Weekly Devotions

November 11, 2013

Acts of Kindness
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash, All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois

I don’t often ride the commuter train into downtown Chicago, so when I do, it’s more adventure than quotidian task. I am easily fascinated by the people around me – those riding along in the train car and seats near me, as well as those waiting on the platforms and traveling in the automobiles on expressways as the tracks run parallel in some places. I’m not ashamed to admit that I...

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November 4, 2013

Damascus
By Ted Schroeder

As you have time, read Acts 9.

Not long ago I talked with Beth – a young woman in faith crisis. She’d been baptized as a child and been a faithful Christian, by her own description, all her life. But she was feeling terribly guilty. Some of the members of her family were after her because she had not “received Jesus as her personal Savior.” These well-intentioned folk, seeking what they thought to be Beth’s spiritual welfare,...

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October 28, 2013

Red Wallet
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saluda, South Carolina; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

When I was seven years old I received a red wallet for my birthday. It was a great gift! Adults had wallets. Now I had a pink Cinderella watch because I had learned to tell time and a new red wallet. These are the marks of being more mature, more adult, a “big” kid. I was so proud to have turned seven years old. Yes, indeed, I had clearly...

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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...

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October 14, 2013

Non-Essential?
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...

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