

By Chaplain George Nix Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. – Psalm 71:18 Have you ever been so upset that you have trouble praying?  Days when everything seems to be going wrong, ...
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The Beauty of Pause

By Chaplain Jeremy Carr There is an ancient parable about a monk who went for a stroll in the wilderness. While enjoying the beauty and solitude of the walk the monk happened upon a tiger. The tiger began to chase the monk who fled, only to find himself at the edge of a cliff. Forced to choose between facing the ...
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Being Courageous by Trusting God with Our Fears

By Chaplain Thomas Meade When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. - Psalm 56:3   David is known as “The silent dove in distant lands.” His enemies were in abundance. The word fear is used in different ways. Awe of God—Respectful/Reverent fear. Actual fear—Protective fear, Assumed danger—Chronic fear. Fear and trust are natural human emotions that ...
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Bear One Another’s Burdens

By Chaplain George Nix Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2   Before I had hip replacement surgery on both hips, I walked like a typical "old man." Slumped shoulders, slow gait, and leaning heavily on my cane.  I went to the Y to swim, and try to stretch out tired aching muscles.  ...
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The Heart of the Wise

By Dave Lescalleet The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.  Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are. - Ecclesiastes 10:2-3   In this verse, the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that both wisdom and folly start at the same ...
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The Best Thing to Do

By Chaplain Chet Rains Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6   The years 2003-2007 were particularly interesting in my life.  I was 4 years in as the pastor of Dortches Baptist Church, and things ...
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Corem Deo

By Dave Lescalleet One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. - Psalm 27:4   For King David, reality meant living life before the face ...
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Let EVERYTHING Praise the Lord

By Chaplain George Nix "Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:6   In the trees behind my apartment, birds are singing.  Many different types of birds. Some seem to keep a constant song going, others are chirping in a few bars of the song. But I also hear trucks going by on the highway. If ...
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The Lord is Mightier…

By Chaplain George Nix “The LORD on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea.” - Psalm 93:4   Have you ever stood near a mighty rushing river or a majestic waterfall? On a beach vacation, did you fall asleep with the window open, listening to the waves crashing into the shore? ...
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Remember Your Training

By Chaplain Thomas Meade “As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” - Daniel 1:17   Learning is powerful, God approved and given to all in different measures and abilities. The verse above bares that out. The four young men and Daniel had great service ...
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Trusting God in a Pandemic

By Chaplain Aaron Klink But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when ...
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The Blessing of Communal Solitude

By Dave Lescalleet As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? - Psalm 42:1-2   In this season of quarantine and social distancing, author Robert Foster offers us a timely reminder in his book The ...
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Grief as a Gift?

By Dave Lescalleet The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs -- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared ...
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I Don’t Know What to Pray

By Dave Lescalleet Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.  For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us  with groanings which cannot be uttered. - Romans 8:26   When I was a pastor, I had the opportunity to pray for a little boy while in church.  ...
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Raging into the Loving Arms of God

By Dave Lescalleet I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me." - Ruth 1:21   Often with pain come difficult questions:  How could God let this happen?  Why would God allow this?  How we go about dealing with those very ...
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Encourage One Another

By Chaplain Jeremy Carr ‘…encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.’ - I Thessalonians 5:11 On April 3, 2020, legendary musician Bill Withers died. He was known for many classic songs including “Lean on Me.” By my mention of the song there is a good chance you are humming the tune even now. “Lean ...
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The Paradoxical Nature of Jesus

By Dave Lescalleet Matthew chapters 5 through 7, The Sermon on the Mount, is considered the most famous sermon ever preached.  If you have never read through those three short chapters, do yourself a favor and do so.  Not only do they form the basis of Christ’s earthly ministry, they are also incredibly helpful in understanding the paradoxical nature of ...
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Hope in the Midst of Grief

By Chaplain Vivian Short “We grieve, but not as those who have no Hope” - 1Thess. 4:13 It may seem a bit of an oxymoron to think that Hope and Grief could co-exist.  You are invited to ponder that thought in this devotion. If one would define hope, it could be described as a “desire of anticipation with an expected ...
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A Do-Over

By Chaplain Chet Rains “The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.  Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’” -Luke 11:44 Whenever I read this verse, I always think about my Dad.  Great husband, great father, great friend, great influence, great example…and ...
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So What About Tomorrow?

By Brett Ellington Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. - Matthew 6:34 These are definitely very difficult and challenging days that we are living in! For most of us, they are unlike anything that we have experienced in our lifetime! But what can be ...
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Doing Justice and Loving Mercy

By Chaplain Dave Lescalleet And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8 In this simple verse the prophet Micah tells us:  To walk humbly with God is to know him intimately and to be attentive to what he desires and loves. But what ...
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Safe in the Day of Trouble

Safe in the Day of Trouble

By Chaplain James Gutherie For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. - Psalm 27:5 Over the course of the last several months, there has been constant and daily changes that have come to life as we ...
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Come, Cover Me Up

By Chaplain Dan Barton He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall find protection; His faithfulness shall be your shield and wall.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; nor of the pestilence that pursues in darkness, nor of the destruction that strikes at ...
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walking in the dark

Walking in the Dark

By Chaplain George Nix “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”- Psalms 23:4 Years ago, when my children were young, they would actually sleep with their door open. We lived in a townhouse, and the two bedrooms ...
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Faith, Hope, and Love

By Chaplain Thomas Meade “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love – I Corinthians 13:13 Faith. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.  Paul wrote, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). We can see the unseen through the eyes of faith. ...
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love your neighbor as your love yourself

Love your neighbor as you love yourself

By Chaplain Patrick Koroma A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?” The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, ...
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God Gives us Grace

God Gives More Grace

But He gives us more grace.- James 4:6 During this time of quarantine and ‘social distancing’ many are sharing their movie and book suggestions for others.  I would suggest the classic The Princess Bride (both the movie and the book!).   If you have not seen the classic tale The Princess Bride you are truly missing out.  It is the love story of ...
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The Rock That is Higher Than I

The Rock that is Higher than I

By Chaplain Thomas Meade “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  – Psalm 61:2 Just as David cried out to God due to the distresses happening in his life, he still put his faith and trust in God. But, let ...
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A Dry Well, a Death, and a Pandemic

By Chaplain Franklin Sasser It might seem like “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,” but I experienced the Hong Kong Flu in the winter of 1968 and 1969. It was an infamous year. The nation had experienced division and turmoil that had assassinated public figures, burned cities and set neighbor against neighbor and generation against generation. ...
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The Message of the Empty Tomb

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." - I Corinthians 15:54 We are living through a time of great suffering.  There is much death, disease and disabling physical ailments all around.  But there is also not a ...
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Walk and not faint

Walk and Not Faint

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:29-31 ...
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It is good to wait quietly

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” -Lamentations 3:25-26 By Chaplain Chet Rains, PHH Rocky Mount, NC I discovered these verses some time ago, and have relied upon their instruction on many occasions.  They have served me well ...
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Pray Like This

Pray then like this:  Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For yours ...
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The Mothers of Jesus

Found amongst the names in the genealogy of Christ (Matthew 1:1-17) there are five women that are listed.  All five of them are mothers.  The first is a woman named Tamar, followed a few generations down with Rahab, followed by Ruth, next is Bathsheba the wife of Urriah, and of course the Mother of Jesus, Mary.  Each woman carries a ...
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Waiting with the Persistence of the Widow

"And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. -Luke 18:1 By Chaplain George Nix, PruittHealth Hospice Rome "Are we there yet?" "How much longer until Christmas?" " When are we going to eat?"  All of the above are questions which sound familiar to those of us who are parents.   ...
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Called by God to Live the Holy

That we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. - Luke 1:74-75 By Chaplain Aaron Klink, PHH Rocky Mount Durham County, where I live, is currently under a “stay at home order” from the Mayor. It began at 6pm last evening. The streets are quiet, ...
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A New Commandment

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:  just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  - John 13:34 Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin mandatum novarum (“a new commandment” – John 13:34).  A primary part of Maundy Thursday is to celebrate the giving of the new commandment to ...
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Community is Essential

With all that has been going on with COVID19, you might have forgotten that we are about half way through Lenten season and Easter is about three weeks away.  As a part of the Lenten Season, churches all over the world are using the Gospel of Matthew as a reading guide through Lent.  With that in mind, I have chosen ...
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Strength and Courage in Times of Weakness and Fear

Be strong and courageous.  DO not fear or be in dread…for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6 By Chaplain Jeremy CarrPHH Wilkes The past few weeks have been marked by much uncertainty. Healthcare, businesses, families, and schools have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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Closer Than a Brother

‘…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’ -  Proverbs 18:24 As I was meditating on this particular Proverb, I couldn’t help but think about our 16,000 partners that make up PruittHealth.  The relationships we have with our co-workers have the power and potential to reflect what this proverb is teaching. Allow me to explain. The writer of ...
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God at Work in Hard Times

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28 By Chaplain Mitch Wesley; PHH Athens Time are hard and they seem to be getting harder. As this is being written, a global virus is spreading confusion and fear. Nations are taking ...
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Our Daily Gift of Love

Love your Neighbor as Yourself - Mark 12:31 By Brett Ellington; PHH Calhoun Here, Jesus reminds us that besides loving God with our whole being, there is nothing greater that we can do while here on this earth than to love our neighbor. So what does it really mean to love your neighbor? What does that look like? With all ...
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God as Our Shepherd

Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and ...
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Finding Joy

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy - Psalm 94:19 The subject of joy is a theme that runs throughout our lives and is a predominant theme of the Bible.   Merriam Webster defines joy in this way: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires; ...
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Have No Fear

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. – Proverbs 3:25-26 At our core, because fear is natural to our being, we tend to mis-read passages like Proverbs 3:25-26. Yes, we are commanded to have no ...
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Loving our Neighbors: Doing Their Good

27“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. 28Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’—when you now have it with you.” Proverbs 3:27-28 Proverbs 3:27-28 is a very sweeping, broad stroke scripture. It offers quite a bit of instruction.  First of all, it says in ...
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Joy in Worship

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!For He has done marvelous things;His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.2 The Lord has made known His salvation;His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. ~ Psalm 98:1-2 How lovely is Your tabernacle,O Lord of hosts!2 My soul longs, yes, even faintsFor the courts of the Lord;My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. ...
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Lasting Joy

Note:  When I stop to consider the meaning of joy, its origin and role in my life, I go to my daughter, Ann, and one of the wonderful lessons she has given me -a truth that God has given through her… When my daughter, Ann was four, she came to me, very excited.  She took my hand in hers and ...
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Why We Should Pray

There are many reasons as to why we should pray, but allow me to highlight three. Prayer expresses our trust in God When we pray, we are saying that we cannot do life on our own.  Much of what life has to offer is too much for one single person, and prayer expresses that truth.  Prayer is a reminder that ...
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A Prescription for Action

Around 252 AD there was a plague in the ancient city of Carthage that at its height was taking 5,000 lives a day.  There was great panic, as there would be, when a health disaster like this occurs. But in the middle of that panic and plague, there was a Christian leader by the name of Cyprian who drew together ...
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Joy is Rooted in Happiness

“The greatest oak was once a little nut that held its ground.”  This caption graces the painting of a bright green oak tree on a wooden wall plaque.   Hilda, the artist, gifted it to me in 1977. The painting has traveled with me over the decades, but, I had not knowingly laid eyes on it again until recently.  Seldom ...
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Joy to the World

The holidays are a time when “joy” is heard just about everywhere. The term “JOY” literally means “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” We hear this word often throughout the holiday season—in songs, poems and written on banners as decoration. When I hear the word JOY, my first thought is Jesus, Others, Yourself. I learned this acronym years ago ...
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Joy for the Journey

In Hebrews 12:2, we read “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (NIV). What was it that enabled Jesus to endure the horror and agony of the cross? And what was ...
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To Have Joy is to Frolic!

There is a Hebrew word in the Scripture that describes joy, that actually means to frolic, to jump up and down and to clap hands.  In the Old Testament, a prophet by the name of Zephaniah uses that word when he writes:  The Lord takes delight in you and he will rejoice in you w/singing (Zephaniah 3:7).  The Lord delights ...
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We Need Joy more than Happiness

21)  A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will ...
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A General Prayer and Supplication

Almighty and eternal God, we adore You as the God and Father of your people. You created us in Your own image and redeemed us with the precious blood of Your Son. By Your Spirit You sanctified us and called us out of darkness and into your marvelous light. Grant that we may, with thankful hearts receive your great mercies ...
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A Prayer for when Life Brings a Pandemic

Note: A colleague passed this prayer along to me and I was so taken by what was written that I thought it was worthy of sharing with you. I would encourage you to use this as a part of your daily devotional life. It will serve as a wonderful reminder as to the needs, cares, and concerns of all the ...
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Joy and Laughter, A Needed Pair

In today’s headlines of tragedies and chaos, it appears that good news falls further down the list of things to talk about, and even further is the subject “Joy”.   In the day to day operations of being a Chaplain; where EOL is front and center, one of the central things I invite others to share with me is “what gives ...
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Experiencing Joy is not dependent on our circumstances

Dictionary.com defines joy as "The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation."   Many times we equate joy to be the same as happiness. I tend to disagree. Happiness depends on what is "happening." Dependant on the circumstances we find around us.  Joy runs much deeper... It can still exist even in ...
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Assured Joy in the midst of Affliction

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich;  having nothing, and yet possessing everything. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:10 Paul, Jesus' ever suffering apostle reminds the Corinthians and in so doing reminds us, that grace and joy can persist amid affliction when we hold things in faith. Joy can persist even in our fragile, ever changing bodies and lives.  “We ...
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The Joy of the Lord is our Strength

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  John 15:11, NIV Joy: “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness; a thing that causes joy.”  Webster’s Dictionary “If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” Carlos Santana Ray Kroc, of McDonalds fame, helped catapult the ...
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The Sting of Grief

Having experienced multiple (close and personal) losses, I am poignantly acquainted with the sting of grief. The loss of my oldest sister who died at the age of 36 with five children, my only brother who died from complications with drug addiction, my first child who died on my birthday, my father who died when I was only 18 years ...
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God’s Communicable Attribute of Joy!

Did you know that joy is a communicable attribute of God?  It’s true. There are attributes that God has, that that are communicable to us and joy is one of them.  Anyone who does hospice work knows that from time to time, gloves and masks are necessary because, as humans, we know there are communicable diseases that we don’t want ...
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My Life for Yours

I have come to believe that the best definition for explaining love comes from catholic writer Thomas Howard who gives us the phrase:  My life for yours.  And where is this principle ‘my life for yours’ better demonstrated then in the birth of a child?  I have never met parents who did not think that the birth of each of their ...
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May we journey like the Magi

When it comes to the nativity scene, its  perhaps the Magi (the wise men) with whom we most identify.  I say that because their journey in many ways resembles our own today.  Just like the Magi who travelled far, we too have travelled far in our own lives.  Just like the Magi, who came with a pursuit of intellectual curiosity, ...
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God Bless Us Everyone!

One of the most popular holiday traditions between Thanksgiving and Christmas is watching and re-watching all the great Christmas movies.  “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Christmas Vacation,” “The Christmas Story,” and yes, the perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  But before all of them came Charles Dickens 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol.” The famous story came to the big screen for ...
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The Magnificat of Mary

Author Kathleen Norris makes the wry observation that Protestants have a limited attention span for Mary, the mother of Jesus. She writes: “We unpack her from the box at Christmas time and then pack her back up again, with our other decorations, after the holidays are over.” The fact is, Christians often say less about Mary than the New Testament does. She ...
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Hope In the Midst of Grief

It may seem a bit of an oxymoron to think that Hope and Grief could co-exist.  You are invited to ponder that thought in this devotion. If one would define Hope, it could be described as a “desire of anticipation with an expected end”.  We hope for many things in life. Hope to get married, hope to get through a ...
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Holding All Things Together in times of Grief

Holding All Things Together in times of Grief “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:17) On 17 July 1985, at the age of 49, my father, hero, and mentor, took his last breath.  He died of a cerebral hemorrhage, the result of unchecked and, therefore, unmedicated, high blood pressure.  In a short span ...
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Finding Peace in the Midst of Storm

Several years ago I remember viewing a painting, just casually glancing at various items on the internet. The indelible imprint that image had upon my mind is with me to this day. I have used it as an illustration in sermons, shared it’s meaning in attempts to be comforting to hurting folk, and extolled it’s insight to family and friends ...
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Finding hope in times of grief

“Grief is not a sign that you’re unwell or unevolved. It’s a sign that love has been part of your life, and that you want love to continue, even here.”  ― Megan Devine, It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand It has been said that life is a journey.  My life ...
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Hope in the midst of grief

Comfort for the givers of comfort “Mom, my baby’s dead.”  My daughter’s hysterical voice was heard on the other end of the line.  “I just came from my regular checkup and the doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat.” I felt weak.  How could this be happening, AGAIN?  Our children had previously experienced the loss of their first baby.  Things were to ...
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Closing Shop

Ecclesiastes 12:2-4 English Standard Version (ESV) 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3 in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows ...
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Been there done that

When are going through a tough time in life, one that seems hopeless, it is good to talk with someone who has “Been there done that.”  Paul said: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus can sympathize and ...
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Hope in the midst of grief

Isaiah 57:1-2 The righteous perishes,And no man takes it to heart;Merciful men are taken away,While no one considersThat the righteous is taken away from [a] evil.2 He shall enter into peace;They shall rest in their beds,Each one walking in his uprightness. I Did a Funeral service for the late Mr. Edward Wright in the Month of July, 2019. Mr. Wright was a great man that had six boys and three ...
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A Comforting Comforter: Hope in the Midst of Grief

Sharon awakened to the smell of coffee brewing.  John’s pillow is cold. He must be downstairs drinking his coffee. That’s his usual habit in the mornings.  He’s probably drinking from his favorite mug. The one we found last summer at the Lego store. That was one of our best vacations.  After walking on the beach and watching the waves, we ...
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Learning to See Again

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know ...
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Cultivating Hope in Seasons of Grief

Stories have meaning, and sharing small stories help us find our place in the bigger story of our lives. As a hospice chaplain I often listen to the stories of patients reflect on their lives sharing one meaningful story after another. As they struggle with failing health, sickness, brokenness, and grief, my patients recount stories of family and faith and ...
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The Groanings of God bring Hope for us All

22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope ...
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Where do we place our hope?

Human beings are built to be "hope-based" creatures. We cannot live without hope. Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and psychologist who was in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II often said that even within the narrow boundaries of the concentration camps he got to know only two kinds of men: decent and non-decent ones. This is what he wrote in his ...
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Living as Hope Based Creatures

Hope.  This is a word that comes up over and over again throughout the Bible.  It is a word that appears over 80 times in the New Testament.  What is interesting is that many theological commentators agree that the Greek word we translate into the English as hope is not the best translation.  The reason for that is that the ...
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