Weekly Devotions

September 9, 2013

Just Listen
By Brian Becker, Vice President of Ministry Programs, Wheat Ridge Ministries

My son worked at a maximum security juvenile prison. The inmates – 50 girls, ages 13-18. The environment is difficult and complex to say the least. Layers and layers of union regulations combined with state laws make it nearly impossible to create positive change.

Some rules make sense, while others make one’s head spin. One policy prevented staff members from using their first...


September 2, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Prayer Warrior
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA

The phone rings. She wipes her hands on her apron and answers it, figuring this close to the dinner hour it’s going to be a telemarketer. But instead, it’s the call to prayer.

She likes the woman who calls her. Their paths cross in church, but there never seems to be the opportunity to chat – except for these moments, when information is passed from...


August 26, 2013

Laughter from Heaven
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oviedo, Florida

The “home-bound” couple live in a retirement home called “Paradise!” Jovial and good natured, they are passing through their ninth decade.

Fred told me about his last car, a late model Caddy. I inquired if they still drove. Susan says, “Well, I still have my driver’s license.” Fred says, “I don’t drive anymore.” I said, “Oh.” And then Susan said,...


August 19, 2013

A New Code
By Karis Thompson, Wheat Ridge Board of Directors

In his provocative op-ed published by The New York Times this July, Peter Buffett, co-chair of the NoVo Foundation, challenged the philanthropic sector to spend money “trying out concepts that shatter current structures and systems,” explaining –

Often I hear people say, ‘if only they had what we have’ (clean water, access to health products and free markets, better education,...


August 12, 2013

Brake Lights
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA

The use of brakes by drivers on interstates and highways has increased by 217% in the past five years. This is according to a survey taken by me; results based entirely on my own opinion. I have no hard data to prove it, but it’s still true. It seems every time I venture out onto the freeway, I see more brake lights than ever before. And it really makes me mad.

The problem with braking on...

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