Weekly Devotions

February 15, 2016

40-Day Giveaway
By Margaret Hinchey, Englewood, CO

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal…” Matthew 6:19 NRSV

It’s the first week of Lent 2016. It’s a time for confession and a focus on our sins. And I have a confession to make. I have over 20 coffee mugs in my kitchen cupboard and three boxes stored in the basement (and I don’t drink coffee!). I also have about 30 pairs of...


February 8, 2016

Looking Up
By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board Member

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited…” Philippians 2:5-6

Last fall, I took my very first sabbatical leave. The goal of this time was as simple to describe as it was challenging to achieve. I was seeking “restoration of soul.” Near the beginning...


February 1, 2016

By Ted Schroeder

As you have time, read Acts 8:26-40 – the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian.
I wonder what the discussion was like back in Jerusalem when Phillip got there with the news about the baptism of the Ethiopian. Perhaps they could not have been more surprised if he’d baptized a Hun or a Visigoth or a Viking.

Perhaps the conversation went something like this:

“An Ethiopian? Aren’t they awfully different from...


January 25, 2016

Precious, Honored and Loved
By Kimberly Loontjer, Forest Park, Illinois

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you…
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.”

Isaiah 43:1-2, 4

This month, we welcomed the start of another new year. We celebrate the changing calendar with...


January 18, 2016

Another Year of Grace!
Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries

A Joy-Filled January to you and yours!

A great way to continue to focus on our Lord during this New Year is to recall the hymn stanza,

“Now greet the swiftly changing year
With joy and penitence sincere.
Rejoice! Rejoice! With thanks embrace
Another year of Grace!”

Another year of grace – you betcha! Grace is a daily gift to us, even before we have...

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