Weekly Devotions

October 20, 2014

Almost Where I Need to Be
By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

Several days ago, I decided to pop into my doctor’s office for a flu shot. As the clerk was preparing the paper work and waiting for the consent form to print, she said to me reassuringly, “I am almost where I need to be.” I replied without even thinking, “That’s the story of my life!” I meant my response...

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October 13, 2014

At the Corner of Happy and Healthy!
By Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries

Hats off to Walgreens for developing a very creative and catchy tagline. Throughout the country, Walgreens has branded itself as the place where “happy” and “healthy” intersect. And who wouldn’t want to live at that corner?

Oh, if life were only that easy!

I don’t know about you, but my life often gets side-swiped, skids into a ditch, or at least swerves now and...

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October 6, 2014

Ecology 101
By Margaret Rickers Hinchey, Engelwood, CO

The Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska, currently features a disturbing exhibit on Gyres, circulating waste in the oceans of the world. We entered the display with some hesitation but were soon caught up in the amazing statistics about the destruction of marine life—because of us! It isn’t that we didn’t know about how bad plastic is for the environment. The truth is that it never sank in before!

I found myself...

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September 29, 2014

Let’s Go for a Walk!
By Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregation Engagement, Wheat Ridge Ministries

I love the words of Deuteronomy 6:1-13. I’ve used them many times during the family ministry work I did in several congregations as Director of Christian Education. There are many references to “remembering” in the Bible (233 total, with 16 in Deuteronomy alone) because forgetting is so easy. The good news is that God is persistent. At a critical juncture in the life of the...

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September 22, 2014

If Only
By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board Member

The Gospel of John includes some of the greatest stories of the New Testament: “The Temptation of Jesus,” “Nicodemus’ Visit with Jesus” (Our own version of Nick at Night), “The Woman at the Well,” “The Man Born Blind,” “The Raising of Lazarus.”

At first glance they are completely different stories. But they do have at least one thing in common. They...

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