Weekly Devotions

July 11, 2016

What’s So Great About Independence?
By Kim Loontjer, Forest Park, IL

Across the United States, and in our friendly neighbor Canada, communities celebrate declarations of independence. Families gather to repeat familiar customs, which often include favorite foods, fun festivals, and flamboyant fireworks. Independence days mark when a new nation declares it is no longer subject to another, but instead sets off on its own path in history.

On a smaller scale, in a few short...


July 4, 2016

Finding Grace in Time of Need

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

We thought it was a virus and the doctor would prescribe an antibiotic to correct the situation. For the past several weeks she had low energy, some back pain, diarrhea, general discomfort and weight loss. Yet we felt these symptoms would disappear with the right medication.

The doctor looked in her...


June 27, 2016

I Wish I Were More Like …
A Tribute to a Mentor
By Rev. Tom Zehnder,
Baileys Harbor, WI

Laborers for Christ was leading the charge as dozens of us, with good-hearted banter going back and forth, labored joyfully to build the new fellowship hall. And then …

… he kept his grip on the hammer even as he was falling 12 feet to the concrete floor. Thud! While seconds before he was nailing a 2×4 into a joist, perched on rafters high up, now he lay unconscious,...


June 20, 2016

By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Board Member, Chicago, IL

Two weeks ago, I went to the local animal shelter and adopted a short haired yellow tabby kitten. You would have thought I was taking out a car loan given the long application and approval process I went through before I even had a chance to enter the adoption area. Then, after choosing a kitten, I was counseled to make sure I would be a good caretaker. Luckily, I passed and was able to take the kitten home....


June 6, 2016

Watching the Scoreboard
By Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries

Over the last 25 years, I’ve attended well over 1,000 sporting events. I’m not that big of a sports fan, but I’ve watched my kids from early on through college basketball games all over the Midwest.

During that time, I’ve developed a fascination with the scoreboard. When games are intense, particularly in the last few minutes, the fan’s eyes will dart from the players, to the...

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