Weekly Devotions

August 8, 2016

Lifting Up Our Young People
By Margaret Rickers Hinchey

It’s all so negative these days! The news—shootings, political infighting, name calling and deception—brings us all down. The month of July was not only the hottest on record in many parts of the country, but it also witnessed a record number of police shootings and terrorist attacks.

But there IS good news!

Let me take you to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Decorah, Iowa. On July 16, 22,000 backpacks...

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August 1, 2016

The Following is a Paid Political Insult
By Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries

So, how are you handling the current presidential quotes, quips and quibbles? Me neither!

There must be a better way of relating to people. There must be a better way of responding to those with whom we agree and disagree. There must be a better way of living out our mission in this place called life! I always thought that when Jesus said, “Love your neighbor,” He was also...

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July 25, 2016

How Do You Walk Through Life?
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, Nebraska

There are two ways to take a walk around the block: one with your eyes on God’s amazing creation and one with your eyes on the ground. It has often been a source of argument with my husband. He is of the “watch out for hazards” persuasion and it has kept him safe and sound for years. As you might guess, I prefer the sights and sounds around me, noticing and appreciating the vibrant colors and variety. I often...

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July 18, 2016

Let the Water Flow
By Ted Schroeder

From an Easter week sermon by Martin Luther: “But when I begin to believe in Christ, lay hold of the Gospel, and doubt not that He has taken away my sin and blotted it out, and comforts me with His resurrection; my heart is filled with such gladness that I, myself, take hold willingly, not through persuasion, nor of necessity, I gladly do what I ought and say: ‘Because my Lord has done this for me, I will also do His will in this, that I may...

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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...

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