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29 06, 2020

June 29: Peace and Hope, by Karen Limmer, member of The Table class andSt. Luke’s Outreach Team

2020-06-30T08:29:52-05:00June 29th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Philippians 4:4-9 NIV 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such [...]

27 06, 2020

June 27: The Rear Guard, by Ashley Hymel, Contemporary Worship Leader

2020-06-30T08:30:20-05:00June 27th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Isaiah 52:12b ...for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Reflection: We live and experience life in a series of ups and downs that fall on a timeline, and each of us has times in our lives that make us wonder: “God, where are you?” God’s there. I promise, God’s there with you in those moments where God couldn’t seem farther away. As people who view time as a linear series of events, it’s difficult to imagine a God who works in those moments but is not bound by them. [...]

26 06, 2020

Don’t Forget Gratitude

2020-06-26T09:11:19-05:00June 26th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Today, I am practicing gratitude. On days when life seems wonderful, it is easy to thank you for that wonder. On days when I am weary and annoyed, grumpy, and resentful, I pray for the discipline to practice gratitude with even more fervor. This morning, I am grateful. Grateful for both the sunshine and the rain, for the breath I took first thing this morning, and the sensation of my feet on the ground. Grateful for shelter in the storm, for a bed in which to sleep, food in the pantry, light and air conditioning [...]

26 06, 2020

June 26: God Shows Up and We Don’t Believe It, by Vicki Keiser, Member since 1985

2020-06-26T09:07:59-05:00June 26th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Matthew 11:1-6 1After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news [...]

25 06, 2020

June 25: God’s Presence in Our Yuck, by Louise McEvoy, Women’s Ministries Coordinator

2020-06-25T10:16:05-05:00June 25th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Genesis 45:4-11 (CEB) 4 Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me,” and they moved closer. He said, “I’m your brother Joseph! The one you sold to Egypt. 5 Now, don’t be upset and don’t be angry with yourselves that you sold me here. Actually, God sent me before you to save lives. 6 We’ve already had two years of famine in the land, and there are five years left without planting or harvesting. 7 God sent me before you to make sure you’d survive and to rescue your lives in this amazing way. 8 You didn’t send [...]

24 06, 2020

June 24: In the Big Things and in the Small Things, by Colby Biberstein, attending St. Luke’s since 2011

2020-06-24T10:02:36-05:00June 24th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on June 24: In the Big Things and in the Small Things, by Colby Biberstein, attending St. Luke’s since 2011

Isaiah 14:24, 26-27 24 The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen. 26 This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. 27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? Isaiah 25:1 1 Lord, you are my God;     I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness     you have done wonderful things,     things planned long ago. Reflection: [...]

23 06, 2020

June 23: The Promise of Morning, by Will Monroe, Member of The Table Sunday School Class

2020-06-23T11:06:48-05:00June 23rd, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on June 23: The Promise of Morning, by Will Monroe, Member of The Table Sunday School Class

Psalm 30:5 (NRSV) 5 For his anger is but for a moment;     his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night,     but joy comes with the morning. Reflection: This verse from the Book of Psalms gives us a glimpse into the mind and time of David, when it was not uncommon for plague, famine, or misfortune to shape an entire generation. Such dark times were construed as a punishment from God, and the people would give penance to receive God’s blessing and favor would then be restored. David knew of heartbreak, worry, [...]

22 06, 2020

June 22: Christian Hope in the Time of Pandemic, by Michael Shook, Genesis Class Member and Teacher, St. Luke’s Member Since 2013

2020-06-23T11:06:12-05:00June 22nd, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on June 22: Christian Hope in the Time of Pandemic, by Michael Shook, Genesis Class Member and Teacher, St. Luke’s Member Since 2013

Hebrews 10:22-24 (NIV) 22 Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Reflection: Much of my thinking these days during this pandemic has been about how we, as Christians, show our faith and hope to others. I [...]

20 06, 2020

June 20: Hope, by Craig LaFollette, Board chair St. Luke’s UMC-2016, Caring Ministries/Hospital visits, Walk to Emmaus accountability group

2020-06-23T10:18:31-05:00June 20th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on June 20: Hope, by Craig LaFollette, Board chair St. Luke’s UMC-2016, Caring Ministries/Hospital visits, Walk to Emmaus accountability group

Job 11:17-19 17 And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.  18 And you will have confidence, because there is HOPE; you will be protected and take your rest in safety. 19 You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will entreat your favor. Reflection: There are two wonderful Bible stories of suffering and hope. They flash to the front of my mind when I catch myself grumbling and grousing about the inconveniences and hardships, and even death, that we are currently experiencing due to the worldwide pandemic. [...]

19 06, 2020

God’s Time, by Rachel Fisher, Children’s Ministries Communications Specialist

2020-06-19T08:51:46-05:00June 19th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on God’s Time, by Rachel Fisher, Children’s Ministries Communications Specialist

Luke 1:13-17 (NIV) 13But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel [...]