Weekly Devotions

October 21, 2013

Stop the Silence

By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

My name is Bruce, and I am a TED addict. Because of my addiction, I do not hesitate to inform people about TED and to suggest “must see” talks. My current recommendations are:

1. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

2. Kevin Breel: The Confessions of a Depressed Comic

Both talks deal with what it means...


October 14, 2013

By Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries

As I write this devotional piece, our country continues to find itself in the midst of a government “shut-down.” An article a few days ago had the headline, “Non- essential Workers Being Furloughed.” It went on to state that 75% of White House employees, all but 436 of 1,701 workers, are deemed unessential! And if this were not enough, another article stated that 29% of the U.S. work force fears that...


October 7, 2013

The Fall Ritual
By Margaret Rickers Hinchey, Gainesville, Florida

Scene: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (“The Swamp”) at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Time: Home SEC football opener, end of the third quarter
Action: The entire crowd (capacity is 88,548) gets to its feet and puts arms around the sweaty bodies of their neighbor’s shoulders and sways to the singing of the “We are the Boys” (a beloved alumni anthem which includes the words, “…where...


September 30, 2013

It’s Hard to Say “NO” to Love!
By Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregation Engagement, Wheat Ridge Ministries

I heard a very encouraging story this past weekend that shows how powerful love is. Lynda had struggled with her health and knew she needed to do more to get healthy. She was a long way off from where she wanted – and knew – she needed to be. But she didn’t do nearly as much about it as she wanted to. Then along came her son with words of encouragement...


September 23, 2013

By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod-ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

“At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s...

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