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7 08, 2020

August 7: Money Doesn’t Make a Very Good God Rev. Mike Tyson, Director of the Vibrant Church Initiative and life-long member of St. Luke’s

2020-08-07T09:47:54-05:00August 7th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

1 Timothy 6:6-12 6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from [...]

6 08, 2020

August 6: When You Know Better, Do Better, by Karen Limmer, member of St. Luke’s since 2008, member of The Table class

2020-08-06T08:30:36-05:00August 6th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Luke 12:48 (NIV) “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Reflection: This poignant verse comes out of a story that is uncomfortable to read. Luke 12:41-48 is a parable about masters and servants, which is a parallel to God and us. The first part of this scripture makes me cringe (I encourage you to read it) and is a little hard for me to follow until verse 48, which is so powerful, and is crystal clear: “From everyone who has [...]

5 08, 2020

August 5: Wisdom Doesn’t Have an Age Bracket, by Pat Deckert, November 1988 Docent Chairman, Good Will Class and Women’s Night Circle Group Communicator

2020-08-05T08:40:01-05:00August 5th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Ephesians 4:1-7 and 14-16 (New Living Translation) Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, [...]

4 08, 2020

August 4: Out of the Fish and under a Tree, by Shelby Olive, Communications Associate

2020-08-04T08:29:59-05:00August 4th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Jonah 4:6-11 6 The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than [...]

3 08, 2020

August 3: It’s Always Back to School for Us, by Rev. Michelle Manuel

2020-08-03T08:10:46-05:00August 3rd, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Luke 6:27-36 (CEB) 27 “But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other one as well. If someone takes your coat, don’t withhold your shirt either. 30 Give to everyone who asks and don’t demand your things back from those who take them. 31 Treat people in the same way that you want them to treat you. 32 “If you love those who love you, why should you be commended? Even sinners love those who [...]

31 07, 2020

July 31: The Sea Was No More, by Amy Kelley, Director of Program Ministries – Gethsemane

2020-07-31T08:48:24-05:00July 31st, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Revelation 21:1-7 (NRSV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their [...]

30 07, 2020

June 30: Do Not Worry, by Peggy Roe, Board of Trustees

2020-07-30T09:59:40-05:00July 30th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Matthew 26:25-33 (NSRV) 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about [...]

29 07, 2020

July 29: When Pain Points to the Kingdom, by Shelby Olive, Communications Associate

2020-07-29T08:38:20-05:00July 29th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Matthew 4:23-25 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. Revelation 21:3-4 “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will [...]

28 07, 2020

July 28: Perfection, by Quentin Manuel, member since 2019

2020-07-28T08:31:47-05:00July 28th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Matthew 5:43-45; 48 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust… 48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Reflection: What a strange kingdom, this Kingdom of God! Nothing is meant to be [...]

27 07, 2020

July 27: A Phone Call Away Savannah Burch, Student Ministries – Middle School

2020-07-27T08:25:35-05:00July 27th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|0 Comments

Matthew 13:31-32 Jesus told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field. It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.” Reflection: I like this parable – it paints a picture of the beautiful contradiction that is the Kingdom of Heaven. It can be big and small. There’s another mustard seed reference later in Matthew 17 where Jesus says, “I assure you [...]